Hot Topics on Regional Economy

Apr 2022

Singapore core inflation could peak at 4% in Q3 before easing in late 2022: MAS

SINGAPORE'S core inflation could hit a peak of around 4 per cent in the third quarter before moderating in late 2022, amid rising price pressures that have been intensified by the Russia-Ukraine war, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said in its half-yearly macroeconomic review on Thursday (Apr 28).

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Asia Growth Slows on Commodities, Covid and Rising Interest Rates

Economic growth in Asia and the Pacific is poised to slow more than previously estimated this year amid headwinds from the war in Ukraine, a resurgent pandemic, and tightening global financial conditions.

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Singapore banks top estimates but flag caution in weak markets

Singapore lenders DBS Group (DBSM.SI) and OCBC (OCBC.SI) gave cautious outlooks on Friday after reporting 10% declines in quarterly profits amid weaker economic growth, though their performances still beat analysts' estimates. Though rising interest rates and the full re-opening of Singapore's trade-dependant economy after restrictions during the pandemic spell good news for banks, inflation risks are weighing on their prospects.

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Keppel O&M, Sembmarine merge to form new firm

Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) and Keppel Offshore & Marine (O&M) are merging to form what could be one of the world’s largest offshore energy players worth $8.7 billion.

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