Finance

Tips for commodity traders to avoid facing default or paying penalty

By Dana Smith Commodity trading brokers understand the nature of each commodity and what it takes to trade them effectively. Deadlines must be met and each type of commodity is regulated in such a way as to maintain fair and equitable trading for every person involved in the market. Whether a person trades occasionally or has made it their life’s …

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How far can pigs fly?

By Property Soul On October 17, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told the press that it is still not time yet to unwind the cooling measures. Price adjustments so far have been moderate compared to the increase in prices in the past few years. Price corrections are moderate So how “moderate” is price adjustments? Have price corrections been “meaningful” so …

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Tharman outlines 3 key thrusts in Public Service

The Public Service will need strategic vision, deep capabilities as well as close and continuous connections to the ground as it continues to serve the public in a more complex terrain, said Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. “We also have to stay open to ideas from others, and co-develop solutions with the community, the private sector and civil society and …

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World’s most valuable brands – Apple and Google top 2015 list again

Interbrand‘s list of the world’s most valuable brands is out – and Apple and Google once again top it for the third straight year. “Interbrand’s 2015 edition of the Best Global Brands report sees the technology industry continue to dominate, with more than half of the top ten slots represented by companies operating in the space,” reports The Verge magazine. …

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4 burning property investment questions answered

By Property Soul Q: Is it a good time to buy properties now? A: It depends. If you are a savvy property investor with many years of experience, if you have the financial means and you know what you are looking for, by all means go ahead. But most of us are just ordinary property buyers who are most likely …

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Should residents worry about their homes being undervalued in opposition wards?

With voting day barely days away, top of mind issues with voters is the idea that their homes will taper in value should they vote opposition By 99.co We’ve all heard the grumblings—opposition constituencies do not get developed as much, they’re upgraded less, they get fewer amenities, and the list goes on. If the grumblings were true, or even thought to be true, …

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When fear of downturn becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy

By Property Soul In my earlier blog post “Why property prices won’t be recovering any time soon“, I talked about ‘regime uncertainty’ and how the recent China stock market crash further undermined market confidence. During the free fall between June 12 and July 7, in less than a month Chinese equity investors lost more than $3.4 trillion in equity value. …

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Why is the government risking an asset price crash?

By Anthony Cheng The government’s recent housing policy revisions have some worrying implications. A chart sent to me by a friend who was at a briefing on the real estate market by an acknowledged expert highlights the problem.   Let me explain. If you look at the chart above, you will see that in the last 10 years (2005-2014) of rapid population …

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Getting your dream home in Singapore

By Jessie M. Like, who wouldn’t want to live in a place like Singapore, right? Sure, it might be the most expensive country in the world, and it might be far away from home, but the country is beautiful, the people are amazing, and the housing options are incredible. Prior to the 12th parliament being dissolved, the then Singapore Prime …

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GE issues – SkillsFuture, the billion dollar pipe dream?

By Reperio Simon In our earlier post, we wrote about the “gatekeepers”, FCF and TAFEP. Since we have managed to get past the gatekeepers, let’s see what’s really behind the gates: Jobs, and how they will be available and created. The latest “innovative” step is the creation of SkillsFuture, a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop …

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