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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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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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    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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    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: 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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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
  • Aspire, Corporate Digest, Thought Leaders
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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
  • Aspire, Thought Leaders
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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
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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
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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
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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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    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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    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
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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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    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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    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
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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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
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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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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: 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
  • Aspire, Dr Chan Yan Chong, Thought Leaders
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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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    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.

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  • 04 May 2015
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    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.

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  • 04 May 2015
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    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.

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  • 29 April 2015
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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.

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  • 28 April 2015
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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    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.

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  • 10 April 2015
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    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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    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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    DAR Wong: What’s The Greatest Trading Folly?

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

  • DAR Wong
  • 31 March 2015
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    Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew speaks during the World Economic Forum's East Asia Economic Summit Tuesday, October 14, 2003 in Singapore. Photographer: Luis Enrique Ascui/Bloomberg News

    Lee Kuan Yew’s Housing Policy Revered By HK

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 27 March 2015
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    Daniel Loh: Buy Commodity-Related Stocks In 2015

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 23 March 2015
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    Marc Faber

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

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 20 March 2015
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    Buffett

    Buffett’s Intentionally Bad Advice?

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 18 March 2015
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    Dr Chan Yan Chong

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

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 13 March 2015
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    Hilary Kramer: 3 “Especially Exciting” US Stocks

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 13 March 2015
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    Hilary Kramer: 5 US Stocks You Need To Sell Now

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 12 March 2015
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    Buffett

    Buffett’s Cashing Out Of Oil For $3.7 Billion

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 10 March 2015
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    Daniel Loh: On The Brink Of Another Dot.com Bubble?

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 06 March 2015
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    Experts-Picks

    Dr Brian Fabbri: It Takes More Than Just QE

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 06 March 2015
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    Buffett’s 3 Biggest Mistakes; Takeaways for Investors

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 05 March 2015
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    PBOC

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

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

  • Kevin Gin, CFA
  • 04 March 2015
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    Buffett

    Buffett: Invest In Wonderful Businesses At Fair Prices

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 03 March 2015
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    Prof Chan

    What Does Financial Freedom Mean To You?

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 27 February 2015
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    Warren Buffett: Europe’s The Next Great Investment Destination

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 27 February 2015
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    Carl Icahn: Why An Apple Share Should Be Worth $216

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

  • Vance Wong
  • 24 February 2015
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    Ray Barros

    Ray Barros: This Is How Retail Investors Should Trade

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 23 February 2015
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    Asia

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

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

  • Elaine Lee
  • 18 February 2015
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    Ray Barros: Busting 4 Investing Myths

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 16 February 2015
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    Should You Invest In India Now? – Kevin Gin

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

  • Kevin Gin, CFA
  • 12 February 2015
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    Billionaire investor Soros speaks at a forum during the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington

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

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 10 February 2015
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    Dr Chan Yan Chong

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

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 06 February 2015
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    Soros Is Betting On Healthcare & Technology, Should You?

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

  • Lim Si Jie
  • 30 January 2015
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    Prof Chan

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

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 23 January 2015
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    Daniel Loh: Tips On Investing In A Difficult 2015

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 21 January 2015
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    Adam Khoo

    Adam Khoo: 4 Common Mistakes Investors Make

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 21 January 2015
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    Swiss

    Switzerland Ambushes Everyone Before QE: Mark Gilbert

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

  • Bloomberg
  • 16 January 2015
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    John Bollinger

    John Bollinger: The Key To Using Bollinger Bands

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 16 January 2015
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    Daryl-Guppy

    Daryl Guppy: Global Trading Opportunities NOW

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 15 January 2015
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    Dr Chan Yan Chong

    China Advances, US Abates, Singapore Caught In Between

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 09 January 2015
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    Bill Gross

    Bill Gross: 2015 Marks The End Of The Good Times

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 08 January 2015
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    2015

    Red Herrings And Real Dangers In 2015 – Charlie Lau

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

  • Charlie Lau Suan Liat
  • 29 December 2014
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    Dr Chan Yan Chong

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

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 26 December 2014
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    Singapore Stock Market Lessons From 2014 – Charlie Lau

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

  • Charlie Lau Suan Liat
  • 26 December 2014
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    Dr Chan Yan Chong

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

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 12 December 2014
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    Warren Buffett

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

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 09 December 2014
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    Prof Chan

    China Rate Cut Provides Icing For Stock Connect Scheme

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

  • Dr Chan Yan Chong
  • 28 November 2014
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    HK-SH Connect

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

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

  • Simeon Ang
  • 19 November 2014
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