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  • HK financial industry shrugs off pro-democracy protests

    [HONG KONG] Hong Kong's benchmark index posted its biggest daily gain in more than a month on Monday, as pro-democracy activists scaled down protests, allowing civil servants to pass through...

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  • Resale volumes of private condos plunge

    [SINGAPORE] In yet another sign of a stalemate between buyers and sellers, resale volumes of private condominiums have fallen to levels last seen during the Global Financial Crisis, with the...

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  • World Bank issues alert on debt servicing, property prices

    POLICY shifts by leading central banks, coupled with monetary tightening in some Asian economies, could bring problems of debt servicing to households and to business firms in the region, and also...

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  • Private sector, less traditional segments boosted Q3 sales investments

    The investment sales market picked up in Q3 with about S$5.96 billion of investment sales recorded, up 25.9 per cent from S$4.73 billion in Q2 2014. Amid the sluggish primary residential sales...

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  • Private residential market languid for most parts of 3Q 2014

    Market activity in the private residential property market was languid at best for most parts of Q3 2014, save for the pickup in new home launches towards the end of the quarter.

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  • Global occupancy costs: Asian cost advantages to reduce further

    Average European occupancy costs are currently US$120 per sqm per year. This is 20 per cent higher than the US and 30 per cent higher than Asia Pacific, confirming that the Asian cost advantage...

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  • Property companies turn net sellers in Q3: DTZ Research

    Reit acquisitions in Singapore pushed up real estate investment while property companies became net sellers of properties in Q3, according to DTZ. Real estate investment activity increased by about...

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  • The great wave of real estate fund expiration

    Prior to the Global Financial Crisis Asia, Asia Pacific experienced a boom in real estate fund formation driven by a heady mix of liquidity, strong capital market fundamentals and expectation of...

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Straits Times Index 3,274.25 39.94
Volume Value Rise Fall Unchanged
1,697.8M 1,398.3M 326 96 723
Hang Seng Index 23,998.06 296.02
KLCI 1,855.15 12.37
Nikkei 225 16,413.76 755.56
South Korea KOSPI 1,964.43 5.50
Updated: 31 Oct 2014 17:06 (Quotes are 10 mins delayed)


CCT: Issuance Of ¥6.3 Billion Floating Rate Notes Due 2021.

31 Oct 2014 17:24

CapitaCommercial Trust wishes to announce that CCT MTN Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary, has issued ¥6,300,000,000 floating rate notes ...

EMAS Offshore: Buy-Back Of Own Shares Worth US$1 Million From 31 October 2014.

31 Oct 2014 10:46

EMAS Offshore Limited has decided to acquire shares of up to an amount equivalent to US$1 million. The shares acquired will be held as treas...

Starhill Global REIT: 3Q 2014 DPU Up 5% Year-on-Year To 1.27 Cents.

31 Oct 2014 10:16

Wisma Atria Retail achieved 6.3% y-o-y rise in shopper traffic and 6.7% rental reversions in 3Q 2014. Singapore office achieved 8.8% rental ...

OKP Holdings: Bankruptcy Proceedings Against Koh Lai Wah @ Hui Lai Wah For S$0.99 Million Due.

31 Oct 2014 10:02

OKP Holdings Limited's wholly-owned subsidiary, Eng Lam Contractors Co (Pte) Ltd, had, on 16 October 2014, filed a bankruptcy application ag...

MTQ: Reports S$6.4 million 2QFY2015 Pre-Tax Profit.

30 Oct 2014 17:54

Higher revenue and gross profit recorded for 2QFY2015. Gross profit margin declined from 36.9% to 32.8% mainly due to product mix within the...

FSL Trust: Achieves Solid Financial Performance In 3QFY14 Generating Net Profit Of US$0.7 Million & Net Cash From Operations Of US$12.8 Million.

30 Oct 2014 17:47

3QFY14 net profit of US$0.7 million vs 3QFY13 loss of US$8.9 million, the second consecutive quarter of net profit for the Trust. Net cash f...



Eating hotpot? Insure against burning your tongue

[HONG KONG] Your child throws a tantrum and smashes something? Take out “naughty child insurance”. Similarly, buy cover against your...

OCBC offers first pure maternity protection plan

TO address the needs of new parents, OCBC Bank has birthed Singapore's first pure maternity protection plan, MaxMaternity Care, that is...

Tobacco-related health epidemic set to threaten Asia

[SEOUL] Smoke-filled bars and packed cancer wards reflect decades of neglect of no-smoking policies in Asia, where both high- and...

Should you cancel your Integrated Shield Plans?

MY client Ms Tan recently asked me if she should terminate her father's private Integrated Shield Plan (IP) with Aviva, after reading some...

‘No tax rise planned’ for subsidies on MediShield

ALTHOUGH the payouts from MediShield Life will be more than the current scheme, the proposed mandatory medical insurance will be both...


Personal Finance

Median size of new sales continues to shrink in H1

WHILE the median size of new private apartments and condos sold by developers continued to contract in the first half of this year and is...

Apple Pay may just liven up mobile payment in S'pore

THAT Apple Pay has been heralded as a sparkling form of innovation does not speak as much to the cult of the brand (this time) as it...

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Stronger presence in Tokyo 17 Oct 2014

Ascott Residence Trust (ART) announced the acquisition of Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo, a 206-room hotel with 3 retail units...

Ongoing fiber and mobile data repricing 17 Oct 2014

Revenue grew to S$250.2m (+3.5% y-o-y, +4% q-o-q) primarily due to higher handset sales fuelled by new smartphone releases, which offset...
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