fbpx

Opinion

Why is SGX promoting Temasek retail bonds?

I received an email from the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) on Thursday - an invitation to attend a seminar on Temasek's retail bond. The retail bond which is being offered by Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, was launched on Wednesday (17 Oct). This bond comes with a five-year maturity and a fixed interest rate of 2.7 per cent Up to $200 million of …

Read More »

WP/AHTC/PRPTC court case – making a mountain out of a molehill

I would think that it would be common practice to cross your "T"s and dot your "I"s when you are compiling a report that could potentially lead to a court case that could cost the public millions. According to reports, this is not the methodology practiced by PwC partner Goh Thien Phong (Goh). It is mind-boggling that he saw no need …

Read More »

The CRI, the CHI and the WEF Competitiveness rating – what does this all mean for the PAP govt?

Singapore has fared very well in two international rankings recently. Hot on the heels of Singapore's stellar showing on the Human Capital Index (HCI) released by the World Bank, Singapore has also come in at second place in the World Economic Forum's (WEF) competitiveness rating. Less salubrious is the nation's results in the Commitment to Reducing Inequality index (CRI) released by Oxfam …

Read More »

Did Temasek just launch its first or second retail bond?

I refer to the news report by Straits Times on Wednesday, “Temasek offering first retail bonds at 2.7% fixed interest”. The article states that “Investment company Temasek has launched its first public bond offer for retail investors.” Someone asked me what is the difference between the subject Temasek’s first public bond for retail investors and Temasek’s first retail private equity …

Read More »

Temasek pays US$250m for 3-yr-old Israeli cybersecurity firm when original investor only put in US$4.3m

Reuters reported yesterday (16 Oct) that Temasek Holdings is buying Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider Sygnia. Financial details were not provided but a source with knowledge of the deal, who asked not to be named, told Reuters that Temasek is paying US$250 million. Sygnia, which has offices in Tel Aviv and New York, will maintain its operational independence while …

Read More »