Why it matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

The issue of bond rebates has come under scrutiny following a string of defaults on bonds worth over $1 billion. Reporter Wong Wei Han said the Association of Banks in Singapore reforms go a long way to shore up the reputation of an industry that is integral to Singapore's financial sector. http://str.sg/4MvG

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit took place amid growing pushback against globalisation. Reporter Chong Zi Liang said world leaders' commitment to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises will go some way to address anti-globalisation sentiments. http://str.sg/4M9A

More firms here are offering ad hoc flexible work arrangements which allow workers to take unplanned time off or work from outside the office. Such arrangements are important to retain staff, reporter Janice Heng said, and the next step would be for firms to offer formalised flexi-work arrangements. http://str.sg/4MaW

Financial technology is a growing business and Singapore is making a concerted push to woo budding firms with a generous new funding scheme announced on Nov 17. Assistant Business Editor Yasmine Yahya noted this sends a clear message that Singapore is serious about being a fintech hub. http://str.sg/4M2Q

Olympian Joseph Schooling has made it a point to include charity work in his packed schedule for his second homecoming. Sports reporter Chua Siang Yee said it is commendable that the sportsman is sending a strong message about giving back to society. http://str.sg/4M7S

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe