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Business 16 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Embrace diversity or accept divorce

TWO major divorces are in the making in March. The obvious one is Brexit, which officially occurs on March 29. The other is the deadline for the US-China trade negotiations on March 1, when US tariffs on US$200bil worth of Chinese imports will increase from 10% to 25%.

Business 16 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Global central banks in ready mode

MAJOR international institutions and almost all market consensuses are forecasting the global economy, which was firing on all cylinders in 2018, is now looking to grow less strongly in 2019, moving from a synchronised growth to less synchronised global growth.

Business 16 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

MAMSB CEO: Good time to pick stocks

Equities said to be trading at low valuations

Business 16 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Economist sees slower growth in major economies

MANULIFE Asset Management global chief economist Megan E. Greene foresees three key issues taking centre stage this year.

Corporate News 17 Feb 2019 | 11:21 PM

Cash-hoarding Japanese firms please investors as share buybacks hit record

TOKYO/HONG KONG: Japanese share buybacks have hit a record this fiscal year and are set to maintain the booming growth as cash-rich companies bow to pressure from investors and the government to boost returns and improve governance.

Auto 18 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Report: Nissan panel to recommend outside director to chair board

TOKYO: A Nissan Motor governance committee will recommend the appointment of an external director as board chairman, a role distinct from company chairman, in a move to decentralise power at the top level, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Corporate News 18 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

S’pore plans cautious budget with an eye on election

SINGAPORE: Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will aim to strike a delicate balance in today’s budget: preaching fiscal prudence while doling out more social spending ahead of elections that could come as early as this year.

Corporate News 19 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Khazanah dividend payout below target

Government expects to receive RM2bil

Economy 19 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Singapore unveils budget bonanza for elderly

SINGAPORE: Singapore has unveiled an expansionary budget for the next financial year, setting aside S$6.1bil for the welfare of its elderly in a generous package before an election expected as soon as this year.

Corporate News 19 Feb 2019 | 7:04 AM

Moody's expects global sovereign sukuk issuance to exceed US$93b by 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Moody's Investors Service expects global sovereign and supranational sukuk issuance to recover this year and exceed its all-time high of US$93bil by 2020, possibly sooner, if oil prices remain moderate.