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Singapore government pivots toward “Smart Nation” strategy

In a bid to fulfill its ambitious Smart Nation 2025 strategy, the Singapore government has undertaken a major realignment of its innovation agencies.<p>The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) recently launched in a merger of two government agencies covering IT and digital media. The …

The future is digital

Digital technologies are changing the way we live, work, consume and create. Rapid digitalisation of industries is creating a digital economy that is …

Innovation

Small and successful nations

In the game of nations, size matters. Big countries tend to have big populations, economies, militaries, resources and ambitions. From time …

A Smart Nation must be built on a secure foundation

https://www.youtube.com/embed/GiK7q5-B9BE?wmode=transparent"<p>A Smart Nation must be built on a secure foundation. That was the key takeaway from the …

Cybersecurity

Singapore to test self-driving buses

Singapore has signed an agreement to start testing self-driving buses in a small part of the city state. The green buses in action will be …

PM Cameron resigns as UK votes to leave EU

<i>Go here to follow CNN's coverage of the UK referendum live.</i><p><b>London (CNN) —</b> The United Kingdom's historic Brexit vote to leave the European Union triggered the resignation Friday of British Prime Minister David Cameron and wreaked havoc on global markets.<p>There was a mixture of jubilation and tearful …

Look Who Pushed World No. 19 Economy Taiwan Into Recession

Taiwan’s economy, ranked world No. 19 by the World Bank, officially went into recession in the July-September quarter. Not just wage-wary workers and price-picky exporters on the industrialized island of 23 million people should pay attention to the 0.3% decline in the third quarter following a …

Sorry China, The Yuan Still Has Ways To Go Before Replacing The Dollar

There is growing expectation that the International Monetary Fund’s inclusion of China’s Renmimbi (RMB) in its basket of reserve used by the central banks of IMF members for Special Drawing Rights (SDR) represents a watershed moment in global finance and even China’s emergence as an economic …

AmorePacific's Suh Kyung

On a recent Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul to Beijing, Liu Yanan searches the overhead bins for a place for her overstuffed shopping bag. Liu, a 28-year-old advertising copywriter, visited Seoul for a concert by her favorite music artists, boy band Shinhwa, and on her way home she loaded up on …

Watch for U.S. recession, zero interest rates in China next year, Citi says

LONDON (Reuters) - The outlook for the global economy next year is darkening, with a U.S. recession and China becoming the first major emerging market to slash interest rates to zero both potential scenarios, according to Citi.<p>An investor looks at electronic boards showing stock information at a …

RMB funding options for Singapore firms expected to grow

SINGAPORE: More Renminbi (RMB) funding options are expected to be available to Singapore companies over time, amid the growing internalisation of the …

China

National Gallery Singapore officially launches with art carnival

SINGAPORE: Bright lights of vibrant colours painted the walls of the National Gallery Singapore on its grand opening on Friday (Nov 27).<p>President …

How to Handle Negative Feedback

There’s no shortage of advice about how to react to negative feedback. Whether the critic is a boss or a co-worker, the same familiar guidance is consistently presented: Listen carefully, don’t get defensive, ask for time.<p>There’s nothing wrong with these three suggestions, of course. But at the …

What Really Motivates Workers in Their 20s

As we all know, young workers are a contemptible bunch. They’re “lazy,” and lack the admirable work ethic of their elders. They have an overblown sense of entitlement, believing they have some kind of right to walk right into a plum job in their early twenties rather than working their way up. They …

How to Stop Overplanning (Even If You’re a Perfectionist)

When done well, daily and weekly planning rituals can help you travel gracefully through life in a peaceful, intentional manner. But sometimes, overplanning your day-to-day activities can make you a neurotic, stressed-out person who feels like you would have been better off if you hadn’t planned …

Stress Is Your Brain Trying to Avoid Something

Stress exists in every workplace, and all of us have probably tried a few trendy stress-management approaches. But rather than trying the latest fad, it may be more effective to understand how stress works and where it comes from, so that you can create your own methods for dealing with it.<p>Stress …

What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Focus on Before a Job Interview

Years ago, when I was interviewing for the job of deputy editor at <i>Harvard Business Review</i>, I thought I had carefully prepared for my full day of interviews. I had my favorite suit dry cleaned and ready to go. I took my older daughter (a notoriously bad sleeper) to my parents’ house so I could count …

How to Give a Killer Presentation

A little more than a year ago, on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, some colleagues and I met a 12-year-old Masai boy named Richard Turere, who told us a fascinating story. His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from …

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

Design thinking has come a long way since I wrote about it here in 2008. The most valuable company in the world places design at the center of everything it does. Designers are on the founding team of countless disruptive startups. Domains such as healthcare, education, and government have begun to …

Careers

How To Answer 'What's Your Greatest Weakness?'

Not everyone in the world believes that people walk around with weaknesses, but a lot of Americans sure do! I have talked with CEOs and other executives who insist that we are all flawed and that big chunks of our time and energy should go to correcting our defects.<p>Personally I think that’s a …

Art Theft Barry Kite

China Stocks Tumble

Shares in China, Japan fall sharply while Australia recovers from earlier losses<p>China’s stock-market crash has wiped out more than $1 trillion in value from equities and sent its main stock index down 22% over the past four days.<p>Markets elsewhere in Asia, meanwhile, started to move past China’s …

Stock Markets

China Remains a Key Commodities Player, Despite Waning Appetites

Slowdown after heady growth still leaves China as a big buyer of oil, gold, cotton and other resources<p>The fear that China’s appetite for commodities, from copper to coal, is falling after a decade of breakneck growth has sent prices tumbling, but the country’s sheer scale in these markets means …

Stock Markets

Asia Consumer Spending Won’t Come to Rescue

Consumption is losing its position as a key driver of growth in Asia as household debt builds and economic growth slows<p>SINGAPORE—Global economies roiled by slipping growth and a market rout rippling out from China aren't about to be saved by a boost in consumer spending from Asia, where household …

Five Things You Need to Know About China’s Rate Cut

What Did China Do?<p>China’s central bank made a double-barrel move to get funds rolling through its financial system: It took a quarter point off benchmark lending and deposit rates and reduced the amount banks are required to keep in reserve to 18% of deposits from 18.5%. The latter move in effect …

Emerging-Market Currency Risk Shifts to Lenders

Foreign investors who bought local currency bonds are among biggest losers of recent selloff<p>Higher yields and appreciating exchange rates drew billions of dollars into emerging-market bonds issued in local currencies in recent years. But now foreign buyers are feeling the pinch from both …

5 Things Asian Economies Learned From 1997-98 Financial Crisis - Briefly - WSJ

Turmoil in China has sent regional stock markets tumbling and weakened currencies to lows not seen for more than a decade in some places. The rout has stirred reminders of 1997, when a financial crisis that started in Thailand spread throughout Asia and shocked investors in what became an …

China’s Banks Face Worst Year in Over a Decade

Lenders push to clear rising bad credits from their books<p>BEIJING—China’s biggest lenders are scrambling to clear rising bad loans from their books, as a faltering economy weighs on loan repayments and sets banks on pace for their worst year since they began listing shares 13 years ago.<p>The pace of …

Stock Markets