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Budget 2014: Catalyse growth holistically

In a fast-changing world, the Government must help firms in setting up environmental scanning and intelligence-gathering systems on a global basis. This would help them predict business trends, pre-empt opportunities, achieve first-mover advantages and move up the food chain.

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Provide affordable homes for elderly

When I heard about the prices for The Hillford, a retirement housing project for the elderly, I thought to myself that it is meant only for rich retirees. Even retirement housing does not come cheap.

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HDB resale prices fall 1.3% in Q4

In the latest flash estimates released by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) yesterday, the Resale Price Index (RPI) fell 1.3 per cent to 202.1 for the final quarter of last year. Previously, it had fallen 0.9 per cent from a record high of 206.6 in the second quarter of last year.

The 1.3 per cent fall was the RPI’s sharpest decline since the second quarter of 2005, when the index fell 4.8 per cent to 101.6 due to anti-cash-back measures aimed at stopping buyers and sellers from inflating prices to facilitate higher loans.

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