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OCBC goes the extra mile to ensure staff well-being

ONE does not normally associate family support groups with a bank but at OCBC Bank, single parents have been getting together to talk about issues troubling them. "These are heavy lifting sessions - people cry sometimes," said Cynthia Tan, OCBC Bank head of group human resources. Introduced last year, the rather formal- sounding employee resource groups or ERGs, have formed support groups for sta...


Maybank partners microfinancer Kiva

"BETTY" fishes for a living in Himamaylan in the Philippines, about 530km south-east of Manila on the island of Negros Occidental. She also knits and sells bags to supplement her family's income. Her already-tough life became tougher when a typhoon several years ago destroyed all of her crab nets. But thanks to a loan of US$625 (S$844) that she received with the help of Kiva, a crowdfunding...


Emerging market investors favour Asian bonds

ASIAN bonds, due to their higher quality and still-attractive yield, remain favoured by emerging market investors amid financial market volatility, data show. Some investors are also looking at buying more should any major corrections occur. "From a global context, from an investment opportunity perspective, Asia is well placed," said Neeraj Seth, head of Asian credit at asset manager BlackRock,...


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