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As coronavirus batters Singapore’s economy, lost jobs loom as long-term headache

The impact is likely to be worse than after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, as accelerated economic restructuring reshapes industries, destroying some jobs permanently.

The impact is likely to be worse than after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, as accelerated economic restructuring reshapes industries, destroying some jobs permanently.

As coronavirus batters Singapore’s economy, lost jobs loom as long-term headache
13 Aug 2020 - 1:52PM
Stress levels in Singapore’s corporate bond market rising as coronavirus takes its toll

With nearly US$12 billion worth of bonds set to mature in a deepening recession from now through next year, more financial distress and soured debt may be on the cards.

With nearly US$12 billion worth of bonds set to mature in a deepening recession from now through next year, more financial distress and soured debt may be on the cards.

Stress levels in Singapore’s corporate bond market rising as coronavirus takes its toll
30 Jul 2020 - 2:21PM
The last giant joss stick makers of Singapore are burning to the end

Albert Tay’s family business may be the last of its kind in the Lion City. Young Singaporeans have no interest in the craft, while Covid-19 could land the killer blow.

Albert Tay’s family business may be the last of its kind in the Lion City. Young Singaporeans have no interest in the craft, while Covid-19 could land the killer blow.

The last giant joss stick makers of Singapore are burning to the end
27 Apr 2020 - 2:54PM
Coronavirus means cheap oil isn’t good news for energy-hungry Southeast Asia

With demand at an all-time low, things look dire for Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Brunei, whose state revenues rely on oil and gas projects.

With demand at an all-time low, things look dire for Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Brunei, whose state revenues rely on oil and gas projects.

Coronavirus means cheap oil isn’t good news for energy-hungry Southeast Asia
24 Apr 2020 - 4:00PM
Why even a protest-hit Hong Kong won’t lose its IPO crown to Singapore

The question for Singapore companies that have switched to the Hong Kong exchange is: was it the right call?

The question for Singapore companies that have switched to the Hong Kong exchange is: was it the right call?

Why even a protest-hit Hong Kong won’t lose its IPO crown to Singapore
17 Feb 2020 - 3:22PM
Singaporeans in Hong Kong and mainland China: how the ‘third wing’ of the Lion City’s economy took flight

A new group of entrepreneurs is assimilating into other economies and building localised businesses rather than brandishing the city state’s brand.

A new group of entrepreneurs is assimilating into other economies and building localised businesses rather than brandishing the city state’s brand.

Singaporeans in Hong Kong and mainland China: how the ‘third wing’ of the Lion City’s economy took flight
17 Feb 2020 - 8:06PM
How Singapore’s schools prime youth for success in Hong Kong and mainland China

Bilingualism has given Singaporean entrepreneurs the edge when they set up businesses in China.

Bilingualism has given Singaporean entrepreneurs the edge when they set up businesses in China.

How Singapore’s schools prime youth for success in Hong Kong and mainland China
12 Jan 2020 - 1:58PM
China: no longer the place to be for young Singaporeans?

When businessman K.K. Chua was sent to China in the 1980s, it was like being ‘sentenced’. Now it is so far ahead, young people seeking opportunities should look elsewhere, he says.

When businessman K.K. Chua was sent to China in the 1980s, it was like being ‘sentenced’. Now it is so far ahead, young people seeking opportunities should look elsewhere, he says.

China: no longer the place to be for young Singaporeans?
17 Feb 2020 - 8:13PM
What sank Port of Hong Kong’s claim to world’s shipping crown?

Once the world’s busiest port, Hong Kong now trails Singapore and mainland rivals. Can it turn things around, or has this ship sailed?

Once the world’s busiest port, Hong Kong now trails Singapore and mainland rivals. Can it turn things around, or has this ship sailed?

What sank Port of Hong Kong’s claim to world’s shipping crown?
6 Jan 2020 - 7:00AM
‘Hype, smoke, and hot air’ clouding Singapore real estate

There is no shortage of optimism about the Lion City’s housing market, but experts say that confidence is misplaced amid rising foreclosures, stagnating home loans growth and the worsening global economic outlook.

There is no shortage of optimism about the Lion City’s housing market, but experts say that confidence is misplaced amid rising foreclosures, stagnating home loans growth and the worsening global economic outlook.

‘Hype, smoke, and hot air’ clouding Singapore real estate
19 Dec 2019 - 10:01AM
From Crazy Rich Asians to a poor man’s Bali: the rise and fall (and rise) of Sentosa Cove, Singapore’s ‘Monte Carlo’

Singapore’s Sentosa Cove was once touted as a home for the rich and famous. Twenty years on, with property prices in the doldrums, some wonder if it is more Bali than Monte Carlo. Still, there are signs its fortunes have turned.

Singapore’s Sentosa Cove was once touted as a home for the rich and famous. Twenty years on, with property prices in the doldrums, some wonder if it is more Bali than Monte Carlo. Still, there are signs its fortunes have turned.

From Crazy Rich Asians to a poor man’s Bali: the rise and fall (and rise) of Sentosa Cove, Singapore’s ‘Monte Carlo’
19 Dec 2019 - 10:01AM
In cutthroat shipping industry, Singapore’s moves to increase its berth rate are paying off

A deal between Singapore’s port operator PSA and Japan’s largest ocean carrier ONE means the world’s three major container shipping alliances – accounting for three quarters of global container trade – have come to the island nation

A deal between Singapore’s port operator PSA and Japan’s largest ocean carrier ONE means the world’s three major container shipping alliances – accounting for three quarters of global container trade – have come to the island nation

In cutthroat shipping industry, Singapore’s moves to increase its berth rate are paying off
21 Jan 2019 - 8:11AM
What rising interest rates mean for Singapore property

As the era of ultra-low interest rates fades, Singaporeans with mortgage payments are feeling the pinch. But is it homeowners or investors who are most at risk of getting their fingers burned?

As the era of ultra-low interest rates fades, Singaporeans with mortgage payments are feeling the pinch. But is it homeowners or investors who are most at risk of getting their fingers burned?

What rising interest rates mean for Singapore property
26 Dec 2018 - 2:24PM
No resolution, no problem: Apec united in desire for more trade and growth
  • Disagreements over WTO reform saw this month’s Apec summit end without a joint statement. But most economies making up the bloc agree commerce remains vital, despite the US-China trade war dominating proceedings
  • Disagreements over WTO reform saw this month’s Apec summit end without a joint statement. But most economies making up the bloc agree commerce remains vital, despite the US-China trade war dominating proceedings
No resolution, no problem: Apec united in desire for more trade and growth
28 Nov 2018 - 10:05PM
Private sector, foreign companies key for ‘Made in China 2025’ to take off, experts at Singapore forum say

Countries like Singapore are also gunning for lucrative opportunities to be part of China’s goal to be a high-tech powerhouse

Countries like Singapore are also gunning for lucrative opportunities to be part of China’s goal to be a high-tech powerhouse

Private sector, foreign companies key for ‘Made in China 2025’ to take off, experts at Singapore forum say
22 Nov 2018 - 10:09PM
Love at first bite: why Singapore is the land of good food souvenirs

The Lion City is exporting its culinary culture as part of a burgeoning global food-gift market set to be worth US$70 billion by 2020

The Lion City is exporting its culinary culture as part of a burgeoning global food-gift market set to be worth US$70 billion by 2020

Love at first bite: why Singapore is the land of good food souvenirs
28 Oct 2018 - 1:12PM
Investing in talent: Playing defence in an age of trade wars and disruptions
26 Oct 2018 - 4:02PM
Can Vietnam take Singapore’s stock market crown?

The Lion City has long been atop the regional capital markets food chain, but other nations such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are starting to compete.

The Lion City has long been atop the regional capital markets food chain, but other nations such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are starting to compete.

Can Vietnam take Singapore’s stock market crown?
29 Jul 2018 - 3:15PM
Can Singapore tame its property market with new rules?

‘Draconian’ measures have been put in place to cool off private home prices that have risen more than 9 per cent over the past year as officials hope to nip a potential housing bubble in the bud.

‘Draconian’ measures have been put in place to cool off private home prices that have risen more than 9 per cent over the past year as officials hope to nip a potential housing bubble in the bud.

Can Singapore tame its property market with new rules?
15 Jul 2018 - 12:04PM
As historic summit nears, South Koreans living in Singapore dare to dream of peace
9 Jun 2018 - 10:44PM
Singapore’s Tuas mega-port: plain sailing ahead?

The Lion City hopes a new multibillion-dollar facility will help keep it the world’s largest transshipment hub. But there’s a rising tide of pretenders to its crown.

The Lion City hopes a new multibillion-dollar facility will help keep it the world’s largest transshipment hub. But there’s a rising tide of pretenders to its crown.

Singapore’s Tuas mega-port: plain sailing ahead?
4 Jun 2018 - 7:30AM
‘Prostitute Mansion’: Is Singapore heading for Hong Kong-style housing?

As tycoons buy up properties in record-breaking deals and private house prices rebound, homes in the Lion City seem destined to get pricier – or tinier.

As tycoons buy up properties in record-breaking deals and private house prices rebound, homes in the Lion City seem destined to get pricier – or tinier.

‘Prostitute Mansion’: Is Singapore heading for Hong Kong-style housing?
29 Apr 2018 - 12:44PM