SG realty: Less attractive for investors in 2015?

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Singapore’s property market, much like London, has emerged as a capital preservation market for investors. The scarcity of land in the city-state allows the value of property to be maintained, converting liquid capital into enduring asset value. However, capital preservation markets are subject to the long-term exposure to inflation risk. And,… Read more »

Three foreign-owned banks to enter PH

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Three new foreign banks are set to enter the Philippines, as the country opens itself 100 per cent foreign-owned banks, Reducing the entry and ownership barriers will attract more players to the country’s banking sector, benefiting both the economy and the consumer, say officials from the central bank Reports add… Read more »


“Asean’s youthful market attractive for FDI”

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Asean makes an attractive young market for foreign direct investments, according to Malaysian International Trade and Industry minister Mustapa Mohamed. With over half of the population in the region under 40 years old, he noted that there are always more opportunities in a youthful population. Speaking of the First Asean… Read more »


VCs in Media: Good, Bad & Asian prospects

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Venture capital (VC) is the financial capital provided to early-stage, high-potential, high risk, growth startup companies. A VC fund makes money by owning equity in the companies within its portfolio, generating returns through an eventual realisation event such as an IPO, or a merger & acquisition by another party, rather than dividends…. Read more »


Seeking startup funding? Be Quick – Go regional

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The funding climate is changing at a scale that is unimaginable, say venture capitalists, who feel that startups should aim to build a “war-chest” of funds and even go beyond borders to raise capital. Betting against the traditional model of ‘bootstrapping first and obtaining funding later’, startups should look at… Read more »


Startups in Myanmar: hurdles and way forward

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Can Myanmar, that is opening up to the world after 50 years of isolation, emerge as a startup destination?  Harald Friedl, an observer of the Southeast Asian startup world, an angel investor as well as a MD of a renewable energy company, who has been living in Myanmar for more… Read more »


Entrepreneurs need to dream big: Chok, Teak Capital

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Through her years of working with entrepreneurs, Teak Capital Sdn Bhd managing director and founder Chok Kwee Bee has observed that many a time entrepreneurs do not dream big enough for their businesses. She has seen entrepreneurs treading within their comfort zones and as a venture capitalist (VC), Chok believs… Read more »


Malaysia: A strategic hub for expanding in SEA

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South East Asian (SEA) based startups cannot afford to miss Malaysia – both due to its sizeable market and the links it has beyond the regional space, says Turkish venture capitalist Dmitry Levit. Levit, who is the founding general partner of Singapore-based Digital Media Partners, said Malaysia’s higher level of development and cultural factors… Read more »


Understanding Vietnam: 5 insights for investors

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With its promising young demographic and rising population, Vietnam is is one of the most attractive emerging markets for both – the global investor and the new-age entrepreneur. While the growth story and the market numbers are tempting enough for several companies to start aggressive expansion forays into Vietnam, the… Read more »


Riding the global M&A wave: right way forward

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The global financial assets are expected to grow by about $300 trillion between 2010 and 2020; this growing capital will spur more mergers and acquisitions (M&A) around the world. The trend is already visible in South-East Asia (SEA), with the M&A activity picking pace. The appetite to acquire is at a two-year… Read more »