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Banks get creative with new ways to reach SMEs

SingaporeBANKS are becoming more creative in the ways they woo small and medium enterprises (SMEs), whether in the form of partnerships with associations, enticing grants or accolades.Reaching out to SMEs is no longer just about dangling corporate cards with the biggest perks, it would seem.American Express (Amex), for instance, says that as the bank with the largest number of direct...


The hedge fund king

IN 1994, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) recruited a small and little-known hedge fund in the US called Bridgewater Associates as one of its external fund managers. Led by a maverick founder named Ray Dalio, Bridgewater had a staff of 39, an unorthodox approach to investing and a corporate culture that was considered unconventional and even bizarre.Fast forward to the...


MAS moves to strengthen Singapore's Reit sector

SingaporeTHE Monetary Authority of Singapore on Thursday issued a consultation paper to strengthen Singapore's real estate investment trust (Reit) market. Market watchers welcomed its proposals to improve the corporate governance of Reits and ensure that fees paid to Reit managers are aligned with the interests of unitholders. The move was seen as a response to long-running issues in the Reit...


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