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Kapital News Highlight - July 16

Monday, July 16, 2018

A weekly highlight for your updated and forward-thinking financial insight : 

  • Robots will slash millions of jobs and create an upswing in trafficking and slavery across south-east Asia, research claims. In a report launched on Thursday, supply-chain analyst firm predicts that the rise in robot manufacturing will have a knock-on effect that results not only in lost livelihoods but in a spike in slavery and labour abuses in brand supply chains. (The Guardian)


  • Indonesia’s trade balance is seen returning to a surplus in June after posting larger-than-expected deficits in the previous two months, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. The governor of Indonesia’s central bank said he expected a trade surplus of above $1 billion in June. (Reuters)


  • Real estate firm Royal Group has raised its first sharia-compliant financing from RHB Bank Singapore for a S$300 million ($220.8 million) property, helping widen the range of Islamic finance deals in Southeast Asia’s main financial hub. Singapore has been promoting Islamic finance over the past decade, with the city-state issuing its first Islamic bond in 2009, aiming to attract religiously-minded investors from the Gulf and Southeast Asia. (Reuters)


  • Grab is opening its app to external developers and fellow startups to build a WeChat-like super-app that encompasses everything from maps and payments to food delivery. That includes delivering groceries in partnership with regional online grocer HappyFresh, a first for the startup as it tries to emulate the success of rival Go-Jek beyond car-hailing. (Bloomberg)

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