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Should the US Federal Reserve start raising interest rates?

Should the US Federal Reserve start raising interest rates soon, or continue to wait? What would be the consequences for your business or industry either way? The Fed has made a mistake. Soon the economic downturn will show more seriously. When it threatens to become a major problem the Fed will start to create money…
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Singapore after the General Election

What changes, if any, should the 2015 general election results spell for policy-making in Singapore? How would the GE outcome shape the political landscape here? The first reason to be grateful for the election result is the stability and solidarity it shows the rest of the world. In uncertain times a confident Singapore needs to…
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Responding to the migrant crisis

What is the proper humanitarian response to the Mediterranean migrants crisis? Do other nations, beyond Europe, also bear a responsibility to do their part? This is both a short-term and a long-term problem. Until solved at the roots it will not go away. If we are not careful it will become the modern world revolution.…
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Making stress work for you

A demanding boss, missed deadlines, unpaid overtime, an argument with your partner – these are a series of relatively minor issues. However, when they pile on top of each other, you end up feeling stressed out. Stress has been around since the start of time. Usually it is due to the awareness of something demanding…
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Remaining relevant in a changing world

What were, for you, the biggest takeaways from the Prime Minister’s National Day Rally speech this year? How would these impact your business? Transition and change are never easy. A certain yearning for the past is inevitable as we grow older. Government has to make that change clear but gentle. A National Day Rally speech…
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Equity and Equality

How can a society like Singapore’s further reduce income inequality and increase social mobility? Who should finance the social costs? Singapore is a successful society partly because it has adopted capitalism as its economic model. Capitalism and economic fairness are always at odds with each other. The concept of personal wealth and possessions inevitably leaves…
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The next 50 years

What should be the main issues of focus in the 2015 National Day Rally on August 23? I see four main issues facing Singapore. Firstly, protection and enhancement of the culture that has developed over the last fifty years. A maturing country must adjust the balance between society and the individual to the advantage of…
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50 years of peace, safety, stability

How does your organisation show its support for national service? What pro-NS policies does it have in place? The first requirement of a good mentor is to be an example to those who seek his or her help. The mentors we have subscribe to the need for National Service. They recognise that beyond the essential…
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Working well with your workmates

Most people spend a significant amount of time in the presence of their workmates. If you have a great working relationship with your colleagues, your job becomes fun, leading to higher morale, better productivity and improved results. On the other hand, if you do not get along with them, it makes going to work a…
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Work Smart If You Are Older

STANDFIRST: Some useful tips for seniors who want to re-join the workforce or want to remain in the same organisation. There is no question that being over 50 years is often seen as a bit past one’s prime by those under 50. However, most of the time people are not be defined by age as…
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