Financial Services Commentaries

18 Oct 2017
BY Roger Crook
Singapore remains a key financial centre of the world, where nearly 99%1 of the 216,900 business in Singapore are small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
10 Oct 2017
BY Dimitri Kouchnirenko
Singapore is the country of business opportunities.
3 Oct 2017
BY Carl Freer
Blockchain is becoming an increasingly common buzzword locally, particularly within Singapore’s Fintech industry.
19 Sep 2017
BY Joe Duncan
Last month, Vitalik Buterin held a keynote presentation in Singapore, resulting in nostalgia taking over for me.
15 Sep 2017
BY Centre for Management Practice
It was February 2010, four months after Piyush Gupta joined DBS Bank (DBS) in Singapore as its CEO.
14 Sep 2017
BY Joe Seunghyun Cho
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is right to push for a cashless society in Singapore as a top national priority.
11 Sep 2017
BY Carl Freer
It wasn’t too long ago when there was a rallying cry of how banks were not doing enough to try and beat smaller FinTech start-ups.
8 Sep 2017
BY Phil Pomford
At this year’s National Day Rally on 20 August, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about the most important challenges and opportunities facing Singapore, the Smart Nation initiative was at the top of his agenda.
7 Sep 2017
BY Alex Campbell
Singapore climbed the rankings to be the second most cloud ready environment in Asia, according to the latest edition of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) Cloud Readiness Index.
21 Aug 2017
BY Phil Pomford
As in many markets around the globe, retailers in Singapore now face a rapidly shifting landscape.
18 Jul 2017
BY Carl Freer
As things get disrupted within the Singaporean financial world with new tech, it’s no surprise that the way we use currency is being affected as well.
4 Jul 2017
BY Carl Freer
As Asia and Singapore becomes increasingly digitised, processes get automated and several industries are disrupted by technology, in particular, finance.
16 Feb 2017
BY Chai Wai Fook & Chia Seng Chye
Following the recommendations by the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), the Monetary Authority of Singapore recently announced that it will relax some of its rules on finance companies to make it easier for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to obtain financing.
6 Feb 2017
BY Getty Goh
The recent spate of negative corporate news in Singapore – bond defaults and manpower retrenchment – has led banks to become more cautious about lending.
16 Jan 2017
BY Deborah Heng
Entrepreneurs are a unique breed of individuals.
8 Jan 2017
BY Alex Teoh
Electronic payments account for 69%1 of consumer transactions in Singapore – just slightly higher than the global average of 65%.
21 Nov 2016
BY Roy Walker
If you read the Singapore newspapers or follow social media, you won’t have missed the ongoing controversy about the merits or otherwise of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme.
18 Nov 2016
BY Alex Taverner
With Singapore continuously strengthening its position as a global financial hub – now ranked third in the current Global Financial Centres Index – government bodies like the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) are increasingly looking to technology to not only support and expedite growth in the financial sector, but also to protect it.
2 Nov 2016
BY Sumit Narayanan & Vanessa Lou
While the Risk-Based-Capital (RBC) framework has served Singapore insurers well over the last 12 years, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is driving a major overhaul on a new capital regime (RBC2) in light of evolving market practices and global regulatory developments.
2 Nov 2016
BY Centre for Management Practice
In 2014, Jimmy Ng, the head of Group Audit at DBS Bank, implemented the bank's continuous auditing project in Singapore.
19 Sep 2016
BY Jarrad Brown
Australia has taken a positive step towards greater transparency with one of the global financial hubs, Singapore.
14 Sep 2016
BY James Kane
The loud roar of engines revs up the final quarter of 2016 – as Singapore turns up its glitz and glamour, in conjunction with the 9th Formula One Singapore Grand Prix season.
5 Sep 2016
BY Roger Crook
After the global downturn that followed 2008, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) emerged as one of the pillars of the economy, withstanding turbulent times whilst banking titans collapsed around them.
26 Aug 2016
BY Ong Kai Kiat
DP Information Group had recently conducted a credit survey on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore and found that SMEs are tightening their credit terms.
25 Aug 2016
BY Satish Bakhda
It can be very challenging to obtain a loan for a startup anywhere in the world.
29 Jul 2016
BY Vincent Goh
Most people have been following the story on the Bangladesh Central Bank Heist.
11 Jul 2016
BY Ong Kai Kiat
Singapore is an established financial hub and it represents a significant 25% to 30% of our GDP in the past four years.
6 Jun 2016
BY Satish Bakhda
In Singapore, where entrepreneurship thrives successfully, you can start a business from your HDB flat or condo as a home business owner.
6 Apr 2016
BY Satish Bakhda
Tax season is here and it is time to consider your personal tax strategy in time for the April 15th deadline.
29 Mar 2016
BY Rikhil Bakhda
In Singapore, start-ups compete for talent with multinationals and cannot offer large paychecks compared to their large competitors.
23 Mar 2016
BY Dominic Gamble
Of all the alternative investments out there, should Singaporean investors start badgering their wealth managers to start buying up Bitcoin?
14 Mar 2016
BY Satish Bakhda
What is incorporation? A corporate entity or corporation is an organisation which is authorised by law to act as a legal person to carry on a business activity.
7 Mar 2016
BY Derren Joseph
Last September, I wrote "After Switzerland, is Singapore next?".
11 Feb 2016
BY Rikhil Bakhda
Singapore is a reputed international financial centre.
17 Jan 2016
BY Derren Joseph
Last November I wrote that Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was just the beginning.
13 Dec 2015
BY Raymond Foo
The recent financial rout in the commodity and currency market has resulted in volatility in the financial market.
11 Dec 2015
BY David Pugh
Warren Buffett famously said, "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked." That's true in volatile markets like those experienced in emerging markets this year in anticipation of a Fed rate hike.
22 Nov 2015
BY Derren Joseph
On November 17th, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) published a "Summary of Responses - Public Consultation on Draft Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2016".
10 Nov 2015
BY Dominic Gamble
A new breed of wealth management client is forcing change in a traditional industry.
4 Nov 2015
BY Hamish Moline
In the world of small business, the value of successful peer role models and shared best practices can't be overstated: already facing challenging odds of success (about 50% of new companies fail in their first five years), the keys-to-success wisdom shared by a fellow entrepreneur can make the difference between your chances of failure or flourishing.