The Hot 100 list for 2018

SINGAPORE (Dec 31): Every year, we carefully curate the most sought-after items on the market. Audrey Simon, Michelle Zhu, Benjamin Cher, Sunita Sue Leng and Justin Harper highlight 2018’s favourites.

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Consumer banking trends to watch in 2019, according to this software analytics firm

SINGAPORE (Dec 26): 2019 is set to be a year of significant progress for banks around the world, according to analytics software company FICO, formerly known as the Fair Isaac Corporation.

In a note on Wednesday, FICO’s vice president and general manager for risk, Tim VanTassel, highlights three areas of concern within the consumer banking sector for bank executives to address as the New Year approaches.

Deposit pricing strategy is one currently-neglected tactic which he believes will become prevalent among the world’s top banks, in response to competitive pressures.

What the near future holds for global fintech firms & investors: McKinsey

SINGAPORE (Dec 18): With financial technology (fintech) evolving considerably over the last few years, fintech investors will have to be increasingly selective in deploying their capital as some sectors and companies approach a “possible endgame”, suggests a new report by McKinsey & Company.

In its paper, Synergy and disruption: Ten trends shaping fintech, McKinsey postulates that various categories of fintechs will eventually either join forces or end up competing directly with each other as they mature.

Asean IPO activity may rebound in 2019, depending on these factors

SINGAPORE (Dec 17): After a lacklustre 2018, Asean markets stand a chance of seeing higher levels of initial public offering (IPO) activity next year – but only if there is a turnaround in economic fundamentals which lead to greater geopolitical certainty, better trade relations, and an increase in liquidity.

Should fundamentals remain as they are, it may be until only 2H19 that Asia-Pacific IPO markets see a sustained improvement in activity.

Temasek identifies new drivers as portfolio value tops $308 bil

SINGAPORE (July 10): Temasek Holdings is positioning itself to ride six powerful trends, even as it prepares for tougher global market conditions in the year ahead.

At its annual review on Tuesday, Temasek noted that technological advances, demographic shifts and changing consumption patterns are disrupting traditional business models and creating new opportunities. It specifically identified six themes that are now guiding its investments: Longer Lifespans, Rising Affluence, Sustainable Living, Smarter Systems, the Sharing Economy, and a More Connected World.


Old Wall Street strategies are now hugely profitable in China

HONG KONG (Apr 18): Stock pickers may have to reconsider the way they think about China.

Dismissed by many as a casino after its wild boom and bust in 2015, the country’s US$7.6 trillion equity market has quietly turned into a place where fundamentals matter. Chinese shares with the most attractive dividends, profit revisions and earnings yields -- metrics used by Wall Street pros for decades -- have trounced the nation’s benchmark index by as much as percentage points over the past three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

11 highly sought-after roles in 2018 and beyond: Hays

SINGAPORE (Jan 3): The fourth industrial revolution is upon us to transform the way we work, with the inevitable automation of certain jobs and aspects of roles; the creation of entirely new roles; and the demand for the latest skills set to increase.

This is according to Hays CEO, Alistair Cox, who, in his latest blog post on LinkedIn, offers his thoughts on the jobs and skills that he expects to see in 2018 and beyond.

China's millennials are hustling for part-time gigs instead of traditional jobs

BEIJING (Feb 21): With a fur-lined jacket and a Miu Miu shoulder bag, Zhang Chen isn’t your traditional Chinese migrant worker. She huddles with about 40 others in the frosty, polluted air of North Beijing, waiting to apply for a two-day job guiding visitors at a sporting goods convention.

“The money is little,” the 21-year-old accounting student said of the short gig that pays about 240 yuan ($50). “But I want a more interesting life.”

Singapore’s income gap narrowed in 2016 with growth of median household income

SINGAPORE (Feb 16): Not only was Singapore’s Gini coefficient, a measure of income disparity, the lowest in a decade at 0.458 in 2016 – it fell even further to 0.402 after adjusting for government transfers and taxes, according to Singapore’s Department of Statistics.

A reading of 1 means a single person in a country gets everything, while 0 means everyone has the same income.

Mobile devices dominate Southeast Asia’s e-commerce transactions

Mobile e-commerce

SINGAPORE (13 Oct): E-commerce transactions in Southeast Asia are now dominated by mobile devices, which account for 54% of all successful transactions in the region, according to Criteo’s 1H 2016 State of Mobile Commerce Report.

The marketing technology company reported that the top 25% of retailers in the region grew their mobile sales segment by 37% year-on-year, while mobile share grew by 19% year-on-year across all the retailers in Southeast Asia.


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