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Business 05 Jan 2019 | 12:00 AM

This year looks like a tough year for business and ministers

Tan Thiam Hock - On your own THE year 2019 started off badly with red ink declines across all stock exchanges in the world. Bears charged ahead as investors continued to be spooked by dramatic events happening in the United States, China and Europe.

Business 05 Jan 2019 | 12:00 AM

Embrace the ‘D’ word for a tough 2019 ahead

AFTER the Christmas holidays, New Year fireworks and all the wishes that we have made and received in welcoming the final teen year of the century, we are now back to charting the investment strategy for the year and what should investors do in the current market conditions.

Markets 05 Jan 2019 | 12:00 AM Premium

Stock picks for 2019

LAST year was a black spot for global financial markets that experienced a big hit.

Business 05 Jan 2019 | 12:00 AM

Good buying opportunities in Asian equity market

A TUMULTUOUS 2018 has left Asian equities significantly cheaper and presenting selective opportunities, but investors need to tread carefully. Three of Schroders Asian equity managers explain why.

Business 05 Jan 2019 | 12:00 AM

Digital disruption to drive revenue growth in 2019

HERE is what Franklin Templeton thinks about digital disruption in 2019: “As businesses look to engage with their customers in a more service-oriented and data-centric manner, there are significant investment opportunities in the leading digital transformation, platform companies, as well as technology vendors that enable their customers to digitally adapt and transform.”

Business 05 Jan 2019 | 12:00 AM

China warnings signal Trump’s trade war finally hitting home

WEAK sales at Apple and Cargill, US giants of technology and agriculture, may be the clearest sign yet that President Donald Trump’s quest to reset world trade carries costs at home and could isolate the United States as the increasingly fragile engine for global economic growth.

Corporate News 04 Jan 2019 | 11:32 PM

World markets themes for the week ahead

Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week.

Telcos 04 Jan 2019 | 11:06 PM

Vietnam's Viettel in talks to buy stakes in Malaysian telcos

HANOI: Vietnam's largest telecommunication company, Viettel, is seeking to double its five million subscribers in Myanmar by the end of the year and is also holding talks with Malaysian telecommunication companies to buy stakes, its president and chief executive officer Le Dang Dung told Reuters an in interview on Friday.

Markets 04 Jan 2019 | 10:48 PM

Oil rises on China-US talks, gains capped by US fuel build

NEW YORK: Oil rose nearly 2 percent on Friday after proposed trade talks between the United States and China eased some fears about a global economic slowdown, but gains were capped after the United States reported a sharp build in refined product inventories.

Commodities 04 Jan 2019 | 7:18 AM

Gold bursts above US$1,300 as slowdown tremors spur new year rally

SINGAPORE: Gold pierced the $1,300 level to extend a new year rally. Investors flocked to the metal with global equities in retreat, signs of a slowdown stacking up, and the oldest of havens showing its mettle as exchange-traded funds draw in increased flows.