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Singapore - bright spot among global investors and funds

"SINGAPORE'S prospects as a fund management hub look stronger than ever. A number of recent international developments have contributed to this. Global investors are concerned about uncertainties arising from the US-China trade war, protectionism, Brexit, the Italian budget and a sluggish growth outlook for the eurozone...

Against the backdrop of these uncertainties, global investors and funds are increasingly focused on Asia and they find immense comfort in Singapore as a reliable financial centre and investment platform, thanks to its economic and political stability, ease of business, as well as a conducive regulatory and tax framework. Therefore, Singapore's fund management industry will likely witness considerable growth and innovation in 2019...

The increased availability of capital and funding options through Singapore is a boon for founders and startups in the region and will greatly benefit those who have to overcome the "Death Valley curve" - symbolising cash flow challenges after a seed or Series A funding.

The next five years will see a significant growth in the number of unicorns (startups valued at $1 billion and above) in South and South-east Asia, with Singapore-based funds continuing to participate in multiple mega-funding rounds."

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