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Singapore enjoys decent quality of life as one of the world's safest cities. What's the downside?
SINGAPORE (May 23): Does higher spending power necessarily bring about an improved quality of life? Based on cities’ performances on the indices of Deutsche Bank’s annual survey of global prices and living standards, these two separate priorities can vary greatly from city to city, and very rarely balance out.   According to Deutsche’s latest report, Mapping the World’s Prices ...
Asia's policy-makers just scored a new e-commerce growth measure
SINGAPORE (Apr 16): Policy makers in Asia grappling with how to measure the growth of e-commerce just scored one more tool in Singapore. The Singapore Department of Statistics has started publishing the proportion of the city state’s retail sales that were transacted online. In February, those purchases made up 3.9% of overall retail sales, or $144.3 million, compared with 4.1% in the prior ...
Economic outlook for Singapore & region seen as rosy this year: ACCA
SINGAPORE (Feb 1): Economic confidence in Asia Pacific remained high relative to the past few years despite a dip in 4Q17 on the recent cooling of China’s economic activity, according to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). In its Global economic conditions survey final report: Q4, 2017, the global body for professional accountants attributes China’s drop in ...
Singapore made up 73.5% of 2017 M&A transport deal activity in Southeast Asia
SINGAPORE (Jan 31): The Southeast Asian transportation sector saw its hottest-ever year in 2017, with deal value up by more than sevenfold at US$25.2 billion ($33 mil) across 25 deals when compared to that of the previous year (US$3.5 billion, 32 deals). According to the latest full-year data from Mergermarket, an Acuris company, Singapore was under the spotlight with seven deals worth US$18.5 ...
Singapore ends 2017 with US$1.2 bil in VC investments; deal activity to remain robust in 2018: KPMG
SINGAPORE (Jan 18): Singapore closed 2017 with US$1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) worth of venture capital (VC) investments across 112 deals, with exit value of investments reaching US$1.6 billion across eight exits and a total of US$732.9 million raised from seven funds. According to KPMG’s 4Q17 edition of Venture Pulse, a quarterly report on global VC trends published by KPMG Enterprise, this ...
New tools of active management: how machines can support the investment process
SINGAPORE (Jan 12): Machine learning has become a popular area of research across a range of disciplines. From driverless cars to online retail, the evolution of these techniques has largely taken place outside of finance – but in recent years, the investment industry has started to adopt them as tools to support the search for alpha. While still in their infancy, we believe that the ...
Tech to continue driving Singapore's economy in the year ahead: KPMG
SINGAPORE (Dec 29): Singapore’s chief executive officers (CEOs) are the most confident in their country’s growth prospects as compared to their Asean peers, whom have broadly expressed muted confidence in the global and national economy as well their organisation’s prospects in the next 12 months. This is according to the latest Asean CEO Outlook report from KPMG Services, Leading in ...
What's keeping local SMEs from obtaining business financing?
SINGAPORE (Oct 4): A majority of small medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore are unlikely to qualify for business financing, according to recent data from Linkflow Capital. Since Linkflow Capital's SME loans comparison web portal was launched in January, out of 1,065 SMEs which have utilised its free online loan assessment and comparison tool, 81% or 863 of the users may not meet these ...
Singapore telcos still lack the 'X' factor. Here's why
SINGAPORE (Sept 20): Maybank Kim Eng is maintaining its “negative” view on the Singapore telco sector in anticipation of more competition from FY18 onwards. This is despite all three incumbents having unveiled their subsidised handset pricing plans, in time for the release of the new iPhone 8 and X. In a Tuesday report, analyst Luis Hilado says SingTel and StarHub are “not yet ...
Challenge accepted: Singtel launches first mobile plans with unlimited data, talktime and SMS
SINGAPORE (Sept 15): “Unlimited” is now the official buzzword among all three of Singapore’s incumbent telecommunications operators (telcos) this year.   Shortly after the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Circles.Life. launched its data-heavy, no-contract mobile plans in August highlighting the first-world problem of “data deprivation”, StarHub announced it would be ...