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The Fed has officially raised benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point. Slack in the labour market has diminished to the point where monetary policy needs to gradually get back to normal.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 18 December 2015
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    As quickly as the markets stood in the green after Thanksgiving, U.S. stocks tanked after the reaffirmation of Fed chair Janet Yellen on her stance for a rate hike.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 04 December 2015
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    Tourism Dollars To Be Hit In France, SG Casinos Feel Impact From Gaming Downcycle

    The terror attack on Paris have left many frustrated, shocked, and has in one way or another, impacted international markets.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 20 November 2015
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    With the results season in full swing, we see no holdbacks of market participants when it comes to rewarding and punishment of companies’ share price when it comes to earnings and revenue expectations.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 06 November 2015
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    Fishing For Value In The Midst Of Earnings Release

    It’s the reporting season again. We are now seeing a string of releases from companies revealing their earnings release for 3Q15.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 23 October 2015
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    Amid The Volatility, Put On Your Valuation Glasses

    Expectations for a Fed rate lift-off this year has been quietened, and diminished to an extent, as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reiterated that the Fed should wait on raising rates.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 09 October 2015
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    Markets Not Reacting As Well As We Thought To Rate Hike Delays

    The Federal Reserve has done it again. Just when everyone was expecting a rate hike, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen announced none of such, citing concerns over the health of the global economy, sluggish inflation in the US as well as a lackluster demand in the housing market spurred inaction from the Fed.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 25 September 2015
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    In The GE2015 Mood? Don’t Neglect The Markets Still

    The entire town is abuzz with General Elections talk. Coffee shop chatters, discussions on the train, wherever you turn, you are bound to hear snippets of it.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 10 September 2015
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    The Stock Market Roller Coaster Ride

    Buckle up, Buckle up! It has been one nerve provoking week for market watchers.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 28 August 2015
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    Defensive Stocks For The Win

    China surprised market watchers again when the PBoC announced the devaluation of the RMB by 1.9 percent, as a pre-emptive move ahead of potential rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve and further dollar strength.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 14 August 2015
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    Beijing Puts Both Hands Into Market To Stop Meltdown

    Beijing’s determination to stabilise its equity markets have helped lead the broader recovery in Asian markets.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 31 July 2015
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    Market Sentiment Being Tested Seriously

    What goes up, must come down. So overused, yet so ignored.

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 16 July 2015
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    Sustainability Rules

    At first glance, fast growth in top and bottom lines seems to be the ideal position for any company to be in. Who doesn’t favour growth?

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 03 July 2015
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    How Does One Achieve Success?

    Behind every success, however, is the continuous effort and dedication to one’s work amidst a host of challenges. How does one achieve success?

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 19 June 2015
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    Where should investors put their money to work? This is certainly one question many are interested to know the answer to.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 05 June 2015
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    Everyone should know by now that the Chinese market is the best performer in the world over the past year.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 22 May 2015
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    Cash is king. Now don’t be so hasty to dismiss this statement just because of the current low interest rate environment.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 08 May 2015
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    With the earnings season around the corner, investors will soon be flooded with companies’ performance filings.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 24 April 2015
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    One of the most important questions to ask when investing is how a company rewards its stakeholders. Well, there are generally three ways.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 10 April 2015
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    It is with great sadness that the nation learnt of the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our founding Prime Minister, earlier this week. As we mourn as a nation, we pay tribute to the man behind Singapore’s economic success and prosperity.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 27 March 2015
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    The past month saw investors bombarded with earnings reports. Needless to say, net profit numbers tend to occupy the headlines. Good sentiments usually follows increased earnings and vice versa.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 13 March 2015
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    Budget 2015 was the talk of the town last week. Aimed at providing citizens with greater assurance at each stage of life, more opportunities, and a better home, the measures meted out were part of a bigger picture.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 27 February 2015
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    Kicking off this issue is a highlight of the prospects of Malaysia’s leading dairy producer, Dutch Lady Milk Industries. The company recently bagged the company of the year 2014 as well as the best performing stock under the consumer products sector awards from The Edge Billion Ringgit Club. What is driving this powerhouse and can shareholders expect such showings going forward?

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 06 February 2015
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    For those who are invested in the Singapore equities market, you probably have received a letter from Magnus Bocker earlier this month. The letter details new initiatives the Singapore Exchange is rolling out this year to boost retail participation.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 23 January 2015
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    2015, here we come! We at Shares Investment wishes one and all a smooth sailing and prosperous year ahead!

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 09 January 2015
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    2014 has been a year of yield plays. The uneven global recovery, low interest rate environment, geopolitical tensions have sent investors seeking stocks that offer relatively decent dividend yields, providing a form of passive income.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 26 December 2014
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    It is that time of the year again. As we are nearing the end of 2014, many will be looking for directions on what positions to take in the stock market next year. Investing ideas are abound as multiple research houses have issued stock pick strategy reports.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 12 December 2014
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    The surprise event for the past fortnight was no doubt the borrowing cost cut by China’s central bank. The reduction of both the lending and deposit rates was aimed at cushioning the second largest economy’s fall from historical double-digit growth rates.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 28 November 2014
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    Buy and hold is one of the oldest investment strategies there is when it comes to stock investing. Is it effective?

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 14 November 2014
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    Picking the right investment strategy that helps you achieve your goals is crucial. One of the most widely-used investing approach is top-down investing.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 31 October 2014
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    It has largely been an uneventful year so far for the Singapore market. For the last six months, our local benchmark, the Straits Times Index, was spending most of its time in the range of 3,200 to 3,300. Year to date, the STI gained about 1 percent.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 17 October 2014
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    The third quarter earnings season is about to start. Companies like SPH REIT, Singapore Press Holdings and Keppel REIT are scheduled to release results within the next two weeks.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 03 October 2014
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    Managing market adversity is part and parcel of portfolio management. When faced with challenges, one would need to make certain adjustments to tide over. When handled well, such actions will help one to be successful in the market over the long term.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 19 September 2014
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    Following a lacklustre first half, the initial public offering market swung into high gear in the third quarter. In just two months from July to August, we saw nine firms go public. A total of $1.4 billion was raised in July and August, more than doubled the $662 million in gross proceeds raised in the first half.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 05 September 2014
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    Diversification has always been advocated as a portfolio strategy that helps to reduce unsystematic risks. It also effectively reduces the dependence on the performance of a single investment.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 22 August 2014
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    Buy low, sell high. We are often told that’s what is behind successful investing. Seemingly a no-brainer, it is in reality the toughest rule to follow. That is because you would need to know where the bar is at to determine your entry and exit points.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 08 August 2014
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    Before the earnings season moved into full swing last week, there were calls that performances of Singapore firms are going to be muted. So far, that prediction has not work out.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 25 July 2014
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    In life, things often do not go as planned. Much as a goal is in place, the path is definitely not clear-cut.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 11 July 2014
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    While we saw heightened merger and acquisition activities in Singapore, it has been a very quiet half for the initial public offering market.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 27 June 2014
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    It is human nature to be somewhat obsessed with predicting the future. Be it forecasting weather conditions, stock price direction or who will emerge triumphant in the World Cup 2014 tournament.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 13 June 2014
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    The financial market is run by two emotions – greed and fear. Being under the influence of either one can bring about detrimental impacts on one’s portfolio.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 30 May 2014
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    There are a number of forces behind a stock’s price action. For the next few weeks, the main driver would likely be the earnings performance. More specifically, it will be how a company’s actual results stack up against expectations.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 16 May 2014
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    As we bid goodbye to the month which saw the Straits Times Index (STI) climb past 3,200 points for the first time this year, one has to wonder if that level will be breached again any time soon. After all, we are heading into the selling season.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 02 May 2014
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    The budget airline revolution started in the US with Southwest Airlines in 1970s, took off in Europe with Easyjet and Ryanair in 1990s, and came to this part of the world at the turn of the millennium.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 17 April 2014
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    Following disappointing data from investment, manufacturing and retail sales, China announced a package of measures including railway spending and tax relief to fend off threat to its 7.5 percent growth target set out earlier by Premier Li Keqiang.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 04 April 2014
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    Presiding over her first monetary policy meeting as the Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen largely kept to the path set by predecessor Ben Bernanke. She announced a fresh US$10 billion cut to the Fed’s stimulus – this third cut is a continuation of the stepped reduction of the monthly asset purchasing programme from an initial US$85 billion to US$55 billion, setting the stage for it to be wound up by end of this year.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 21 March 2014
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    Hogging the headlines over the past week has been the Ukraine crisis, which has added another dose of uncertainty to the global economy. The parliamentary vote-out of President Viktor Yanukovych and subsequent instatement of a pro-Western interim government represented the loss of a satellite state for Russia

  • Daxx Chong
  • 07 March 2014
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    Turbulence. No one likes it, regardless when you are flying or investing in the equity markets. Perhaps that was why the local market had been relatively quiet so far this year. The turbulence stemming from emerging markets worries, mixed economic indicators from the US, and uncertainty about China’s future growth had kept investors sidelined. However, you and I both know that volatility is not going away. Not now, not ever.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 21 February 2014
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    While the beginning of tapering in US quantitative easing is an affirmation on the improved economic footing of the world’s largest economy, emerging countries – particularly those exhibiting internal and external imbalances in the form of persistently-large fiscal and current account deficits – have come under immense pressure as foreign capital fled and currencies tumbled.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 07 February 2014
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    For the first fortnight of 2014, affirmation of traction gained in its economy saw the US market closing in to its all-time high. According to the Beige Book survey, US businesses are experiencing growth and most regions are seeing pick-up in the labour market.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 17 January 2014
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    Entering a brand new year, we at Shares Investment are hopeful that 2014 will play out as one where investors can reap fruitful returns.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 03 January 2014
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    Dropping a surprise on the market yet again, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke announced the start of tapering of quantitative easing come next month – the Fed will reduce its monthly bond purchase from the current US$85 billion to US$75 billion.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 20 December 2013
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    As we stepped into the last month of the year, investors cannot help but wonder if Santa Claus will be coming to town this year. Considering how the Straits Times Index has performed since October, who can blame them?

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 06 December 2013
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    Editorial Desk

    The West has so far only managed a sluggish recovery, coupled with an oversupply of ships due to delivery of orders placed in the heyday, freight rates have slumped causing shipping lines to hand out lower orders to the shipbuilders.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 22 November 2013
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    It is difficult not to notice the rejuvenation of the pawnbroking industry. Prolific mass media advertising campaigns, marked by engagement of local celebrities to endorse a brand, have been regular features on our airwaves.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 08 November 2013
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    Politically wise, the Republicans were the losers as the Grand Old Party was held hostage by the conservative Tea Party faction to put up an unwinnable fight to undo President’s Obama new health care law. However, the biggest overall loser had to be the US economy.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 25 October 2013
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    While the global stock markets have switched attention onto the political brinkmanship between the US Congress and the Obama administration, the defining news of the past fortnight had to be the surprise “not-to-taper” decision by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 27 September 2013
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    Volatility. While the word is broadly attached with negative connotations, one cannot discount the fact that price volatility can turn out to be more of a friend than a foe.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 13 September 2013
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    As if uncertainties from the imminent tapering of US quantitative easing are not enough to keep us on the toes, geopolitical risk from Syria has now been thrown into the mix.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 30 August 2013
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    The major economies have been streaming out positive data in recent weeks. While it is undeniable that the global economy is on a mend, investors would be complacent to think that what lies ahead is a pothole-free smooth road.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 16 August 2013
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    The global economic landscape is ever-changing. China, which stood tall as a beacon of hope in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis, is now finding the tide turning against it.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 26 July 2013
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    Emerging market equities were largely laggards compared to their developed market peers in the first half of this year.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 12 July 2013
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    Better visibility and clearer skies were what we were all hoping for over the past fortnight.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 28 June 2013
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    Five years on, investors are still scratching their heads over whether the global economy is in crisis mode. While the world economy is on the mend, albeit slow and uneven, governments have been hesitant to change stance. Interest rates have been kept at record lows while monetary policies continued to be highly accommodative.

  • Choo Hao Xiang
  • 14 June 2013
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    Stock markets would usually find strength from improved economic data.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 31 May 2013
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    Verdict, albeit a preliminary one, is seemingly out for Japan’s unprecedented monetary easing.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 17 May 2013
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    Liquidity. That has largely been the one ingredient that is pushing global stock markets to new highs, including our local Straits Times Index (STI) that crossed the 3,400 level on the first trading day of May.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 03 May 2013
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    Though commodities, as an asset class, has registered disappointing performance over the past one year, its intertwined nature with the broader economy means that investors should nevertheless sit up and take notice.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 19 April 2013
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    Gulf in performance between the developed and the emerging economies was the standout mark for the global stock markets in the just-ended first quarter.

  • Daxx Chong
  • 05 April 2013
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    Although markets have seen its fair share of sliding after the fear of a levy imposition on Cyprus’s banks rattled market sentiment and brought back fears of the Eurozone drama, Asia markets were seen rebounding upon recognising that Cyprus only contributes to a small percentage to the Eurozone economy

  • Louis Kent Lee
  • 22 March 2013
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    The start of March saw China sending jitters across Asian markets as it announced harsher housing curbs, especially in cities with “excessively fast” price gains.

  • Ong Qiuying
  • 08 March 2013
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    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index settled on a five-year high due to a rise in corporate deal activity and bullish European trade.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 22 February 2013
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    Resilience. That seems to be the word encircling the property and property-related stocks. They have rebounded strongly in the aftermath of the seventh round of property cooling measures introduced on 11 January 2013. However, given this comprehensive set of cooling measures and with the government’s strong will to soften the property prices, what is the [...]

  • Xavier Lim
  • 01 February 2013
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    Shares of property developers fell more than 4 percent on 14 Jan-13 after the government announced its seventh round of property cooling measures in over three years.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 18 January 2013
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    Stock markets around the globe wrapped up the year 2012 with strong gains despite a number of macroeconomic challenges. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index added 13 percent, while the Germany’s DAX Index posted 29 percent gain for the whole year.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 04 January 2013
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    Global stock markets were seen trending upwards amid optimism over the “fiscal cliff” discussions that continue to roll out of Washington.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 21 December 2012
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    Asian stocks shifted towards the downside when the Shanghai Composite Index fell below the 2,000-point psychological barrier.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 07 December 2012
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    Sparked by continued optimism that the leaders in Congress will reach a compromise with the US President to avoid pushing the US economy off the “fiscal cliff”, global stock market indices moved higher.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 23 November 2012
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    Market action continued to stay volatile with the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffering a 313-point plunge immediately after the US Presidential election, as investors shifted their attention to the US$600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases set to kick in early next year.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 09 November 2012
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    It’s the earnings reporting season and investors are turning their focus back to corporate earnings again!

  • Xavier Lim
  • 25 October 2012
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    Property stocks plunged immediately after the Singapore government introduced fresh mortgage curbs to try and cool the upward spiral in property prices that have been boosted by low interest rates, low unemployment and an immigration-driven population.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 12 October 2012
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    Following the recent gains around the globe, stock markets are shifting towards the downside underlined by the disagreement between German and French leaders on the timetable for beginning the joint oversight of Europe’s troubled banking sector.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 28 September 2012
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    “Buy on rumour, sell on fact”, this was how investors and traders reacted for the past few months.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 14 September 2012
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    The takeover battle for Asia Pacific Breweries continues to be the highlight for the Singapore stock market.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 31 August 2012
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    Institutional investors seem to stay on the side-lines as trading volume around the globe remains low.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 17 August 2012
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    As expected, the Federal Reserve has left its rates unchanged till end 2014 but offered no definitive signs of further easing.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 03 August 2012
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    Disappointment set in and stocks fellas Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke failed to provide any hints of further quantitative easing.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 21 July 2012
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    As the second half of 2012 begins, it does not take much to deduce the risk that will have investors on their toes for the rest of the year. The European debt debacle has been dragging on for nearly three years.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 06 July 2012
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    Global stock markets finally received some form of reprieve following recent weeks of heavy selling. Nevertheless, investors’ sentiment remains cautious as they await more clarity regarding the situation in Europe.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 08 June 2012
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    Traders are lamenting tougher trades these days as global stock markets fall and gain in choppy trading over the developments in the Eurozone. Meanwhile, former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos said the country is preparing to exit from the Eurozone during an interview with Dow Jones Newswires while continuing uncertainties in Europe caused the Euro to decline below US$1.26 on 23 May.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 25 May 2012
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    The Nikkei 225, the Hang Seng Index and the Straits Times Index recorded their biggest daily fall this year on 7 May after taking cue from a weak US jobs report and the changes in leadership in France and Greece.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 11 May 2012
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    Remember the first time when our local bourse, the Straits Times Index (STI) breached the 3,000 level on 15 February 2012, after Valentine’s Day? This was followed by many false breakouts that led many investors to wonder if the market was due for a correction.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 27 April 2012
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    Global stock markets staged a weak performance as the US economy added weaker-than-expected jobs data with 120,000 jobs in March. This is the first time since November where hiring failed to top the 200,000 mark. Nevertheless, US unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent last month from 8.3 percent in February. However, the data from the US Department of Labour showed that the decline stemmed entirely from people dropping out of the labour force.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 12 April 2012
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    Short selling seemed to have picked up as traders does not expect the positive market momentum to gain any steam in the near future. Adding to the selling in the global stock markets was the disappointing US durable goods orders figure released by the US Commerce Department.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 30 March 2012
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    On the back of better-than-estimated economic data and expectations that Europe would tame its crisis, Wall Street capped its best start to a year since 1991. While the Nasdaq Composite Index closed above 3,000 for the first time in eleven years.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 16 March 2012
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    Crude oil prices rose to multi-month highs, traded well above US$109 per barrel due to geopolitical tensions related to Iran and its nuclear program, before retreating. On the other hand, equities are in a holding pattern, giving not much of a hint as to which direction it is heading.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 02 March 2012
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    Since the start of the year, global stock markets have been bullish with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index currently trading at levels not seen since April 2011. At the same time, the Straits Times Index has recovered 19% from its October lows to close at 3,011 on 15 February, breaking the psychological resistance at 3,000 points.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 17 February 2012
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    China’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surprised the market by rising to 50.5 in January, from 50.3 in December, and beat analysts’ expectations of 49.5. Although market experts believe that the stronger-than-expected PMI signalled that a hard landing for China’s economy is unlikely, the data also erased expectations that the Beijing government will ease its monetary policy further in the near term.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 03 February 2012
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    Editorial Desk

    Speculation on hopes that the Chinese government will soon relax its monetary policies to support economic growth spurred strong buying across the regional stock markets. Notably, the Shanghai Composite Index jumped almost 6%, lifting the Hang Seng Index to end up over 400 points in two days.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 13 January 2012
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    Editorial Desk

    It has been an especially wild year for the markets in 2011 and our local bourse, represented by the Straits Times Index (STI), was also not spared.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 30 December 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Singapore’s economy is expected to grow by 3% in 2012 according to Monetary Authority of Singapore’s December survey of Professional Forecasters.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 16 December 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Europe related headlines, rumours and meetings are dominating the market psyche, causing even more volatility and upheavals in the global financial markets.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 02 December 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    With Italy’s 10-year bond yield spiking above 7%, its highest since the euro was launched in 1999, global equity markets swung into negative territory. However, these losses were partially recouped after Italy’s Senate approved a budget bill and Mario Monti, a former European Commissioner, was appointed as Italy’s prime minister.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 18 November 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Lifted by the final week spurt powered by European leaders’ agreement on a three-pronged anti-crisis strategy to contain the sovereign debt crisis during the 26 October European Union Summit in Brussels, the local benchmark FTSE Straits Times index ended October against gravity.

  • Clarie Lim
  • 04 November 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Local equity bellwether index FTSE STI hit a low on 4 October, and had clawed back 248 points or 9.8% on 17 October before sentiment turned to retract some of its gains at time of writing.

  • Clarie Lim
  • 21 October 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    The market took a break from mounting worries that the economic slowdown in the US could drag the world back into recession following data that showed steady growth in the US service sector and a picked up in private hiring in September.

  • Clarie Lim
  • 07 October 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    The better than expected turnout at Shares Investment Conference 2011 (SIC2011) was a testament to the strong demand for critical investment advice even in a down market.

  • Clarie Lim
  • 23 September 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    August had gone under by another year as a down month in history for the Straits Times Index. The bellwether index ended 9.5% in the red, and was down by a whopping 13% for the year to date as at 6 September following stalled US job growth in August, peripheral euro zone debt concerns and political uncertainty in Germany.

  • Clarie Lim
  • 09 September 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Following the fateful US credit ratings downgrade by the Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service joined in the fray to cut its credit ratings on Japan’s public debt by a notch to Aa3 as well as drop those of major Japanese banks that hold huge amount of government debt.

  • Clarie Lim
  • 26 August 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    It was a heart wrenching fortnight for even the brave hearted. Panic selling from across the globe plunge world stock indices into a sea of reds as fears of a double dip recession gripped investors.

  • Clarie Lim
  • 12 August 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    With no concrete resolution to the debt crisis in the US and Eurozone in sight, gold prices hit record highs above US$1,625 an ounce as investors flocked to safe-haven assets.

  • Clarie Lim
  • 29 July 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Adding a tinge of negativity, Moody’s Investors Service raised the pressure on US lawmakers to increase the government’s US$14.3 trillion debt limit by placing the nation’s AAA credit rating under review for a downgrade.

  • 15 July 2011
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    Editorial Desk

    Just recently, the Monetary Authority of Singapore announced its intention to make local banks hold a higher level of top quality capital as a proportion to their risk-weighted assets than was agreed upon by banking regulators in Basel.

  • 01 July 2011
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    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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 17 June 2011
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 03 June 2011
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 06 May 2011
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    Editoral Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 21 April 2011
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 08 April 2011
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 25 March 2011
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    Editoral Desk

    The bull market has celebrated its second anniversary last Wednesday, and while the honeymoon may not be over, it is worthwhile for investors to pause and reflect on some of the lessons we have learned from the great financial crisis. Our local bourse has doubled since 9 March 2009, after plunging 62% from its highest level of 3906 on 10 October 2007.

  • Xavier Lim
  • 11 March 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 25 February 2011
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 11 February 2011
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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

  • Clement Kan
  • 28 January 2011
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 14 January 2011
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 31 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%.

  • Clement Kan
  • 17 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 03 December 2010
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 19 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 04 November 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,

  • Clement Kan
  • 22 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 08 October 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 24 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 09 September 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 27 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 13 August 2010
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    Editorial Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 30 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 02 July 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 18 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 21 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 07 May 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 22 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 09 April 2010
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 26 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 12 March 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 25 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

  • Clement Kan
  • 05 February 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 22 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 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).

  • Clement Kan
  • 24 December 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 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).

  • Clement Kan
  • 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 30 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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 02 October 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 18 September 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 04 September 2009
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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.”

  • Clement Kan
  • 21 August 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 07 August 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 24 July 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 10 July 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 26 June 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 12 June 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 29 May 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 15 May 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 01 May 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 17 April 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 03 April 2009
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    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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 20 March 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 06 March 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 20 February 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 06 February 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 16 January 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 02 January 2009
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 19 December 2008
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 05 December 2008
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 21 November 2008
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 06 November 2008
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 28 October 2008
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    Editorial Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 13 October 2008
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    Editorial Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 10 October 2008
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 29 September 2008
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    Editorial Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 22 September 2008
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    Editorial Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 29 August 2008
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    Editorial Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 15 August 2008
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    Editorial Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 01 August 2008
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    Editorial Desk

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

  • Clement Kan
  • 18 July 2008
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 04 July 2008
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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

  • Clement Kan
  • 20 June 2008
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    Editorial Desk

    Surging oil prices finally discovered gravity.

  • Clement Kan
  • 06 June 2008
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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.

  • Clement Kan
  • 23 May 2008
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