Investing opportunities abound in Asia with Singapore as an ‘excellent platform’: Menon

SINGAPORE (June 23): Asia’s overall medium-term prospects are good and Singapore is strategically positioned to offer investors an excellent platform to tap into the region’s investing opportunities, says Ravi Menon, MD of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

The republic also offers a dynamic ecosystem for investors looking towards Asian infrastructure, providing quality solutions in project advisory, project financing, and legal services, and dispute resolution.

Mapletree acquires portfolio of US & Canada assets worth $2.2 bil

SINGAPORE (June 2): Mapletree Investments, the Temasek-backed property development, investment and capital management company, acquired a portfolio of assets from Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors worth US$1.6 billion ($2.2 billion).

The portfolio comprises eight purpose-built student housing assets with 3,611 beds in the US and 140 beds in Canada, as well as four multi-family assets with 1,388 units in the US.

Citigroup Global Markets acted as the exclusive financial adviser to Kayne Real Estate on the entirety of the sale transactions with Mapletree.

Singapore retains title as most talent competitive country in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE (April 18): For the fourth consecutive year, Singapore has retained its top spot in Asia Pacific in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2017, followed by Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Malaysia.  

The annual benchmarking report, which measures the ability of countries to compete for talent, was announced today during GTCI’s regional launch at INSEAD Asia campus in Singapore.

6 ways Singapore has set the bar for developing deep capital markets

SINGAPORE (April 12): Many emerging market (EM) policymakers are still struggling with the hurdles of implementing the changes required to create vibrant and well-performing capital markets, despite understanding how important it is to do so in order to support the real economy.

According to McKinsey & Company, the challenges range from limitations in private sector engagement, to vicious cycles of underdevelopment resulting from a piecemeal approach to deepening capital markets.

How VR is re-energising long established industries

SINGAPORE (March 23): Virtual Reality (VR) is not a new medium, but it is being utilised in exciting new ways that are disrupting not just entertainment but entire industries at large as once traditionally considered industry standards become obsolete.

New VR devices have naturally found a place with gaming’s notorious early adopters. While the home systems continue to dominate the gaming industry today, even more so with the rise of mobile gaming, a lifeline has appeared for the once-booming arcade industry in the form of VR.  

Expat families, take note of this potential financial trap

SINGAPORE (Dec 6): Singapore is the third most expensive country in Asia in terms of international education fees after Hong Kong and China, based on recent data from the ExpatFinder International School Fee Survey 2016

The annual worldwide study conducted by, the web publication of tech company Interexpat, was designed to provide guidance on navigating cost challenges relating to global relocation, basing its ranking on a market survey of 707 international schools across 98 countries.

Mapletree acquires US student accommodation portfolio

SINGAPORE (Nov 2): Mapletree Investments, the property arm of Singapore’s state investment fund Temasek Holdings, has acquired a portfolio of seven student accommodation assets located across six states in the US from Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors for an undisclosed sum.

In a Wednesday announcement, Mapletree says this marks its first acquisition of student accommodation in the US, although it currently has a portfolio of serviced apartment / corporate lodging assets there.

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