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Will iFAST steal other brokers' lunch?

SINGAPORE do-it-yourself (DIY) investors will have something to look forward to very soon with the imminent launch of a discount brokerage service by mainboard-listed iFAST Corporation. The company's shares have surged to S$1.085, or 46 times earnings, defying brokers such as UOB Kay Hian which downgraded it last week after a strong rally. Recently admitted as a trading member at Singapore Exchange (SGX) and a clearing member of The Central...


Credit Suisse launches fee-based portfolio advisory service

PRIVATE banks have sought to shift to a business model where clients pay a fee for advice, but that has been an uphill climb for most players. Now Credit Suisse is rolling out Credit Suisse Invest, a "digital-enabled" portfolio advisory service that puts at clients' fingertips the bank's capabilities in terms of global research, stocks and funds selection, portfolio analytics and daily investment ideas, among others. The service charges a flat...


Fewer losses in shipping industry but challenges remain

MARINE insurers have as good a perspective as any on the health of the shipping industry, for the very good reason that they have to pay up when things go wrong. So it is worth paying attention when major insurer Allianz says that, while shipping losses continue to decline, a "perfect storm" of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms. The Allianz Safety & Shipping Review 2017 says that 85 ships (of over 100 gross tonnage)...


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