Investment banks tread carefully after years of living dangerously

When Barclays fired its chief executive last week, it joined three other European banks - Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered - that have also turfed out their bosses this year.

Amazon people give up their ancestral ways to save the forest

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon are far removed from the Paris conference rooms where late last year, politicians and technocrats in dark suits had hashed out a historic deal on curbing climate change. But they are taking bold action of a different kind to save the rich biodiversity of the p...

Land reclamation: Raising land from the sea

Singapore has employed fleets of TSHD to suck up the seabed off Cambodia and Vietnam shores, and bring the material to the island republic’s coastline to reclaim land since 2003 after Malaysia and Indonesia banned seabed dredging in its waters.

Ministry braces for El Nino weather and return of haze

The El Nino phenomenon, which is expected to bring higher temperatures and decreased rainfall in the first quarter of 2016, could possibly bring back the haze, said the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

HK pips New York as world's biggest IPO capital, 2016 outlook strong

Hong Kong replaced New York this year as the world's biggest IPO market by the amount of funds raised, buoyed by Chinese banks and other financial firms, with the deal pipeline pointing to a stronger year ahead.

Reliance Communications, Aircel and Sistema begin talks for three-way merger

Reliance Communications (RCom), Aircel and Sistema (MTS) have begun initial talks for a three­way merger that could see the emergence of India's third largest telco by subscribers.

What Asia's Billionaires Bought in 2015: From Mansions to Monets

Asia is minting billionaires faster than anywhere else in the world, and this elite group is giving Russian oligarchs and Middle Eastern aristocrats a run for their money in the trophy-assets stakes.
Here are five of the region's billionaires and some of the purchases they crossed off ...

Extreme bears are betting oil is going as low as $25, $20 and even $15 a barrel in 2016

Oil speculators are buying options contracts that will only pay out if crude drops to as low as US$15 a barrel next year, the latest sign some investors expect an even deeper slump in energy prices.

Malaysia again No 5 in highest illicit outflows

Malaysia has once again attained the unenviable “honour” of being in the top five countries which registered the highest average illicit financial flows over the decade.

The Perils of Fed Gradualism

By now, it’s an all-too-familiar drill. After an extended period of extraordinary monetary accommodation, the US Federal Reserve has begun the long march back to normalization. It has now taken the first step toward returning its benchmark policy interest rate – the federal funds rate...

China passes first-ever anti-domestic violence law

China’s first-ever law against domestic violence fails to cover some potential victims and has taken too long to pass, campaigners said Monday after it was approved at the weekend.

OPEC Sees Demand for Its Crude Oil Falling for Rest of Decade

OPEC said demand for its crude will slide to 2020, though less steeply than previously expected, as rival supplies continue to grow.

Huawei ships 100m smartphones on global, premium push

Huawei Technologies Co shipped more than 100 million smartphones this year as a drive to attract higher- end customers helped defy an industry slowdown that hit rival Chinese vendors.

China group's HSR plan on track

A Chinese consortium is in advanced talks with qualified Malaysian public-listed firms and government-linked companies for a future joint bid in the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail (HSR) international tender.

Cinemas to reopen in Kelantan next year?

Three cinema operators, including Malaysia’s second-biggest chain TGV Cinemas, have approached the PAS-led Kelantan government to open up business there, a state executive councillor confirmed after a cineplex was rumoured to kick off operations from April next year.

No HSR stop at Putrajaya

High-Speed Rail trains plying between here and Singapore will not stop at Putrajaya, MyHSR Corp confirmed.

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Tanjong Jara Resort: Where you can live like a king

If not for the grand stone wall – with the words Tanjong Jara Resort Malaysia – standing sentry-like by the side of the road, I wouldn’t have known that a luxury resort lay just a little further up from the guard post. Well hidden by trees, the resort only came into view moments...

YTL Starhill Global Reit's Q2 distribution per unit rises 2.3%

YTL Starhill Global REIT (SGReit) said its second quarter distribution per unit rose by 2.3 per cent to 1.32 cents.

Overnight queue for DAHLIA, the final phase of 2-storey terrace homes at Pakatan Jaya Ipoh

“There is every reason to buy now. With prices starting from RM200,000 Dahlia presents a truly attractive value-for-money investment for the young generation to own their first homes in this choice location. The majority of them are young working adults and young families from this area and...

YTL goes all out with hotel-themed booth

The YTL International College of Hotel Management’s booth looked just like the front desk of a hotel. The students manning the booth were in full service industry costumes, from blazers, ties and vests to aprons and chef’s uniform.