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Editorial Desk

Writing her name in the history books, French finance minister, Christine Lagarde has recently landed the top job at the International Monetary Fund. Whether or not her appointment will inject the much-needed confidence and stability into the beleaguered Eurozone remains to be seen.

  • 05 July 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    Resilient is the word that aptly describes the local equity bellwether’s performance these past few weeks.

  • 28 June 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Wee Hur Reaps Rewards From Property Development Foray

    Singapore’s economy is firmly on course for another strong year of growth after the Trade and Industry Ministry revised upwards its gross domestic product (GDP) forecast by a full percentage point. It is expected that expansion for the year will come in between 5% and 7%, backstopped by a robust first quarter that advanced 8.3% on the back of a continued recovering manufacturing sector.

  • 17 June 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Owing largely to sluggish data from the world’s largest economy, escalating Eurozone debt problems and China’s continued monetary tightening, the local equity bellwether has recently plummeted below its 50-, 100- and 200-day simple moving averages, signaling a rather bearish tone.

  • 17 June 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Since November last year, the FBM KLCI has been trading sideways, gyrating in a narrow range of between 1,500 and 1,550.

  • 09 June 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Ezion Capitalises On Liftboat Niche To Emerge As Dominant Offshore Support Services Provider

    Following a corporate restucturing in March 2007 and the decision to foray into offshore marine logistics and support services, Ezion Holdings Limited (Ezion) was exposed to many opportunities in the global offshore oil and gas industry. Since then, the company had embarked on this phase of growth in stupendous fashion.

  • 03 June 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    A piece of news caught my attention lately. Come 4 July this year, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) will be reducing the minimum bid size for securities. This is aimed at lowering the trading costs for investors. According to the SGX, the tighter spreads will encourage investors to increase their participation and enhance liquidity on the local bourse.

  • 03 June 2011
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    Thakral Develops Second Revenue Stream Through Real Estate Foray In Australia

    Since turning around in FY09, Mainboard‐listed Thakral Corporation (Thakral) has never looked back. Just recently, the company posted yet another set of robust quarterly numbers, extending its profitable track record.

  • 20 May 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editoral Desk

    Grabbing the headlines in recent weeks was the sexual assault charges filed against International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

  • 20 May 2011
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    Editoral Desk

    By the time you read this, our nation’s General Elections 2011 would have been done and dusted.

  • 06 May 2011
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    Editoral Desk

    Since descending from 7 April’s high of 1,561.93, the FBM KLCI has generally been gyrating between a narrow range of 1,520 and 1,540 for the past few weeks.

  • 03 May 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    YHI Unveils Promising Expansion Plans, Strives Towards $1 Billion Sales By 2015

    Without a doubt, FY10 has been a fruitful year for YHI International (YHI). Not only did it chalk up record revenue of $499.6 million during the period, the Mainboard-listed company also raked in net profit (attributable to equity holders) of $33.0 million – another all-time high.

  • 21 April 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editoral Desk

    Despite the recent market correction, investor sentiment remains largely positive, underpinned by robust local economic data.

  • 21 April 2011
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    EMS Energy: A Turnaround Play With Promising Engines Of Growth

    Following several years of being mired in red ink, EMS Energy (EMS) has finally returned to the black for the full year ended 31 December 2010 (FY10).

  • 08 April 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editoral Desk

    Our local bourse continued to trend higher for the past week, as favourable economic data from the US further propped up investor sentiment.

  • 08 April 2011
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    Editoral Desk

    Recent unfortunate events in Japan have thrown further doubts on the global economy. But with every crisis comes opportunities.

  • 01 April 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Lorenzo Aims For Sustainable Growth With Enlarged Business Offerings

    From its humble beginnings as a small local furniture retailer, Lorenzo International (Lorenzo) has blossomed into one of Asia’s leading emerging consumer brands in the furniture industry. Established in 1983, Lorenzo designs, manufactures and retails its furniture through an extensive network of 42 wholly-owned outlets and 17 Licensed Retailing System stores across eight countries and exports its ‘Lorenzo’ branded products internationally.

  • 25 March 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editoral Desk

    Equity markets worldwide have recently been hit by a couple of black swan events – a metaphor made famous by New York University professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2007 bestseller, ‘The Black Swan’. Simply put, such an event is extremely difficult to predict and has a major impact.

  • 25 March 2011
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    Technics Boasts Strong Earnings Visibility & Enticing Divided Yield

    Listed on the local bourse in 2003, Technics Oil & Gas (Technics) has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, in terms of its financial showing. From FY07 to FY10, the company’s top line grew at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20%, while its bottom line grew at a more impressive CAGR of 76.6%.

  • 11 March 2011
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    Editoral Desk

    Higher and higher. No, I’m not referring to the current trend of the equity market. Rather, it describes how the price of oil is moving. And the key impetus behind this?

  • 07 March 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Sapphire Marches Ahead With Vanadium As Key Growth Driver

    Having been listed on the SGX junior board since 1999, Sapphire Corporation (Sapphire) recently made its bow on the Mainboard, as the company embarked on its next growth chapter. Concurrently, Sapphire completed a 20-to-1 share consolidation.

  • 25 February 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    One by one, global equity markets plummeted, as political tensions in Libya, a top oil producer, intensified, following the unseating of long-time rulers in Tunisia and Egypt.

  • 25 February 2011
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    OSIM Sets New Records, Eyes TDR & Greater China Growth

    A name synonymous with high quality, aesthetically designed massage chairs, OSIM International (OSIM) has certainly created a lot of buzz in the market of late.

  • 11 February 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    News has it that Deutsche Boerse is in advanced talks to buy NYSE Euronext in an all-stock transaction, potentially forming the world’s largest exchange operator.

  • 11 February 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Following a decent run-up in the first half of January, the local equity market has lost steam and turned sluggish, with the FBM KLCI wiping out all of its gains so far this year. But according to market watchers, buying interest will come back after the festivities.

  • 07 February 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Leeden Gains Competitive Edge With Regional Expansion Initiatives

    Leeden Limited (Leeden) has over the years established an extensive distribution network as well as manufacturing capabilities in the provision of total integrated solutions for welding, gas and safety across the whole of Southeast Asia.

  • 28 January 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    For the first time since mid-2008, the blue-chip laden Dow Jones Industrial Average recently made an encouraging foray above the symbolic threshold of 12,000

  • 28 January 2011
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    TEE Int’l Continues Earnings Momentum With New Contract Wins

    When CK Phua took over TEE International Limited (TEE), then known as Trans Equatorial Engineering, in a management buyout way back in 1991, the company was merely an electrical engineering service provider on a sub-contract basis.

  • 14 January 2011
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Well, since the start of the new year, their performances have been nothing short of encouraging, outperforming that of the Straits Times Index. While Etika International and Sunmart Holdings only managed to inch up 6.5% and 4.0% respectively (as at the time of writing), Ryobi Kiso and Asiatravel.com went into double-digit territory.

  • 14 January 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Reminiscing 2010, the FBM KLCI posted a staggering 19.3% surge for the entire year, overshadowing the 10.1% gain of its counterpart across the causeway.

  • 10 January 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Second Chance Eyes Small Shops For Big Money

    Second Chance has dished out increasing dividends for the past few years. Its dividend for FY10 stood at $0.038 per share, representing a mouth-watering yield of 9.4%.

  • 31 December 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    As always, this is the time of the year where you will hear market gurus taking turns to highlight the various stocks and investment themes to look out for.

  • 31 December 2010
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    JK Yaming Anticipates Bright Future For Induction Lighting

    Despite its penny status, JK Yaming, which just recently ended its long-drawn US lawsuit, harbours great ambitions and looks to be an unpolished gem waiting to be uncovered.

  • 17 December 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Dampening hopes of a Santa Claus rally, China earlier reported a 5.1% annual gain in consumer prices for the month of November, up from October’s 4.4%.

  • 17 December 2010
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    Rotary Capitalises On Tremendous Opportunities In Overseas Markets

    For Rotary Engineering Limited (Rotary), 2009 was indeed a very eventful year. Not only did its share price scale to an all-time peak of S$1.30 in August, Rotary also clinched a mammoth US$745 million Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) deal – the company’s single largest contract in its 38 years of illustrious history.

  • 03 December 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Heightened tensions over the Korean Peninsular and renewed concerns that the Chinese government will take further anti-inflationary measures have earlier put a halt to the rally of global stock markets. As a result, the Straits Times Index eased some 4.1%, since attaining a high of 3,313.61 on 9 November.

  • 03 December 2010
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    Hiap Seng Gears Towards Growth Amid Positive Industry Outlook

    Armed with the mission of delivering efficient, reliable and quality products and services to customers, maximum returns to shareholders and a rewarding work environment to employees, Hiap Seng Engineering Ltd (Hiap Seng) has grown by leaps and bounds since its establishment in 1971.

  • 19 November 2010
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Escalating worries of an imminent interest rate hike by China to combat inflation prompted global equities to tumble in a concerted fashion; the local equity bellwether Straits Times Index (STI) eased from a high of 3,313.61 on 9 November to hover around the 3,200 mark.

  • 19 November 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Slowly but surely, the FBM KLCI is inching closer and closer to its all-time high of 1,516 achieved on 11 January 2008.

  • 16 November 2010
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    ES Group Reaches New Milestone With Maiden Chartering Deals

    Armed with over 30 years of operating history, ES Group (Holdings) Limited (“ES Group” or the “Company”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) attained yet another new milestone earlier in August this year, barely one month after its Catalist debut.

  • 04 November 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    By the time this publication hits the streets, the US Federal Reserve would have introduced further quantitative easing initiatives during the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on 2-3 November, in a bid to boost the country’s frail economic recovery.

  • 04 November 2010
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    Trek 2000 Stays On Track For Promising Growth With New Innovations

    Since its first introduction to the world in 2000, the ThumbDrive® has become an integral part of our everyday lives, be it at work, leisure or school.

  • 22 October 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Just when the US is widely tipped to launch fresh stimulus measures to resuscitate its struggling economic recovery, China came out and raised its benchmark one-year lending and deposit rate by 25 basis points,

  • 22 October 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Chances of a double-dip recession appear to have faded, owing to positive manufacturing data, which showed a rebound in the month of August, from the two largest economies in the world.

  • 11 October 2010
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Koyo Enjoys Healthy Growth Momentum, Eyes Overseas Expansion

    As evident from the company’s perennially thin trading volume, Koyo International Limited (Koyo) may not ring a bell for many local investors.

  • 08 October 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Fancy investing in Baidu or PetroChina? Well, soon, you would be able to do just that. Come 22 October, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) will launch the trading of the American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) of 19 major Asian companies on its new GlobalQuote board.

  • 08 October 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Let’s face it, the economic picture being painted by the US is not exactly hunky dory.

  • 01 October 2010
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    King Wan Enhances Bottomline Growth Through Promising Investments

    King Wan Corporation Limited (King Wan) certainly needs no introduction in the local mechanical & electrical (M&E) engineering scene.

  • 24 September 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Those of you who were lucky enough to take a long position on Genting Singapore, just before the company staged its gravity-defying act, must surely be laughing all the way to the bank.

  • 24 September 2010
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    China Aviation Oil Flies High On Robust Jet Fuel Demand

    During an exclusive interview with Shares Investment (Singapore) recently in Singapore, Sun Li, who recently took over the Chairmanship of China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation Ltd (CAO) from Dr Wang Kai Yuen, expressed his profound optimism over the company’s business prospects going forward.

  • 09 September 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Rewind back a couple of weeks, industry pundits were painting a not-so-sanguine picture of the US, with some even suggesting a double-dip recession. But the better-than-expected jobs data released of late from the world’s largest economy brought markets back to life.

  • 09 September 2010
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    Portek Carves Niche In Global Port Industry

    During the unprecedented global economic downturn in 2008-2009, most of the port operators were left reeling, as throughput of ports in major trade routes plummeted into the abyss.

  • 27 August 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    The bears seem to be in control, for now. On 25 August, the Dow Jones Industrial Average went below the 10,000 critical support and stayed there for a large part of the day as another round of disappointing economic data created further uncertainty over the US economic recovery.

  • 27 August 2010
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    Treasury China Trust Offers Exposure To China’s Burgeoning Commercial Real Estate Market

    After spending 11 years of working in China, Richard David, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mainboard newcomer Treasury China Trust (TCT), is all too familiar with the ups and downs of the country’s property market.

  • 13 August 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Just when we thought that the Straits Times Index would finally be able to stay above the crucial 3,000 level, the bears came out to spoil the day.

  • 13 August 2010
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    CCM Group Explores Growth Opportunities In Asia Pacific

    Even though CCM Group (CCM) is one of the smaller construction firms listed on the Singapore Exchange, in terms of market capitalisation, the homegrown company certainly has big plans to enhance its top- and bottom-lines.

  • 30 July 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Former ‘Remisier King’ Peter Lim is back on the prowl.

  • 30 July 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    June has been a rather kind month for local equities.

  • 23 July 2010
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    KSH Builds Strong Portfolio Of Luxury Residential Projects

    Choo Chee Onn, executive chairman and managing director of KSH Holdings (KSH), was in a jovial mood when Shares Investment (Singapore) met up with him recently for an exclusive interview. In fact, he had every right and reason to be.

  • 16 July 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Here’s a piece of eye-catching news! Singapore appears poised to become the world’s fastest-growing economy this year, beating the likes of regional powerhouses China and India.

  • 16 July 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    The month of June saw the debut of Bund Center Investment and Treasury China Trust. Sharing a common trait, both entities made their way onto the SGX Mainboard by way of an introduction.

  • 02 July 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    In a matter of days, soccer fever will once again grip the entire world. Forget about the eurozone debt crisis or credit tightening concerns. As history suggests, equity markets will most likely go into a period of hiatus when the South Africa World Cup 2010 takes centrestage come 11 June.

  • 21 June 2010
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Hup Soon Global: A Turnaround Story In The Making

    Mired in red ink for the past few financial years, Hup Soon Global Corporation (Hup Soon Global) is far from being a stock market darling.

  • 18 June 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    The technology sector seems to be buzzing at the moment, with the unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 4, Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 and the world’s first 3D game console by Nintendo. As the global economic climate is rapidly on the mend, demand for these new gadgets should be robust.

  • 18 June 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Equity markets worldwide have recently been spooked by the European debt crisis, with major indices slipping past their psychological support levels.

  • 11 June 2010
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    OKP Stays Focused On Core Competencies, Grows Presence In Oil And Gas Sector

    Unlike most of the other construction plays listed on the local bourse, OKP Holdings Limited (OKP) wasn’t involved in any of the mega integrated resort projects. Instead, the leading home-grown infrastructure and civil engineering company has been actively growing its niche in the oil and gas field.

  • 04 June 2010
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    Sunpower Continues Growth Momentum In 1Q10, Eyes More Business Opportunities

    Since hopping onto the SGX Catalist in 2005 (it transferred to the Mainboard in 2007), China-based Sunpower Group (Sunpower) has yet to dish out dividends, which probably explains why the company’s share price performance has remained lackluster throughout these years.

  • 04 June 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    The past trading fortnight has been by and large uneventful, apart from the secondary listing of Prudential. Speaking of which, the UK insurer has abandoned plans to buy AIA, AIG’s Asian life unit, after the former’s request to lower the price from US$35.5 billion to US$30 billion was rejected. Definitely good news for Great Eastern, as a Prudential-AIA merger will create a formidable force that is tough to contest against.

  • 04 June 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    In an anti-speculative move, Germany announced a ban on naked short selling of eurozone government bonds and in shares of the country’s leading financial institutions.

  • 21 May 2010
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    Sin Heng Enhances Market Position With Kobelco Collaboration

    Being one of the leading heavy lifting service providers in Singapore, Sin Heng Heavy Machinery (Sin Heng) has played an important role in sculpting the unique and picturesque landscape of the lion city

  • 07 May 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Things are never definite when it comes to the equity market. Case in point, New Century Shipbuilding could have been the largest IPO this year on the Singapore Exchange.

  • 07 May 2010
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    Serial System Trades Below Book, Targets $1B Revenue Within 3 Years

    Established in 1988, Serial System has never looked back ever since reversing its losses three years ago. For FY09, Serial System raked in net profit of $7.5 million, a commendable 24% jump over the previous corresponding period.

  • 23 April 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Two significant events occurred in the past trading week, handing investors the perfect excuse to take some profit off the table, following the recent run-up in the equity markets.

  • 22 April 2010
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    Friven & Co Eyes Turnaround With China Foray

    There is definitely much more to Friven & Co than just bedlinen. From a pure bedlinen company, Friven & Co has throughout these years morphed into a lifestyle company that manages a portfolio of brands.

  • 09 April 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    In the previous issue, we discussed about the art of value investing. This time round, we will be exploring the other side of the spectrum – technical analysis.

  • 09 April 2010
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    Mastering The Art Of Value Investing

    Simply put, the essence of value investing lies in buying stocks at less than their intrinsic value.

  • 26 March 2010
  • In the Spotlight
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    Editorial Desk

    What do Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch have in common? Well, apart from being widely acclaimed as investment gurus, all of them in actual fact adhere to the value investing philosophy.

  • 26 March 2010
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    Heng Long Sees Signs Of Recovery In Global Luxury Goods Market

    Homegrown Heng Long International (Heng Long) could be in for a promising ride in 2010, if its financial performance for the three months ended 31 December 2009 is a harbinger of things to come.

  • 12 March 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Things appear to be looking up for the local equity bellwether, which recently breached the 2,800 psychological resistance.

  • 12 March 2010
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    Ryobi Kiso Builds Solid Foundation, Eyes Vietnam For Expansion

    Trading at an 11.5% discount to its IPO price, Ryobi Kiso belongs to a niche group of ground engineering solutions specialists supporting the buoyant construction industry.

  • 26 February 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    Hands up if you’ve visited Genting Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) during the Chinese New Year holidays.

  • 25 February 2010
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    CapitaLand Enlarges China Footprint, FY09 Boosted By One-Off Gains

    Local property behemoth CapitaLand has recently released its FY09 report card. For the fourth year running, the company’s bottomline has surpassed the $1 billion mark.

  • 12 February 2010
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    Thomson Medical Delivers Admirable Growth On Elite Brand Name

    For the first quarter ended 30 November 2009, the company raked in net profit of $3.5 million, a 23.9% year-on-year rise.

  • 05 February 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    After a sharp run-up since March last year, equity markets worldwide have finally experienced a meaningful correction

  • 05 February 2010
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    Novo Group Hops Onto Dual Listing Bandwagon

    On 8 January this year, shares in Novo Group jumped four cents, or 18.2%, to close the day at $0.26.

  • 22 January 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    The unexpected hike in the bank reserve ratio by the People’s Bank of China caused Asian equity markets to fall like dominoes.

  • 22 January 2010
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    Q&M Eyes Strategic Move Into The China Market

    Q&M has performed remarkably in terms of its share price since its Mainboard debut on 26 November 2009.

  • 08 January 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    In stark contrast to 2009, where despair and gloom reigned supreme, the advent of 2010 was infused with a healthy dose of optimism.

  • 08 January 2010
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    Editorial Desk

    For the aforesaid year, the local equity bellwether Straits Times Index (STI) has recovered strongly from a trough of 1,455.47 in March to above the 2,800 level (as at the time of writing).

  • 24 December 2009
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    Is Hoe Leong The Next Oil & Gas Gem?

    A leading supplier of spare parts for heavy equipment and industrial machinery, Hoe Leong Corporation Ltd (Hoe Leong) was trapped below

  • 11 December 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    In a surprise turnabout, the US unemployment rate dipped to 10% from 10.2% as employers shed far fewer jobs than expected in the month of November. This signals a probable rebound for the world’s largest economy and by extension, the entire globe.

  • 11 December 2009
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    Editorial Desk

    It’s official. Singapore is effectively out of a recession, at least according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MIT).

  • 26 November 2009
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    Oceanus Whets Investors’ Appetite With Robust Growth Potential

    Last year, Oceanus’ share price was languishing at a low of $0.175. One year on, the Mainboard-listed company has appreciated more than 95%.

  • 26 November 2009
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    Editorial Desk

    Kicking off on 8 November, the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) held in Singapore is the first summit after the economic crisis of 2008. Gathering leaders from 21 countries across the Pacific Rim, the meeting allows various nations to express key economic concerns as well as articulate public policies.

  • 13 November 2009
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    Editorial Desk

    China has announced third quarter GDP growth of 8.9%, making its 8% full year target easily attainable. This, coupled with the robust performance of equity markets in the aforesaid country since the start of the year, have made quite a number of investors eager to partake in one of the biggest investment stories around.

  • 30 October 2009
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    Koh Brothers Enhances Track Record With New Project Wins

    Ever been to the Marina Barrage? A dam built across the 350-metre wide Marina Channel to keep out seawater, the Marina Barrage is our nation’s first reservoir in the city and latest tourist attraction. And the company responsible for this iconic structure is Mainboard-listed Koh Brothers Group (Koh Brothers).

  • 30 October 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    How To Get Rich Through Property Investment

    Wendy Kwek, co-founder and Managing Director of events marketing organisation Executive Directions, comes across as a very amicable person, while her petite frame belies the exuberance and energy she radiates. Widely sought after for her views in business building and property investment, Wendy bears the hallmark of a truly successful entrepreneur.

  • 16 October 2009
  • In the Spotlight
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    China XLX Pursues Dual Listing On Solid Foundation For Growth

    Perhaps due to the not-so-sexy nature of its core fertiliser business, Mainboard-listed China XLX Fertiliser (China XLX) hasn’t exactly been appearing on the radar screens of analysts and investors lately, despite the robust recovery in equity markets.

  • 02 October 2009
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    Editorial Desk

    A piece of good news for soccer aficionados. Come August 2010, they would be able to enjoy their weekly dose of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and Barclays Premier League (BPL) action all on one platform – mio TV. Clinching the rights to the BPL matches and the rights to a suite of sports networks and services from ESPN STAR Sports for a 3-year period, SingTel has dealt a rather big blow to StarHub’s pay TV services.

  • 02 October 2009
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    Wealth Summit Asia 2009 Comes To Town

    In today’s Asian lifestyle, the increasing demand for financial publications and education, and the growth in popularity of both traditional and online wealth creation tools are undeniably signs of its population’s thirst for greater financial understanding and wealth.

  • 18 September 2009
  • In the Spotlight
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    Editiorial Desk

    Since March this year, the greenback has fallen almost 9% against the Singapore dollar, to a low of $1.41 as at the time of writing. While this may sound good news for local tourists travelling to the United States, companies that sell in US dollars are very much feeling the heat.

  • 18 September 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    Eager to avoid jeopardizing the still-frail economic recovery and further political fighting, US President Barack Obama has nominated Ben Bernanke to a second term as Federal Reserve Chairman.

  • 04 September 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    China Environment Rides The Environmental Protection Wave

    Just like any other rapidly growing emerging economy, China is facing severe environmental threats attributable to rampant industrialisation and urbanisation. Realising the fact that the costs of environmental pollution are astounding both in economic and non-economic terms…

  • 04 September 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Describing the present situation most succinctly in his National Day Message 2009, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, “….it is too early to celebrate. The outlook remains clouded.”

  • 21 August 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    5 Habits Of Stock Market Winners; Tips For The Determined Trader

    The market is a battleground and everybody plays to win. It is a shark-eat-shark world where anybody can be the loser today but the winner tomorrow. In such a place, only people who strategize, practice and execute their plans perfectly can deliver consistent winning outcomes.

  • 07 August 2009
  • Education
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    Editorial Desk

    Buoyed by better-than-expected earnings and positive economic data, worldwide equities continued to rally in July, with major indices chalking up further gains. For the record, the STI surged almost 14% in that month alone, while the Dow, Hang Seng Index and FBM KLCI rose 8.6%, 11.9% and 9.3% respectively.

  • 07 August 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    In a recession, analysts typically become an overly cautious if not outright pessimistic bunch for fear of sounding too sanguine. So, it is perhaps not surprising to find that recent results of major corporations have generally surpassed the forecasts of these so called experts.

  • 24 July 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Qualitas Goes Regional In Pursuit Of Growth Opportunities

    With KPJ Healthcare (KPJ) being the sole healthcare play listed across the causeway, it is little wonder that Qualitas Medical (Qualitas), a leading primary healthcare services provider in Malaysia, decided to list on Singapore’s Catalist board in September last year.

  • 24 July 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    By now, most of you would have noticed that this issue’s cover design and article layout are somewhat different from the past. Here’s the reason why.Come 17 July, Shares Investment (Singapore) would be turning 14. In order to thank our readers for their unwavering support all these years and to commemorate this momentous occasion, we have decided to undergo a revamp.

  • 10 July 2009
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    Heatec Jietong Enters New Growth Chapter With Catalist Listing

    Under Johnny Soon’s stewardship, Heatec has flourished from strength to strength throughout these years, supporting the buoyant marine and oil & gas industries. Placing out 18.5 million new shares at $0.275 apiece, the company entered into a new milestone on 8 July by becoming the fourth IPO listed on the Catalist board in 2009.

  • 10 July 2009
  • Initial Public Offering
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    Technical Analysis Levels The Playing Field

    O’Neil had in mind price charts as timing mechanisms, more specifically price charts of financial trading instruments such as stock, forex, commodities and derivatives. He was referring to the study of Technical Analysis, which looks at methods of analyzing price charts to predict trends. This in turn allowed professionals to time trading moves in the market to capture maximum profits in the shortest possible time.

  • 10 July 2009
  • Education
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    Editorial Desk

    What goes up must come down. Having run up by as much as 46% from beginning March till end May, the local equity barometer Straits Times Index appears to be taking a breather lately.

  • 26 June 2009
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    Ntegrator Enjoys Healthy Orderbook Growth Despite Downtown

    The worldwide financial turmoil has negatively impacted most, if not all, industries. Unable to escape unscathed, the information technology (IT) and network infrastructure sectors have been hard-hit, as corporations, both big and small, rein in their IT expenditure in a bid to manage costs more efficiently.

  • 12 June 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Domestic consumption in the Middle Kingdom is going strong, thanks to the tax cuts and subsidies implemented earlier by the Chinese government.

  • 12 June 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Alleviating Risks Through Proper Education & Mentoring

    Winston Ng did not start out wanting to teach Forex trading. In an industry where most people think you are out to scam their money, it is not quite a rewarding market to be in.

  • 29 May 2009
  • In the Spotlight
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    Editorial Desk

    Investors deciphering clues to an impending recovery should probably look at the upswings of commodity prices. After all, the reams of economic data of late present a murky picture at best.

  • 29 May 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    Downgrades are out and upgrades are in. After a series of distressing downgrades, Citigroup has raised its 2009 GDP forecast for Singapore to –5% from the previous –6.4%, on the basis of positive signals in some leading indicators and month-on-month export momentum.

  • 15 May 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Demystifying The Yin & Yang Of The Equity Market

    If you think that Feng Shui (a Chinese term that literally means ‘wind and water’ in English) is all there is to Chinese Metaphysics, you are definitely not alone.

  • 15 May 2009
  • Perspective
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    Editorial Desk

    Ever heard of the old adage ‘sell in May and go away’? Well, it’s that time of the year again where you’ll come across numerous reports and articles advising you to dump your portfolio, take a vacation and temporarily forget about the stock market.

  • 01 May 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Raffles Education Alleviates Cash Concern, Eyes Sustainable Growth

    On 12 March, Mainboard-listed Raffles Education Corp plummeted to a 52-week low of $0.255, primarily attributable to the Oriental Century saga. The latter’s former CEO was alleged to have inflated sales and cash balances over the years.

  • 17 April 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Think 1,959. No, this is not my premonition of the 4 digits that will make you rich during the upcoming weekend.

  • 17 April 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Beng Kuang Marine Posts Record Performance In FY08

    The significant number of Chinese companies, or S-shares, embroiled in accounting scandals since the onset of the global financial crisis is worrying to say the least.

  • 17 April 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    What a difference a week makes! Previously reviled for AIG’s bonus fiasco along with a multitude of problems plaguing the financial system of the world’s largest economy, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appears to have turned the tide.

  • 03 April 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    Then there was one. Following the half-yearly review of the STI, which saw ComfortDelGro and SMRT replacing Yanlord Land and Keppel Land, COSCO Corporation has become the only company flying the China flag that is left standing as a component stock of the aforesaid local equity market barometer.

  • 20 March 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    IndoAgri Conserves Cash For Business Expansion

    To the dismay of some retail investors, Indofood Agri Resources (IndoAgri) has opted not to distribute a dividend in conjunction with the release of its FY08 financial performance.

  • 20 March 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Conforming to the adage ‘what is low can go even lower’, the bellwether Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted to a 12-year low on 2 March to close at 6,763.29, led by major financial institutions, which continued to reveal additional losses and write-downs.

  • 06 March 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    The Japanese economy contracted by 3.3% in 4Q08, marking the country’s worst slowdown since World War II. Japan’s problem or rather Asia’s predicament highlights the flaw of an export-dependent growth model relying on the appetite of American consumers.

  • 20 February 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Japan Foods Whets Investors’ Taste Buds With Catalist Listing

    Operating the Ajisen Ramen chain of restaurants is Japan Foods Holding (Japan Foods), which is following the footsteps of its predecessor, Westminster Travel, to list on the Catalist board. Being the second IPO of 2009, the company is placing out 13.5 million new shares at $0.20 apiece and will commence trading on 23 February. volume.

  • 20 February 2009
  • Initial Public Offering
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    Editorial Desk

    Plunging exports, slowing growth and rising jobless figures made their way to the headlines in January, marking an ominous start to 2009. As the recession progresses, countries and corporations have not shied away from delivering increasingly negative disclosures.

  • 06 February 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Lian Beng Navigates Through Challenging Times On Robust Orderbook

    Having survived the mid 1980s recession, the Asian financial crisis and the more recent SARS epidemic, Mainboard-listed Lian Beng Group (Lian Beng) is no stranger to coping with harsh and tumultuous operating environments.

  • 06 February 2009
  • Corporate Digest
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    Not An Ordinary Budget

    According to Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who delivered the Budget Speech, this highly expansionary Budget will result in an FY09 budget deficit of $8.7 billion, the largest deficit ever recorded by our nation.

  • 22 January 2009
  • Perspective
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    Investor’s Corner

    DBS’ lower-risk loan book and its heavily capitalized capital ratios should position it well, as we enter into a period where investors increasingly differentiate between banks based on asset quality performance.

  • 16 January 2009
  • Investors' Corner
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    Editorial Desk

    HR specialists in various eras often had polite terms for the pink slip epidemic. Retrenchment, rightsizing and downsizing. Call it whatever you want, but all the fancy names simply translate into job losses.

  • 16 January 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    Moving forward into 2009, the news couldn’t get any worse. The export engines of Asia shifted into reverse gear as the US economy continued to contract in 3Q.

  • 02 January 2009
  • Editorial Desk
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    Playing An Important Role In Forex Education

    Having achieved success and financial freedom at a young and tender age, Choo Koon Lip is the envy of many, including yours truly. Nonetheless, things have not always been hunky-dory as we found out during a recent interview with the 26-year-old, who graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Applied Mathematics degree (with a minor in Technopreneurship) in June 2006.

  • 02 January 2009
  • In the Spotlight
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    Editorial Desk

    It is most fitting that we lower the curtains on 2008 with the collapse of Bernard Madoff’s investment advisory business.

  • 19 December 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Miyoshi Takes Precise Step In Diversifying Revenue Stream

    Echoing the sentiments of most, if not all, companies, Mainboard-listed Miyoshi Precision (Miyoshi) is beginning to feel the heat emanating from the global economic slowdown.

  • 19 December 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    With only 3 weeks remaining before 2008 draws to a close, recent economic news continued to paint a bleak picture of the road ahead, as more bailouts and rate cuts took place worldwide.

  • 05 December 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    China Zaino Fortifies Leadership Position In PRC

    In September 2007, China Zaino penetrated into the luggage industry in a bid to diversify its revenue stream and ride the wave of the travel boom in PRC.

  • 21 November 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    With US President-elect Obama opting to stay on the sideline during the G20 summit, the meeting accomplished little in the way of substance.

  • 21 November 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    Efforts to ease a worldwide recession shifted into full gear as central banks and governments continued to slash interest rates and pump billions into their economies.

  • 06 November 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    SMRT Ventures Aboard For Business Expansion

    Since its establishment in 1987, SMRT Corporation (SMRT) has morphed into our nation’s premier multi-modal public transport operator offering integrated transport services island-wide.

  • 06 November 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    When An Insider Raises Stake, Should Investors Follow Suit?

    Clobbered by the global financial meltdown, equities across all continents tumbled like dominoes. Consequently, major shareholders of various companies have witnessed their investments shriveled in value.

  • 28 October 2008
  • Perspective
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    Editorial Desk

    With interest rates slashed and trillions pumped into the financial system by the world’s major central banks, most would have thought that the worst is over.

  • 28 October 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    After much deliberation and haggling, the US Congress has finally passed a revised US$700b financial bailout plan.

  • 13 October 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Live in Singapore! Watch How Dr. Alexander Elder Trades Successfully In Falling Markets

    Dr. Alexander Elder needs no introduction to the trading community.

  • 10 October 2008
  • In the Spotlight
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    Editorial Desk

    After much deliberation and haggling, the US Congress has finally passed a revised US$700b financial bailout plan.

  • 10 October 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    It was an earth-shaking and event-moving fortnight to say the least. Indeed, 2008 may be known as the year when the financial landscape of Wall Street changed forever.

  • 29 September 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    In a move that was widely anticipated for weeks – the US government nationalised Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • 22 September 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    Investors hoping for a respite after PM Lee’s National Day Rally speech were sorely disappointed.

  • 29 August 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    It has been a year since the credit crisis first reared its ugly head.

  • 15 August 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    AmFraser Launches First ETF Allocation Report

    Singapore’s first exchange traded fund (ETF) was listed in the year 2002.

  • 15 August 2008
  • Perspective
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    Sky One Embarks On Acquisition

    Hot on the heels of its successful reverse takeover of Semitech Electronics in January this year

  • 01 August 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Despite retreating oil prices, volatility and uncertainty continued to permeate global equity markets.

  • 01 August 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Stratech Eyes Sustainable Turnaround

    Based on the potentially huge market of more than 3,800 International Air Transport Association-listed airports

  • 18 July 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Without a doubt, Singapore is beginning to feel the effects of the global slowdown.

  • 18 July 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Mencast Embarks On New Growth Chapter

    And with oil prices hitting record highs, there could be an increase in the capital expenditure for the exploration, development and production of offshore oil and gas.

  • 04 July 2008
  • Initial Public Offering
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    Editorial Desk

    Topsy-turvy. This word pretty much sums up the performance of local equities during the past six months, which flew by in an instant.

  • 04 July 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Headliners

    The converted 127,540 deadweight tonne Lewek Arunothai further enhances the Group’s fleet capability and has already landed EOC a US$400m charter contract

  • 04 July 2008
  • Headliners
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    Hisaka Plans To Diversify Into New Industries

    ike many of the other new listings, HISAKA Holdings (HISAKA) has been an unfortunate victim of the gloomy sentiment currently surrounding the local bourse.

  • 20 June 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    or soccer aficionados who turned their attention from the stock markets to the live telecasts of Euro 2008 during the wee hours

  • 20 June 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Travelite Maintains Growth Momentum Through Promising Acquisitions

    A year has flown by since Catalist-listed Travelite Holdings (Travelite) made its debut on the Singapore Exchange.

  • 06 June 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Editorial Desk

    Surging oil prices finally discovered gravity.

  • 06 June 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    For those who are unaware, we will be launching our very own web portal, www.sharesinvestment.com, on 26 May 2008.

  • 23 May 2008
  • Editorial Desk
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    Enhancing Premier Branding Through Regional Thrust

    Nestled in the middle of bustling Orchard Road, Singapore’s prime shopping and dining district, the Paragon

  • 23 May 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Alternative Strategy For Wealth Creation

    To be able to live, work and play freely. Tell me, who in the right frame of mind wouldn’t love to achieve such an ideal.

  • 15 May 2008
  • In the Spotlight
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    A New Milestone

    Armed with the vision of furnishing accurate, timely, authoritative and important stock market information to the investing public, Pioneers & Leaders (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with

  • 18 April 2008
  • Breaking News
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    Engineered For Further Growth

    Signifying an indelible mark of business excellence, Mainboard-listed Rotary Engineering (Rotary) was recently conferred the Enterprise Award at the prestigious Singapore Business Awards 2008, organised by The Business Times and DHL.

  • 17 April 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Travelite Embarks On Promising Plans

    With the advent of budget airlines, air travel has become increasingly affordable.

  • 04 April 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    Shares Investment Participates In ATIC @ Singapore

    Organised by NextVIEW,a pioneer of real-time delivery of streaming market information over the Internet, the Asia Trader & Investor Convention (ATIC) @ Singapore 2008 was held on the 1st and 2nd of March at the Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre located in Suntec City.

  • 23 March 2008
  • Breaking News
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    Pioneers & Leaders Inks Strategic Alliance With Nextview

    Hot on the heels of the launch of Shares Investment (Shanghai) in China last October, Pioneers & Leaders (Publishers) Pte Ltd has recently announced yet another major business development.

  • 07 March 2008
  • Breaking News
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    Lorenzo Elevates Profile Through Mainboard Status

    For those who have recently added new home furnishings in preparation for the upcoming Lunar New Year, the “Lorenzo” brand name should somewhat ring a bell.

  • 11 February 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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    KSH Builds Solid Foundation For Sustained Growth

    Almost a year has passed since KSH Holdings (KSH) made its maiden appearance on the SGX Mainboard.

  • 25 January 2008
  • Corporate Digest
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