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Market Turmoil Won’t Deter Fed Rate Hike: Mohamed A. El-Erian

Last week’s volatility in the markets, highlighted by further implosions in the high-yield and energy segments, won’t deter the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates on Wednesday. But the turmoil complicates the central bank’s communications challenge, particularly the need to wrap the hike in heavily conditional and responsive packaging.

  • Bloomberg
  • 16 December 2015
  • Aspire, Bloomberg Top News
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    Jack Ma’s 2 Major Investment Mistakes

    Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba, is known to have this advice for young entrepreneurs: “Make enough mistakes. Any mistake is a wonderful revenue for you…You fall down many times, stand up. Don’t worry. Enjoy the show.”

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 16 December 2015
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    Kim Iskyan: How Higher US Fed Fund Rates Will Affect You

    Editor of TrueWealth Publishing Asia with close to 25 years of experience in investments and finances, warns not only investors but also everyone in general as the next Federal Open Market Committee meeting is just round the corner.

  • Vance Wong
  • 15 December 2015
  • Aspire, Corporate Digest, Investments
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    AK: 2 Questions from a Reader

    This is investment blogger AK’s recent email exchange with a reader, who asked him two questions.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 15 December 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Dr Chan: Caution; US Rate Hike Will Hit Singapore Market Harder

    The Straits Times Index rebound in October, then down again in December, trending much differently from that of the US. Notwithstanding the likelihood of interest rate hike, prices of the US corporate stocks (beside oil and energy stocks) are on the whole performing well. Raising interest rate may not affect the US stocks much, but it will hit Singapore stock market harder. The rise in the US interest rate will lead to outflows of hot monies from Singapore to the US, hurting the Singapore stock market.

  • 14 December 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Goldman: Forget Commodity Stocks In 2016

    If 2015 was any indication of commodities’ performance in 2016, commodities will continue to slump in 2016, at least that’s what Goldman thinks. China, which gobbled up raw materials everywhere from Australia to Chile as it underpinned the commodity super cycle that peaked in 2011, is fast experiencing a slowdown that is exacerbating a supply glut in most major commodities.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 14 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    Experts: Forget the Bears; We Are Still in Bull Market

    As we edge closer to the date of the FOMC rate decision in December, market participants continue to second-guess the Fed, with the chances of a December rate hike by the US Federal Reserve looking more and more likely.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 11 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    Buffett’s 3 Biggest Business & Investment Mistakes

    One might think that being one of the wealthiest people on Earth, Warren Buffett should have made all if not many smart decisions. However, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO, who is also hailed as the Oracle of Omaha, wrote about his three biggest setbacks that he have had in his career in his 2014 letter to shareholders.

  • Vance Wong
  • 11 December 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    UOBKH: 3 Stocks that Will be Picking Up in 2016

    After a battered 2015, analysts from UOB Kay Hian Research (UOBKH) believe that there are hopes for recovery in 2016. However, the market is still expected to face a tough 1H16 with expected recovery in the second quarter.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 11 December 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    El-Erian: 3 Conclusions from the November Jobs Report

    The jobs report for November released Friday doesn’t just make it a near-certainty that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates later this month. The data also further confirm the divergence in the policies of the Fed and the European Central Bank. And they highlight the cyclical and structural complexities facing the U.S. economy, which will require the Fed to pursue the loosest tightening cycle in its modern history

  • Bloomberg
  • 10 December 2015
  • Aspire, Bloomberg Top News
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    Andy Yew: Thoughts On Dec Rate Hike & Sectors To Look Out For

    With the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting just round the corner, we had managed to gather some thoughts about the possibility of a December 2015 rate hike from Andy Yew, an investment trainer with Daniel Loh Pte Ltd.

  • Vance Wong
  • 09 December 2015
  • Aspire, Investments, Thought Leaders
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    Credit Suisse, Goldman: How to Prepare Yourself for Fed’s Imminent Rate Hike

    With the Fed ready to pull the trigger on short term interest rates, Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam believes that the risk of a “traumatic event” in global markets is rising as we edge closer to the December FOMC meeting. Thiam pointed out that a period of relative trauma will prevail once the current period of low interest rates comes to an end.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 09 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    AK: 2 Questions Answered by the Central Provident Fund Board

    The following is contributed by a reader: I have asked the CPF Board two questions and their response is appended below. I’ve edited the questions and part of the response to mask personal information. Hence, the flow of the reply may not make complete sense, but I trust that the key points of interest are in there. Feel free to reproduce it.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 09 December 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    Justin Fox: China’s Consumers Have a Long Way to Go

    The Chinese growth miracle of the past few decades has been driven by investing and exporting, not consumer spending. Lately, though, we’re hearing a lot about a “great rebalancing” in which domestic buyers of cars, phones, clothes, health-care and other consumer goods and services come to play a much bigger role in China’s economy.

  • Bloomberg
  • 08 December 2015
  • Aspire, Bloomberg Top News
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    SI Research: Hawkish or Dovish–6 FOMC Voting Members’ Stance

    In the recently released minutes from the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meeting in October, Federal Reserve policy makers made a conscious decision in October to prepare markets for a potential December rate hike, provided that US economic data justifies the increase in borrowing costs.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 08 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    JP Morgan: 3 SG Stocks to Buy in 2016 Amidst Low Growth

    JP Morgan Securities (JPM) recently released their 2016 outlook for Singapore market. Compared to the consensus estimates, analysts from JPM expect a smaller growth for Singapore (5.7 percent versus 4.5 percent). The less than optimistic outlook was attributed to the negative sentiments towards banks, real estate and telecommunications.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 07 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    Chinese Tech Stocks Added into MSCI; Buy These 2 ADRs

    MSCI has begun to add overseas-listed Chinese shares to its emerging market indexes in November, drawing billions of dollars into such stocks. MSCI Inc.’s expected decision to add US-listed Chinese companies to some of its most heavily tracked stock indexes could give a boost to China’s prominent technology champions, whose shares have seen ups and downs this year as the Chinese stock market fell from its peak. This could potentially lead to mainland-listed companies finding their way into global equity portfolios.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 07 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    SI Research: 3 Reasons to Drop China-Exposed Banks

    China’s broadest measure of new credit slumped to the lowest in 15 months in October. The readings underscore the government’s challenge to kick start growth in an economy weighed by overcapacity and debt. This further adds to speculation that six central bank interest-rate cuts in a year from People’s Bank of China (PBOC) have yet to spur a sustained pick up in borrowing.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 07 December 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Bloomberg: 3 Reasons Why Credit Suisse Turns Bearish on Equities

    It’s been just a few weeks since Credit Suisse released its 2016 forecast for the S&P 500, and already the bank is downgrading it.

  • Bloomberg
  • 04 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    Robert Kiyosaki: Savers are Losers

    Author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, Robert Kiyosaki, in his latest book is telling millennials to not save money. He advocates that “saving is for losers” and we should not follow the old rule where we go to school, get a job, work hard, save money and invest long term in the stock market.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 04 December 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    Dr Chan: Buy High Dividend Stocks Despite Looming Rate Hike?

    On 18 November, the US Federal Reserve disclosed the minutes of their rates meeting in October, which showed that most of its members were inclined towards raising interest rates in December this year.

  • 04 December 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    AK: Use CPF Savings or Cash to Pay for Our Home?

    I remember telling a friend who was disgruntled with the fact that that we don’t really have a choice about our CPF: It is like being married and not liking our mother-in-law.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 03 December 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    John Bogle: 4 Keys to Investing Safely & Successfully

    John Bogle, founder of Vanguard Group, the world’s largest mutual fund company, has revealed his investing strategy that made him such a successful passive investor. In essence, Bogle maintains a basic portfolio that follows an asset allocation known as the 60-40 rule — 60 percent in a market index fund and 40 percent in a bond index fund. This allocation has been his style of investment for many years.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 02 December 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    SI Research: Are you considered rich in Singapore?

    Today, 1 in 35 people in Singapore is considered wealthy or falls within HNWI. How much do you need to have to be considered rich in Singapore and how do you get there?

  • Raymond Leung
  • 02 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    5 Things You May Not Know about Ken Chee

    You may recognise Ken Chee, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of 8 Investment as a successful investor and educator, but there are some things about him that you might not have heard of. Perhaps, it was the hardships and struggles, as well as the silver linings in Ken’s life that shaped him into who he is today.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 02 December 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    SI Research: 3 Developments that could Make S-REIT Attractive

    Since words of a rising interest rate came from the Federal Reserve (Fed), the S-REIT sector has been facing strong headwinds. The benchmark of the sector, S&P Singapore REIT Index has fallen 11.4 percent year-to-date (YTD).

  • Raymond Leung
  • 01 December 2015
  • Aspire
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    AK: Exceeded CPF Minimum Sum; Where to Put the Money?

    If we have planned well, we should be able to meet and even exceed the CPF Minimum Sum when we reach age 55. If we should exceed the CPF Minimum Sum at age 55, we would be able to withdraw probably much more than a token $5,000 then.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 01 December 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Ken Chee: 3 Misperceptions You May Have about Investing

    Multi-millionaire value investor, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of the 8I Group Ken Chee is also the author of the book “Value Investing for Beginners”. The book serves as a simple guide for new investors to help them kick-start their investing journeys. With the help of many case studies as well as Ken’s own anecdotes, it teaches readers how to unearth good businesses for investment and apply the effective process of value investing.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 30 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Dan Loeb: 5 Reasons Why You Should Short the Market

    In his recently published investor letter, activist investor and founder of Third Point LLC Daniel Loeb spoke of five fears which he believes will overwhelm the financial markets.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 30 November 2015
  • Aspire
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    4 Experts’ Views on Fed Rate Hike: Sell & Cash Out

    In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the Fed cut its target rate to near zero and conducted three rounds of money printing during which it expanded its balance sheet to $4.5 trillion. While renowned hedge fund manager and head of Duquesne Capital Stanley Druckenmiller is convinced that the first round of QE was necessary to stem the financial crisis, he thinks that the Fed has taken its cheap-money policies too far.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 27 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    SI Research: 2 More Stocks to Benefit from China’s Real Consumption Power

    Besides the traditional parcel delivery, SPOST is involved in being an end-to-end provider of e-commerce in Asia Pacific region; from managing the website to the delivery of goods. Last year, revenue for e-commerce in SPOST grew 18.9 percent year-on-year (YoY) and constitutes 28 percent of SPOST’s total revenue.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 27 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Ken Chee: 3 Reasons Value Investing Works Even During Market Downturns

    According to Ken, even when the market is in a recession, it is still a good time to invest – in value stocks. Value investing is a concept first made popular by billionaire investor, the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, who is also Ken’s idol. Ken talks about three reasons why value investing is relevant, even during market downturns.

  • Vance Wong
  • 27 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Ken Chee: 3 Keys To Value Investing Success & Financial Freedom

    During our interview, multi-millionaire value investor, author, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of 8 Investment Ken Chee said that he was “not smart”. But this is the same person who transformed 8 Investment from a private investment business with $0 start-up capital into a public-listed company with a market capitalization in excess of S$150,000,000 within 6 years. Apart from years of experience and practice, he also attributed his success to three important mindsets, which he is happy to share.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 25 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Goldman Sachs: 3 Sectors to Focus in S-REIT

    Since the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced the interest rate hike this year, prices of S-REITs have been falling. S&P Singapore REIT has fallen by 11.4 percent year-to-date (YTD).

  • Raymond Leung
  • 25 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Phillip: 6 Sectors to Avoid In China, Singapore and Indonesia

    Asian markets have been hit by an onslaught of recent waves of bad news as primary concerns in the US and China continue to fuel market volatility.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 25 November 2015
  • Aspire
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    Maybank: Citing Headwinds, Local Banks Are a Sell

    3Q15 was not the best of quarters for local banks—the 3Q15 results released this month featured slowing loan growth, minor expansion in lending spreads, weak capital market-related fees and rising credit costs.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 24 November 2015
  • Aspire
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    Jim Paulsen: Why You Should Invest Outside of US

    As the US reports stronger economic data, tightening monetary policies by the Federal Reserve appears more imminent. Currently, Chief Investment Strategist at Wells Capital Management Jim Paulsen is telling investors to invest outside of US.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 23 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    SI Research: 3 ETFs to Buy Ahead Of ECB Stimulus

    In a meeting on the eve of his first year of banking supervision at the European Central Bank (ECB), ECB President Mario Draghi announced that ECB policymakers would review the degree of monetary stimulus they have deployed when they meet in December. He emphasised on ECB’s willingness and ability to act should it feel a need to.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 23 November 2015
  • Aspire
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    Ken Chee: 3 Keys To Picking Value Stocks Despite Troubled Times

    If you don’t really enjoy reading complex charts, statistics and looking out for trends day-to-day, fret not, because investment educator Ken Chee doesn’t either. In fact, the businessman and multi-millionaire who has attained financial freedom by age 34 prefers to adopt the style of value investing, which he finds to be a good way of earning passive income. Here are three main key points about value investing that he has shared with us through an interview.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 23 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    A-H Divergence Continues; Trade Directly In A-Shares

    The terrorist attacks in Paris stunned the world. Terrorist attacks are usually supported by elements from within the victim country. According to news reports, the perpetrators of this atrocity included French nationals born and bred in France. Why did these people become extremists?

  • 20 November 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    Bill Gross: Flat Yield Curve Detrimental To Economy; Fed Should Raise Rates

    Renowned bond investor Bill Gross issued a warning to the Fed and the market that the flatness of the Treasury yield curve could have harmful effects on lending across all credit markets, resulting in stunted corporate profit growth.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 20 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    SI Research: 3 Reasons to Cash Out Before 2016

    In the recent months, the market has been through a roller coaster ride but has since recovered from it. Additionally, we have seen some softness in earnings that were released this quarter.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 20 November 2015
  • Aspire
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    Dr Doom: Trouble In Chinese Industrial Sector, Seek Consumer-Driven Stocks

    While the PBOC remains confident that correction in the Chinese stock market is over, Marc Faber begs to differ. Marc Faber believes that heavy capital outflow from the Chinese market is a sign that locals are taking flight from the increasingly risky Chinese market.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 19 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Phillips: 2 Industrial REITs With 15% Return Potential

    Based on advanced GDP estimates released in Q3, Singapore managed to avert slipping into a technical recession. The economy grew 1.4 percent in the three months to September over the same period a year ago, the slowest pace in three years. Despite slowdown in the economy, Phillip believes that two particular REITs (Cache Logistics Trust and Soilbuild Business Space REIT) are worthwhile additions into the investment portfolio.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 17 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Goldman, Morgan Stanley, Ray Dalio: 4 Sectors To Buy Should US Restart Stimulus

    The latest inflation rate in the US remains at 0.0 percent as central banks around the world come head to head with the issue of possible deflation. While most investors are fixated on the possible rate hike by the Fed in December following its most recent hawkish FOMC statement, major banks and big names like Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and hedge fund Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio are suggesting something else instead: More Stimulus.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 17 November 2015
  • Aspire
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    Kevin Gin: 3 Questions on how US Rate Hike Affects Chinese Economy

    In a recent article by Bloomberg, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and New York Fed President William Dudley had acknowledged that a rate hike this December could still be a “live possibility”. But again, that is only given the condition that the economy has grown sufficiently, and that jobs data has improved. What does a possible December hike in the US mean to China then? We have interviewed Founder and Principal of Alpha Capital Kevin Gin, whose investment expertise lies in China. Below is a slightly edited version of the interview.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 16 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Top 3 Yielding STI Components Remain Top for 4Q

    Last quarter, we have written an article on the top three yielding counters on the Straits Times Index (STI), based on the yield monitor report of the Singapore market from OCBC Investment Research (OIR). This quarter, we will also be highlighting the 4Q15 update on the top three yielding counters on the STI.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 13 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    3 Stocks to Buy Ahead Of More Chinese Stimulus

    The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has a strong message for investors worldwide: China’s stock market correction is “almost over”. This was after the central bank took fresh steps to inject liquidity into the struggling second largest economy in the world.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 13 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    AK: Is It Too Late to Plan for Retirement at Age 57?

    If I were 57, I must recognise that I cannot be too adventurous with my money. I need to be more conservative.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 13 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Daniel Loh: Skip Value Investing; Focus on Growth Stocks

    After going through a correction phase (around July to October), the Straits Times Index seems to be on a road towards gradual recovery. But local investment educator Daniel Loh actually expects the global economy to “hit the bottom” in the next few months and into 2016. According to him, Singapore is likely to follow suit.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 11 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    3 Counters to Buy with the End of China’s One-Child Policy

    Recently, China announced that it would end its long one-child policy and allow Chinese citizens to have two children. This is due to the increasingly ageing population and social issues that arise from it. With the newly introduced two-child policy, the healthcare sector would stand to see a growth, with greater emphasis placed on areas related to maternal and infant care, as well as reproductive health.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 06 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Dr Chan: 13.5 & End of One-Child Policy; Buy Policy-Driven Stocks & Healthcare

    Wall Street rallied on the first trading day of November, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising to 17,828 points, just 2.8 percent shy of its all-time high of 18,351 points.

  • 06 November 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    Jane Fu: Answers to 2 Questions that Really Bother Investors Right Now

    It’s near the end of 2015, and now is a good time to sum up the past happenings and look forward to 2016. In the recently concluded Shares Investment Conference, Financial Risk Manager Jane Fu from CMC Markets gave us a recap of 2015, and shared with us her expectations for the coming year. She also addressed the below questions that have bothered investors for the year, and shared her insights.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 06 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    DAR Wong: 3 Ways To Look At FREIT & What You Can Do

    In light of the Indonesian government’s decision to remove double taxations on Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in Indonesia, Lippo Group’s CEO James Riady expressed his plans to shift FREITS (First REITs) and LMIRT (Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust).

  • Vance Wong
  • 05 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Goldman: These Are Our Two Favorite Sectors in the S&P 500 Right Now

    There are two things to buy ahead of a rate hike, the banks suggests—information technology and financial stocks.

  • Bloomberg
  • 04 November 2015
  • Aspire, Bloomberg Top News
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    Mr IPO: 3 Chilli Ratings for Singapore Chilli Crab IPO

    Jumbo Group Limited (“Jumbo” or the “Company”) is offering 88.23m new shares at 25 cents each where there is only a meagre 2m shares available to the public! The rest of 86.23m shares will be distributed through placement. The IPO will close on 5 Nov 2015 at 12pm and start trading on 9 Nov.

  • Mr.IPO
  • 04 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks, Thought Leaders
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    Louis Wong: Top 2 Sectors to Benefit from China’s “13.5″

    Even as China’s recently announced two-child policy snatches the headlines, here is something no less important: China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (or 13.5 in short). Five-Year Plans (FYPs) are basically social and economic development blueprints, with targets that guide Chinese regulators throughout its five-year implementation period. China’s “13.5”, which is the first one approved by Xi Jinping, will be running from 2016-2020.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 04 November 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks, Thought Leaders
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    The “Secret” to AK’s Success as an Investor

    Most of us are not born into a family of good investors. Those who are will have an advantage, for sure. For the vast majority of people, AK included, we might start the journey later in life and we might have to try a bit harder but unless we are severely disadvantaged, financial freedom is definitely not beyond us.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 03 November 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    UBS, Andrew Hall: Oil Price Will Rise Again; Buy When Still Low

    Crude oil took a dip after a week of rally following the IEA’s forecast that the world oil market would remain oversupplied for at least another year despite falls in output from non-OPEC producers.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 03 November 2015
  • Aspire
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    Kevin Gin: 3 Developments & Attractive Sectors You Should Know

    Kevin emphasises that regardless whether sector is booming or not, local investors should stop their “home bias” when it comes to buying good stocks.

  • Vance Wong
  • 02 November 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Bloomberg: An Investor’s Guide To Fees & Expenses

    It’s ridiculously hard for investors to figure out what they should be paying for financial advice, mutual funds, and retirement plans. A fee that eats up 1 percent of your assets every year might not sound like much, but it sucks money from your account year after year. If you invest $10,000 and earn 5 percent a year, that 1 percent fee will cost you a total of $1,487 after 10 years and $4,622 after 20 years. How do you know if you’re paying too much?

  • Bloomberg
  • 30 October 2015
  • Aspire, Investments, Personal Finance
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    Dr Chan: 2 Ways to Analyse the Stock Market

    Many investors are concerned over the timing and magnitude of the much anticipated US Federal Reserve rate hike, as well as economic figures of superpowers like the US and China. These, however, are not the main issues that renowned author and investment guru Dr Chan Yan Chong focused on in the recently concluded Shares Investment Conference.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 30 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    CIMB: 3 Stocks to Buy in Offshore & Marine Sector

    Amid reduced earnings across offshore and marine (O&M) sector, and oil prices hitting a double-bottom, CIMB still sees buying opportunity in the natural offshore and marine sector.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 30 October 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    AK_28Oct_feature

    AK: Why Have Bonds in Portfolio and Which Ones?

    I had a lengthy conversation with a friend on bonds. He bought into Aspial’s 5 year bond that carries a coupon of 5.25 percent a few months ago at the recommendation of his father. When I asked him why his father recommended the bond to him, he said his father “felt good about it”.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 28 October 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    Daniel Loh: 2nd Phase of Bull Now; Invest in Commodities

    Stock indexes across the world have seen simultaneous decline over the period of April to October. For instance, the Straits Times Index (STI), German Stock Index (DAX), Hang Seng Index, and MSCI Taiwan Index, etc., has each seen a drop from its highest point to its lowest point over the period, which accounted for more than 20 percent.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 28 October 2015
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    China Cuts Interest Rates; 3 Attractive Stocks To Buy

    As China, the world’s second largest economy struggles from the slowdown of its economy, it attempts to stimulate the growth through a combination of monetary and fiscal policies. Examples include the cutting of interest rates and lowering reserve requirements.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 28 October 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Goldman, Credit Suisse: 3 Reasons Why Market is Riskier; Hold Your Cash

    Back in January 2012, global risk appetite had fallen sharply when investors were panicking over a possible breakup of the euro bloc, the possible butterfly effect of Greece’s bankruptcy and unsustainably high sovereign borrowing costs.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 28 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    Blackrock: 4 Reasons Why You Should Buy Bonds ETFs, Not Stocks/Bonds

    While markets have surged in the past three weeks and ended with consecutive weeks of gains, BlackRock’s chief investment strategist warns that you shouldn’t let that fool you. He reckons that the safest place to invest still lies in the bond market, despite the low interest rates.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 26 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    Dr Doom: Gloomy Future for Market; Hold Cash or Short

    Once again, Marc Faber (aka Dr Doom), publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, laments that the Federal Reserve should have started raising rates years ago.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 23 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Dr Chan: OBOR Presents Opportunities; 4 Potential Chinese Sectors

    On October 5 this year, the 12 participating countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) reached a preliminary agreement. Conspicuously missing among them was China.

  • 23 October 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    Beware Hasty Predictions of Fed’s Next Move: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    The fragility of the global economy, weakening conditions in the U.S. and recent statements from some Federal Reserve officials have led to a growing acceptance that the central bank won’t raise interest rates this year.

  • Bloomberg
  • 21 October 2015
  • Aspire, Bloomberg Top News
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    3 Reasons to Believe in Bull Market; Consider US ETFs

    At a time when everyone was uncertain and inclined to believe that the US market is on the verge of a bear market, Jim Cramer believes that it is time to rethink that viewpoint. This is because that is exactly what he is doing. Jim Cramer cites three reasons for his newfound belief in the market: Fed’s dovishness, oil’s rally and improvements in China.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 21 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    Mr IPO: Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited – 4.65% 3 years

    Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited (“PREH” or “Issuer”) is offering up to $150 million of three-year bonds with an interest rate of 4.65 percent. The OIS and product highlight sheet can be found here. You should read at least the product highlight sheet (“PHS”).

  • Mr.IPO
  • 19 October 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    3 Top Companies to Benefit from Real Consumption in China

    Chinese billionaire, founder and chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, has something to say as the global community worry about a slowdown and potential recession in China. He expressed that there is no need to worry about China as the private sector will take over the role from the government and take lead in driving the economy.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 19 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    3 Reasons Why You Should Attend SIC2H2015

    The next FOMC is just next week (27-28 October) and while most economists think that the Fed would not raise rates this meeting, a December rate hike is still not off the table. With uncertainty of when rates will start to move, Singapore and other parts of Asia, especially China, are seeing increased volatility in stock markets.

  • Vance Wong
  • 19 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Experts: Fed Rate Hike Delaying; Buy Defensive Dividend Stocks

    While Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke insists that The Fed has done no wrong in delaying rate hikes, Deutsche Bank’s chief US economist Joseph LaVorgna and strategist Komal Sri-Kumar believe that The Fed is now a follower of the market.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 19 October 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    3 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Stocks Markets Now

    With so much volatility in the market, what exactly is going on in the market? This leads us to an important question, should we be bullish or bearish?

  • Raymond Leung
  • 16 October 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Louis Wong Interview Article Feature

    Louis Wong: 3 Reasons China is Attractive Again; Buy Energy

    The Chinese stock market has faced a tumultuous second half—the stock market bubble was popped in June, causing A-shares value to plunge by a third within a month. Major aftershocks were seen in July and August, as the Shanghai stock market continued to fall despite government intervention.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 16 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    AK article feature

    AK: Use Fixed Deposits for Emergency Fund and War Chest.

    In a few blog posts and comments, I have mentioned how I like to park emergency funds and a portion of my war chest in fixed deposits.

    Fixed deposits offer higher interest rates than savings accounts and are liquid enough to be considered near money. I have been asked before how I go about doing it and although I am pretty sure I have mentioned it before in my blog, I am not sure if I have done it clearly. Anyway, I guess I shall try to do a better job in this blog post.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 14 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    China Slowing, Avoid Tourism and Gaming Industry Stocks

    Preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index from Caixin Media and Markit Economics dropped to 47.0 in September, missing the average estimate of 47.5 in a Bloomberg survey. Readings have been below 50 since March, which indicates that the Chinese economy is facing contraction. The falling Chinese factory manufacturing gauge, at its lowest since March 2009, underscores the challenges facing the economy as its old (exports-driven) growth engines stutter.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 14 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    Amazon CEO Bezos is silhouetted during a presentation of his company's new Fire smartphone in Seattle

    Amazon Lost China, Again

    Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer. It keeps trying to make a go of it in the world’s largest online retail market, China. It keeps falling flat.

  • Bloomberg
  • 13 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    Yuan May Depreciate Further; Buy Cheap ETFs

    Look out for China, not The Fed, for clues on your next investment, said David Woo, Bank of America’s Head of Global Rates and Currencies Research.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 13 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    Gundlach: Keep Cash to Take Advantage of Dividend Play

    For a handful of well-known hedge fund managers, 2015 is starting to look a lot like 2008, the year when hedge funds suffered record losses and investor withdrawals on a whole.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 12 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    Pimco's Bill Gross to Join Janus Capital to Manage Bond Fund

    Bill Gross: Stock Markets Are Casinos Now; Stay In Cash

    As much as the jobs report, wages growth and ultimately core inflation are all not looking good enough for a rate hike, Gross thinks that they are merely creating more “economic sinkers”. The economy might look like it is hanging on but economic growth will ultimately be affected.

  • Vance Wong
  • 12 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Dr Chan: 3 Keys To Surviving A Stock Market Crash

    Since April this year, the stock market has been trending downwards from its peak, and has been throwing up scary moments every month. After the Straits Times Index fell below 3,000 points, panic spread, and people were calling for help and advice.

  • 09 October 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    3 Reasons Why Rate Hike Unlikely to Happen This Year

    As the jitters from the holding of the interest rates by the Federal Reserve (Fed) persist in the market, more bad news began streaming coming in. Poorer employment figures were reported as job creation in US missed expectations. To worsen the woes, the German factory orders had unexpectedly fallen. These led to several market watchers’ speculation that the rate hike will not even happen this year.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 09 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    Daniel Loh: Bull Still Running, Buy Commodities While You Can

    Here are a few recent happenings that would concern investors: the latest US Jobs Report release showing weaker-than-expected payroll expansion, and the surge in gold prices last Friday. Does this mean that the US economy is going to be dragged further and further down by the slowing global economy, and that investors should bet heavily on gold now? We have interviewed local investment guru Daniel Loh for his views on the above questions.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 09 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Gary Shilling: Short-sell Commodities Amidst Perpetual Decline

    As commodity prices continue to fall, bankruptcies among producers and industry consolidation will no doubt accelerate. Suppliers of farm, mining and construction equipment are already troubled. With this onslaught, it’s no surprise that Glencore, the huge Swiss company that dominates global commodities markets, lost a third of its value in a single day last week.

  • Bloomberg
  • 08 October 2015
  • Aspire
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    OCBC: 2 Property Stocks to Buy In Non-Performing Quarter

    The third quarter was not a quarter to remember for financial markets. While The Dow closed the quarter with its best day since Sep 15, it is down 7.6 percent for Q3. Q3 2015 was its first negative quarter in the last 11 quarters.. The S&P 500 is down 7 percent for the quarter while the NASDAQ is down 7.4 percent, ending its quarterly winning streak after ten consecutive quarters.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 07 October 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Kevin Gin Feature

    Kevin Gin: Looming Crisis Bigger Than Lehman; Diversify & Buy Defensive Sectors

    For Singaporean investors, one of safer options is to have a diversified portfolio. That means not to only have stocks in emerging markets or developed markets, but both, or even frontier markets. It is important to look at more defensive and secure sectors as well, like healthcare and consumer non-durables.

  • Vance Wong
  • 07 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    AK: Know What is Financially Manageable and Guaranteed!

    As investors, we recognise that we could make investment mistakes. So, it is important to size our positions appropriately so that if an investment turned out to be a mistake, it would not sink our entire portfolio.It is partly about making losses financially manageable. So, what is financially manageable?

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 06 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    7 Things Preventing The Bull In US, & Singapore

    CNBC’s Mad Money host Jim Cramer, a retired fund manager with decades of experience, talked about seven things that are preventing the US market, and essentially the entire world market, from a bull market.

  • Vance Wong
  • 05 October 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Daniel Loh: Hold & Wait; Buy Growth Stocks When Market Recovers

    Economists and analysts have yet to arrive at an agreement to when the US Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates. Some are looking forward to a rate hike in this December, while others think that it is more likely to happen next year. As such, we have interviewed local investment guru Daniel Loh for his views on the issue.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 05 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    4 Dangers Icahn Is Worried About; Stay Away From Bonds

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has a stern warning: Trouble is brewing in the financial market. The activist singled out four dangers that the market is facing as he gave a fresh warning about the Federal Reserve’s zero-interest rate policy and high-yield bonds.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 05 October 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    UBS: October Outlook, Time To Buy US & Eurozone

    The Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of UBS has released a report on the global market outlook for the month of October. In view of the increasing volatility, he feels that the current market is facing a mid-market slowdown but not a recession. This is mainly contributed by better economic data from the US and gradual recovery in China. In addition, further stimulus can be expected from the Eurozone and Japan.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 02 October 2015
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    Gartman & Amundi: Currencies Too Volatile; Buy Gold Instead

    The currencies of Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan were among the worst performers against the dollar since China’s shock devaluation of the yuan in August triggered a global market rout. Overvaluation of Asian currencies could see Asian investors flock to the bullion as they seek protection.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 02 October 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    AK: 10 Sources of Passive Income from Non-REITS, 2015

    Some wonder if Mr. Market could go into a depression. I don’t know about that but I do know that many stocks became much more attractively priced in the last three months.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 01 October 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks, Thought Leaders
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    American Oil

    3 Attractive Markets Before US Fed Rate Hike!

    In a recent report from the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of UBS, he reiterated his position on a Fed interest rate increase this year and his support for opportunities in developed economies. Furthermore, billionaire investors Warren Buffett and Carl Icahn have increased their bet in the energy sector.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 30 September 2015
  • Aspire
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    John Bogle: Ignore The Noise; Buy Low-Cost ETFs

    According to Goldman Sachs, the rest of the year remains pretty difficult for active investors seeking to beat the broader market thanks to a low return dispersion and a stock market selloff. However, low cost Exchange Traded Fund (ETFs) that track market index can allow investors to capture market gains.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 30 September 2015
  • Aspire
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    Yuan Devaluation: Pick Industry-Specific Stocks

    China has depreciated the value of the yuan by approximately 4 percent in August, sparking concerns over the possibility of a currency war. Economists have suggested that this sudden depreciation might trigger a fresh round of currency weakening around the emerging world and provoke global recession. With regards to this topic, we have interviewed active market trader, registered fund manager, educator and author Mr DAR Wong, as well as Chinese equities expert Mr Kevin Gin, for their views.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 30 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    FOREX: 2 Reasons To Stay Away From CNY & MYR; Buy USD

    Nevertheless, amidst all the pressure and uncertainty in Asian markets, there are still opportunities for investors if they are looking in the right places. To Kevin Gin, it is quite straightforward when it comes to China: look in the same direction as the government.

  • Vance Wong
  • 29 September 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    AK: Aim to Pay off Home Loan and Hit the Minimum Sum ASAP

    The title of the reader’s email was “CPF Haywire”. So, imagine my trepidation as I clicked on the email.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 28 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    DAR Wong: Stay Away from Chinese Equities for Now

    China’s economic slowdown has sent stock markets all over the world into panic, and it was this uncertainty that had persuaded the US Federal reserve to keep interest rates on hold. To make matters even more worrying, China has also devalued its currency in August, which made it around 2% weaker against the US dollar. Why is this so and what does this mean to investors? To answer these questions, we have interviewed Mr DAR Wong, active market trader, registered fund manager, educator and author for his insights. Below is a slightly edited version of the interview.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 28 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    2 Attractive HK Insurance Stocks After PBOC Rate Cuts

    Last two weeks I talked about Chinese banking stocks and the challenges they are facing, such as weak earnings growth, deteriorating asset quality and narrowing net interest margins. In comparison to banking stocks, China’s insurance stocks have fewer woes to worry about.

  • Louis Wong
  • 28 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Chinese Yuan To Devalue By At Least 10%?

    When I attended an investment seminar in Singapore on 12 September, it was interesting that most of the audience’s questions revolved around the Chinese stock market and the Chinese yuan.

  • 25 September 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    Goldman Sachs: 4 Key Reasons Why Oil Prices Are Still Bearish

    Oil’s outlook just keeps getting worse. Analysts at Goldman Sachs recently published a research note projecting dour projections for crude. For the past week, the ominous Goldman note tipped Brent crude, and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil trading sharply lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 23 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Kevin Gin: 2 Reasons Why You Should Still Invest In China

    Investors should keep a look out for the industries that are being supported by upcoming policies put forth by the Chinese government. In short, know the industries that the government will be supporting.

  • Vance Wong
  • 23 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Goldman Sachs vs Morgan Stanley on Market Dips, and 3 Defensive Stocks to Buy

    Is it time to buy the stock market dip? Two of the most high-profile investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, don’t quite agree with each other.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 21 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    El. Erian: 3 Ignored Sectors You Can Look At Now

    Earlier yesterday, Allianz Chief Economic Adviser Mohamed El. Erian mentioned in an interview with CNBC that there are several sectors in the market that has been ignored for some time. Essentially, this is the time where investors can find great value in three sectors mentioned by Mohamed: emerging markets, oil and tech.

  • Vance Wong
  • 21 September 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Experts-Picks

    3Q Update: Top 3 STI Components With High Yields!

    Last quarter, an article was written on the top three yielding counters on the Straits Times Index (STI), based on the yield monitor report of the Singapore market from OCBC Investment Research (OIR). OIR has released a report for the third quarter.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 18 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen News Conference Following FOMC Meeting

    3 Reasons Why Fed Postponed Rate Hike; What You Can Do

    While the possibility of a rate hike is still open until the next meeting on October 27-28, some economists are saying that the Fed will wait till after the December meeting instead. The question right now is, why is the Fed waiting when the US economy has improved “according to expectations”?

  • Vance Wong
  • 18 September 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    DAR Wong: Fed Rates Not Raised; 2 Things Investors Can Take Note Of

    The US Federal Reserve has decided to leave its interest-rate target unchanged. The reasons given are that the economy has not recovered enough, as well as slowing job growth, and the resulting low inflation, which further lessens the need to raise interest rates.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 18 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Why Fed Rate Hikes Could Be Helpful for Asia

    In 2008, Asian economies had good reason to race to decouple from the struggling West. The collapse of Lehman Brothers and subsequent contagion sent export-dependent countries in search of a more reliable customer. Not surprisingly, they latched onto China.

  • William Pesek
  • 17 September 2015
  • Aspire
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    7 Reasons Why Feds Are Indecisive; Dissecting Rate-Hike Hype: El. Erian

    Let’s take a deep breath: It shouldn’t matter that much whether the Federal Reserve decides this week to raise interest rates by 25 basis points, or possibly even less. And the prospect of an increase certainly shouldn’t produce dire warnings about another “Lehman moment” that would lead to global economic and financial calamity.

  • Bloomberg
  • 17 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Analysts: Noble’s Real Value Unknown; Stay Away For Now

    Noble Group’s share price has fallen by almost 60 per cent in the six months since Iceberg’s first report, as the company tried to reassure investors that it has not overstated the value of a series of long-term agreements it has with commodity producers and consumers.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 16 September 2015
  • Aspire
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    AK: A Story of Two Friends and Their CPF Savings

    I always enjoy a good story and Kai Xiang wrote a pretty good one to share with me. He has graciously allowed me to share the story here in ASSI.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 16 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Supporters of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) wait for their candidates at a nomination center ahead of the general elections in Singapore

    4 Stocks That Will Perform Following PAP’s Win

    People’s Action Party (PAP), ruling party of Singapore since its independence in 1965, had a landslide victory with 83 out of 89 parliamentary seats in Singapore’s latest general election (GE).

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 16 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Analysts: 30% Upside Despite SMRT’s Poor Q1

    SMRT Corporation Ltd’s (SMRT) recently announced 1QFY16 results saw its Profit After Tax and Minority Interests (PATMI) decline 10 percent year-on-year (YoY) to S$20.1M on the back of a 5.6 percent drop in operating profit to S$27.7M.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 15 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Experts-Picks

    UOB: Silverlake Axis Potential Upside of 23%

    Silverlake Axis (SILV) was attacked by a short seller known as “razor99”, who released an online report accusing the firm of fraudulent accounting practice. Circumstances were made worst when SILV released the less-than-rosy results of their latest financial quarter. This is the second company on SGX to come under attack this year after Noble Group. So, this a case of real exposed fraud or a malicious attack for the purpose of self gain?

  • Raymond Leung
  • 14 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Chinese Commercial Banks Growing At 27.9% CAGR

    Last week I mentioned that China’s state-owned banks reported weak earnings growth in the first half of this year and the outlook for Chinese banking stocks remains challenging. Yet, there are always exceptions—some of China’s city commercial banks are still posting strong earnings growth and stable asset quality. One good example is Shengjing Bank (2066.HK) which was listed in Hong Kong last December. Headquartered in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, Shengjing Bank is the largest city commercial bank in terms of total assets and net profits in Northeast China. As of 30 June 2015, its total assets amounted to RMB 588.2 billion, representing an increase of 16.9 percent as compared to that at the end of last year.

  • Louis Wong
  • 14 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    U.S. currency notes are seen in a counting machine at a moneychanger in Jakarta

    USD Might Weaken After Rate Hike; Why You Should Buy Commodities Now

    The world saw its much anticipated wait on last Friday for one of the most watched economic data to be a disappointing one. While the US labour market had improved notably since early this year, adding more than the 211,000 jobs monthly on average for the year to date and 245,000 jobs in July, the August non-farm payroll employment (173,000) recorded 44,000 jobs below Street expectations (217,000).

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 14 September 2015
  • Aspire
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    2 Catalysts UOB is Lacking for Potential Upside

    UOB reported a net profit of $762 million (-4.9 percent QoQ, -5.7 percent YoY) with normalisation in higher income tax and associates contribution. The result was slightly better than expected, thanks to higher non-interest income. Loan growth saw a slight decline (-0.5% QoQ) while Net Interest Margin (NIM) saw a slight expansion (+1 bp QoQ). Non-interest income aside, it was a mixed set of results.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 10 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Buy High-Dividend Blue Chips If Market Crashes

    What I am most worried about now is still the issue of a US rate in September, so I suggest investors to stay on the sideline for now. Investors who are losing sleep over their stock holdings may wish to convert some into high-dividend blue chip stocks. For long-term investors, the rise and fall in share prices is just a paper game of their net worth. I always advise investors to switch to blue chips in a market crash. I view share prices as just numbers on the computer, while dividends are what I have in my pocket to spend as I like.

  • 10 September 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    GE2015: How 3 Parties’ CPF Proposals Will Affect You

    The General Election is just around the corner, and as expected, the issue of Central Provident Fund (CPF) is fiercely debated between PAP and the opposition parties. So, what exactly do the latter want for a change?

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 09 September 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    AK: About REITs—Think Mee Siam When You Think about Optimum Profits

    Not long ago AK had a chat with an interested reader regarding the topic on REITs. The Reader is addressed as “F”, and below is a slightly edited version of their conversation, in which AK explained the difference between “maximum” and “optimal” using the example of a Mee Siam stall.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 09 September 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    3 Reasons To Pick OCBC Up Now And Not Later

    OCBC reported 2Q15 core net profit of $943M (negative five percent QoQ, two percent YoY). This result, mainly driven by Net Interest Margin (NIM) improvement, better fee income and lower provisions, was in line with analysts’ consensus. Excluding the continued low provision levels (15 bp annualised in 2Q15), it was a decent overall set of results for OCBC despite the spike in ASEAN Non-performing loans (NPLs).

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 08 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    6 Reasons Why DBS Is The Top Pick Among Banks

    DBS reported core net profit of $1,117 million in 2Q15 (-1.4 percent QoQ, 15.3 percent YoY). It was a better-than expected results on strong non-interest income and lower provisions. Benefits from a higher Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) are starting to show up in Net Interest Margins (NIM), which is up six basis points (bp) QoQ.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 07 September 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
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    Why H Shares and A Shares “Grew Apart”

    The divergence in valuation between dual-listed companies in China and Hong Kong has widened again recently. The Hang Seng China AH Premium index, which measured the valuation gap, rose to 146.52 on 2 September, implying that the A shares of those dual-listed companies are trading at a 46.52 percent premium to the H shares. The divergence in valuation between AH shares of Chinese banking stocks also widened substantially in the last week. Take the Bank of China (BOC) as an example; its H shares dropped 4.8 percent between 26 August and 2 September, whiles its A shares rose 15.85 percent in the same period resulting in a 53.7 percent premium.

  • Louis Wong
  • 07 September 2015
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    Bill Gross: Growth Remains Anaemic, Cash Is King

    “Too little, too late,” wrote Legendary bond guru and Janus Capital’s Bond Fund Manager, Bill Gross in his recent economic outlook for September, to address concerns about the impending rates hike.

  • Vance Wong
  • 07 September 2015
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    Ezion’s Net Profits Down 36%; But It’s Time To Buy

    Analysts’ eyes were on Ezion after it released weaker-than-expected 2Q15 results. This is a continuation of the weak 1Q15 results as prices of crude brent oil are still in a slump. Despite the poor financial performance of the counter and weak market sentiments circling the offshore marine sector, it might not be doomsday for Ezion, but a buying opportunity.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 04 September 2015
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    Job Market Pick Up; Rate Hike Imminent: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Federal Reserve officials could be in a jam as they prepare for their Sept. 15-16 policy meeting: The growing divergence between the relatively healthy U.S. economy and the turbulence elsewhere is complicating their deliberations over whether to begin a rate-raising campaign immediately or delay any action until December or beyond.

  • Bloomberg
  • 04 September 2015
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    El. Erian: Feds Will Wait; Buy Commodities

    Outlook for investors (based on El-Erian’s views): Reluctant Fed rate hike, possible volatility, and outflows pave a bumpy road for emerging market assets. Even if rates were to be hiked, it was mentioned in an earlier article by S&P experts that the hike would be minimal. As such, commodities seem to be the short-term performer.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 03 September 2015
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    Risk averse and putting money in STI ETF, REITs or stocks?

    Buying into the local ETF is a good idea for people who do not have the time or inclination to do stock picking. I always say this. It allows anyone to participate in the health of Singapore’s economy. Long term investors who invest regularly should do reasonably well…Investing in stocks and REITs require more active management of your portfolio. I do not know if this would outperform or underperform the STI ETF. However, this should beat inflation by a comfortable margin.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 03 September 2015
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    Trade Or Invest, Choose One, Not Both: Barry Ritholtz

    It is an old cliche because it’s true: Trader’s should never let a bad trade turn into an investment; investors should never try to trade in and out or time the markets.

  • Bloomberg
  • 03 September 2015
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    Get the Most out of ASSI as We Embrace Financial Security

    These days, very often, when readers ask me questions, I would direct them to my blog’s “Search” function found at the top of the blog. What? You didn’t know there is one? Alamak, you must be reading my blog using your mobile phone all the time. The mobile friendly version of my blog shows the latest 5 blog posts and that’s about it. Apart from the “Search” function, the full web version of my blog also has plenty of useful links in the left and right side bars. There are links to recommended blog posts, the latest news and comments, for example.Having said this, I would like to share an inspirational email from a new reader who has made good use of the full web version of my blog over a short period of two months:

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 02 September 2015
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    Gartman, Citi: Fundamentals, Valuation Point To Upside for Oil

    “Where will the oil price go from now?” is the billion dollar question that every investor in the market is asking right now. The market is currently in a classic bear-market state where positive news gets ignored and bearish market elements get seized upon. Despite the falling oil prices, there is a growing number of thought leaders who are increasingly bullish on oil prices, including commodities king Dennis Gartman and Citi Research.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 01 September 2015
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    Yuan Devaluation: Marc Faber and Economists’ Take

    China rattled global markets last week by devaluing its currency – the yuan. It adjusted the value of its currency downward compared to other currencies. Its currency’s value against the dollar was cut by 1.9 per cent. This is the yuan’s biggest one-day drop since 1994.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 31 August 2015
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    Is the Bull Market Over: Barry Ritholtz

    Is the bull market, which started after the lows of early 2009, coming to an end? Let’s have a look at some data, as well as the arguments pro and con, to see if we can find any insight. In particular, I want to look at the latest economic, corporate and market issues to see what we might learn.

  • Bloomberg
  • 31 August 2015
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    Winning the Game of Stocks: A Simple Guide before Playing the Game

    If you have watched the Game of Thrones, you might have found the plot shockingly unpredictable.The “game of stocks” is similar in terms of its unpredictability. Speculating the movements of the stock market is hard. Its emotions can be volatile, irrational, and indecipherable as they are affected by the emotions of millions of players in the market.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 31 August 2015
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    Daniel Loh: Chinese Economy Not Cause of Global Rout

    It seems like everybody is pointing fingers at China now. It is easy to blame the Chinese economy for the worldwide stock market rout, but people do not realise that China’s economy has been in a bad shape for some time already.

  • Vance Wong
  • 28 August 2015
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    S&P Experts On Imminent Rate Hike: Buy Commodities; No Bonds

    Ever since the Federal Open Committee Meeting (FOMC) minutes were released, economists and expert analysts have been discussing it. While there was no explicit indication that the US Federal Reserve would hike rates, there is a growing consensus that it will happen in September.

  • Vance Wong
  • 28 August 2015
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    Hold Off Your Excitement As Yuan Devaluation Sparks Stock Market Rout

    On 24 August, the global stock market went into a free-fall mode. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 588 points (3.6 percent) at closing after plummeting more than 1,000 points at the open.

  • 28 August 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    Adam Khoo: Knowing How to Invest Is the Best Investment

    17 percent of Singaporean households are millionaires, and the numbers are still growing. Today, Singapore still remains the most expensive city in the world, which makes it seem even harder for one to gain financial freedom, considering how much spending is required.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 27 August 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Hong Kong Not Spared From Recent Rout

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index ended with a 205-point loss before the market closed on Tuesday (UST). The roller coaster ride continues as investors are questioning when this would start to settle down. Louis Wong, Director of Phillip Securities Hong Kong gave his two cents about the current situation in US, China and Hong Kong.

  • Vance Wong
  • 27 August 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Chinese Telcom Thriving Despite Stock Market Downturn

    During the recent selloff in the China and Hong Kong stock markets, Chinese telcom operators have shown resilience and have outperformed the broad market. For instance, the share price of China Telecom (0728.HK) remains almost unchanged month-to-date while China Mobile (0941.HK) and China Unicom (0762.HK) are down 8.7 percent and 5.1 percent respectively, while the blue-chip Hang Seng Index has plummeted 13.1 percent.

  • Louis Wong
  • 27 August 2015
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    Analysts: Stronger Property Sales; Time to Buy into Developers?

    Local private residential property sales data for July 2015 was released recently. Analysts were surprised as the new home sales figure (excluding Executive Condominiums) surged three times year on year (yoy). This was mainly due to the boost from High Park Residences, which saw a high take-up rate of 85 percent and contributed to 73 percent of the figure.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 26 August 2015
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    Why the Fed Is Wishy-Washy on Rate Timing: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Yesterday’s highly anticipated release of the Federal Reserve minutes of last month’s policy-making meeting did little to answer decisively the question on the minds of many market participants: whether the Fed will raise interest rates in September, the first increase in more than nine years. The minutes didn’t necessarily reflect a Fed that wishes to keep its cards close to its chest. Instead, they were an indication of the analytical complexity of the situation facing the central bank.

  • Bloomberg
  • 25 August 2015
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    PIMCO's Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer El-Erian speaks during an interview at Thomson Reuters in New York

    El-Erian: Not ‘Flash’ Crash But Market Sell-off

    The first thing that one must look at when looking for the reason behind the 1,000-point drop of the S&P 500 Dow Jones is the Yuan (CNY) devaluation on August 11. Also, the S&P 500 had been running for almost four years without a significant correction.

  • Vance Wong
  • 25 August 2015
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    Global Stock Shock: Why and What’s Next

    24th August is now known by the world as China’s “Black Monday”. The Shanghai composite index has dropped by 8.5 percent, wiping out all gains made this year. This very gloomy Monday has also sparked global losses, wiping hundreds of billions of dollars off world markets and sent global stocks plunging.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 25 August 2015
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    Analysts: Better 2H To Bring CapitaLand 29% Upside

    CapitaLand’s 2QFY15 was buoyed by higher fair value gains as well as higher shopping mall and serviced residence contributions. On the other hand, 2QFY15 result was partly offset by weaker residential earnings. Overall, 1H15 net profit came in at only 32 percent of analysts’ forecast for FY15.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 24 August 2015
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    Choosing a Flat for Newly-wed Couples

    One of the biggest headaches for newly-wed couples in Singapore should probably be choosing a suitable and affordable home. Although most of us are able to pay the down payments and the subsequent instalments through our Central Provident Fund (CPF) money, it would typically take a Singaporean couple one to two decades to pay off the housing loan.

  • Vance Wong
  • 24 August 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    How to Have Enough for Retirement and Do Charity?

    AK shares an email conversation with one of his readers, on how to make the best out of one’s savings to enable a smooth, early retirement, and also be able to give back to society and help those in need.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 24 August 2015
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    Analysts: 30% Upside For Venture Despite Higher Tax

    Venture Corp (VMS) has announced its 2Q15 results that were in line with expectations from the street. However, the results were dimmed by the surge of tax cost this quarter. Nevertheless, analysts still hold bullish sentiments towards the counter.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 21 August 2015
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    Bill Gross: Expect Rate Hike—Painful Cure to Longstanding Problems

    A few weeks ago, Bill Gross released an August issue of his investment outlook for the remaining part of this year. The legendary bond guru talked about a very probable September interest rates hike and mentioned how important it is to the US economy, and essentially the world.

  • Vance Wong
  • 21 August 2015
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    Maybank: Depreciation Pressure Should Ease After Yuan Fixing

    Once again, China has managed to send shocks to the financial markets. People’s Bank of China (PBOC) stopped supporting Chinese Yuan (CNY)’s tight link to the US dollar, allowing CNY to weaken by three percent through Friday. While it is not large by foreign-exchange standards, the yuan devaluation unsettled global financial markets that are worried about weak global growth and deflation pressures. (Note: Japan’s yen has fallen by 35 percent since 2012)

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 20 August 2015
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    Winning the Game of Stocks with Adam Khoo

    A widely known motivational speaker and best-selling author in Singapore, Adam Khoo shared his investment strategies for both retail and professional investors in his book, Winning the Game of Stocks! that was released earlier this year. Although Adam is better known for his inspirational workshops, he is also a professional investor and investment advisor for the Wealth Academy FX Growth Fund. One of the key highlights of his book is explaining how one can actually become a millionaire by investing on an average salary.

  • Vance Wong
  • 20 August 2015
  • Aspire, Investments, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    CNY & Bomb Attacks Weakens THB Further

    Previously, the USD/THB has hit a multi-year high of 35.561 on 12 Aug because of the Chinese Yuan (CNY) devaluation, Maybank Kim Eng (MBKE) reported. The Thai Baht (THB) slowly recovered shortly after that but it was short-lived.

  • Vance Wong
  • 20 August 2015
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    Is Apple a Meaningful Stock Market Indicator?: Barry Ritholtz

    With the stock markets down almost (OMG!) 5 percent from their all-time highs, lots of folks are looking for signs that the bull is dying, if not dead. One of the more portentous omens is the recent decline and volatility of Apple’s stock.

  • Bloomberg
  • 19 August 2015
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    Analysts Bullish on GLP; 30% Upside!

    After the release of its latest quarter, the management of Global Logistic Properties (GLP) announced a lower earning guidance for its Chinese properties. This caused a sell down in the market with GLP losing over 20 percent in value from its year high. Despite the adjustment, analysts believe that there is still value in this counter. Let us see why!

  • Raymond Leung
  • 18 August 2015
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    2H15: Sep Rates Hike; China Cheap Again

    With recent uncertainties about interest rates and the outlook for the global economy in 2H2015, many investors are confused about their next step. Local investment guru Daniel Loh will be discussing possible investment opportunities that the current climate offers in an upcoming seminar on 24 August 2015 (Monday).

  • Vance Wong
  • 18 August 2015
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    Soo Kee Group IPO–How Sparkly is This “Jewel”?

    Soo Kee Group is offering 112.5m shares of which 103.5m is for placement and 9m for public offer at $0.30 each for a listing on Catalist. The IPO will close on 12pm on 18 August 2015. The market cap of the company will be $168.8m.

  • Mr.IPO
  • 18 August 2015
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    Maybe China’s Government Doesn’t Have a Master Plan: Justin Fox

    As a long-time consumer of economic commentary about China, I can probably recite the basic narrative underpinning most of it in my sleep: Yes, China’s economy faces challenge X. But the government has a plan for getting past it, the People’s Bank of China has many tools at its disposal and, hey, look at that $3.7 trillion in foreign exchange reserves!

  • Bloomberg
  • 16 August 2015
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    Singapore’s Economic Transformation; Where Will She Stand 50 Years On?

    On 9 August 1965, the Republic of Singapore was thrust into existence abruptly, having been booted out of Malaysia. 50 years later, Singapore has transformed into a wealthy country with a per capita gross domestic product that is ranked third in the world.

  • 14 August 2015
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    An Optimistic Way to Look at China’s Devaluation: William Pesek

    PHOTOGRAPHER: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES China’s surprise devaluation is sure to stir up fear and loathing among the world’s economic populists. (Keep your eyes on Donald Trump’s Twitter account.) But the move deserves praise, not condemnation.  It might even prove a boon for world growth. Beijing spent much of the last year propping up the yuan [...]

  • Bloomberg
  • 14 August 2015
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    Analysts: Steady Growth of Sheng Siong Group to Bring Over 20 Percent Upside!

    All eyes on the street returned to Sheng Siong Group (SSG) as they announced their latest quarter. SSG has been favoured by analysts as a defensive stock with its strong dividend payouts. The stable growth by SSG has allowed analysts to reiterate their bullish view towards the group.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 14 August 2015
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    William Pesek: 1990s Come Back to Haunt Malaysia

    Malaysia’s ongoing currency crash has many causes: a worsening global outlook, plunging commodity prices and, of course, the political scandal enveloping Prime Minister Najib Razak. But the real culprit is the year 1997.

  • Bloomberg
  • 13 August 2015
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    CMC Infocomm IPO–Buy Only When in Mood to Punt

    CMC Infocomm Limited is offering 24m New Shares at $0.25 each. There will be 21.6m placement shares and a public tranche of 2.4m shares. The IPO will end on 12pm on 11 Aug 2015 and start trading on 13 Aug 2015. The market cap is around S$38m.

  • Mr.IPO
  • 13 August 2015
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    Jim Cramer Vs Economists on Grexit: Buy on Dips or Not?

    Not long ago, Greece became the first developed nation to default on its debt. The cash-strapped country defaulted on its 1.6 billion euro payment as per market expectations. During the next few days, Greece was forced to implement capital controls after it failed to reach a deal with creditors. Banks went on to be shut for much of the whole of last week.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 12 August 2015
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    Goldman: Buy Europe, Dump US

    In the wake of recent bailout plans in Greece and rising valuation of US stocks, leading investment bank Goldman Sachs is recommending investors to reduce exposure to US stocks and put their money in other geographical regions that could offer a better return on investment, i.e. European equities.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 12 August 2015
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    How Wealthy Is Everyone Who Isn’t Rich?

    We are in short fascinated with other people’s wealth. What about the rest of the income strata? As it turns out, there is a fascinating story there as well. It may not be as glitzy and luxe as the Billionaires Index, but it is a tale of gradual improvement. So says a recent data analysis on the Global Middle Class by the Pew Research Center.

  • Bloomberg
  • 12 August 2015
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    China’s Sportswear Industry Getting Back in Shape

    Since 2011, China’s sportswear industry has been struggling with overproduction that resulted in heavy discounting to reduce inventory. Financial results of listed companies were adversely affected. Li-Ning(2331.HK), a leading sports brand that represents China worldwide, posted losses for the third consecutive year in 2014. Other listed companies such as ANTA Sports (2020.HK), Xtep International (1368.HK) and 361 Degrees (1361) reported weaker financial results in the last three years.

  • Louis Wong
  • 10 August 2015
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    Dr Doom, Analysts: China Will Be the Next Source of Recession

    Heads up, investors! China has something more to offer to the current global economy: Recession. With a stock market crash in China, an imminent bailout deal in Greece and earnings season kicking off in the US, global markets continue to trudge forward.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 10 August 2015
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    Feeling depressed about paper losses?

    Investing is an activity that comes with risks, which explains why some compare it to gambling. Most investors inevitably face losses at some point of time, but how much is too much, and what is the right mindset to adopt?

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 07 August 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    Mark Mobius: China Set To Become Reserve Currency, But Just a Matter of Time

    In recent months, China has stepped up a longstanding campaign for its currency to be included as a part of the composition of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Special Drawing Rights (SDR).

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 07 August 2015
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    China’s Market Intervention Can’t Continue Like This: Bloomberg

    Having put their credibility on the line by propping up the stock market, Chinese officials may now think they have little choice but to keep pouring resources into equities: Fears that the government might ease up are what seem to have sparked the rout earlier this week.

  • Bloomberg
  • 06 August 2015
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    Jack Ma Sees More Hidden Treasures for Alibaba

    Jack Ma, chairman of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, is currently the wealthiest man in China, with a net worth of US$19.5 billion. Many also see him as the most resourceful, dynamic, and innovative CEO in all of China. A little lesser known is the fact that he is also a kung fu novel fanatic who started his career as a humble English teacher. Sounds like a legend? So does Alibaba’s immense success from scratch. Even amidst speculations of China’s economic downturn, its key investment highlights that suggest why the company is still attractive to investors.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 05 August 2015
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    Bill Gross: Low Interest Rates Not Solution

    The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), central banker for all central banks in the world, had probably instigated an impending rate hike with their recent annual report. And in Janus Capital’s Bond Fund Manager Bill Gross’s August 2015 outlook, the bond guru talks about how low interest rates are not a solution; it is actually part of the problem.
    As the banker for central banks, any monetary policy changes would be discussed within BIS first. The BIS strongly believes that “persistent ultra-low interest rates” have a substantial impact on the global economy, though no specific country or event was specified.

  • Vance Wong
  • 04 August 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Do I need a bigger home and what to do if I do?

    Housing is a topic that is close to our hearts. It would not be wrong to say that most people tend to be somewhat emotional when talking about our homes. After all, home is where the heart is.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 03 August 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    TravelSky Technology Steadily Flying Along with Chinese Aviation

    Previously, I have talked about China’s aviation sector “taking flight”, as China Eastern Airlines (0670.HK) and China Southern Airlines (1055.HK) have both issued positive profit alert for the first half of 2015 due to robust demand in the civil aviation market. As Chinese airlines are expanding their fleet of aircraft and launching new routes, there is one company that will stand to benefit from it, and that is TravelSky Technology Limited (0696.HK).

  • Louis Wong
  • 03 August 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Chinese Market To Normalise; SHCOMP Forms Resistance At 4,000 Points

    With Greece’s debt issue somewhat resolved and an Iran nuclear agreement reached, investors should shift their attention to the US Federal Reserve meeting to be convened on 28 and 29 July.

  • 31 July 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    Analysts: Buy Ezion For 50 Percent Upside

    The Oil and Gas (O&G) industry as a whole is facing a challenging year ahead in view of the drastic decrease in the price of fossil fuel over the past year. The slow recovery in crude oil prices over the first half of 2015 suggests that the initial price plunge was too great for high-cost oil producers to stomach. That being said, Ezion has been picked by analysts as a strong fundamental play for long term investment with a potential upside of at least 50 percent.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 31 July 2015
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    China’s Headaches Are the Fed’s, Too

    It’s time to call Beijing’s aggressive stock-market intervention what it really is: quantitative-easing, Chinese style.

  • Bloomberg
  • 31 July 2015
  • Aspire, Bloomberg Top News
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    Time Value of Money Enhances BP Profit: Mark Gilbert

    Few institutions understand the time value of money as well as the world’s major oil companies. Spending billions of dollars digging holes in the ground in the hope of finding enough black gold to make a profit in the following decades means taking a long view of what a dollar is worth now versus what its value might be years hence. And that, in turn, helps explain why BP shares are rising today even after the company reported its worst profit in at least a decade.

  • Bloomberg
  • 30 July 2015
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    Do It Right, Profits Will Come Naturally

    Many average traders out there do what they do just for the sole purpose of earning profits from the stock market. In reality, how many traders are actually making sustainable profits that will ultimately lead them to financial freedom? Not many, of course.

  • Vance Wong
  • 30 July 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    CNBC Fast Money: Love Of A Lifetime Stocks

    To commemorate US’s 239th birthday, CNBC’s “Fast Money” team picked several stocks that could possibly be held for the next 239 years to come. However, 239 years is too long a period to make absolute predictions. We cannot even say for sure which companies would still exist in next five years, let alone the coming century, or more than two centuries for that matter.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 29 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    UBS: Psychology Behind Most Investors

    Many investors and economists have always been trying to find out some concrete reasons of price implications, mainly because of investor behaviour. Understanding investor behaviour would not guarantee spot-on investment predictions, but provides a rough idea of how and when the general market would sway.

  • Vance Wong
  • 29 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments, Personal Finance
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    Gold: Don’t Catch the Falling Knife

    Gold marked its 10th straight day of losses last Wednesday, in the longest losing streak for the precious metal in almost 20 years. While gold investors are hoping that the slump is over, many analysts and traders are doubtful, claiming that the collapse isn’t over yet.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 29 July 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    Oil Bulls Flee at Fastest Pace in Three Years as Glut Expands

    Speculators’ conviction that oil will rally weakened at the fastest pace in three years, just before futures tumbled into a bear market.

  • Bloomberg
  • 28 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Should I sell my HDB flat to fund my condo purchase?

    All of us aspire to a better life, to give our families a better life. This is only normal. In Singapore, part of this aspiration to a better life for many is characterised by a desire to live in a condominium with full facilities and security.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 27 July 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    IMG_0209

    China’s Aviation Sector Soaring High

    While China’s economy continues to slow down, there is at least one sector that manages to continue to grow steadily and that is the aviation sector. Two of China’s listed carriers, China Eastern Airlines (0670.HK) and China Southern Airlines (1055.HK), have issued positive profit alert. The former expects the net profit attributable to shareholders for the first half of 2015 to be RMB3.5 billion to RMB3.7 billion, representing an increase of 24,900 percent to 26,329 percent as compared to the corresponding period last year. The latter expects to turn around in the first half of 2015. Net profit attributable to shareholders is expected to be RMB3.4 billion to RMB3.6 billion as compared to the net loss of RMB 1.018 billion in the first half of last year. The reasons for estimated profits cited by both companies are: strong demand in the civil aviation market during the first half of 2015, low international crude oil prices and better cost control.

  • Louis Wong
  • 27 July 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    dbs-ocbc-1710e_2x

    Analysts: Rates Hike Imminent; OCBC & DBS Top Picks

    In the latest testimony from Yellen to the House Financial Services Committee, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pointed out that should the U.S. economy continue to improve, “conditions likely would make it appropriate at some point this year to raise the federal funds rate target”. Yellen’s reaffirmation of a possible rate hike this year is likely to buoy the banking sector.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 27 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    KeppelDCREIT

    Analysts: Buy Keppel DC REIT For 6% Dividends!

    All eyes are on Keppel DC REIT (KDCREIT) after it announced a solid 2Q15 results, which beat its IPO forecast by two percent. Distribution Per Unit (DPU) for the quarter came in at $0.0162, bringing the 1H15 DPU to $0.0356. This brings the implied yield of KDCREIT close to six percent based on the price of $1.06.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 24 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    palm-oil-in-a-bottle

    DB: Potential 40% Upside From Top Palm Oil Producer

    Analysts are anticipating a renewed bullish prospect for Crude Palm Oil (CPO) prices driven by structural supply tightness. The recent change in policies in Indonesia and US is expected to drive CPO demand while CPO production growth continues to fall. Deutsche Bank expects First Resources, one of its top CPO producer picks, to thrive in the current environment attributed to its strong management team and track record.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 24 July 2015
  • Aspire
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    IPO 4x3

    Choo Chiang Holdings: IPO Possible Cashing Out For Owners

    Choo Chiang Holdings (“CCH” or the “Company”) is offering 33.28m shares at $0.35 each. 1m shares will be by public offer and the rest via placement. The offer will close on 27 July at 12pm and starts trading on 29 July. The market cap will be around S$72.8m

  • Mr.IPO
  • 24 July 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    gold

    Here’s What’s Really Driving the Commodity Index Lower

    Clearly it hasn’t been commodities’ week, month or year. But focusing on the worst-performers doesn’t tell the full story.

  • Bloomberg
  • 23 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    feature image_DBSarticle

    DBS: Top Sectors and Picks amidst Slowing Economy

    The signs for the Singapore economy are not looking bright. Against the backdrop of external events including a more volatile China equity market and China’s economic slowdown, worries of “Grexit”, oil price fluctuations, and shifts in expectations for timing of US rate hikes, there is a possibility of slower growth and further earnings downgrades for Singapore companies in 2H. Excluding external factors, 3Q is already a seasonally volatile quarter, as major corrections in the past 10 years tended to take place in August/ September.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 23 July 2015
  • Aspire
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    bloomberg article feature image

    World’s Wildest Stock Market Submits to Communist Party Rule

    (Bloomberg) – It took three weeks of unprecedented government intervention, but Chinese authorities have finally managed to subdue the world’s wildest stock market.

  • Bloomberg
  • 22 July 2015
  • Aspire
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    collinseow

    Overcame $250,000 Debt Through Systematic Trading

    What would you do if you had to pay off a $250,000 debt on behalf of your client who chose to file for bankruptcy? Collin Seow, local remisier and author of The Systematic Trader was left with two choices: to file for bankruptcy with his client, or to pay off the debts.

  • Vance Wong
  • 22 July 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    pboc(2)

    Chinese Monetary Policy: Minor Adjustments to Achieve Precision

    The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Monetary Policy Committee held its 2Q15 meeting in Beijing. The main agenda of this meeting was centered upon the developments of local and international economies and the movement of capital in the international markets. PBOC seeks to maintain stable growth and market liquidity through various monetary policies.

  • 21 July 2015
  • Aspire
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    IPO

    NauticAWT Limited Attractive When Oil Prices Recover

    NauticAWT Limited (“Nautic” or the “Company”) is a Singapore headquartered firm offering subsurface, subsea and surface facilities engineering services and contracting solutions for field exploration, development and refurbishments.

  • Mr.IPO
  • 21 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Jim_Paulsen

    Experts: Too Late For Rate Hike In 2015

    In light of the Federal Reserve holding off on raising interest rates, chief market strategist at Wells Capital Management, Jim Paulsen thinks that the Fed may have “missed its best chance” to ramp up interest rates to ‘normal levels’.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 21 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    US oil copy

    History Shows Iran Could Surprise the Oil Market

    Iran could restore oil production halted by sanctions faster than anyone anticipates if the history of previous shutdowns is any guide.

  • Bloomberg
  • 20 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Experts-Picks

    Top 3 STI Components With High Yields!

    Recently, OCBC Investment Research (OIR) released a dividend yield monitor report for Singapore stocks. This report summarises and ranks stocks based on their yields.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 20 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    IMG_0209

    Investing in Macau’s Casinos – A Good Game?

    Share prices of Macau gaming stocks, which have been under pressure for more than a year, seemed to have finally bottomed out. Take Galaxy Entertainment Group (0027.HK) as an example, its share price started to decline after peaking out at about HK$83 in January 2014 and fell to a recent low of HK$ 29.4, representing a 64.6 percent loss from its peak. But since then, its share price has rallied more than 20 percent. MGM China’s (2282.HK) share price rose even more sharply compared to Galaxy. It had rallied more than 37 percent from a recent low of HK$12.62, based on the closing price of HK$17.3 on 13 July.

  • Louis Wong
  • 20 July 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    HKex pic

    RHB: HKEx Prices Turning Attractive Again, Buying Recommended

    Despite the fact that HKEx’s share prices has recently experienced its longest losing streak on record, RHB Group now views HXEx’s prices as “attractive”, and has raised its recommendation status from “neutral” to “buy”.

  • Chen Xushuang
  • 16 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    wallst

    Five Things Wall Street Strategists Are Watching During Earnings

    With companies making up about 75 percent of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s market value scheduled to report results over the next three weeks, here’s what Wall Street strategists are paying special attention to.

  • Bloomberg
  • 15 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments, Personal Finance
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    Grexit-Eurozone

    Citi: Grexit Impact Different From 2011

    The Straits Times Index (STI) dropped by about six percent from its recent high, particularly because of the Greek Crisis. However, Citi Research points out that the previous eurozone debt crisis caused a 16 percent plunge, a substantially larger impact.

  • Vance Wong
  • 15 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks, Personal Finance
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    Oil-Rig-1

    Why Big Oil Deals Are Ready For An Explosion, In Three Charts

    Not so long ago, Hong Kong was regularly dismissed as a financial backwater — not just internationally, but even within China. Many pundits started writing the city’s obituary when Jack Ma, CEO of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, rejected listing his company in Hong Kong, in favor of New York. And as Shanghai’s stocks skyrocketed in recent months, it seemed to confirm Hong Kong’s obsolescence.

  • Bloomberg
  • 15 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    soap_bubble_bursting_bokeh-wallpaper-1024x768

    CIMB: Liquidity Key To A-shares Bubble

    The Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) has faced its first and steepest loss in a week yet since 2008 after its recent rally over the past year. This was largely due to concerns about the Chinese government clamping down on margin-trading, and generally high valuations in the market.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 15 July 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    Mobius Says Oil's Rally Not Over Amid Middle East Turmoil

    Mark Mobius: Emerging Markets To Continue Outperforming

    In the past year, emerging markets (EM) have been showing signs of slowdowns. Popular markets such as Brazil, China and Russia began to weaken. With China being the most recent country to hog the headlines, investors are worried that EMs are no longer growth-guaranteed markets.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 14 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks, Investments
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    20140717_OIL_RIG_CHINA-VIETNAM-RIG_620_346_100

    Analysts: Bullish On O&G When Iran Sanctions Lifted

    A Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program has been in the midst of discussion, reflecting the significant progress that has been made in discussions between the P5+1, the EU, and Iran.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 13 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks, Investments
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    IMG_0209

    Chinese Banks Resilient Despite SHCOMP Slump

    China banking stocks are showing resilience amid the recent market selloff. The Shanghai Composite Index has plummeted nearly 30 percent from the recent high of 5178 seen on 12 June, whereas the drop in share prices of the four largest state-owned commercial banks, in the same corresponding period ranged from 5.3 percent to 9.6 percent.

  • Louis Wong
  • 13 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments, Thought Leaders
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    European Leaders And Finance Ministers Attend Emergency Greek Summit

    Greece Given 72 Hours to Win Trust by Passing Bailout Laws

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was given three days to push new austerity measures through parliament and keep alive Greece’s chances of staying in the euro.

  • Bloomberg
  • 13 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    908171312001813stockmarket

    Chinese Stocks Facing Correction; Not A Recession

    The Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) and Shenzhen Composite Index (SZCOMP) have slumped more than 30 percent over the past month. However, Wells Fargo think that the recent correction of Chinese stock markets is not as detrimental as it seems.

  • Vance Wong
  • 10 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    gold-bar-shutterstock_93258202

    OCBC: Gold Is Effective And Safe, For Now

    In a climate where the market prices are elevated and there are worldwide Grexit concerns, many cautious investors look for a safe haven, gold. As seen in the graph above, gold has been fairly stable despite the US Dollar Index (DXY).

  • Vance Wong
  • 10 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Source: Business Times SG

    MBKE: Raffles Medical Expansions In SG & China; 16% Upside!

    Raffles Medical Group (RFMD) had multiple developments in both Singapore and China recently. Maybank Kim Eng (MBKE) thinks that these initiatives would make a more meaningful 2H for RMFD.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 10 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    908171312001813stockmarket

    Asian Stocks Jump With China Rebounding From Three-Month Low

    Asian stocks advanced, with the regional benchmark index rebounding from its biggest decline in two years, as Chinese equities rose in volatile trading after the government ramped up measures to stem the equity rout.

  • Bloomberg
  • 09 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Oil-Rig-1

    OCBC: Rig Oversupply; Offshore Marine Remains Weak

    Crude oil prices had been dipping till recently as summer approaches, with China, India and Europe being the major consumers. As the supply glut of crude oil worsens, the demand for rigs decreases, hitting the offshore sector.

  • Vance Wong
  • 09 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    thinkingman

    IREIT: My strategy in its 45 for 100 rights issue

    IREIT’s 45 for 100 rights issue is priced at $0.468 per rights unit. Links to the full details of the rights issue have been provided at the end of this blog post. So, I will only blog about the more interesting bits and my strategy.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 08 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks, Personal Finance
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    PIMCO Manager Gross speaks at the Conference on the Future of Housing Finance in Washington

    Bill Gross: 6 Catalysts That Could Freeze Market Liquidity

    Regulators, investment managers and analysts on the street are all speculating best possible indications that could signal the end of the six-year bull run. One of the current debates on the street revolves around the absence of liquidity and the negative effect it might have on future market prices of equities and fixed income assets.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 08 July 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    Daniel Loh 1

    Daniel Loh: Don’t Worry About Greece; STI To Rise!

    Just earlier this week on Monday morning (SGT), Greece has announced that they will not default on their loans. Is this good news for local investors? Local investment guru, Daniel Loh, thinks that while global markets fear that Greece will eventually default, its impact will not be as great as many would expect.

  • Vance Wong
  • 08 July 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance, Thought Leaders
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    Source: Telegraph UK

    China’s New Rules Risk Creating Subprime Economy

    Everyone knows the Chinese government is desperate to keep stocks from crashing. But this desperate?

  • William Pesek
  • 07 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    thinkingman

    Is it bad to receive regular dividends and to sit on cash?

    Many times, I have been asked what is the yield on my total portfolio. I have never bothered to answer the question for various reasons and, because, I don’t ever answer such questions, I don’t bother to find out what the answer might be.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 06 July 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    IMG_0209

    SHCOMP Slumped; Bear Market Now?

    The Chinese stock market continued to slide. The Shanghai Composite Index slumped 3.3 percent to close at 4053 this Monday, extending the loss from its peak of 5178 seen on June 12. A surprise interest rate and reserve-requirement ratio cut by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) over the weekend failed to lift the market.

  • Louis Wong
  • 06 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments, Thought Leaders
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    internet-stock-bubble copy

    Credit Suisse: Be Wary Of Equity Bubble Forming

    Stocks in most major economies are currently sitting near record highs with several catalysts in driving prices both up and down. While some investors are arguing that there is still room for upside, others are contemplating about reducing their positions to lower risk exposures.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 06 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    sg-issue432-profchan-11-320x237

    Will This Be The Last We See Of Chinese Market’s Wild Swing?

    As expected, the US Federal Reserve did not raise interest rates at its meeting on 17 June. The content and tone of the post-meeting announcement was also mild, which helped to cool down the expectations of a rate hike and also served as an advance notice of a slower pace of rate hikes next year.

  • 03 July 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    Experts-Picks

    Analysts: CapitaLand’s Recent Acquisitions To Bring 16% Upside!

    Over the past month, CapitaLand (CAPL) had made four acquisitions and disposed of some assets. CAPL is employing a scheme to recycle capital and invest in assets with higher yield.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 03 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Yellen

    JP Morgan: Probable Interest Rate Hike In September

    The Fed policy statement released last Wednesday signalled to the market that near-zero percent rates are on track to move higher for the first time since 2006. JP Morgan believes that all these are signs that point towards a rate hike sometime this year.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 03 July 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks, Investments
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    thinkingman

    Do you know if your parents have (enough) H&S coverage?

    There are certain topics that many people avoid talking about at home. Money is one such topic. Sometimes, due to this reticence, we discover too late that someone in the family might be heading for a financial disaster or that someone in the family might not have certain necessary insurance protection.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 02 July 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    soap_bubble_bursting_bokeh-wallpaper-1024x768

    China Finds a New Pump to Keep Stock Market Aloft

    When historians write the definitive accounts of the great Chinese stock bubble of 2015, this weekend’s rate move may deserve its own chapter. By cutting borrowing costs to a record low, Governor Zhou Xiaochuan told a hundred million mainland day traders to keep on buying.

  • William Pesek
  • 01 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    21yuan-600

    China’s Growth: “New Normal” Versus “Old Normal”

    In the recent years of Chinese economics, every time financial expectations are not met, the Chinese government would step in and intervene by launching large-scale investment projects to maintain growth as much as possible.

  • Vance Wong
  • 01 July 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Friday's rate cut the first in PBOC's salvo to ensure "soft landing"?

    China’s Latest Financial Reform Changes Nothing

    When the Chinese government proposed this week to end its decades-long policy of capped bank lending, there was good reason to be skeptical about its motives.

  • William Pesek
  • 30 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    102074731-carl-icahn.530x298

    Icahn Sold Netflix Amidst Extremely Overheated Markets

    In Carl Icahn’s latest tweets, he announced his grand sell-off of his entire Netflix position, and reiterated once again, that Apple holds a lot of potential. His subsequent tweets about how the economy is severely “overheated” caused panic among investors.

  • Vance Wong
  • 29 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    IMG_0209

    HKEx To Soar With SZHKSC Roll-Out

    Following the roll out of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock connect (SHKSC), Hong Kong Exchange (HKEx) had started their preparations for an anticipated Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect (SZHKSC).

  • Louis Wong
  • 29 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    504063631_640

    Raoul Pal: Feds Won’t Raise Rates; Recession Soon!

    Raoul Pal warns that “the US economy is currently flirting with recession”. Former hedge funder and prominent Wall Street pundit Raoul Pal thinks that the U.S. is nearing the start of a recession. Despite the signs of an improving economy, there are several indicators that are signalling otherwise. US Non-Farm Payrolls The U.S. economy added [...]

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 29 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    SC_kopiO_600x700

    Analysts: Buy Super Group For Over 38% Upside!

    After several news announcements about Super Group were announced, the general market is paying more attention on coffee seller. Although its recovery pace has slowed down, analysts are still optimistic about its outlook.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 26 June 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Source: Telegraph

    How did AK create a 6 digits annual passive income?

    A new follower of AK’s blog asked an interesting question that many investors would like to find out themselves too. As such, AK shares 6 tips of how he created a 6-digit annual passive income.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 26 June 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    Supertrees-at-Gardens-by-the-Bay2

    Phillip: Weak Tourism But Hospitality & Retail REITs Still Attractive

    All of Singapore REITs recently announced their 1Q CY15 results. The clear underperformer came from the hospitality sub-sector, whereby all four hospitality REITs missed forecasts in the latest quarter results.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 26 June 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    pboc

    China Isn’t Done Growing Yet

    Stein’s Law, named for former Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Herbert Stein, states that “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” That’s as true in economic growth as anywhere. Time and again we’ve seen a poor country grow fast as it industrializes, only to slow. This is predicted in every growth model. A poor country can move workers from the countryside to the city, mobilize savings to build up lots of capital, and cheaply mimic foreign technology.

  • Bloomberg
  • 25 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    thinkingman

    Some Questions To Ask When Tempted BY 12% Yield

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 24 June 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    singaporetelcos

    JP Morgan: Possible Fourth Telco Operator Spells Trouble

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 24 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    China Stocks Rise

    Mark Mobius: Buy China SOEs As Government Reforms!

    Chinese stocks have been soaring for the first half of this year. Many investors are asking whether the market should expect a correction or is there still more room to run? Given the extent of the market’s rally this year, Mark Mobius believes that it would not be “surprising” to see more volatility ahead in the China markets.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 24 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    soap_bubble_bursting_bokeh-wallpaper-1024x768

    Stand Back: China’s Bubble Will Burst

    Singapore, which I’m visiting at the moment, opens your mind to the highly improbable. Rich, ethnically diverse, cheerfully efficient, globalized in the extreme, it’s a man-made economic miracle — astonishing proof of what market forces combined with superb top-down direction can achieve.

  • Bloomberg
  • 23 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    rig_2332463b

    Stock Boom Chokes China’s Reform Plan

    In the past 12 months, China’s stock boom has created $6.5 trillion, equivalent to more than two-and- a-half times the U.K. economy. That sum could fund 65 Asian Infrastructure Investment Banks, buy Apple eight times or rid South Korea of its household debt problem seven times over. It amounts to the greatest stock rally in history.

  • Bloomberg
  • 22 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    1200x-1

    Phillip: Strike China While It Is Still Hot!

    Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) had a major decision to make this week: whether to bring Yuan-denominated stocks into its global emerging-markets benchmark. If A-shares had been included in the index, their weighting would be about 0.6 percent of the MSCI Emerging Markets index. This was a move estimated to add $400 billion to China stocks over time.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 22 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    thinkingman

    Should I Sell My Investment To Lock In Gains? A Perspective.

    AK shares his email conversation with a reader about selling one’s investments to lock in gains. As such, AK provided a valuable response and advice, laying out the differences of investing for income and trading. Different investment objectives call for different investment strategies.

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 22 June 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    sg-issue432-profchan-11-320x237

    Chinese Stock Market: Miracle Or Bubble Trouble?

    There is a saying that has been floating around the Hong Kong stock market for many years “Poor in May, despair in June, revive in July”. This is much akin to the adage “sell in May and go away”.

  • 19 June 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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    Analysts: Buy MERS-Safe Frasers Hospitality Trust For 10% Upside

    As MERS spreads closer to home in South Korea, some fear that the virus will spread to Singapore. MERS has yet to have an impact in Singapore (with the exception of SIA) as not many companies have exposure to South Korea.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 19 June 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Ken-Chee

    Ken Chee: Attain Financial Freedom Through Value Investing

    Not many investors understand the concept of value investing. Even if they do, most average investors do not know where to start looking for good stocks. While everyone admires billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s investing principles, Ken Chee actually understands the essence of value investing and integrates it into his own investment strategy.

  • Vance Wong
  • 19 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    fed_2098976b

    Expect Fed to Favor a September Rate Hike: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee’s meeting this week will be particularly notable if central bank officials signal Wednesday that they are inclined to embark on a new interest rate cycle in September, raising floored policy rates for the first time since 2006.

  • Bloomberg
  • 18 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    portfolio_solaris

    Phillip: Industrial REITs To Outperform S-REITs

    Despite facing a slight correction last month, The Straits Times Index (STI) has been doing well for the past year. However, Phillip expects the sector outperformance against the STI “to slow down”.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 17 June 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
  • Back to top
    Janet Yellen

    Janet Yellen Gives Asia the Jitters: William Pesek

    Janet Yellen probably doesn’t think about Bangkok, Jakarta or Manila very often — the Federal Reserve chair has enough to worry about in Washington. But as she continues to ponder hiking interest rates, the frenetic selloffs in stock markets on the other side of the world should give her pause.

  • Bloomberg
  • 17 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Source: Medical News Today

    Analysts: What If MERS Hits Singapore

    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korea has claimed the lives of 19 people and continues to threaten the population there. According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP), there are a total of 154 confirmed cases with more than 5,500 people in quarantine in South Korea.

  • Vance Wong
  • 17 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    Hong Kong Is Embracing China’s Bubble

    Bill Gross of Janus Capital says his next great short trade may be Chinese stocks. With the Shenzhen and Shanghai markets up another 9 percent this week, it’s not hard to understand why. But the investment guru might want to consider betting against Hong Kong, too, given that city’s continued courting of high-volume traders from mainland China.

  • Bloomberg
  • 16 June 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
  • Back to top
    dividends

    Analysts: M1 The Telco To Buy With More Than 20% Upside!

    News of a possible fourth telecommunications company (telco) has caused a huge stir in the market. Analysts have been attracted to the news and have begun analysing the sector for the effect of a new telco.

  • Raymond Leung
  • 15 June 2015
  • Aspire, Hot Picks
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    Ray_Barros

    Ray Barros – Why You Should Not Invest Now

    Giving up his high-paying job as a lawyer, Ray Barros went into trading, his first love and dream. After years of making mistakes that almost every average trader without experience, Ray managed to successfully grasp a strategy that gave him a market edge.

  • Vance Wong
  • 15 June 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    images

    AK: How To Look Out For Investment Scams

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 15 June 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
  • Back to top
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    Mark Mobius: A Pivotal 2015 For ASEAN Countries

    The role of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and their markets in the global economy has grown significantly in recent years. Many ASEAN countries have made fundamental and infrastructural improvements to their economies.

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 12 June 2015
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    Dr Doom: No Interest Rate Hikes! QE4 Incoming!

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 12 June 2015
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    Collin Seow: Trading Like A Pro

    The average traders often have the misconception that trading is a get-rich-quick scheme. Many of them do not understand that expert traders like Phillip Securities remisier Collin Seow, follows a strategy religiously with a disciplined mindset.

  • Vance Wong
  • 12 June 2015
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    A Former Pessimist On Why The Bull Market Isn’t Dead Yet

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 11 June 2015
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    China’s Stock Market Has A Wile E. Coyote Moment

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 10 June 2015
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    David Stockman

    Stockman: Beware! Stocks & Bond Market Crash Imminent

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 10 June 2015
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    Howie Lee: Consistent Profits From China A50 With 40-Tick Strategy

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 10 June 2015
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    Source: Bloomberg

    China Needs A Grown-Up Central Bank

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 09 June 2015
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    Phillip: Dogs Of STI Offer Superior Returns!

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 08 June 2015
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    Hu Li Yang: Stay Away From Long-term Investments Now

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 08 June 2015
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    A Report Card For Asia’s Would-Be Reformers

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 08 June 2015
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    Prof Chan

    Bull Run Can Be Further Capitalised

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 05 June 2015
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    Analysts: Weak Properties For Yoma But Strong Business Diversification; 70% Potential Upside!

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 05 June 2015
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    Kevin Gin: China’s 7% Growth Is Still Decent

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

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

    Liz Ann Sonders: This Bull Will Continue Running

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 04 June 2015
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    Daniel Loh: How You Can Profit When Markets Crash

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 03 June 2015
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    UOB Kay Hian: China Auto Sector Accelerating; Buy Dong Feng

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 03 June 2015
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    Janet Yellen

    Janet Yellen: Rates To Rise Soon If Economy Continues Improving

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 03 June 2015
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    Expect Fireworks From This IPO – Singapore O&G Ltd

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

  • Mr.IPO
  • 02 June 2015
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    Japan’s Low Interest Rates: What Can You Do?

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 02 June 2015
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    AK: Want to create another stream of income with $500K?

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 02 June 2015
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    ifast

    DBS Vickers: Buy iFast For Long-term Dividend Payouts

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 29 May 2015
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    Louis Wong: The Raging Bull Run Continues; Buy HKEx

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 29 May 2015
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    Wells Fargo: Europe Still Worth A Look Despite Greece

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 29 May 2015
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    UOB’s Trading Strategy Guide For Investors

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 28 May 2015
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    Analysts: Dipping Freight Rates And Lack Of Catalyst For NOL

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 27 May 2015
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    Carl Icahn: Everyone Is Underestimating Apple; Target US$240!

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 27 May 2015
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    Man Who Brought Down Barings Bank Warns on China

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 27 May 2015
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    Phillip: DBS Boasts 10% Upside, 2.9% Yield

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 26 May 2015
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    Fed Reserve Chairman Bernanke And Larry Summers Participate In IMF Panel

    Larry Summers: China’s Financial Bubble

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 25 May 2015
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    Mohamed El-Erian: What the Fed Minutes Tell Us

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 25 May 2015
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    Wells Fargo: Soft Q1 To Improve In 2015

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 25 May 2015
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    Prof Chan

    Opportunities In Potential Shenzhen-Hong Kong Linkup, Property Stocks

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 22 May 2015
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    UOBKH: Ignore The Bears; Buy SATS For 18% Upside!

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 22 May 2015
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    OCBC: Overweight On PTOs Even If They Lose Bus Bids

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 22 May 2015
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    Analysts: OSIM’s Slow 1Q15 To Continue Through 2015

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 21 May 2015
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    Which Stock Market Is Scarier: U.S. or China?

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 20 May 2015
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    What An Almighty Dollar Means To You

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 20 May 2015
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    AK: Singapore Savings Bond – Good or Not?

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 20 May 2015
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    Apple Could Make Money by Bailing Out Greece

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 19 May 2015
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    Kevin Gin: Chinese Bull Run To Continue After Short Pause

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

  • Kevin Gin, CFA
  • 18 May 2015
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    Source: CNBC

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

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 18 May 2015
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    Source: CNBC

    Buffett: US-EU Interest Rates; Stocks vs Bonds

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 18 May 2015
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    Macquarie: Bullish On Noble With More Than 50% Upside!

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 15 May 2015
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    Pershing Square Capital Management LP Founder And Chief Executive Officer William "Bill" Ackman

    Bill Ackman: Healthcare Offers Great Promise

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 15 May 2015
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    Bill Gross: Perpetual Bull Market Enthusiasm To End

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 15 May 2015
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    ALL BUSINESS

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

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 14 May 2015
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    Tai Sin Electric: Nibbling for a 6.3% to 6.5% yield

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 13 May 2015
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    Hu Li Yang: Be Wary When Indices Hit Historical Highs

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 13 May 2015
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    Bill Gates Picks Yuan Over Dollar: Find Out Why

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 13 May 2015
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    Dr Brian Fabbri: Is The US Bull Gone?

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 12 May 2015
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    JP Morgan: US Tech And Healthcare To Outperform

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 11 May 2015
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    Source: CNBC

    Robert Shiller: Yellen Is Right About Overpriced Markets

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 11 May 2015
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    Rebound in Oil Markets Could Prove Lasting

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 11 May 2015
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    Why Financial Freedom Matters

    Life is full of ups and downs. If money is what affects your quality of life, the good news is that there is a way to enhance your wealth.

  • 08 May 2015
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    Analysts: CapitaLand Stable Growth; Over 10% Upside!

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 08 May 2015
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    Janet Yellen

    Yellen: Stock Valutations Are Quite High Now

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 08 May 2015
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    NeraTel’s Results Push Shares Down To $0.65, Time To Buy?

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 07 May 2015
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    Abe

    JP Morgan: Why You Should Buy Jap Equities

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 06 May 2015
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    Fed Triggers Bank Flight From Emerging Markets: Mark Whitehouse

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 06 May 2015
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    Analysts: Property Prices To Fall 10% In 2H15

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 06 May 2015
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    Analysts: Sell Sembcorp Marine Now; Weak 2015

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 05 May 2015
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    The Future of SHKSC; Opportunities For Investors

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

  • Louis Wong
  • 04 May 2015
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    Analysts: Sheng Siong To Soar; Over 8% Upside

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 04 May 2015
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    China stock market

    Kevin Gin: The China Bull Run To Continue?

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

  • Kevin Gin, CFA
  • 04 May 2015
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    JP Morgan Raises Red Flag Over Local Banks

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

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 30 April 2015
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    MBKE: APAC Healthcare Growth At Over 12%

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 29 April 2015
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    Bull and bear , symbolic beasts of market trend

    Keep Those Bull-Market Expectations in Check: Barry Ritholtz

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 29 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    FF

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

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 29 April 2015
  • Aspire, Personal Finance
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    How Stock-Market Bubbles Steal From the Future: Barry Ritholtz

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 28 April 2015
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    Analysts: KREIT To Bounce Back, Buy Now For 8% Upside

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 27 April 2015
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    bernanke

    Ben Bernanke: Interest Rates To Remain Low

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 27 April 2015
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    The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Connect: A US$3 Trillion Opportunity

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 27 April 2015
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    HSI And STI Likely To Hit Record Highs This Year

    The Hong Kong stock market has suddenly surged ahead recently, and trade volume has also increased significantly. The Hang Seng Index (HSI) jumped a massive 2,000 points, and daily transaction has almost tripled from about HK$80 billion in March to the current HK$200 billion.

  • 24 April 2015
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong
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    MBKE: 2 Value Buys For Consumer Stocks

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 24 April 2015
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    genimage

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

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

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 24 April 2015
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    Jim Cramer

    Jim Cramer: 3 Tips Before You Start Investing

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 23 April 2015
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    Daniel Loh: DANGER! STI & US$ To Correct Soon!

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 22 April 2015
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    Brian Fabbri, BNP Paribas Chief Economist for North America, speaks at the Reuters 2009 Investment Outlook Summit in New York

    Dr Brian Fabbri: US, Japan, or Europe?

    Amongst developed markets, which ones should investors look into?

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 22 April 2015
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    Experts-Picks

    CIMB: Increase S-Shares Exposure To Catch China Tide

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 22 April 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    ecb

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

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 21 April 2015
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    A380-800_RR_SIA_01

    Phillip: Cheaper Oil Makes Some Airlines A Buy!

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 20 April 2015
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    MER: A Shanghai-Singapore Connect In 12 Months?

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 20 April 2015
  • Aspire, Investments
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    El-Erian: Its Time To Rebalance Your Portfolio

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 20 April 2015
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    Daniel Loh: Shanghai To Correct Soon

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 17 April 2015
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    Is Asia ready for a possible Chinese crash?

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

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 17 April 2015
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    William Pesek

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

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 17 April 2015
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    Statoil-Awardsu-FSU-Mooring-Job-to-Ezra

    Analysts: Ezra Treading On Thin Ice – 20% Downside

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 16 April 2015
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    secrets

    Phillip: 2 Reasons Why You Should Buy SG Telcos

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 15 April 2015
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    中国でIPO再開へ、紐威閥門など5社に上場承認

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

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

  • Kevin Gin, CFA
  • 15 April 2015
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    CIMB: Why You Should Buy H-Shares Now

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 15 April 2015
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    Jim Cramer

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

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 14 April 2015
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    Ken-Chee

    Ken Chee: What’s Your Mindset When You Invest?

    “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.” Considered as one of Warren Buffett’s greatest quotes on investing. Ken Chee, self-made millionaire and investment trainer certainly subscribes to this line of thought.

  • Vance Wong
  • 13 April 2015
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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    DARWONG01

    DAR Wong: Monetising Your Profits in 8 Days!

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 13 April 2015
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    Prof Chan

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

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

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

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

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 10 April 2015
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    Luxury-S-House-in-Singapore

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

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 09 April 2015
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    saizen

    Saizen REIT: Deeply Undervalued But Not A Buy For All

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

  • AK(ASSI)
  • 08 April 2015
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    SMRT, SBS

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

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 08 April 2015
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    Source: http://www.enca.com/

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

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

  • Elaine Lee
  • 07 April 2015
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    DBS: 4 High Yield Stocks That Should Be In Your Portfolio

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 06 April 2015
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    Source: http://www.bmoremedia.com/

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

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 06 April 2015
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    Buy Hold And Sell Signpost Representing Stocks Strategy

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

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 03 April 2015
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    Jim Cramer: Missed Heinz-Kraft? Buy Organic Stocks

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

  • Raymond Leung
  • 02 April 2015
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    Experts-Picks

    UOB: 3 Stocks With More Than 15% Upside Potential

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 01 April 2015
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