Coldplay and Taylor Swift concerts to contribute to Singapore’s growth

Taylor Swift performing onstage in Nashville, Tennessee. John Shearer/tas23 | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and now Taylor Swift. Singapore is eyeing concert economics as its new growth driver, which is set to add hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism receipts. “The Lion City has traditionally been more a magnet … Read more

TSMC opens new plant in Japan as it diversifies away from Taiwan

A general view shows the new semiconductor plant by Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (JASM), a subsidiary of Taiwan’s chip giant TSMC. Philip Fong | Afp | Getty Images Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company opened its first chip plant in Japan on Saturday as it diversifies supply chains away from Taiwan amid intensifying U.S.-China trade tensions. … Read more

South Korea unveils measures to boost stock markets, tackle ‘Korea discount’

A man leads a bull during a ceremony celebrating the New Year’s opening of the South Korea stock market at the Korea Exchange in Seoul on January 2, 2023. Jung Yeon-je | Afp | Getty Images South Korea’s financial regulatory body unveiled measures to improve corporate governance on Monday, taking a leaf out of Japan’s … Read more

Electric air transport set to take off with air taxis, cargo deliveries

A model of a Wisk Aero LLC electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.  Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Among displays of defense jets, passenger airliners and high-tech aviation equipment at the Singapore Airshow were electric air transport vehicles — … Read more

Grab posts first profitable quarter, announces share buyback

A attendee walks past a banner with a Grab logo before a bell-ringing ceremony as Grab begins trading on the Nasdaq, in Singapore, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Ore Huiying | Bloomberg | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Grab posted its first-ever profitable quarter, raking in $11 million in profit, the Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant said … Read more

Taking a trip with one child at a time: parent child bonding vacation

Sonja Prokopec took her son on their first “solo” trip together when he was six years old. They went to Rome, and it was so memorable that Prokopec said she’s now planning their second trip this summer. “I really enjoy one-on-one time which we have when travelling alone,” she said. “There are no distractions, no … Read more

Can Indonesia’s next president Prabowo deliver on his big promises?

Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’s presidential candidate and defense minister, center, waves to supporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Prabowo declared victory in Wednesday’s presidential vote, citing independent pollsters, putting him on course to lead Southeast Asia’s largest economy after two failed attempts.  Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images JAKARTA — Indonesia’s Defense Minister … Read more

Japan’s Nikkei hits all-time high on reforms, robust corporate earnings

Pedestrians walking across with crowded traffic at Shibuya crossing square. Jaczhou | E+ | Getty Images Japan’s Nikkei 225 hit a record high Thursday, powered by banking, electronics and consumer stocks as robust earnings and investor-friendly measures fuel a blistering rally in Japanese equities this year. The Nikkei 225 jumped nearly 2% to hit 39,029, … Read more

Chinese tourists are fueling a recovery in Asia-Pacific’s travel industry

Outbound passengers queue up to check in at Yantai Penglai International Airport on February 9, 2023 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China.  Vcg | Visual China Group | Getty Images Asia-Pacific’s travel sector is seeing strong growth, with demand for flights set to match pre-pandemic levels this year — thanks to Chinese tourists. The region’s … Read more

HSBC pre-tax annual profit jumps 78%, misses market estimates

Customers use automated teller machines (ATM) at an HSBC Holdings Plc bank branch at night in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Feb 16, 2019. Anthony Kwan | Bloomberg | Getty Images HSBC reported on Wednesday its full year 2023 pre-tax profit climbed about 78% to $30.3 billion from a year ago, missing median estimates of … Read more