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Commentary: You can still retire at 40, even with a longer life expectancy

And it doesn’t involve an onerous amount of savings, says one financial consultant.

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Here’s what Singapore’s human capital index in a world of disruption should look like

The World Bank Human Capital Index released this week doesn’t quite gauge how ready our youths are facing a volatile, ...

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A 21st-Century Singapore Story

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Commentary: What’s wrong with the Singaporean accent?

It is time to own the English language and be proud of what we have made of it. What we need to change is not our Singaporean ...

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Dealing with Disruption

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Commentary: My generation has a fear of missing out - on a disrupted future

The fear of missing out is real – and a 20-year-old shares what this means for millennials in an age of disruption.

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Work Life

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Commentary: Picking a fund is just like picking a car

Picking a fund to invest in can seem intimidating and technical but consider the similarities with another big-ticket item ...

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Rising China

Counterfeit handbags are among the billions of dollars in knock-off products imported each year,

Commentary: China's protection of intellectual property is something to shout about

Infringement is still an issue in China, but the Chinese government is getting serious about IP rights protection, says one ...

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Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

Anwar Ibrahim is expected to easily take the seat in Port Dickson

Commentary: First hurdle down but not all smooth sailing for PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim

Even with the Port Dickson seat in the bag, there are more obstacles to clear before Anwar can assume the country’s top ...

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Southeast Asia

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Commentary: Rising temperatures will make Southeast Asian economies sweat

Climate change could wreak havoc on productivity in Southeast Asia and increase business risks, says one environment expert.

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Elsewhere in Asia

U.S. President Trump and North Korea's Kim meet at the start of their summit in Singapore

Commentary: Second time’s a charm? The US must give up something or next Trump-Kim summit will be the last

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will have leverage, and the pressure will be on the US to give up something he finds appealing, says ...

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American Global Leadership

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Commentary: Yes, it's time to end the US-China trade war

The world’s first and second largest economies cannot disengage fully, regardless of the actions of particular ...

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World News

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Commentary: 'We first', from Brazil to Bosnia, the divisive politics of confrontation

Using popular support to right old wrongs, real or imaginary, putting their part of the people first, last and always, means ...

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Housing Singapore

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Commentary: A nightmare scenario, Ang Mo Kio emptying out in 20 years

Overcoming the horror scenario of ghost towns emerging and of entire towns becoming mass housing construction pits is the key ...

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The Education Debate

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Commentary: Parents, don’t shy away from a competitive education system

The Ministry of Education's announcement of fewer tests has been applauded by many parents, but one hopes it doesn’t lead them ...

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Tackling inequality in Singapore

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Commentary: A minimum wage isn’t the answer to inequality

Oxfam’s index that measures commitment to inequality has ranked Singapore poorly, and suggests that the lack of a minimum wage ...

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On Parenting

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Commentary: A tale of two bankers and modern parenting

Working part-time for a few years while raising young children may not cost you much in financial terms but it will ...

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Mental Well-being

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Commentary: Memory loss, a growing concern among young people

The young are as concerned as the old about losing their memory, but for most people, it's nothing to worry about as it's just ...

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Employment Challenges

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Commentary: Prepare to tell long-serving bosses their time is up

There comes a time when almost every leader starts to become complacent, says one observer at the Financial Times.

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The average gender pay gap across all British companies that submitted details stood at 12 percent

On Gender Equality

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Commentary: Why an extreme fear of pregnancy and childbirth plague some women

While anxiety and worry around birth is normal and expected, some women can experience severe and overwhelming fear, say three ...

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Digital World

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Commentary: Seven habits of highly secure digital natives

Keeping yourself safe online can be achieved easily with some good personal housekeeping habits, says one cybersecurity expert.

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Saving Planet Earth

Amjad Abdulla of the Small Island States said time had "already run out" for some

Commentary: We can tackle climate change without stunting economic growth

Let's encourage innovation to solve climate change, argues Financial Times' Tim Harford.

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Living Well

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Commentary: The problem with measuring happiness

Countries are competing in happiness rankings, but defining happiness is subjective, and differs across cultures, one observer ...

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