Thursday, 17 April, 2014

 



 

EDITORIAL & OPINION

Opinion

DESIGN thinking can be thought of as a protocol, a strategy or a way of thinking for solving problems and creating new opportunities. It means thinking like a designer to question the problem at hand, seeing what needs to get done, and then generating multiple perspectives to the solution. Along the way, value gets added and a business gets driven forward.

BT’s Daily 3 - Full Stories

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SHRUGGING off concerns of a softer property market and looming...
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THE Society of Remisiers (SOR) has asked the Monetary Authority of...
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CHINA's economy grew 7.4 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter,...
 
 
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[SINGAPORE] Markets never trade according to plan; this year was no exception. The US and Japan, two of the world's biggest markets tipped to continue doing well after unexpectedly spectacular gains last year, are both in negative territory in 2014.

 

Companies

IN June, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) will enjoy a boost in liquidity as lowered fees and new discounts and rebates entice market makers and high-speed traders to set up shop here.

Singapore

YESTERDAY's tender close was a story of two plots side by side, sold two years apart - one in the 2012 property boom and the other after the government had imposed its seventh round of cooling measures and total debt servicing ratio (TDSR) framework.

Singapore Markets

TUESDAY'S momentum in blue chips carried on into yesterday's trading, sending the Straits Times Index up 6.88 points to 3,253.2, a third consecutive rise that took the index to its highest close in about seven months.

Malaysia

[KUALA LUMPUR] CIMB Group Holdings managing director and chief executive Nazir Razak said the financial group is a little anxious over the implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) despite the group already being very "strongly aligned to the AEC vision".

Indonesia

[JAKARTA] Indonesia will have a chance to ease monetary policy next year as inflation slows, after maintaining a tight stance this year, Bank Indonesia deputy governor Halim Alamsyah said.

China

[SHANGHAI] Chinese companies that have lent money to other companies are facing a potential wave of defaults, with several listed firms already reporting missed loan repayments.

India

[MUMBAI] India's consumer-price inflation quickened in March for the first time in four months, putting pressure on the central bank to keep interest rates elevated.

World

[TOKYO] Impatient shareholders are calling on the world's top firms to start spending some of the eye-popping US$2.8 trillion in cash built up since the financial crisis, as analysts warn that their thriftiness could be holding back global growth.

Focus

"I HOPE everyone is having a very 'Happy Meal'", McDonald's China CEO Kenneth Chan said to the audience of 700.

Transport Hub

[HONG KONG] China Southern Airlines Co, the nation's third-largest carrier, estimated a loss in the first quarter, compared with a profit in the same period last year, as a weaker yuan caused foreign-exchange losses.

Editorial & Opinion

DESIGN thinking can be thought of as a protocol, a strategy or a way of thinking for solving problems and creating new opportunities. It means thinking like a designer to question the problem at hand, seeing what needs to get done, and then generating multiple perspectives to the solution. Along the way, value gets added and a business gets driven forward.

 

Dining

SO here's what I think Alpine cuisine is. Cheese fondue. Served by a milkmaid named Heidi who spent the morning squeezing the udders of family cows Ursula and Matilda, before sitting down to a hearty meal of boiled meat and potatoes, stone-hard bread with rendered bacon fat, strudel for dessert, washed down with apple cider and grog.

Motoring

FOR a few more dollars over the already competent Golf GTI, the high-performance Golf R promises 60 more horses and four-wheel-drive. $30,000 to be exact. But is it worth the extra cash?

Shopping

THERE was enough gold on display to light up the dark halls of Baselworld 2014 last week - almost blinding the record 150,000 visitors at the world's biggest watch and jewellery show.

 
 

BizIT

IN Singapore and the Asia-Pacific, the most common data centre management challenges are unplanned downtime, security breaches and data loss, according to EMC...

Young Investor

THIS year, at the SXSW (South by Southwest) film, interactive and music festival in Austin, Texas, legendary rocker Neil Young spoke to a few hundred people, where he...

CFDs & FX

Since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that caused the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, Japan’s nuclear energy...

Executive Money

THE past two years have been outstanding from the perspective of equity investors but it cannot be assumed that returns of 15 per cent to 20 per cent represent the new...

Property

A CONSORTIUM that includes private equity group KOP is believed to be doing exclusive due diligence on a potential purchase of Keppel Reit's majority stake in Prudential...

Raffles Conversation

FOR an organisation of Sodexo's size and reach, it is remarkably little-known in Singapore. Its chief executive, Michel Landel, seldom gives interviews either. 

 

Poll

Are you comfortable with higher taxes to pay for healthcare, housing and infrastructure initiatives?

Observers say taxes may be raised in the next couple of years - with more falling on the wealthier - to ensure that the long-term healthcare, housing and infrastructure initiatives announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally can be paid for.

 

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