How firms can better manage emerging risks from remote working

SINGAPORE – The protracted Covid-19 pandemic is no longer just a disruption to the way we work but has transformed permanently the world of work. As we distil the learnings from 2020 to prepare ourselves for a pandemic-resilient workplace, the…

China's export growth unexpectedly speeds up in April

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s exports growth unexpectedly picked up in April, official data showed on Friday (May 7), as the world’s second-largest economy extended its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Exports in US dollar terms surged 32.3 per cent from…

UPDATE 1-Euro zone bond yields steady, markets brace for ECB week

* Euro zone periphery govt bond yields tmsnrt.rs/2ii2Bqr (Updates with quote, German Green Party news) LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) – Euro zone government bond yields were broadly steady on Monday, with markets largely on hold ahead of this week’s European…

Get ready for a post-pandemic world

SINGAPORE – The first quarter delivered two surprises: faster-than-expected vaccine roll-outs and a bigger-than-expected United States fiscal stimulus package. The backdrop of vaccination-led economic reopening plus substantial stimulus will likely pave the way for major economies to enter the reflation…

Global chip crunch may stymie growth of Singapore tech firms

SINGAPORE – Singapore companies linked to the global semiconductor value chain are making the most of the surge in demand for goods such as mobile phones, PCs and TVs triggered mainly by the coronavirus pandemic, but risks are looming. Demand…

Singapore firms' payment performance improves slightly in Q1

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) – The payment performance of local firms improved in the first quarter of 2021, albeit marginally, the Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau (SCCB) said on Tuesday (April 6). Occurrences of prompt payment in the first quarter rose…

Taiwan's Acer sees global chip shortage gradually easing

TAIPEI (BLOOMBERG) – A global shortage of chips for mid-end consumer products is starting to ease and will be much better come the second half of the year, a senior executive at Taiwan’s Acer, the world’s No 5 PC vendor…