World's largest trade deal is in force, but there's still 'work to be done,' says Singapore minister

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, came into force on Jan. 1.

Business stares down big challenges in 2022

2022 Series: The supply chain crisis is expected to continue well into 2022 and remote working is here to stay, write Christo Karuna and Michael Mintrom

Crypto scammers took a record $14 billion in 2021

Scammers around the world took home a record $14 billion in cryptocurrency in 2021, thanks in large part to the rise of DeFi.

Wealth of 10 richest men 'doubled in pandemic'

Covid-19 has made the rich richer while poverty increased, Oxfam claims, as a virtual Davos gets underway.

Taliban expands its 'food for work' programme

It comes as the United Nations has appealed for $4.4bn (£3.2bn) in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan.

Elon Musk rejects claims that he is hogging space

His comments come after China complained to the United Nations about his internet satellite project.

Housing market appears to be hitting pause after rapid growth

Seasonally adjusted national median house prices shot up 22 percent last year, but in December the median dropped back 1.6 percent compared to the month before.

MARKET REPORT: FTSE 100 slips but is set for best year since 2009

The blue chip index closed down 17.68 points at 7403 following a strong rally in recent days. Shares have been boosted as Omicron fears fade,

Turkish lira faces a rocky new year as inflation hits 19-year high and could go higher

Goldman Sachs sees Turkey's inflation going above 40% for most of coming year.

UK air travel sees huge slump in 2021 due to Covid

International flights to and from the UK fell to just 400,000 this year, says analytics firm Cirium.

Apple becomes first firm to hit $3tn market value

The firm's value more than doubled during the pandemic as people bought more gadgets during lockdowns.

Oil hits seven-year high as Houthi attack on UAE rattles regional tensions

International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $87.75 on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Abu Dhabi, its highest level since 2014.

The world's largest crypto exchange Binance is trying to woo France

Crypto giant Binance is bolstering its presence in France after a choppy year of regulatory scrutiny.

Amazon's Alexa assistant told a child to do a potentially lethal challenge

Alexa is not designed to endanger human lives but that's exactly what it did when it told a 10-year-old girl to touch a live electrical plug with a penny.

Why warehouses are Asia's new hot property

Online retailers are moving to bigger facilities and increasingly relying on automation to meet demand.

Is there a better way to make resolutions stick?

There are lots of apps that promise to make you healthier and happier but are they any good?

Energy bills: Charity says more households with children will struggle

The expected energy price cap rise in April could raise the number of fuel poor households by 525,000, new estimates have revealed.

Fuel industry consumer spending up, hospitality down in December

Retail spending was slightly up last month during the busy Christmas period and as Covid-19 restrictions eased.

Beware the 'boomerverse'

The 'boomerverse' and other trends in the metaverse in 2022.

What will 2021 bring for investors? A Covid fightback and inflation

UK markets have had a decent year yet enter 2022 still cheap and scorned by many investors. And the sudden arrival of Omicron means we remain under the pall of Covid-19.

China's Xi defends 'common prosperity' crackdowns

The Chinese leader made the comments during an address to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.

'Incredibly prescriptive' lending code ruining lives - Mortgage broker

The financial sector is calling for urgent action to make it easier for people to borrow money, suggesting restrictive new rules could be quickly amended with just a few tweaks.

Can a solar-powered fridge get more people jabbed?

A fridge designed for areas with no electricity is now helping dispense Covid vaccines in Kenya.

The world's 10 richest people added $402 billion to their fortunes in 2021. Here's whose net worth grew the most

Heading into 2022, the 10 wealthiest individuals in the world are all worth more than $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Matt Damon-advertised crypto firm loses $15m of customers' money - report

The money is being laundered using a 'mixer' which allows anonymous transactions

Covid vaccine programs could end with third dose for most people, Israeli doctor predicts

Professor Eyal Leshem is an infectious disease expert at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, where fourth vaccine doses are being rolled out as Covid cases soar.

UK could be among the first countries to emerge from Covid pandemic, top scientist says

The U.K. could be one of the first countries to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to one leading scientist.

Singapore says booster shots needed in order to maintain fully vaccinated status

The policy will be in force from Feb. 14, 2022.

Orcon and 2degrees announce planned merger

If it goes ahead, the new company would be the third-largest in the country.

The AI that helps create your own hit music tracks

Artificial intelligence is now smart enough to write tracks that earn streaming service royalties.

North Korea's hypersonic missile claim is seen as an attempt to boost its 'bargaining position'

On Thursday, state media claimed the country had test-fired a "hypersonic missile" the previous day.

UK inflation rate soars to 30-year high as cost pressures continue

U.K. inflation soared to a 30-year high in December as higher energy costs, resurgent demand and supply chain issues continued to drive up consumer prices.

Canon forced to teach customers how to not use its expensive printer ink due to chip shortage

The non-chipped cartridges give users an error message.

Blow for City as Richard Branson goes Dutch to raise cash

He aims to list the special purpose acquisition company, or Spac, on the Euronext stock exchange as he raises money to pursue takeover targets.

Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong files to wind up company as cash runs out

In a filing to the Hong Kong exchange, Genting said it will "imminently be unable to pay its debts as they fall due," as its liquidity dries up.

Would-be homeowners face banks pulling pre-approvals

Potential home buyers are being warned they could face their pre-approvals being declined or withdrawn for months to come.

Kiwis urged to pay off debts, commit to savings plan

While most New Year resolutions involved health and fitness goals, Chartered Accountants ANZ recommends cutting the credit card.

HK police charge former aircrew over Covid rules

If convicted, the two former flight attendants could face up to six months in prison.

Christmas bonus? Bank accidentally drop $250m into lucky Brits' accounts

A bank in the UK is scrambling to recoup more than NZ$250 million it accidentally paid out on Christmas Day.

Kazakhstan president orders troops to 'fire without warning' after days of unrest

Speaking in a televised address, the Kazakh president said those who failed to surrender would be "destroyed."

China's zero-Covid strategy hurts consumer spending more than manufacturing

Manufacturers are less affected by city lockdowns since factories are typically spread out in suburban industrial parks, according to an economist at the EIU.

Nearly HALF of retirees worried they will run out of money

Two fifths of retirees surveyed said they had no plan regarding how much they should spend each year. This is Money explains how to plan your later life finances.

Saudi Arabia hires PR veteran and former Katie Couric producer for media consulting

Saudi Arabia hired public relations veteran Nicolla Hewitt as a freelance media consultant.

Erdogan blames Turkey's currency problems on 'foreign financial tools' as central bank reserves fall

Turkey's lira lost 44% of its value in 2021, due in large part to a refusal by the president to raise interest rates to rein in inflation.

Cyprus reportedly discovers a Covid variant that combines omicron and delta

The strain is being called "deltacron."

More expats may quit HK over Covid laws: Survey

The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong pointed to border closures as an issue for those surveyed.

South Korea raises rates to pre-pandemic level

Its third interest rate hike in six months comes as it tries to contain rising prices and debt.

10 things that will be more expensive in 2022

Prices are going up in the year ahead. Here's what's going to be more expensive and how to navigate paying more for the things you want.

Bank accidentally deposits $176 million into people's accounts on Christmas Day

Thousands of people got a surprise present on Christmas Day this year when a bank accidentally deposited £130 million across 75,000 transactions.

Rocky start to 2022 air travel as bad weather, omicron drive thousands of cancellations

Airlines have canceled more than 15,000 U.S. flights since Christmas Eve.