Username
Password
Forget Password?
  1. Indices
  2. Commodities
  3. Currencies
Straits Times 3,377.96 +16.91 +0.50%
Hang Seng 28,765.40 +303.74 +1.07%
Dow Jones 27,154.20 -68.77 -0.25%
Shanghai Composite 2,924.20 +23.02 +0.79%
No. of Articles : 333
Quick Links »
thinkingman

Some Questions To Ask When Tempted BY 12% Yield

What do you do when you are offered a 12% yield or even more? Do you jump right into it or question this “good deal”? AK shares his opinion on risky investments and questions to ask oneself when faced with such a situation.

  • 24 June 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    singaporetelcos

    JP Morgan: Possible Fourth Telco Operator Spells Trouble

    When there were news of a potential fourth operator entering the telecommunications sector, telecom stocks took a hit by about five to 16 percent. JP Morgan expects the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to announce some new policies to allow for a new mobile network operator (MNO), or a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).

  • 24 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    images

    AK: How To Look Out For Investment Scams

    Recently I got to know of a likely fraudulent company selling US distressed properties in a declining city. Thought I could clear some air about how fraudulent investment operations work.

  • 15 June 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    marc faber

    Dr Doom: No Interest Rate Hikes! QE4 Incoming!

    While many economists are expecting the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates some time in Q3 this year, Marc Faber, more popularly known as Dr Doom, thinks otherwise. He thinks that almost all the major central banks that employed Quantitative Easing (QE) policies, are too “deep in the mud” to get out.

  • 12 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Bull and bear , symbolic beasts of market trend

    A Former Pessimist On Why The Bull Market Isn’t Dead Yet

    Are fears about the stock market’s valuation justified or is the market climbing a wall of worry? If it was a burning question back in December 2012, when Richard Bernstein, a former chief investment strategist at Merrill Lynch and now strategist at his eponymous advisory business, issued his well-known report with his answer, it’s a raging conflagration today.

  • 11 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    soap_bubble_bursting_bokeh-wallpaper-1024x768

    China’s Stock Market Has A Wile E. Coyote Moment

    Shanghai’s stock market just experienced a Wile E. Coyote moment. For weeks, investors had been chasing higher and higher returns. On Wednesday, however, they suddenly looked down to find their road had disappeared.

  • 10 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    David Stockman

    Stockman: Beware! Stocks & Bond Market Crash Imminent

    “Stocks and bonds are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse”, as David Stockman warns the world to prepare for the worst in the upcoming months. David Stockman feels that the current market is like a “coiled spring” that will snap very soon and will end disastrously.

  • 10 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    IMG_0101

    Howie Lee: Consistent Profits From China A50 With 40-Tick Strategy

    Phillip Futures investment analyst Howie Lee brought something novel to the table: a strategy that can help investors earn small profits consistently, the 40-tick strategy. However, Howie emphasised that this will only work on the China A50 Index.

  • 10 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Source: Bloomberg

    China Needs A Grown-Up Central Bank

    Zhou Xiaochuan is governor of the People’s Bank of China. But among some financial types, he’s earning another, less enviable title: the killer of weekends.

  • 09 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

    Phillip: Dogs Of STI Offer Superior Returns!

    Dogs of Dow (DoD) is a stock picking strategy that selects the ten highest dividend paying stocks with the worst performing returns in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Phillip Securities explains that the contrarian way of investing using the DoD strategy can prove to be worthwhile just because of the dividend yields.

  • 08 June 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    IMG_9988

    Hu Li Yang: Stay Away From Long-term Investments Now

    Hailed as the “Godfather of Asian stock market”, Taiwanese investment guru Hu Li Yang recently reminded everyone repeatedly to shy away from long-term investments. He explained that prolonged low interest rates and Quantitative Easing (QE) had pushed prices of properties and bonds to very high values.

  • 08 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    15-modi--shinzo-abe-xi-jinping

    A Report Card For Asia’s Would-Be Reformers

    One year ago, after Narendra Modi’s election as prime minister of India, I explored how Asia’s biggest economies were suddenly in the hands of leaders pledging huge economic reforms. Like Modi, Japan’s Shinzo Abe and China’s Xi Jinping were promising to deliver big changes. How have things fared since then for Asia’s “Axis of Reform”?

  • 08 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Prof Chan

    Bull Run Can Be Further Capitalised

    The US Federal Reserve (Fed) generally meets once every two months to discuss and determine the US federal funds rate. The next meeting is scheduled on June 17th and 18th, and these will be important dates to watch out for. The federal funds rate is the interbank overnight lending rate.

  • 05 June 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    bizroundupMar14

    Analysts: Weak Properties For Yoma But Strong Business Diversification; 70% Potential Upside!

    Past worries about the growth and prospects of Yoma Strategic (Yoma) were put to bed after its full year financial results were released. It was largely in line with the street’s consensus estimates, boosting analysts’ confidence in the coming year.

  • 05 June 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    IMG_0285

    Kevin Gin: China’s 7% Growth Is Still Decent

    Why China? Because China is a rapidly growing country within our timezone. We would lose out if we do not participate in the growth of China. We have the opportunity to benefit from another country within our timezone, and we share the same language and similar culture.

  • 05 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Liz Ann Sonders, senior vice-president and Chief Investment Strategist for Charles Schwab & Co., speaks during the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit in New York

    Liz Ann Sonders: This Bull Will Continue Running

    Liz Ann Sonders, who was named as one of the 25 most powerful woman in Finance by American bankers, is currently the Chief Strategist at Charles Schwab. Charles Schwab is an investment firm that has about $2.5 trillion assets under management currently.

  • 04 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    2014-05-08 05.57.10-1 (1)

    Daniel Loh: How You Can Profit When Markets Crash

    Until only recently, the Straits Times Index (STI) had been staying above the 3,400 mark despite anaemic economic growth. If you follow Daniel Loh, a local investment guru, you would have known that he had anticipated such a correction.

  • 03 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    ciimo_main

    UOB Kay Hian: China Auto Sector Accelerating; Buy Dong Feng

    China is currently the leading car manufacturing country in the world. It is expected that the Chinese automotive market will continue to grow in the next decade, becoming as big as Europe and US combined. With such a growth expected in the automotive sector and A-shares booming, is now the right time for investors to get in?

  • 03 June 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Janet Yellen

    Janet Yellen: Rates To Rise Soon If Economy Continues Improving

    Janet Yellen expressed her fairly optimistic outlook of the US economy in her most recent address. The US Federal Reserve chairwoman mentioned that interest rates would be raised if the economic improvement continues according to her expectations.

  • 03 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    image-767937

    Expect Fireworks From This IPO – Singapore O&G Ltd

    Singapore O&G Ltd (“O&G” or the “Company”) is offering 43.6m new shares at $0.25 each for an initial public offering on Catalist. There will be 41.4m for placement and 2.2m shares for the retail public. The IPO will close on 2 June 2015 at 12pm.The market cap based on 218m shares will be around $54.5m.

  • 02 June 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    A sign for the Bank of Japan is seen in Tokyo, Japan, Wednes

    Japan’s Low Interest Rates: What Can You Do?

    Near-to-zero interest rates started becoming the norm for the US since 2009 after Japan adopted it as a economic policy in the 1990s. However, it would still be impossible for interest rates to be negative. The impossible was made possible after the global financial crisis created an environment of low interest rates.

  • 02 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    2846money_sack

    AK: Want to create another stream of income with $500K?

    Not upgrading one’s lifestyle as one’s earned income improves is a simple way of helping to ensure a financially secure (and even financially free) future. Simple but is it easy? It is probably harder for some than others.

  • 02 June 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    ifast

    DBS Vickers: Buy iFast For Long-term Dividend Payouts

    Since iFast announced its Initial Public Offering (IPO) last year December, it has been receiving little attention. However, recent positive developments have aroused the interest of various research houses, most of which are bullish sentiments.

  • 29 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    IMG_0209

    Louis Wong: The Raging Bull Run Continues; Buy HKEx

    Following Louis Wong’s bullish sentiments about the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (SHKSC), he expanded further during his speech at our latest Shares Investment Conference (SIC) 2015 Mid Year Review (MYR).

  • 29 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    100977018-Greek,_EU__flag_Acropolis.1910x1000

    Wells Fargo: Europe Still Worth A Look Despite Greece

    Dark clouds loom over the debt crisis in Greece as the Greek government runs short on cash. Although the Greek government was able to come up with the €1 billion, it needs to settle its interest payments with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The repayment due in June is a daunting challenge at hand for the Greeks.

  • 29 May 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    img1

    UOB’s Trading Strategy Guide For Investors

    As an investor, we are always looking to triumph over the market and achieve the elusive alpha return. However, many investors forget a simple and important yet forgotten rule that could greatly improve our chance: adopt a disciplined trading strategy that can be repeated consistently.

  • 28 May 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    APL_Turquoise

    Analysts: Dipping Freight Rates And Lack Of Catalyst For NOL

    While Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) released their disappointing 1Q15 results, the other liners seem to be enjoying the fall in bunker fuel prices. NOL’s 1Q15 results were mainly because of uncertain volume and rates. To make things worse, the competitive environment is threatening NOL’s global liner status.

  • 27 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    102074731-carl-icahn.530x298

    Carl Icahn: Everyone Is Underestimating Apple; Target US$240!

    In the most recent letter from billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn to CEO of Apple Tim Cook, the former reiterated his sentiment about Apple’s valuation being ridiculously low. The chairman of Icahn Enterprise strongly believes that Apple shares have an actual value of US$240, suggesting that Apple’s market cap is nearly US$1.5 trillion.

  • 27 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    nickleeson-roguetrading-a_0

    Man Who Brought Down Barings Bank Warns on China

    Twenty years after bringing down a major British bank, Nick Leeson is sounding alarm bells about China. Unless the country reforms its stock markets, he warns, it’s only a matter of time until his earlier disaster repeats itself on a larger scale.

  • 27 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    20140205_bankbrand

    Phillip: DBS Boasts 10% Upside, 2.9% Yield

    The three banks in Singapore’s banking sector recently released its first quarter results. With all three banks picking up on Net Interest Margins (NIM) but experiencing slower loan growth in Q1, Phillip continues to hold a slightly positive outlook on the banking sector. In particular, DBS will be poised to edge ahead of the rest to offer investors better returns.

  • 26 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Fed Reserve Chairman Bernanke And Larry Summers Participate In IMF Panel

    Larry Summers: China’s Financial Bubble

    The China market is what many have been constantly talking about lately. Following robust growth over the past decade, the Middle Kingdom appears to be facing a significant economic downturn.

  • 25 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Federal_Open_Market_Committee_Meeting

    Mohamed El-Erian: What the Fed Minutes Tell Us

    Here are seven takeaways from the minutes of the April 28-29 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee released Wednesday.

  • 25 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    wellsfargo

    Wells Fargo: Soft Q1 To Improve In 2015

    Weekly economic data had been showing signs of improvement in the US economy until recently when a string of mixed data was released and wavered investor confidence about the bull market. The biggest contributing factor was its March’s Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) employment change of only 126,000, almost 50 percent less than forecasted growth. Is the US’s Quantitative Easing (QE) stimulation and low interest rate environment slowly losing its intended effect?

  • 25 May 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Prof Chan

    Opportunities In Potential Shenzhen-Hong Kong Linkup, Property Stocks

    Though the Hong Kong and Singapore stock markets are diverging from the US stock market, it is still worthwhile to pay attention to the words of US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen.

  • 22 May 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Planet-news

    UOBKH: Ignore The Bears; Buy SATS For 18% Upside!

    SATS managed to impress analysts with their recent 4Q15 (FY ending 31 March 2015) results despite the general weak market sentiments. UOB Kay Hian Research (UOHKH) analysts upgraded SATS to a “Buy” based on their improve performance and optimistic long term growth plan.

  • 22 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    p1996906098-3

    OCBC: Overweight On PTOs Even If They Lose Bus Bids

    Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded the contract for Singapore’s first bus package to London-based Tower Transit Group Limited (TTG). Both Comfort DelGro (CDG) and SMRT did not manage to clinch the contract despite having a lower bid. However, OCBC is encouraged by the outcome of the first bus package contract and maintains an OVERWEIGHT outlook on the sector.

  • 22 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Andy-Lau-resting-OSIM-uInfinity

    Analysts: OSIM’s Slow 1Q15 To Continue Through 2015

    OSIM International’s recent 1Q15 results were disappointing to most analysts as sales were a lot weaker than expected. According to the common consensus, the major factor in its poor performance was the recent lack of blockbuster products. However, in the longer term, analysts continue to be positive, especially with the replacement cycle due in 2017.

  • 21 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    bear

    Which Stock Market Is Scarier: U.S. or China?

    It’s scary stock-market ratio day! Bloomberg’s Lu Wang and Jennifer Kaplan point out that economist James Tobin’s Q ratio — companies’ market value divided by the replacement cost of their assets — is higher for U.S. companies “than any time other than the Internet bubble and the 1929 peak.”

  • 20 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    USD

    What An Almighty Dollar Means To You

    The almighty US dollar is now at its highest level since 2003 before the financial crisis hit in 2009. As the US economy surges and most others slump, investors are flocking to the dollar. However, a stronger dollar does not necessarily equate to a strengthening US economy, especially with other major economies weakening their currencies.

  • 20 May 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    piggy bank

    AK: Singapore Savings Bond – Good or Not?

    Quite obviously, the Savings Bond (just like the CPF) is not created with HNW individuals in mind. It is meant to help the average Singaporean who is more of a saver and who wants a safe place to park his savings which will reward him with a higher interest rate compared to a paltry 0.1% paid by some banks for money in savings accounts now.

  • 20 May 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    779556-aus-bus-nav-apple

    Apple Could Make Money by Bailing Out Greece

    That Apple should buy Greece with all the useless cash it has on hand is just a joke that won’t go away. Yet it’s true that, if big American corporations and European politicians had any imagination, they could probably engineer a bailout for the nearly bankrupt country on terms that would benefit everyone.

  • 19 May 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    China stock market

    Kevin Gin: Chinese Bull Run To Continue After Short Pause

    The question on most investors’ minds is whether the current pause in the Chinese stock market is an opportunity for investors to add to their positions or whether it is the start of a correction as the market has run ahead of expectations.

  • 18 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Source: CNBC

    William Pesek: Don’t Buy Alibaba’s Success Story

    From Tokyo to Mumbai, there’s been plenty of anxious chatter recently about how China’s bull market — which turned 883 days old this week — may have finally run its course. At the end of Asian trading on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index had fallen 8.2 percent in three days, its worst performance since mid-2013.

  • 18 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Source: CNBC

    Buffett: US-EU Interest Rates; Stocks vs Bonds

    The investing community is currently engaged in the longest of discussions and speculations of when the interest rates in the US will rise. According to the Oracle of Omaha, many economists believe that September is the most likely date for such an increase.

  • 18 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    richard030315e

    Macquarie: Bullish On Noble With More Than 50% Upside!

    Noble Group received a lot of attention after its share price dipped due to multiple allegations and many analysts were eager for its 1Q15 results. Macquarie Research recently released a report that reflected its strong bullish sentiment towards Noble and the commodity sector in general.

  • 15 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Pershing Square Capital Management LP Founder And Chief Executive Officer William "Bill" Ackman

    Bill Ackman: Healthcare Offers Great Promise

    In the recent Ira Sohn Conference, Bill Ackman was interviewed by Bloomberg and he provided valuable insights about healthcare companies and how long-term shareholders can directly or indirectly influence their returns. Ackman also talked about interest rates in the US and how bonds might not always be the best and safest investments now.

  • 15 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    bill_gross.top_

    Bill Gross: Perpetual Bull Market Enthusiasm To End

    “As it is, in 2015, I merely have a sense of an ending, a secular bull market ending with a whimper, not a bang,” Bill Gross wrote in his monthly letter to investors at Janus Capital Markets. The legendary bond investor Bill Gross who left Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) for Janus expressed his concerns about the global bull run.

  • 15 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    ALL BUSINESS

    Jim Cramer: Only 1 Of Buffett’s Top Picks Makes Sense

    In billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) annual shareholders meeting, the 84-year-old chairman shared his top four picks. Former hedge fund manager Jim Cramer believes that it is time to breakdown the merits of these picks to investors.

  • 14 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    banner-1

    Tai Sin Electric: Nibbling for a 6.3% to 6.5% yield

    I was first introduced to Tai Sin Electric by a guest panelist, Paul Chen, at the third “Evening with AK and friends”. This was sometime at the end of March. I did some research into the company and also came across a well written article dated 24 Sep 2014 by Sean Seah. You might want to read it: here.

  • 13 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    hlypic

    Hu Li Yang: Be Wary When Indices Hit Historical Highs

    Hailed as “the guru of Wall Street”, Hu Li Yang is a popular investment and finance expert among the Chinese from all over the world. In a recent interview, he shared his view about the different indices in the Asia Pacific (APAC) and if the bull run will continue through 2015.

  • 13 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    102645179-20150504-0486-1262.240x180

    Bill Gates Picks Yuan Over Dollar: Find Out Why

    In a recent CNBC interview, when asked about currencies and which one he would bet on for the next 10, 20 or even 50 years, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates chose the Chinese Yuan. One might think that the billionaire computer revolutionist would rather bet on the Dollar, but Gates has his reasons.

  • 13 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Dr Brian

    Dr Brian Fabbri: Is The US Bull Gone?

    According to Dr Brian Fabbri, IMF’s US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast of 3.4 percent Year-on-Year (YoY) growth now “seems impossible to attain.” Dr Brian even went as far as forecasting that US growth in Q1 2015 will be “less than 1.5 percent.”

  • 12 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    strategy

    JP Morgan: US Tech And Healthcare To Outperform

    The US economy is finally moving smoothly in terms of employment, consumption, housing, spending and investment generating trend growth of about three percent.

  • 11 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Source: CNBC

    Robert Shiller: Yellen Is Right About Overpriced Markets

    Yale economics professor Robert Shiller agreed with what US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Yellen said in a recent panel discussion on Wednesday with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Director Christine Lagarde. However, it quickly became a comment speculated and feared by many to be her own moment of “irrational exuberance.”

  • 11 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    oil-pump-jacks-us

    Rebound in Oil Markets Could Prove Lasting

    As Brent crude oil reached more than $68 per barrel Wednesday, a high for 2015, analysts started to backtrack on earlier predictions of $40-$50 oil. The rebound, however, may not last: Speculators appear to have disrupted Saudi Arabia’s strategic game against U.S. shale oil producers.

  • 11 May 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    CapitaLand

    Analysts: CapitaLand Stable Growth; Over 10% Upside!

    Real estate developer and owner, CapitaLand (CAPL) announced the results for the first time in 2015. Analysts continued to remain hyped up about the counter despite the lower profit after tax and minority interest as compared to previous quarters, particularly because of the significantly higher revenue.

  • 08 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Janet Yellen

    Yellen: Stock Valutations Are Quite High Now

    U.S. stocks tumbled with the dollar after data on jobs and productivity added to concern economic growth is not robust enough to withstand higher interest rates. Oil rose.

  • 08 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    building_resized

    NeraTel’s Results Push Shares Down To $0.65, Time To Buy?

    I was somewhat surprised at the plunge since I remember that the full year 2014 results although not positive were flattish when compared to the year before. We don’t usually see big negative shifts in a single quarter in a business as usual scenario. So, it is important to ask whether the decline is due to something that has permanently damaged NeraTel’s ability to deliver the goods, so to speak.

  • 07 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Abe

    JP Morgan: Why You Should Buy Jap Equities

    In October 2014, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) announced an aggressive asset purchase plan that will cover both public sector and private sector assets. While reflation after 20 years of stagnation sounds good on paper, large and sudden currency realignments can cause problems for financial markets.

  • 06 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    FederalReserve

    Fed Triggers Bank Flight From Emerging Markets: Mark Whitehouse

    As the Federal Reserve gradually ends its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the U.S. economy, there is increasing concern about the potential for repercussions in faraway places – particularly in emerging markets. To judge from the recent behavior of global banks, those repercussions are already happening.

  • 06 May 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Singapore-Homes_0

    Analysts: Property Prices To Fall 10% In 2H15

    iProperty.com recently released a sentiment report on Asia’s property market for the first half of 2015. Analysts are expecting Singapore property prices to slide further in this coming year, somewhere between 4.5 to 8 percent.

  • 06 May 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    US-Joiner-Announces-Acquisition-of-Infinity-Offshore-Marine

    Analysts: Sell Sembcorp Marine Now; Weak 2015

    Analysts from various research houses have mostly reflected in their recent updates that SembCorp Marine (SMM) will face a tough FY15 ahead. This is largely due to SMM’s 1Q15 net profit of approximately $160 million (-13.6 percent Year-on-Year (YoY); -39.2% Quarter-on-Quarter (QoQ)) achieving only 20 percent of the average street estimates.

  • 05 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    china_7

    The Future of SHKSC; Opportunities For Investors

    After surging 52.9% last year, the Shanghai Composite Index posted gains of about 26% in 2015 year to date. Margin loans of outstanding in Shanghai and Shenzhe reached 1.7 trillion yuan, two and a half times higher compared to six months ago.

  • 04 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    sjshengsiong231013e_1

    Analysts: Sheng Siong To Soar; Over 8% Upside

    Sheng Shiong Group (SSG) had just announced last week that they had a strong growth in the latest quarter. Analysts from the street continued having high expectations towards the supermarket chain giant. Despite the current high growth rate, they are still expecting SSG to maintain and even increase its pace in the coming quarters.

  • 04 May 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    China stock market

    Kevin Gin: The China Bull Run To Continue?

    Once again, China has caught the imagination of the world, with China’s capital markets, as represented by the CSI 300 Index (an index replicating the performance of 300 stocks traded on Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets) increasing by 127 percent in the last 12 months.

  • 04 May 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    banks318_2x_top_story_full

    JP Morgan Raises Red Flag Over Local Banks

    Singapore’s banking sector stocks returned 18.5 percent while the Straits Times Index (STI) only returned 12 percent in the past 12 months.

    However, JP Morgan is expecting “negative revisions and range-bound share prices in next three to six months” considering that the US Federal Reserve’s first interest rate increase is being postponed.

  • 30 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    healthcare

    MBKE: APAC Healthcare Growth At Over 12%

    While global healthcare markets are forecast to grow at a less than 6 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2012 to 2018, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) healthcare market is projected to expand at double that rate – 12.8 percent.

  • 29 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Bull and bear , symbolic beasts of market trend

    Keep Those Bull-Market Expectations in Check: Barry Ritholtz

    During the past few years, I have referred to market breadth as one of the more important metrics of the stock market’s health. As we close in on new highs in the cumulative advance-decline line, it is time to revisit this internal indicator.

  • 29 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    FF

    How To Get $50K In Passive Income By Investing In Stocks?

    How to achieve $50K in passive income from investing in stocks? I think I blogged about this before many times in the past but not in recent times. There is really no magic. In summary…

  • 29 April 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    soap_bubble_rainbow

    How Stock-Market Bubbles Steal From the Future: Barry Ritholtz

    On 23 April 2015, we discussed why the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index has gone sideways for the past few months. The prime suspects were rich valuations, earnings crimped by falling energy prices and higher returns to be had overseas.

  • 28 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    img6100_15102012021048

    Analysts: KREIT To Bounce Back, Buy Now For 8% Upside

    Keppel REIT’s (KREIT) latest earnings report have resolved investor fears and gave analysts a good reason to reevaluate the counter. Analysts from DBS Vickers Research stated that KREIT’s decreasing earnings will reverse back up very soon. This is the time for investors to buy into the trust.

  • 27 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    bernanke

    Ben Bernanke: Interest Rates To Remain Low

    Central banks around the world do not seem to be raising interest rates, both short-term and long-term. Rates have been exceptionally low for quite some time now and many are asking if the rates will maintain or go even lower. Dr Ben Bernanke, ex-Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) discussed some notable implications of low interest rates on the economy.

  • 27 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    shenzhen stock exchange

    The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Connect: A US$3 Trillion Opportunity

    Recently, the spotlight has been transfixed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong. What if there is an upcoming development that could be another opportunity for investors? But to take advantage of this opportunity, investors have to make preparations first!

  • 27 April 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    3-245_uDivineSIA_R.pdf

    MBKE: 2 Value Buys For Consumer Stocks

    According to a Nielsen report, most countries in Asia saw lower consumer confidence levels Quarter-on-Quarter (QoQ) in 4Q14. Although levels were optimistic, challenges persist for consumer stocks. The outlook of consumer services in the longer-term continues to be positive, underpinned by supportive policy reforms and accelerated government spending in the region.

  • 24 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    genimage

    QAF Limited: $1.14 A Share Is Cheaper Than 93c A Share?

    One year ago, when QAF Limited’s stock was trading at 93c a share, I observed that the PE ratio was 16.6x and I said that to buy in at that price would be making an assumption that earnings could improve dramatically in the future.

    There were pertinent concerns such as rising costs of doing business as well as the weak Australian Dollar and how these could continue to weigh down performance.

  • 24 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Jim Cramer

    Jim Cramer: 3 Tips Before You Start Investing

    Jim Cramer strongly believes that there is three preparatory steps that every investor should take before beginning their journey in investing. More often than not, amateur retail investors would find that their profits from investments get wiped out almost instantly if they do not follow a disciplined strategy.

  • 23 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    internet-stock-bubble copy

    Daniel Loh: DANGER! STI & US$ To Correct Soon!

    Daniel Loh thinks that the STI is currently a little overly inflated and there are not many attractive entry points for investors right now. Whereas for the US Dollar, after the recent release of a “slightly weaker-than-expected U.S. Retail Sales report,” the US economy appears to still be lacking a very clear upward trend.

  • 22 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Brian Fabbri, BNP Paribas Chief Economist for North America, speaks at the Reuters 2009 Investment Outlook Summit in New York

    Dr Brian Fabbri: US, Japan, or Europe?

    Amongst developed markets, which ones should investors look into?

  • 22 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    CIMB: Increase S-Shares Exposure To Catch China Tide

    After the A-shares bull run that started last year, the H-shares are catching up with the influx of southbound money. Similarly, the B-share market is also gaining momentum from the good performance of US-listed Chinese stocks.

  • 22 April 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    ecb

    JP Morgan: Europe Equities Expensive, More QE To Come?

    The Euro Zone continues to stumble along with one percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. Although Germany is doing well, Italy and Greece are suffering from negative growth. Trend GDP growth in France, Italy and Spain is at the lowest levels of the last century.

  • 21 April 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    A380-800_RR_SIA_01

    Phillip: Cheaper Oil Makes Some Airlines A Buy!

    2014 was not a good year for most airlines. Neither was it for the three months into 2015 so far. The latest mishap with Germanwings has once again wavered our confidence in airlines. Is it time to bail on airline stocks?

  • 20 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    SGX01e_0_0

    MER: A Shanghai-Singapore Connect In 12 Months?

    The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect that was just launched last November proved to be the chief enabler of the recent Hang Seng Index (HSI) rally. The rally has seen the HSE hit a seven-year high.

  • 20 April 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Pimco's-El-Erian-to-step-in-to-shore-up-$3B-multi-asset-fund

    El-Erian: Its Time To Rebalance Your Portfolio

    Cash is king. That is a common adage that investors use when they believe that money (cash) is more valuable than other investments assets. This is certainly what economist Mohamed El-Erian thinks.

  • 20 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    2014-05-08 05.57.10-1 (1)

    Daniel Loh: Shanghai To Correct Soon

    The Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) has seen its highest point since 2008 at over 4,000 points. The bull run does not seem to be stopping any time soon. However, local investment guru Daniel Loh thinks that the index seems to have rallied too fast and too furious. To cool things down a bit, a correction should occur soon.

  • 17 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Is Asia ready for a possible Chinese crash?

    JP Morgan: With China’s Growth Ebbing, What’s Next?

    China’s contribution to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown from a mere five percent in 1990 to 40 percent in 2010. As a result, growth in many Emerging Market (EM) countries have become more and more influenced by what happens in China. However, as China’s growth slows down, countries that export raw materials to China are struggling.

  • 17 April 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    William Pesek

    Stock Markets in Hong Kong and Japan Get Bubbly: William Pesek

    It’s only April, but 2015 already seems to be the year of the Asian stock bubble. In addition to mainland China’s bubbly markets, the region is dealing with two other equity booms that don’t jibe with economic fundamentals.

  • 17 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Statoil-Awardsu-FSU-Mooring-Job-to-Ezra

    Analysts: Ezra Treading On Thin Ice – 20% Downside

    The Offshore and Marine (O&M) sector has been suffering from oil supply glut and diminishing demands despite the dipping oil prices. CIMB Research believes that the surplus will continue for at least two to three years.

  • 16 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    secrets

    Phillip: 2 Reasons Why You Should Buy SG Telcos

    For FY15, the three local telcos have guided for a relatively stable outlook. However, Phillip continues to be positive on the Telcos with a recommendation of Overweight on the sector. And Phillip rightly points out two main reasons for its recommendation: increasing subscription and improvement in margins.

  • 15 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    中国でIPO再開へ、紐威閥門など5社に上場承認

    Only In China? – RMB3.8 Billion Negative Revenue!

    Just when you think you have seen just about everything, something pops out and surprises you. Shipbuilding company China Rongsheng has reported negative revenues.

  • 15 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    00221910dbbd1668726907

    CIMB: Why You Should Buy H-Shares Now

    H-Shares seems to have started a major rally since the middle of March. Speculation is rife that this rally is due to pent up demand from Chinese investors. CIMB believes that the southbound money from China will continue flowing into Hong Kong’s shares. This is essentially because of the current heavily discounted valuation of H-Shares against A-Shares.

  • 15 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Jim Cramer

    Jim Cramer: Skyworks, A Proxy To Both Apple & Samsung

    Flash memory chip maker, SanDisk (SNDK) took a hit in its share prices after cutting its first quarter revenue outlook. The revenue outlook was cut from $1.4 billion to $1.3 billion due to lower than expected sales.

  • 14 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    DARWONG01

    DAR Wong: Monetising Your Profits in 8 Days!

    Have you wondered why most traders have problems making consistent profits? As renowned trader, George Soros puts it, “it’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.” Risk management and discipline is definitely key in a trader’s world.

  • 13 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Prof Chan

    Be Selective In HK Property Stocks; Chinese Shares To Extend 7-Year Highs

    20 years ago, news of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew being hospitalised would have caused the local stock market to crash. The Singapore stock market held steady on 23 March, the day Lee passed away.

  • 10 April 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    One's Mall

    Analysts Impressed By CRT’s Malls; Potential 20% Upside

    Analysts from three different research houses were invited by Croesus Retail Trust (CRT) to visit their Japan properties. The research analysts visited a total of five malls and were impressed, the two notable ones being Mallage Shobu and One’s Mall.

  • 10 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Luxury-S-House-in-Singapore

    MBKE: Buy High-End Property Developers For 10% Upside!

    Recently in the first month of April 2015, two residential projects were launched and the response was surprisingly overwhelming, at least to Maybank Kim Eng (MBKE). However, MBKE is adopting a contrarian perspective on the property landscape right now, mainly because of the excess supply of mass market properties.

  • 09 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    saizen

    Saizen REIT: Deeply Undervalued But Not A Buy For All

    Regular readers know that I have been invested in Saizen REIT for a long time. Some might even be able to write a script for a K-drama based on my experience with the REIT. Anyway, if you are interested in the history, just use the search function found in the top right area of this blog. I shan’t bore you.

  • 08 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    SMRT, SBS

    OCBC: PTOs Profit Margins Up To 9% After New GCM

    The two PTOs (Public Transport Operators) in Singapore, CDG (ComfortDelGro) and SMRT (SMRT Corp) met market expectations as FY14 came to an end. But where will the transport sector head towards in 2015?

  • 08 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Source: http://www.enca.com/

    Citi Research: Strong US Dollar A Boon To These 2 Firms

    In light of the weaker Singapore Dollar, Citi Research is interested in US Dollar earners like Venture Corp and ST Engineering (STE). Both stocks correspond to key beneficiary sectors respectively.

  • 07 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    analysts

    DBS: 4 High Yield Stocks That Should Be In Your Portfolio

    According to DBS, Singapore’s equity market has been “rather resilient” against the volatility thanks to its “attractive valuation.” DBS’s strategy in the Singapore market is to invest in companies that are currently in net cash position, generating stable cash flows and attractive dividend yields.

  • 06 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Source: http://www.bmoremedia.com/

    Fund Manager – US Stocks Have Earned Us 20% Returns!

    Given that the current S&P 500 is fairly valued at about 14x forward PE, acclaimed fund house, Legg Mason Asset Management continues to stick to its core values for attractive entry points that could potentially put them in a good position.

  • 06 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Buy Hold And Sell Signpost Representing Stocks Strategy

    OCBC: A-REIT Revises Portfolio, Expect 6.8% Yield

    Earlier this week, Ascendas REIT (A-REIT) repositioned its portfolio with a series of asset acquisition and disposal. However, there are mixed feelings towards the trust from the street.

  • 03 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    150324-kraft-heinz-mn-0745_3d079deef4a0bfcfac0d20c5508e453d

    Jim Cramer: Missed Heinz-Kraft? Buy Organic Stocks

    Heinz announced its merger deal with Kraft just last week, backed by both Berkshire and 3G Capital. Following the merger announcement, Kraft’s share prices soared. With the merger, the new food giant Heinz-Kraft will be the third largest food and beverage company based on revenue ranking, trailing behind PepsiCo and Nestle.

  • 02 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    UOB: 3 Stocks With More Than 15% Upside Potential

    With the STI (Straits Times Index) caught in between the 3350 (support) and 3450 (key resistance) levels, the market is still patiently waiting for it to break the 3450 key resistance level. While the STI is slowly edging towards the 3450 key resistance level, there are currently some bargain stock picks with at least 15 percent upside ripe for the picking.

  • 01 April 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Temasek_Holdings_1_4

    DBS: 3 Temasek-Linked Stock Picks

    The Singapore government recently announced in the 2015 budget that spending is expected to reach 19 to 19.5 percent of GDP on average over the next five years. Funds will be used to improve healthcare and public transport infrastructure because of Singapore’s ageing population. DBS has three stock picks that could be good because they are linked to Temasek Holdings.

  • 31 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    DZH NextView Bollinger 2015 21

    DAR Wong: What’s The Greatest Trading Folly?

    DAR Wong is an active market trader, registered fund manager, educator and author. His latest book “Monetising Your Profits in 8 Days” contains insightful tips that are valuable for the average retail investor that focuses on short-term speculation. A link to a free preview download can be found in the article.

  • 31 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    CapitaLand

    Citi Research: CapitaLand and Wilmar Good Buys in Bearish Times

    In a recent research analysis by Citi Research, it was stated that the current overall sentiments of the market, specifically in property and commodities are appearing to be bearish. However, Citi projected fairly good target prices for two stocks, CapitaLand and Wilmar.

  • 30 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew speaks during the World Economic Forum's East Asia Economic Summit Tuesday, October 14, 2003 in Singapore. Photographer: Luis Enrique Ascui/Bloomberg News

    Lee Kuan Yew’s Housing Policy Revered By HK

    Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, has passed away. Lee’s contribution to Singapore is so significant such that, without him, Singapore would not be where it stands today.

  • 27 March 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    IG - Investment Opportunities

    Phillip: 2 Stock Picks To Weather Turmoil

    Global equities had been performing well and achieved above average returns over the past two years. In particular, the developed markets has been achieving higher returns compared to emerging markets. Phillip believes that developed markets will continue to “hold an important role” in retail investors portfolio, especially the US market.

  • 27 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Macquarie On SIBOR Rise: Buy DBS, UOB For Over 9% Returns

    In the latest release of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes, the impending rising of interest rates was expressed by Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. How will Singapore banks be affected by the US’s interest rates?

  • 26 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    In memory of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father: 1923-2015.

    Lee Kuan Yew’s Legacy In Corporate SG Lives On

    As Singapore mourns the loss of one of its founding fathers, we look back on how the country’s first Prime Minister left a lasting imprint on Singapore’s corporate environment. #RememberingLKY

  • 25 March 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    HDB1

    Get Income From Investments To Meet Interest Payments?

    I remember when I paid off my housing loan many years ago, the interest rate that the loan attracted was 5.1%. That was pretty pricey. For a few years now, interest rates have been very low and, so, it has been pretty cheap for people to borrow money to help pay for their homes.

  • 25 March 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    pixlogo453465e

    DBS and OCBC Tops Soft Quarter in Citi Selection

    In light of the recent 4Q14 earnings results from the banking sectors, Citi Research remains certain that “moderation has set in,” sighting similar trends from mid year.

  • 24 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    imgo copy

    Lee Kuan Yew’s Economic Miracle

    If there’s such a thing as “Asian capitalism,” its spark, smartest proponent and most controversial symbol was the founder of the region’s smallest country: Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, who died Monday at age 91. #RememberingLKY

  • 23 March 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Daniel Loh 1

    Daniel Loh: Buy Commodity-Related Stocks In 2015

    2013 was the year of Japan. Nikkei index shot up to 16,000 from 8,000 in early 2013. 2014 was the year of China where the Shanghai Composite Index rose to 3,300 on the back of a late surge in market sentiments from the government stimulus. So here comes the most important question: What will be the prime investment for 2015?

  • 23 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Marc Faber

    Dr. Doom: Fed Won’t Raise Rates In 2015

    “Dr Doom,” Marc Faber feels that a delay in interest rates increase by the Fed will continue for quite a while. He even went as far as to say that the Federal Reserve “will not increase interest rates this year.”

  • 20 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    OCBC: SBREIT Offers A Potential 16% Return

    Last week, SBREIT (Soilbuild Business Space Real Estate Investment Trust) became the hot favourite of the analysts from the street. They were extremely upbeat about the counter and they think you should too!

  • 19 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    iStock_000004501460Large

    MBKE: 3 O&M Picks Amidst A Oil Price Glut

    The Offshore and Marine (O&M) sector announced the results for 4Q14 and it was disappointing. Only three out of 11 O&M stocks managed to meet the forecasted expectations.

  • 18 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Buffett

    Buffett’s Intentionally Bad Advice?

    Dr Ian Dogan (PhD in Financial Economics) from Insider Monkey spotted an intentional, bad advice from the latest Berkshire letter by Warren Buffet, the “Oracle of Omaha.”

  • 18 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    sistema-de-transportes

    CIMB’s Salivating At CDG’s $1.2b Asset Sales

    CIMB continues to remain “optimistic about the Singapore land transportation sector” and believes that the following developments will boost the sector’s outlook value in the medium to long term.

  • 17 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    SET

    Phillip: 3 Thai Stocks You Need To Buy

    The start of Europe’s QE program in Mar 2015 will likely be a key catalyst to boost risk appetite in Asian bourses. The global forecast for the Asian markets remains cautiously optimistic as global investors look to the Asian market for bargain buys.

  • 16 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Dr Chan Yan Chong

    Dr Chan: Bull Run Isn’t Over, Time For Blue Chips

    Janet Yellen, Chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve, recently spent two consecutive days explaining the US Federal Reserve’s policies to the US Congress. Though she continued to be ambiguous, the market reacted positively.

  • 13 March 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    0625_hilary-kramer_400x400

    Hilary Kramer: 3 “Especially Exciting” US Stocks

    Hilary Kramer brings attention to tech companies that will potentially grow to a sizeable value in the near future.

  • 13 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    0625_hilary-kramer_400x400

    Hilary Kramer: 5 US Stocks You Need To Sell Now

    In Hilary Kramer’s most recent GameChanger stock picks, she highlighted two industries that you should avoid, or exit if you have any positions.

  • 12 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Analysts: Japfa’s Turnaround To Reap Investors 58% Returns

    In its 3Q14, Japfa took a huge it in its share prices after releasing its disastrous results. The group managed to scrape through as their results for 4Q14 fell within the lowered expectations that the street had. Overall, the results for FY14 remain weak, which is of no surprise.

  • 11 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    deutsche-bank

    With $20.4b AUM, Deutsche Adds GLP To Top Picks

    Continued from the previous article, here are the remaining three picks for the current Singapore market by Deutsche Bank. As mentioned earlier, the rising interest rates will boost the value of investing in banks and stocks of properties are reaching its all-time low.

  • 11 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Buffett

    Buffett’s Cashing Out Of Oil For $3.7 Billion

    Buffett revealed that his company had recently let go all of their Exxon Mobil shares, giving Berkshire Hathaway a surge of liquidity of approximately $3.7 billion.

  • 10 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    deutsche-bank

    Deutsche’s Top Picks Outperform By 7%, Here Are Those Picks

    2014 earnings growth for DB-covered Singapore listed stocks fell below DB’s forecast. Of the 32 DB-covered companies that have released results so far, DB noted that “17 have been in line, with 11 below forecasts.”

  • 10 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    2014-05-08 05.57.10-1 (1)

    Daniel Loh: On The Brink Of Another Dot.com Bubble?

    Do you see a trend that might be about to repeat? The prospect of a repeat of the dot.com tech bubble burst is rearing its ugly head again.

  • 06 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Dr Brian Fabbri: It Takes More Than Just QE

    Global policy analysts are focusing on “predicting potentially divergent policy actions” worldwide that has dire implications on the financial markets. We have been witnessing convergence of macro policies across the global economy because measures must be timely and unexpected to be effective.

  • 06 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    warren-buffett-337

    Buffett’s 3 Biggest Mistakes; Takeaways for Investors

    In the most recent Berkshire letter from billionaire Omaha investor, Warren Buffett revealed the three biggest setbacks that he had in his career as he started off with Buffett Partnership Ltd. (BPL).

  • 05 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Super-Group-Ltd

    Analysts: Super Group To Bounce Back In FY15

    After a weak 1H14, Super Group (Super) made a comeback through a stronger 2H14 results that were released last week. Analysts from the streets welcomed the results which were above their expectations as sales recovered.

  • 04 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    PBOC

    Sectors To Look Out For After China’s Rate Cut – Kevin Gin

    There was the Singapore budget, followed by the Indian budget, and then this week we will have the Chinese budget. Singapore’s budget was very social and is expected to yield a budget deficit of S$6.7bn. The Indian budget was pro-business, going beyond the “Made in India” campaign, but with no surprises will yield a deficit of 3.9% of GDP. China is cutting its key interest rates, a second time within the last four months.

  • 04 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Buffett

    Buffett: Invest In Wonderful Businesses At Fair Prices

    Buffett mentioned he owed most of his success to his vice-chairman, Charles Munger, a friend and partner since 56 years ago. Munger gave his partner an important “architectural blueprint” that was simple: Forget what you know about buying fair businesses at wonderful prices; instead, buy wonderful businesses at fair prices.

  • 03 March 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Yongnam

    Yongnam At $0.161 Is Cheap, Here’s Why You Should Buy It – AK (ASSI)

    When I first invested in Yongnam, it was beginning to reward shareholders by paying dividends and being the biggest outside of Japan in what they do, I decided that they probably had a competitive advantage over smaller players.

  • 03 March 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Prof Chan

    What Does Financial Freedom Mean To You?

    I am rich and free now, so I wish to share my success with you, earnestly wishing that you can also be rich and free, living out each day happily and not breaking your back for the basic provisions of your life.

  • 27 February 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    buffett and coke

    Warren Buffett: Europe’s The Next Great Investment Destination

    Following billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s exclusive interview with Fox Business News, the 84-year-old philanthropist acquired Detlev Louis Motorrad-Vertriebs for a little more than 400 million Euros (US$456 million).

  • 27 February 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Bright-Future

    DMG: Oil Poised For Recovery, Grab These Stocks For Over 20% Upside!

    Oil prices have over-corrected for a marginal increase in supply and DMG believes “the sentiment has overshot to the negative, setting the stage for a rebound.”

  • 26 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    GB_0720134-590x310

    Wealth Managers: 20% Returns Isn’t For Everyone

    Wealth managers think that the pressing issue among retail investors is that most of them “don’t understand risk management.”

  • 26 February 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    CapitaLand

    Analysts: CapitaLand Offers Upside Potential Of 40%!

    Last week, CapitaLand’s (CAPL) FY2014 ended on a strong note with its stellar results for 4Q14. CAPL outperformed analysts’ targets and resulted in a surge of its share prices.

  • 25 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    dividends

    UOB Kay Hian: An Ultimate Guide To Picking Dividend Stocks

    UOB Kay Hian has a strategy involving four screening criteria for dividend plays that sifts out potential dividend stocks that provides a stream of steady income for long term investors.

  • 25 February 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    budget

    CIMB: The Winners Of Singapore’s Budget 2015. Here’s What You Should Know

    CIMB’s first impression of the latest Singapore Budget is that “the government is moving from … to initiatives more focused on investments for the future, on both the nation’s infrastructure and its people.”

  • 24 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    carl-icahn_416x416

    Carl Icahn: Why An Apple Share Should Be Worth $216

    Apple’s stocks are at its record-high value of about $129 per share. Despite this, billionaire activist and investor Carl Icahn thinks that it is still underpriced.

  • 24 February 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    stock-atm-01

    Phillip: DBS Has A 12% Upside Potential! Here’s Why.

    Phillip would continue to be “OVERWEIGHT on Singapore Banking Sector for FY15″ with the increasing of SIBOR net rates most likely to be positive for banks.

  • 24 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Ray Barros

    Ray Barros: This Is How Retail Investors Should Trade

    It is important for every retail investor to be aware of their ultimate goal in the trade. According to Ray Barros, “a common misconception amongst retail investors is that they invest to have more wealth.”

  • 23 February 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Analysts: Croesus Beats IPO Expectations, Boasts 8.9% Yield

    Croesus Retail Trust announced its stellar 2Q15 results last week and it is their sixth consecutive time exceeding IPO expectations.

  • 18 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Asia

    Anthony Raza: Asia’s Still Gold, Here’s Why.

    The possible rise in interest rates has left many worried that it might lead to Asia’s undoing. On the other hand, Senior Director of UOB Asset Management, Anthony Joseph Raza, believes Asia had been overlooked by investors.

  • 18 February 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    oil

    Get Ready For $10 Oil – A. Gary Shilling

    At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20.  Here’s why. 

  • 17 February 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 2.30.44 pm

    Ray Barros: Busting 4 Investing Myths

    Professional trader, Ray Barros was in town for a keynote recently and touched on several trading and investment topics. One of the main topics he talked about was the myths surrounding trading.

  • 16 February 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    analysts

    Analysts: Invest In GLP For Over 20% Returns

    Despite its relatively neutral financial report recently, analysts are very bullish on the Global Logistics Properties. The average target price for GLP is more than 20% higher than its current price! Find out why!

  • 12 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    india currency

    Should You Invest In India Now? – Kevin Gin

    As the last of the BRIC countries to perform, investors have given India another chance In view of changes in the Government. For while the Modi effect is running its course, and optimism continues to run high, our fear is that the market is running ahead of expectations.

  • 12 February 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    CIMB enters retails banking, branch at raffles place, emilyn

    CIMB: Rubber Gloves To Benefit From Oil Slump?

    As the demand for rubber glove products is pretty resilient, the rubber glove sector is the sector to look towards when the overall equity market is volatile, especially in 2015. Emerging diseases such as Ebola and the more severe flu season in the US could have a positive impact on share prices.

  • 11 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Billionaire investor Soros speaks at a forum during the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington

    Investment Gurus: What You Might Not Know About The ECB’s QE

    ECB Chair Mario Draghi has promised €60 billion of asset purchases per month will continue at least until September 2016. This is in response to stalling growth in the euro zone and a negative inflation rate. The market has long been prepared for the imminent QE measure, or so we thought.

  • 10 February 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    CPF

    Proposed Changes To The CPF System (Part I) – AK (ASSI)

    The recent proposed changes to the CPF system in Singapore has made many stand up and take notice. Find out what our guest blogger thinks about the latest!

  • 09 February 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Dr Chan Yan Chong

    Political Motivations Behind Rate Hikes And A Rebalancing Of The Global Economy

    The Greek election results are out, and as widely expected, the opposition coalition of radical left-wing parties came to power. Their election manifesto was the end to austerity measures, renegotiations with creditors to restructure its debts, and the willingness to leave the Eurozone.

  • 06 February 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    idea

    Phillip: Three Investment Ideas For 2015

    With 2015 shaping to be a volatile year for investors and traders alike, Phillips Futures shared some interesting investing ideas for 2015 in a recent investment seminar.

  • 05 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Analysts: Oil Fallout A Boon To Transport Stocks

    The fallout from the collapse in oil prices could ultimately prove to be a boon to transportation counters. With fuel being one of the largest cost components to these companies, they could stand to reap enormous dividends. Find out which counters analysts preferred!

  • 04 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Offshore Drilling Platform and Sun

    UOB KH: Oilfield Services Picks For Over 20% Upside

    With oil falling almost 50% since last year, UOB KH feels that counters that can help oil companies attain higher operational efficiencies will be greatly sought after. In particular, UOB KH is anticipating that one counter will more than DOUBLE its current share price! Find out which!

  • 03 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Lagarde-Christine

    IMF Reduces Global GDP Growth Forecast; Points To US

    While lower oil prices could boost global growth figures, the IMF feels that negative factors exist that will curtail any boost. Find out why and why the US is probably the best place to ride out 2015.

  • 02 February 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Analysts: Focus On Developers With Overseas Exposure

    With the current government curbs on the property markets, many investors are rightfully staying away from developers with an exposure to local residential properties. Analysts feel this is unwarranted. Find out why!

  • 02 February 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    photo: CEU BS/Daniel Vegel

    Soros Is Betting On Healthcare & Technology, Should You?

    Don’t you want to know where billionaires such as George Soros and John Paulson are putting their money in? Look no further for we have found that they are buying into these sectors…

  • 30 January 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Morgan Stanley

    Morningstar: Morgan Stanley “Modestly Undervalued”

    Recently, Morningstar Research produced a report that opined investment banking giant, Morgan Stanley as being “modestly undervalued”. Find out why and whether you should buy into Morgan Stanley’s story.

  • 28 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    USA China

    CFA Survey: Look To China & US For Investment Gains

    A survey of CFA members has forecasted that the global economy to grow by only 2.0 percent on average. Find out why do CFA members find China & US as the best places for investment gains.

  • 27 January 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    merger

    A Tale Of Two Keppels: Win, Lose Or Draw? – AK (ASSI)

    After declaring a generous dividend per share of $0.36, Keppel Corp announced a string of developments that can be quite worrying for those who are invested in the company. Read on to find out why!

  • 26 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Prof Chan

    Chinese Stock Market Set To Reach 5,000 Mark Despite Recent Plunge?

    It is indeed a tough fight to scale the peaks of the US stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fought hard to stay above the 17,000-point level. The next peak to conquer is 18,000 points, which had been surpassed previously.

  • 23 January 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Buy Hold And Sell Signpost Representing Stocks Strategy

    SembCorp Industries and SembCorp Marine To Recover? – AK (ASSI)

    Based on technical analysis, Sembcorp Industries and Sembcorp Marine look promising.

  • 23 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Analysts: M1 Is The Telco To Buy Now

    After a strong showing for its FY14 financial report card, analysts seem to be saying that M1 is currently THE telco to have in one’s portfolio. Find out why!

  • 22 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Daniel Loh 1

    Daniel Loh: Tips On Investing In A Difficult 2015

    “2015 will be a difficult year to invest” remarks Daniel. So how can investors thread such a difficult road? Thankfully, we managed to get some tips from Daniel as well as opportunities for investors. Read on to find out more!

  • 21 January 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Adam Khoo

    Adam Khoo: 4 Common Mistakes Investors Make

    Serial entrepreneur and self-made millionaire at the age of 26, Adam Khoo gives his thoughts about the common mistakes that investors make. In addition, he also shares with us one of the investing strategies that he teaches as well as his picks for yield plays.

  • 21 January 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    IPO

    How To Punt IPOs – Mr IPO

    Keen to know how you can punt the Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)? Our contributor, Mr IPO shares his stratagem on how he trades such offerings and even provides a track record for readers to take note of.

  • 20 January 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    analysts

    Frontier Markets’ Outperformance To Extend To 2015? – Morningstar

    One of the main reasons frontier-markets equities are gaining interest among certain investors is their outperformance versus emerging markets over the two years through October 2014. This is often attributed to frontier markets’ rosier growth outlook relative to emerging markets.

  • 18 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Swiss

    Switzerland Ambushes Everyone Before QE: Mark Gilbert

    In a shock move, the Swiss central bank said it would not be pegging the Swiss franc against the Euro. Cue the knee jerk reactions as the shock spread from New York to New Zealand. Find out why the Swiss did what they did and what is going to happen next.

  • 16 January 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    John Bollinger

    John Bollinger: The Key To Using Bollinger Bands

    We managed to have a short chat recently with the creator of the Bollinger Bands, John Bollinger. While we talked about a number of things, one of the stand out things we talked about was the key to using Bollinger Bands. Read on to find out how you can benefit from this technical indicator!

  • 16 January 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Daryl-Guppy

    Daryl Guppy: Global Trading Opportunities NOW

    In an interview, Daryl Guppy drew attention to 3 stand out global trading opportunities. Read on to find out what they are as well as what Daryl thinks about the price of oil!

  • 15 January 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    CBD

    Credit Suisse: S-REITs In Strong Position To Ride Out Volatility

    Credit Suisse is pretty bullish about S-REITs. However, the banking giant notes that the sector is not all prime for investing, investors will still have to pick and choose. In particular, Credit Suisse has set its sights on specific sub-sectors as well as two stand-out trusts.

  • 15 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Analysts Upbeat On Hospitality Sector With #SG50 In Mind

    Last year proved to be a volatile year for Singapore’s tourism and hospitality industry. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, analysts feel that 2015 should mark a turn-around for the local tourism and hospitality sector. Find out why and which proxies they picked!

  • 14 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    bank atms

    Credit Suisse: Singapore Banks Stand Out, Especially DBS

    In 2015, Credit Suisse (CS) believes that the Singapore banking sector is likely to “stand out” amongst the other sectors in Singapore. Most sectors in Singapore saw earnings cut with the exception of the banking sector, which saw a slight earnings upgrade towards the end of 2014.

  • 13 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    credit suisse

    Credit Suisse: Local Economy Slowing in 2015 But Valuations Are Reasonable

    In a recent report, Credit Suisse highlighted its strategy for the Singapore stock market in 2015. Find out what are its concerns for the economy and what stocks the international banking giant is looking at!

  • 12 January 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Analysts: Indon Retail Growth To Push LMIRT Upwards By 18%

    With the rising private consumption in Indonesia, analysts are bullish on Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust. Find out what other catalysts are there for the trust!

  • 09 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Dr Chan Yan Chong

    China Advances, US Abates, Singapore Caught In Between

    I published a book entitled《步步为营》(Caution with every step) in early 2014. In September last year, I published another book entitled 《机不可失》(Opportunity does not knock twice). The progression from caution to opportunity refers not to the local stock market but rather the Chinese stock market that had been bearish for five years in a row.

  • 09 January 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    piggy-bank

    Frontier Markets A Bold Investment Theme In 2015: Morningstar

    Frontier markets. A whole new investment theme for 2015 to some retail investors. In this article, Morningstar’s analyst, Patricia Oey looks at how investing in frontier markets could actually offer good risk-reward ratios for the savvy investor.

  • 09 January 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Bill Gross

    Bill Gross: 2015 Marks The End Of The Good Times

    The bond king, Bill Gross, has called 2015 the year which will mark the end of the “Good Times”. The former fund manager of the world’s largest bond fund said in his monthly outlook, that by the time 2015 is over, “there will be minus signs in front of returns for many asset classes. The good times are over.”

  • 08 January 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    credit suisse

    Why Credit Suisse Values Tencent With A 52% Potential Upside

    Credit Suisse’s Holt valuation values Tencent at HKD170.48, a cool 52% potential upside for the counter. Why is that so? What kinds of catalyst does the counter have that might compel the banking giant to issue such a bullish take?

  • 08 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    analysts

    Analysts Estimate HK Telcos To Grow 31.60%; Should You Be Bullish?

    analysts estimate that the Hong Kong telecommunications sector will experience a growth of 31.60 percent in the next five years. Although subscriptions are considered to be saturated, analysts still expect the figure to swell to 22.4 million in 2030. Should investors be bullish?

  • 07 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Buy Hold And Sell Signpost Representing Stocks Strategy

    Analysts: Sheng Siong’s Expansion Makes It A Good Buy

    Last week, Sheng Siong Group (SSG) announced that they have completed the purchase of a property on Tampines Central. This is pursuant to the announcements made by SSG on 9 June 2014 and 11 September 2014.

  • 07 January 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Lessons

    10 Facts of Investing Life Worth Learning: Noah Smith

    Motley Fool writer Morgan Housel recently came up with an impressive list of 122 investing aphorisms that distill the wisdom he has gleaned from years of writing about markets and the financial industry. Most are either insights into human psychology or historical facts and figures. Almost all of them, in my humble opinion, are good advice.

  • 02 January 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Lessons From Disastrous Property Investments: AK (ASSI)

    I read in The EDGE that there will most likely be “a new level of pain” for landlords of residential properties in Singapore next year because rents and prices of properties are sinking while vacancy rate continues to rise.

  • 30 December 2014
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
    2015

    Red Herrings And Real Dangers In 2015 – Charlie Lau

    Veteran stockbroker Charlie Lau’s previous article touched about lessons that can be gleaned from the stock market in 2014. In this separate article, Charlie looks at what are the clear and present dangers that might affect the stock market in 2015 as well as the red herrings.

  • 29 December 2014
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Dr Chan Yan Chong

    Plunging Oil Prices, Time To Bargain Hunt For Cheap Oil Assets?

    US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has stated clearly that the Fed will not raise interest rates over the first two meetings of 2015, or simply put, during the first quarter. This piece of news has bolstered investor confidence.

  • 26 December 2014
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    stock market 2014

    Singapore Stock Market Lessons From 2014 – Charlie Lau

    2014 has come and gone in what may seem like a blink of an eye. Veteran stockbroker, Charlie Lau writes that the Singapore stock market has had its fair share of ups and downs. However, what is most important is that investors need to reflect and learn from lessons. For if lessons are not learnt, history is bound to repeat itself.

  • 26 December 2014
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Analysts Updates: City Dev Grows Asset Management Business

    City Development (CDL) announced its partnership with Blackstone and CIMB Bank (CIMB) to create an investment platform. This platform will primarily consist of CDL’s Quayside Collection properties in Sentosa Cove which includes W Hotel, Quayside Isle retail and the W Residences.

  • 24 December 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    cocoa

    Analysts Updates: Olam International To Be 3rd Largest Cocoa Processor

    Last week, Olam International (Olam) acquired global cocoa company, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for US$ 1.3 billion. This will boost Olam’s market share as a cocoa processor to 16 percent of the global market making it the third largest cocoa processor in the world.

  • 24 December 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Experts-Picks

    Deflation Stalking Many Nations as Oil Takes Toll: Mark Gilbert

    Plenty of people are alarmed by the prospect of deflation, which can snuff out growth by making consumers reluctant to spend and companies unwilling to invest.

  • 19 December 2014
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    William Pesek

    Asia Needs to Prepare for a Possible China Crash: William Pesek

    As China’s first full year of rebalancing draws to close, how has President Xi Jinping done? Reasonably well, it seems. Next year, however, Xi’s team will have to get to the hard stuff: taming an opaque, unwieldy financial system.

  • 18 December 2014
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Buy Hold And Sell Signpost Representing Stocks Strategy

    GLP And GIC’s US$8.1b Push Into US Logistics

    With GLP, we see the logistics real estate developer expanding into the US in a very large manner. With the help of the Singapore government, no less.

  • 17 December 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    JP Morgan

    JP Morgan: China Riding The Magic Of Momentum

    Investors are piling their cash into China’s stock market as a spectacular rally has since driven the Shanghai Composite Index to more than three year highs. JP Morgan has got some tips and picks for you if you are looking to ride on the “magic of momentum”.

  • 16 December 2014
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Stock-picks

    Hock Lian Seng: Robust Order Book At A 3 Year High

    Hock Lian Seng pays out about 40% of its earnings as dividends to shareholders every year and the yield is upwards of 5%. However, that could soon change as analysts start to cover the counter.

  • 15 December 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Dr Chan Yan Chong

    Steering The Markets In 2015 And Finding Opportunities From Low Oil Prices

    It is time to bid 2014 farewell and welcome 2015 once Christmas is over. In 2014, we saw some upticks in the Singapore stock market, even though the scales are a far cry from that of the US stock market.

  • 12 December 2014
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    high-yield

    Accordia Golf Trust: A Distribution Yield Of 12.16%?

    After its recent price drop, Accordia Golf Trust’s impending income distribution looks really interesting.

  • 12 December 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett Becomes 2nd-Richest As Berkshire Hits Record High

    The Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett has officially become the second richest person in the world on Friday, 5 December 2014 as shares in Berkshire Hathaway hit a record high.

  • 09 December 2014
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    IPO

    Keppel DC REIT: First Ever Data Centre REIT To Offer 6.8% Yield

    KDC is the first data centre real estate investment trust to be listed in Asia, further cementing SGX’s position in the REIT sector. The IPO portfolio comprises of 8 high quality data centres located in key data centre hubs across seven cities in Asia Pacific and Europe.

  • 08 December 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Emerging markets

    Emerging Markets Mock the Pessimists – Jim O’Neill

    Remember how this time last year a lot of analysts were predicting that 2014 would be a bad year for emerging markets? Didn’t really happen, did it? Now I hear economists saying the reckoning they’d expected has only been postponed. It’ll happen next year instead. It’s possible, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • 04 December 2014
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Exchange Traded Fund

    3 Ways Not All ETFs Are The Same – Morningstar

    The choice to use ETFs rather than actively managed funds is a significant one, to be sure. And while actively managed funds may come in more varieties in terms of fund characteristics, strategies, and so on, ETFs also have their differences, though some are more obvious than others.

  • 03 December 2014
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    stock picks

    OCBC Neutral On O&G; Makes Picks With Over 15% Potential Upside

    With the sell-down faced by oil and gas counters, local research house, OCBC Research has some recent advice for investors who are eager to bargain hunt. Read on to find out why and which two counters OCBC is banking on!

  • 02 December 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Prof Chan

    China Rate Cut Provides Icing For Stock Connect Scheme

    The Chinese economy is bottoming out and undergoing transformation, which throws up many investment opportunities, especially now that mega infrastructure projects will be commencing soon.

  • 28 November 2014
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    RMB

    China’s Cautious Monetary Stimulus Suggests More to Come: Bloomberg View

    China’s central bank startled investors last week with an unexpected cut in its benchmark interest rates. The markets, as usual, overreacted. Nonetheless, the cut draws attention to a genuinely difficult problem for the global economy: what to do about China’s fading and unbalanced expansion.

  • 27 November 2014
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top

    DBS: Equity Strategies For A 3,400 STI

    DBS Group Research feels that the STI could head for the 3,400 mark by the end of this year. Despite that rather positive note, DBS said that investors should “seek stability in yield plays”. Read on to find out which counters did DBS single out for investors to go long on through the festive season!

  • 25 November 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    William Pesek

    China’s Hong Kong Money Train Is on Slow Track: William Pesek

    ast week looked to be ending on a downbeat note as the much-heralded launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock exchange link seemed to have fizzled. Rather than rush to bet directly on China’s growth story for the first time, investors bought up less than a quarter of the link’s stock quotas.

  • 25 November 2014
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Hongkong Shanghai

    Standard Chartered: Look Out For Telcos, Energy Counters In Hong Kong

    With the HK-SH Connect now live for about a week, how can investors play with the combined market? We look at what Standard Chartered is calling the “scarcity trade”.

  • 21 November 2014
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    HK-SH Connect

    DAR Wong: HK-SH Connect To Bring About Demise Of S-Chips?

    With the HK-SH Connect now firmly in place, how will this affect the diaspora of Chinese companies in Hong Kong, Singapore, and other countries? In particular, will we see the death of S-Chip IPOs?

  • 19 November 2014
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
  • Back to top
    Hongkong Shanghai

    China Deftly Changes the Subject in Hong Kong: William Pesek

    Some might conclude that this link is all China’s gain. After all, speculation has already turned to how much Beijing will increase the daily flow of investment into China’s underperforming bourses. But this is Hong Kong’s payday, too.

  • 17 November 2014
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    Capitaland

    *Update* CapitaLand Ups Offer Price For CMA, 3 Things You Should Know

    After divesting its stake in Australand for S$1.5 billion, CapitaLand is front and centre of acquisition deals again. This time, a privatisation exercise to take CapitaMalls Asia off the Singapore Exchange. 3 positives can be found in this deal, and we look at each of them.

  • 16 May 2014
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    Gold bear

    Gold To Continue 2013 Rout; To Fall 20% This Year!

    As Warren Buffett famously put it, “Gold has no utility”. As a safe haven asset, why is gold anticipated to fall some 20% this year as our good friends at Goldman Sachs predict?

  • 15 April 2014
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    King Wan

    SET “Sawadekaps” KTIS; King Wan Turns Bullish

    King Wan could serve as a case study of how a single article can change its share price drastically. Read on as we look into the issue that was raised, the listing of King Wan’s associate, KTIS!

  • 08 April 2014
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    thumb-search-money

    Post-Budget Week; STI On Technical Rebound

    Post-budget week and the STI appears to be on a rebound. However, there doesn’t seem to be any real reason for this. Meanwhile we have various economic news that are due out from the region and Singapore.

  • 24 February 2014
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-search-money

    STI Continues To Sink As Hot Money Leaves Emerging Markets

    The Straits Times Index continues its free fall from the past two trading days during morning trade today. All sub-indices are in the red with Basic Materials, Industrials and Tech stocks performing particularly poorly.

  • 27 January 2014
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Review_thumb

    STI Sinks With Doubts Over China And Emerging Markets

    Another bank has joined the chorus of banks raising concerns about emerging markets. Societe Generale, has joined US banking giants, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan in highlighting a bleak outlook for emerging markets.

  • 24 January 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-glass-eye

    Company Earnings Eyed As STI Starts The Week Negatively

    While the week ahead may not be the busiest for the world economy, there are a still some key events that traders will watch out for. And in Singapore the earnings season is in full swing with some big names reporting Q3 or Q4 results.

  • 20 January 2014
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    axstj-crashpriceimg_9389-stj-1013-1221

    Hu Li Yang: Don’t Fall Off The Horse’s Back In 2014

    If the previous 10 years were years of wealth appreciation, then the next 10 years will be years of wealth depreciation.

  • 15 January 2014
  • In Conversation With, In the Spotlight, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-glass-eye

    FY13 Earnings Season Is Upon Us! Up First, REITs & Trusts!

    This week marks the beginning of 4Q13’s earnings season! Be prepared as most REITs and trusts will usually be the first in line to report earnings for FY13.

  • 13 January 2014
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Review_thumb

    Slight Gains On STI Over First Full Week Of Trading

    The first full week of trading brought the STI slightly higher on significantly good news from the US. However, any rally was quickly ruffed out by news that China’s growth could be moderating after an spurt of growth in 2H13.

  • 10 January 2014
  • Review
  • Back to top
    Markets Looking Shaky

    Big Week Ahead With Significant Figures From US and China

    The first full week of 2014 starts with a bang for the global economy with some crucial factory output figures due out along with the potentially game-changing non-farm payrolls data out of the U.S at the end of the week.

  • 06 January 2014
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Review_thumb

    STI Falls Back Down To Earth After Holiday Rally

    2013 ended with the Straits Times Index stuck at levels where it begun 2013 with. While the full year has been topsy turvy, investors might be more heartened to look to 2014 with more optimism.

  • 03 January 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    close up of hand holds pixel graph as concept

    The STI’s Last Minute Scramble To Positive Territory

    The STI is desperately scrambling to end the year in the black in what has been a topsy-turvy year for the local market, dominated by the penny stocks fiasco.

  • 30 December 2013
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Bracing For Year-End Rally End Of Fiscal Cliff Marks Beginning Of A Bullish 2013

    Santa Finally Brings Some Cheer To Markets

    While the STI is marching ever much closer to breaking even for the year, American markets are soaring to new heights. Perhaps we need some American enthusiasm.

  • 27 December 2013
  • Review, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    market commentary

    US & IMF See Rosier Days Ahead; Not So For STI?

    Santa is not coming to town if you are a trader in Singapore. Coupled with a fairly quiet week due to the holidays, we can expect the Straits Times Index to languish below where it started at the beginning of December.

  • 23 December 2013
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Federal Reserve Building

    Review: Taper Begins But Markets Gain Ground…

    The Fed has finally tapered! I hope you didn’t feel faint from holding your breath for that. But rather interestingly, markets have reacted rather positively to the taper. Find out possible reasons why….

  • 20 December 2013
  • Review, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Boeing78720image

    Boeing Raises Dividends; Buybacks Shares

    Boosting annual dividends to about US$2.92, US aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, should definitely be in your scope of investment IF you are looking to venture overseas. We look at what makes the company tick and what you should look out for!

  • 19 December 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-bloomberg-ben-bernanke

    Gloom Poured Into Markets; Will The Fed Taper This Month?

    Global markets have been fairly sluggish as we head towards the festive season, with Singapore particularly listless. This week, the US dominates the economic calendar and traders will be hoping for no end-of-year surprises before Santa arrives.

  • 16 December 2013
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-money-falling-into-crack

    Fear Of Taper Tapers Santa Rally

    Investors looked as if they saw a ghost or a Chinese Vampire from Rigor Mortis as they cashed out of markets. This cannot be! The global economic situation looks to be starkly improved and yet investors are fleeing.

  • 13 December 2013
  • Review, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Modern Homemaker Thumb

    Sheng Siong – More Than A Modern Homemaker’s Friend

    Sheng Siong is known by many home-makers and continues to strive to be the go-to supermarket in Singapore. What if we could turn this household name into an investment opportunity? How would it fare? Let’s take a look!

  • 11 December 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Setting Up For A Rally Or Falling Off The Fiscal Cliff

    STI Up In Morning Trade; What’s Happening This Week?

    The STI has seen gains during the morning trading session. Possibly due to the good economic figures released over the weekend. However, if you might not want to pop the champagne just yet. These gains could head south the moment investors get worried of an early Federal Reserve taper.

  • 09 December 2013
  • Forward, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    SIAE

    SIAE – A Stock For The Modern Homemaker

    Isn’t SIA experiencing increasing challenges to its dominance in the full-service flight arena? Why feature SIA Engineering? Well, just as how families go, it does not mean a child would do worse off and just as bad as the parent.

  • 27 November 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Modern Homemaker Thumb

    SPH – The First Of Six Stocks For The Modern Homemaker

    Remember those 6 stocks for the modern homemaker? We take a closer look at one of them and explain why we feel that SPH continues to offer investors stable growth and dividends. A proposition a modern homemaker might not refuse.

  • 20 November 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    growth

    The Winners Of 9M13 – Is There Further Room For Ascent?

    The third quarter of 2013 has come and gone. Who were the winners? What were their catalysts? Are these catalysts strong enough to last? Is there further room for ascent? All these questions, answered, and more.

  • 23 October 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Modern Homemaker Thumb

    6 Stocks For The Modern Homemaker

    Are you on the look out for stocks that are stable, offer good dividends, low in business risk, have high trading liquidity and above all, low risk? Look no further! We have compiled a list of 6 good stocks for you to look at!

  • 16 October 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-key-brain

    Trading Psychology – A Pillar Of Successful Trading

    Investing in stocks can be a daunting task and recent developments have not helped stir confidence amongst investors. Learn how to control your emotions and execute the next great trade with Online Guru Trader!

  • 15 October 2013
  • In the Spotlight, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Thumb-versus

    China Minzhong – Who Should We Really Trust?

    First it was Olam versus Muddy Waters, now we have China Minzhong versus Glaucus. Find out what the points of contention are as well as thoughts about how we can prevent such things from occurring again.

  • 04 September 2013
  • Op-ed, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-tradeable ideas

    Telecom Stocks – Battered Down Buys?

    Previously, telco stocks have seen their dividend yields compressed a fair bit. Have teleco stocks now fallen enough to warrant BUY calls from analysts? We look at why dividend hungry investors should consider trading telco stocks.

  • 29 August 2013
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    palm oil fruit Indonesia

    CPO Prices Bottoming Out? What Can You Do?

    Speak of commodities and many a trader will tell you that the bear is wrecking havoc at markets. However, crude palm oil seems to have seen a glimmer of hope. Have prices bottomed out? How can investors like you take advantage of this? Read on!

  • 27 August 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-tradeable ideas

    Transport Play Buys: CDG And Midas

    In the midst of such volatility, should investors look to invest in defensive plays? Plays such as public transportation could offer good protection against volatility. This week, we look at CDG and Midas. What do analysts feel about these two counters? Read on!

  • 22 August 2013
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    thumb-venture

    Breakdown: Venture Corp, On The Cusp Of Recovery?

    Despite recording contraction in its financial results for 2Q13 and 1H13, analysts still afforded Venture relatively good calls. Could Venture be on the cusp of recovery? Is there a trading opportunity for investors? Read on to find out more!

  • 20 August 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-tradeable ideas

    Keppel And ST Engineering Boast Defensive Credentials

    The recent market volatility has pushed many stocks lower to pre-May levels. Two defensive mainstays of the Straits Times Index have been singled out by analysts recently, join us as we see if Keppel and ST Engineering have what it takes to weather volatility.

  • 11 July 2013
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    thumb-break-wall-resistance

    1H13 In Review: Do The Winners Have Any Steam Left?

    The bull market of May quickly turned into a blood bath as investors rushed to get out on expectations that the era of cheap money was coming to an end. Amidst the frantic selling, which stocks fared the best? Do they have anything going on for them? Read on to find out!

  • 09 July 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-tradeable ideas

    Vard & Singtel: Recent Bad News An Opportunity To Buy In?

    Recently, Vard announced that they expect earnings for this quarter to be lower than consensus estimates while Singtel lost in the bid for telecommunication licence in Myanmar. Have price declines made these companies more attractive for value investing?

  • 04 July 2013
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    thumb-tradeable ideas

    Tradeable Idea Of The Week: CapitaLand & Raffles Medical Group

    For this week’s Tradeable Idea, we will be featuring CapitaLand and Raffles Medical Group. In the past week, Singapore was troubled by the haze while the STI faced adverse condition! Have buying opportunities finally emerged for the investors?

  • 27 June 2013
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    thumb-bloomberg-ben-bernanke

    Hot Picks: Bracing For The End Of QE

    The end of QE is nearly upon us. The Federal Reserve intends to begin tapering its bond purchasing programme towards the end of this year. How can you brace yourself for this? Read on to find out the three stocks Tradeable has picked that can withstand the initial effects of an end to QE.

  • 25 June 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-tradeable ideas

    Tradeable Idea Of The Week: Starhill Global & Jaya Holdings

    For this week’s Tradeable Idea, we will be featuring Starhill Global & Jaya Holdings! For the first time, we will also include a brief on the current charts of these two counters so that you know what you should do now!

  • 20 June 2013
  • Tradeable, Tradeable Ideas
  • Back to top
    thumb-city-developments

    Singapore Developers: Is It The End Of The Road?

    For the past week, news have been coming out from the US about a possible hike in interest rates. The stock market reacted strongly to this news as the Straits Times Index wiped off most of its gains in 2013. Is this the end of the road for property developers who are strongly affected by interest rates?

  • 18 June 2013
  • Op-ed, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-oil1

    An Update On Oil And Gas, Are There Still Opportunities?

    Singapore’s oil and gas industry has felt the repercussions of the slump in oil prices. Since the fall in oil prices in February, oil and gas counters have lagged behind the performance of the STI. With the underperformance so far, is it time to buy into oil and gas counters?

  • 11 June 2013
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    singapore13

    S-REIT: Are We Blinded By Yield?

    In this low interest environment, investors have been actively seeking yield through investments in dividend paying stocks and REITs. However, the recent sell-off of Keppel REIT by Keppel Corp have sparked the question: Are we overpaying for S-REITs?

  • 28 May 2013
  • Op-ed, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    singapore13

    In Conversation With Aberdeen (Part II): Singapore And Investment Tips!

    Despite the recent surge in asset prices, Chong felt that a lot of companies in Singapore are still good investments.

  • 14 May 2013
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    a0120-000110 Japanese Flag

    In Conversation With Aberdeen (Part I): Japan, An Investing Opportunity?

    Aberdeen Asia recently won the inaugural Best Fund House award at Morningstar Awards 2013. Delve into the mind and soul of Aberdeen as we interview Aberdeen’s investment director about Aberdeen’s investment stance on Japan.

  • 07 May 2013
  • In Conversation With, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-hu-li-yang

    In Conversation With Hu Li Yang: It’s Time To Be Cautious With Stocks

    Extensively sought after as a speaker, investment guru, Hu Li Yang was in town over the weekend for a seminar. Read on to find out his thoughts, opinions as well as predictions about where the markets will head in the near to medium term!

  • 30 April 2013
  • In Conversation With, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-rig

    Breakdown: KepCorp’s Lacklustre Start To 2013

    KepCorp recently released its financial report card. Figures weren’t fantastic though. How did it fare? More importantly, what does this bode for the offshore and marine giant?

  • 23 April 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    iStock_000011846795Medium

    1Q13 In Review: Which Stocks Beat The Rest? Do They Have Any Steam Left?

    Since the beginning of 2013, stocks have seen a gradual ascent to hit highs that market watchers seem skeptical about. Which stocks fared the best? Most importantly, do these stocks have any steam left for further ascent?

  • 16 April 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb - sheng siong group

    Breakdown: The Consumer Bull And Sheng Siong

    The FTSE ST Consumer Services Index has often trailed the broader Straits Times Index historically. This year it seems, the former has bucked that trend but are valuations now, too rich? What about Sheng Siong? Read on to find out more!

  • 09 April 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-uob

    Breakdown: Bank Credit Numbers And UOB

    The MAS recently announced a mixed bag of growth for bank credit figures. With the economy possibly hinging on these figures, what do they tell us? More importantly, could they shed some light on UOB’s future performance?

  • 02 April 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-Tiger-Airways

    Breakdown: Tiger Keeping Up With The Pack

    The budget carrier industry is going through a period of intense expansion at the moment. To keep up with the rest of the pack, Tiger Airways recently asked shareholders for more cash. Will investors be able to stomach this exercise? More importantly, will the expansion be viable?

  • 26 March 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-sound-global

    Hot Pick: Sound Global, Still As Hot?

    A previous market darling, of sorts, Sound Global has hit a rough patch recently. A poor showing in 4Q12 and a key officer’s departure. Does this spell a downward spiral for its fundamentals? Or are they still strong?

  • 26 March 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    IHH

    Breakdown: IHH’s Hong Kong Venture

    IHH recently announced that it was marking its maiden foray into Hong Kong with a HK$1.69 purchase of a land parcel for a private hospital. Find out what analysts think of this deal.

  • 19 March 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    China property

    Chinese Property Restrictions Impact On Local Developers

    An introduction of real estate barriers by the Chinese Government has taken it’s toll on Singapore’s developers. Will a double whammy in the form of further curbs by the Singaporean government hit local developers?

  • 19 March 2013
  • Op-ed, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    SPH-Gets-Hold

    IPO Watch: SPH’s Property REIT?

    The word is spreading that SPH is looking into the possibility of listing a REIT on the SGX. Check into this week’s article, to find out how SPH’s current retail malls are performing and what the possibly new S-REIT could have in its portfolio.

  • 19 March 2013
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    http://www.dreamstime.com/-image10763770

    Penny Stocks III – How To Select Good Ones?

    How does one separate the rough diamonds from the lemons? This can be a particular headache for penny stocks investors. Fret not! Our author offers five easy-to-follow steps that can serve as a guide in your search for the next diamond!

  • 12 March 2013
  • Op-ed, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    http://www.dreamstime.com/-image26209955

    Fixed Income And How You Can Diversify

    Fixed Income has often been viewed as the less attractive when compared to equities. But fixed income instruments have a part to play in your investment portfolio! Read on to find out more!

  • 12 March 2013
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    growth

    Penny Stocks II – How Does One Strategise?

    To many, penny stocks are deemed too risky and losses from it seem inevitable. However, here in part II of our series, we share with you additional rules and guides which can serve as a valuable compass in your pursuit for penny stock investment success!

  • 05 March 2013
  • Op-ed, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    palm oil fruit Indonesia

    Breakdown: 2013 To Be Tumultuous For Golden Agri?

    After a good 2011 for Crude Palm Oil (CPO) players, 2012 appears to have slumped downhill. Golden Agri Resources (GAR) financial figures haven’t been supportive and neither does the outlook of 2013 look great. With a possibly volatile CPO market in 2013, how would GAR react to such a task at hand?

  • 05 March 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    growth

    Penny Stock I – How Does One Strategise?

    Penny stocks have been known to be one of the most misunderstood equities. So in the current stock market, what does one do or how does one guide his way to possibly earn profits in these unique stocks?

  • 27 February 2013
  • Op-ed, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb_ezion

    Breakdown: Ezion’s Party Just Getting Started

    Ezion Holdings has experienced a huge jump from penny stock to a possible blue chip contender. It’s recent release of financial information only shows to support its case. With only good things to say about it’s prospects, could Ezion be heading towards an extended run of success?

  • 27 February 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-up

    BOOM! M&A Activity Hit A Record High Last Year! A Good Omen?

    Mergers and acquisition deals in Singapore saw a historic jump (even after excluding F&N and APB deals) in 2012. What’s supporting this? Is this the final spark we need to torch economic growth? Or are we seeing the first signs of a bubble forming?

  • 20 February 2013
  • Op-ed, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-oil1

    Will 2013 Be The Year Of The Oil and Gas Sector? (Part II)

    Contradicting economic figures from both the developing and developed world have made it to determine the demand for oil in 2013. In this final part of the two-part series, we discuss how these factors may possibly inflict damage on Singapore’s oil & gas sector.

  • 20 February 2013
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-ausgroup

    Earnings Commentary: AusGroup’s Strong Numbers A Sign Of Things To Come?

    Australia’s AusGroup has posted positive and profitable numbers in their financial report. Coupled with favourable order wins, the company’s immediate future seems bright. Could an eventual dual listing on the ASX brighten these prospects even more?

  • 20 February 2013
  • Earnings Commentary, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-oil1

    Will 2013 Be The Year Of The Oil & Gas Sector? (Part I)

    The first of a two part series of articles that will cover the immensely lucrative commodity, oil. What would 2013 mean to oil, otherwise known as black gold? In our first article, we look at the forecast for oil prices as well as the performance of a Brazilian oil and gas company, Petrobras.

  • 14 February 2013
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Thumb-LMIRT

    Earnings Commentary: LMIRT’s Indonesian Boost

    Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (LMIRT) has been touted as a proxy to the Indonesian retail sales market. How has LMIRT’s recent results been affected by Indonesian market? What are its prospects?

  • 14 February 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-Biosensors-Logo

    Breakdown: Biosensors’ Disappointing Results Still A Cause For Anticipation?

    A 74.6 percent drop in profits and yet, there is still hope and anticipation. What is the root of this seemingly resolute opinion about Biosensors International Group? Let’s take a look.

  • 14 February 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-white-paper

    The White Paper – Can 6.9 Million Be Really Good For The Economy?

    Much has been and continues to be said about the recently released population white paper. However, our writer thinks that this whole conversation has missed one important angle. Take a look at our infographic to see if you agree with him.

  • 06 February 2013
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    UE_Square_Shopping_Mall_2,_Nov_05

    Breakdown: United Engineers And WBL – Another F&N?

    United Engineers announced an all-cash bid for WBL Corporation. Is this the beginning of a F&N-esque saga? Join us as we try to dissect this deal with the help of analysts.

  • 06 February 2013
  • Breakdown, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    SilverlakeAxis_logo1-300x94

    Earnings Commentary: Silverlake Axis’ 22% Jump In Profits

    SIlverlake Axis turned in a healthy set of financial results this quarter. Bottom line figures improved almost 22% while gross profits edged higher by 11.7%. We dissect the results and bring you the main issues surrounding this jump.

  • 06 February 2013
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-davos-wef

    Davos – What Questions Were Raised And Were There Answers?

    The World Economic Forum has long been criticised as a gathering of the global elite and wealthy. However, the forum has also sought to shed light onto the growing uncertainty that plagues the global economy. This year, we take a look at what questions were asked and if any answers were provided.

  • 30 January 2013
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Thumb-midas-railway

    Analysts’ Breakdown: Riding A Chinese Turnaround With Midas

    Could Midas Holdings, with its 32.5% stake in Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport Company, be the proxy investors look out for to ride on a Chinese railway industry revival?

  • 30 January 2013
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-housing

    How Cooling Property Prices Could Have Widespread Repercussions

    This is the seventh time the Singaporean government has introduced property cooling measures. How will it affect you? How will it affect counters? Take a look at our easy-to-read infographic!

  • 23 January 2013
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    SGX-Thumb

    SGX 1H13 Boosted By Derivative Trading And IPOs

    The SGX has gone through a tumultuous 2012. However, in its 2Q13 earnings report card, figures appear to show that it has weathered the storm relatively well.

  • 23 January 2013
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-Namcheong-1

    Analysts’ Breakdown: Nam Cheong’s Record 2012

    Malaysia’s largest offshore shipbuilder, Nam Cheong ended 2012 with a record number of vessels sold. With surging demand for offshore vessels and oil prices remaining sustainably high, what do analysts think about its prospects?

  • 23 January 2013
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-capitaland

    Hot Pick: CapitaLand – 2013 Stock of The Year?

    What’s with CapitaLand’s recent jump? Could there be any basis for that? Will CapitaLand be 2013′s market darling?

  • 09 January 2013
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-ipad-pen

    Will The World Economy Be In Better Shape In 2013?

    The start of a new year is a natural time to think about the global economic outlook. 2013 is particularly intriguing as contrasting stories about the year can look equally likely.

  • 09 January 2013
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    cdlht-maldives-thumb

    Analysts Breakdown: CDLHT’s Foray Into Maldives

    CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT) recently announced the acquisition of the Angsana Velavaru from Banyan Tree. How did analysts view this maiden foray into both the resort business and into the Maldives?

  • 09 January 2013
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Thumb_iStock_000011846795=

    A New Year Rally In The Making?

    A new year, a new US budget deal. Put them both together, and we have the makings of a rally. Will this last? What’s happened in the last 48 hours?

  • 03 January 2013
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    thumb-fiscal cliff

    What Can Singaporeans Do If The Fiscal Cliff Becomes Reality?

    All this talk about the Fiscal Cliff and the US. Can Singapore weather this development? What can or should you do?

  • 27 December 2012
  • Econowatch, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    CMA-thumb

    STI’s 2012 Best Performer – Why and What’s Next?

    And the Best Performer on the STI goes to… CapitaMalls Asia! Just what did the company do right this year? And what is in store for the mall developer?

  • 27 December 2012
  • Hot Picks, Tradeable
  • Back to top
    Fincantieri-STX-OSV-thumb

    Analysts Breakdown – STX OSV’s New Majority Shareholder

    The STX Group has sold its stake in STX OSV for $730.6m to an Italian cruise ship builder. How will this development affect STX OSV? Analysts weigh in…

  • 27 December 2012
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    http://www.dreamstime.com/-image12297943

    Top 3 Investment Lessons of 2012

    As 2012 comes to an end, let us look at what investment lessons can be gleaned from the year.

  • 13 December 2012
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top
    SIA-virgin-thumb

    SIA and HP — Failed Acquisitions

    Failed acquisitions, how does SIA and HP compare?

  • 13 December 2012
  • Op-ed
  • Back to top
    YZJ-thumb

    Analysts Breakdown: Yangzijiang’s Foray Into Offshore

    Yangzijiang has announced its first offshore contract, 2 years after it had made a bid for a stake in PPL Holdings

  • 13 December 2012
  • Tradeable
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (Venture, GP Hotels, UOB, DBS )

    We forecast Venture’s revenue to grow only 1% this year due to tough economic conditions.

  • 28 September 2012
  • Investors' Corner
  • Back to top
    thumb-ezra-triyards

    Two For The Price Of One? TRIYARDS’ Exclusive Spinoff From Ezra

    The proposed listing of TRIYARDS by way of introduction, can be seen as an opportunity for the retail investment public to grab a hold of.

  • 14 September 2012
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top
    thumb-spectacle

    Oei Hong Leong’s “Midas Touch” Excites Raffles Education

    Oei Hong Leong snapped up over 11.5 million shares at an average price of $0.326 apiece. The buy-in by Oei brought his stake in the company from 4.79 percent to 6.14 percent, making him a substantial shareholder of Raffles Edu.

  • 13 September 2012
  • Breaking News
  • Back to top
    thumb-ccfh

    CCFH Expands Into Agro-Forestry With MOU

    CCFH is expanding beyond its stable of children fashion items and bed linen and dipping its feet into the agro-forestry business.

  • 11 September 2012
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top
    thumb-442-plantation

    Bumitama – The Winter of Discontent Before A Glorious Summer?

    The word, “Commodities” is currently synonymous with another word, “Downturn”.

  • 31 August 2012
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top
    thumb-SIC2012

    The Heavyweights For The Shares Investment Conference 2012

    Volatile. The word that’s all too familiar these past couple of months as we see markets, continuously taunted by the Eurozone drama, US’ ailing economy, and China’s slowdown.

  • 19 August 2012
  • Shares Investment Conference
  • Back to top
    thumb-capitaland-1h12-final

    Growth Even In Adversity – CapitaLand’s Strong 1H12 Numbers

    To take advantage of its core competencies of financial strength, expertise and track record in China and other core markets, CapitaLand has sowed more seeds with $2.4 billion new investment commitments in the year-to-date.

  • 01 August 2012
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (Maxis, AMMB Hldgs, TA Enterprise)

    Maxis announced that it was entering into an agreement with REDtone International to share infrastructure and spectrum for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband networks.

  • 27 July 2012
  • Malaysia Investors' Corner
  • Back to top
    thumb-crct

    China In For A Hard Landing? I Don’t Think So, Says CEO Of CRCT

    CRCT’s Tony Tan said that although sentiments on the ground have somewhat weakened, he opined that the likelihood of a soft landing of the Chinese economy was exceedingly higher than a hard one.

  • 25 July 2012
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top
    thumb-si-portfolio-1h12-review

    SI Tops STI Heading Into Second Half

    The half-time whistle has gone! As both sides head to the locker rooms for their individual pep talks, the score-line reads 2-0!

  • 06 July 2012
  • Perspective
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (CACHE, FrasersCT, SingPost, Capitaland)

    Cache Logistics Trust (CLT) boasts being one of the more resilient portfolios in the industrial REIT space.

  • 22 June 2012
  • Investors' Corner
  • Back to top
    thumb-myanmar-wef

    Myanmar: The Land Of Promises?

    To many, Myanmar is currently a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with strokes and colours. Opportunities for strokes of new roads, train lines, sea ports, real estate and colours of telecommunication continue to be open to onlookers and investors.

  • 08 June 2012
  • Perspective
  • Back to top
    thumb-commodities-01

    A Slump In Commodity Prices – More Than What It Seems

    Commodity prices are falling and a mismatch in supply and demandis threatening to increase counter party risk to many supply chain managers.

  • 25 May 2012
  • Perspective
  • Back to top
    Coffee, Newspaper and Mouse on Desk

    Today’s Movers & Shakers: ComfortDelGro, China Minzhong, SATS, Neptune Orient Lines

    Revenue growth was broad based with profit weaker than expected in ComforDelGro’s (CDG) Singapore rail and bus businesses. Operating margins for its domestic rail operations fell to 10.4 percent from 21.5 percent in 1Q11.

  • 15 May 2012
  • Perspective
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (CoscoCorp, FJBen, OSIM, VizBranz, Kep Corp, SembMar, XinRen, CapitaMall)

    Cosco Corporation recorded dismal 1Q12 net profit which came in 19% below our forecast and 20% below market concensus. Cosco blamed its poor performance on higher than expected interest and expenses.

  • 11 May 2012
  • Investors' Corner
  • Back to top
    thumb-oriental-group

    From Nuts To Metal: Oriental’s Bid For A Turnaround

    In testament of its resolve to succeed in the steel industry, Oriental Group, had on 27 April 2012, signed a joint venture agreement with Anhui Zhetai Stainless Steel Group to set up a new company in Singapore.

  • 30 April 2012
  • In the Spotlight
  • Back to top

    Headliners (Fragrance, CNMC, Semb Corp)

    Fragrance Group and Aspial Corporation’s property development arm, World Class Land, announced on 24 April-12 that it would be incorporating a new special purpose company, Bayfront Ventures.

  • 27 April 2012
  • Headliners
  • Back to top
    thumb-china-yuan

    Will Starland Shine In Its Proposed IPO?

    Property developer and hotel operator, Starland, has jumped onto the initial public offering (IPO) bandwagon and intends to issue 22.2 million new shares in a Catalist listing.

  • 20 April 2012
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top
    thumb-dragon-stocks

    March Pitstop: SI Portfolio One Up Against STI

    On the 30th day of December 2011, we made a wager. A wager that would have us lock horns in an epic clash with the Straits Times Index (STI). In a first by our team at Shares Investment, we pit our skills and knowledge of locally listed counters against the broad market, championed by the STI.

  • 13 April 2012
  • Perspective
  • Back to top
    thumb-stock-down

    Geo-Politics Weigh Heavily On The Hang Seng & TAIEX

    Geopolitical issues were seen to dampen market sentiments as major Asian markets opened the day starkly lower.

  • 05 April 2012
  • Perspective
  • Back to top
    thumb-stx-osv-ship

    A Cyber Date With STX OSV Holdings

    STX OSV Holdings, a major shipbuilder in the offshore oil and gas exploration and production and oil services industries, has, year-to-date, gained some 54.3 percent over its closing share price on 30 December 2011.

  • 30 March 2012
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top
    Thumb-Brain

    Recognising And Overcoming The Psychology Behind Your Investment Decisions, Part IV

    After reading the previous three parts of this series of articles, and with any luck, you might be able to avoid the pitfalls of irrationality that plague many other private investors. Or maybe that is too optimistic a conclusion.

  • 16 March 2012
  • Education
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (CapitaMallsAsia, DBS, Ezra, Olam)

    We believe CapitaMalls Asia (CMA)’s extensive retail mall network in Asia offers a distinct and significant advantage in lease management.

  • 16 March 2012
  • Investors' Corner
  • Back to top
    thumb-euro-shackled.jpeg

    Greece’s Truly Historic Endeavour

    Athens has just released official statements that it has completed its debt swap deal and affirmed that it was a success. This paves the way for Greece to receive its second tranche of bailout monies from the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

  • 09 March 2012
  • In the Spotlight
  • Back to top
    thumb-key-brain

    Recognising The Psychology Behind Your Investment Decisions, Part III

    Investors tend to evaluate prospects or possible outcomes in terms of gains and losses relative to some reference point rather than the final stages of wealth

  • 02 March 2012
  • Education
  • Back to top
    thumb-budget-review

    Budget 2012 – The Usual Pragmatic Approach

    Notwithstanding the commercial aspects as stated in the article, it is imperative to note that the government has not taken too kindly to stimulus measures, opting instead, to invest in a long term basis.

  • 20 February 2012
  • In the Spotlight
  • Back to top
    Thumb-Brain

    Recognising The Psychology Behind Your (Irrational) Mind, Part II

    We continue to try to explain and increase understanding of the reasoning patterns of investors, including the emotional and cognitive processes involved and how much these processes affect and influence the decision making process.

  • 17 February 2012
  • Education
  • Back to top
    thumb_budget

    Budget 2012 – How Will It Deal With The Downturn?

    It would appear that the 2012 budget is unlikely to pump a huge stimulus into the economy on a short term basis. Instead, the budget is predicted to address longer-term issues to “take advantage of the difficult times and help bounce back more strongly” after the forecasted gloom.

  • 15 February 2012
  • In the Spotlight
  • Back to top

    Recognising The Psychology Behind Your Investment Decisions (Part I)

    It’s a common dilemma: You know you have the wrong mix of investments, but you cannot bring yourself to fix the mess. Why is it so difficult to change? At issue, and perhaps central to how investors think is a relatively new school of thought dubbed “Behavioural Finance”.

  • 03 February 2012
  • Education
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (Fortune REIT, NOL, Olam, SingPost)

    Fortune REIT (Fortune) filed its FY11 DPU of HK$26.30, 8% higher than a year ago. Key performance indicators of Fortune remained attractive as net property income increased 7.6% y-o-y on the back of positive rental revisions of 15.2%.

  • 03 February 2012
  • Investors' Corner
  • Back to top

    Headliners (CapitaLand, Keppel Corp, Ezra, KSH)

    CapitaLand has led a consortium, established with CapitaMall Asia and Singbridge Holdings, to seal a cooperation agreement with the Chongqing government.

  • 13 January 2012
  • Headliners
  • Back to top

    Headliners (Sembcorp, Hyflux, Hiap Seng, Olam)

    Sembcorp Utilities (Sembcorp) is reportedly vying to build Oman’s latest desalination plant, the US$350-400 million ($454-519 million) Ghubrah independent water project (IWP).

  • 30 December 2011
  • Headliners
  • Back to top

    SC Global Threading Towards A New Dawn Or A Setting Sun?

    Could new developments spark an about turn in SC Global’s fortunes?

  • 16 December 2011
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top

    Romance Between Corporations: Generating Shareholder Value Through M&A?

    In this day and age, corporations have thrown themselves into courtships where flirting takes place in an otherwise deadly game of mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

  • 02 December 2011
  • Education
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (CapitaLand, GLP, Pacific Andes, Noble, Suntec REIT, UOB, ARA Asset, Genting Singapore)

    A joint venture by CapitaLand (25%), CapitaMalls Asia (25%) and Singbridge (30%) has been awarded the tender for a 0.817m square metre (sqm) mixed use site in Yuzhong District, Chongqing, China.

  • 02 December 2011
  • Investors' Corner
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (CityDev, Golden Agri, Sound Global, Hong Leong Asia)

    City Developments’ (CityDev) latest project, a mass market condominium development, The Palette was open for preview on 12 Nov.

  • 18 November 2011
  • Investors' Corner
  • Back to top

    Thailand Floods Disrupt Supply Chains & Raise Inflationary Risks

    The proverbial Noah’s Ark could do scarce when faced with a truly once in 50 years flooding event that has inundated a third of Thailand. Newly elected Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra has been hard pressed since the saga begun nearly 2 months ago.

  • 04 November 2011
  • Perspective
  • Back to top

    Headliners (Great Eastern, Hartawan, Eastgate)

    In statistics released by the Ministry of Manpower on 31 Oct, Singapore’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 2% in the third quarter of this year. This slight improvement from 2.1% in the previous quarter was due to more jobs being created.

  • 04 November 2011
  • Headliners
  • Back to top

    Promising Outlook For SGX Despite Economic Uncertainties

    Double-dip recession, the big “R” was the talk these days. Renewed concerns over the ongoing European debt crisis and the possible recession in the US have led to the plummet of global stock markets recently.

  • 23 September 2011
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top

    Investors’ Corner (Epicentre, Rotary, SGX, Starhill Gbl, VizBranz)

    2H11 results came in below expectations with revenue falling 12% below our estimates to $70.5 million, attributable largely to 24% half-on-half fall in sales volumes. Earnings had been bogged down by start-off costs for new outlets (two new outlets in Singapore and its first in Shanghai) and feasibility studies in China as well as lower than expected sales from the iPad2 due to its late launch as well as constrained stocks. iPad sales make up 18-19% of the group’s total sales with Epicentre capturing ~30% of the market share in Singapore.

  • 09 September 2011
  • Investors' Corner
  • Back to top

    Yongnam Holdings: Forging A Solid Foundation In Steel

    Established in 1971, Yongnam Holdings Limited operates two core business divisions namely, structural steelworks and specialist civil engineering.

  • 25 August 2011
  • Corporate Digest
  • Back to top
    ADVERTISEMENT
    ADVERTISEMENT
    Top 5 Today
    All Rights Reserved. Pioneers & Leaders (Publishers) Pte Ltd. Best viewed with Mozilla Firefox 3.5 and above.