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Astute Investment Comes With Education
In the Spotlight | 24 July 2009
By: Lai Wyai Kay
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Held on 18 and 19 July at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, the inaugural Asian Investment Conference and Exhibition (AICE) 2009 brought together more than 40 international and local speakers, 35 exhibitors as well as 50 seminars to educate the general investing public.

Organised by the Securities Investors Association of Singapore (SIAS), the two-day AICE 2009 received overwhelming response, drawing over 20,000 visitors. Gracing the event opening ceremony was Guest-of-Honour, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Transport.

True to it being an Asian event, keynote speakers were united in their views on the continent being the next economic powerhouse. Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of CapitaLand, revealed his confidence in Asia’s property sector to guests. “The world is moving back to Asia,” he proclaimed, as he went on to elaborate how Asia’s strong demand for properties is supported by its demographics.

Dr. Marc Faber, Editor of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, also told guests that he is bullish on Asia’s equity markets, as Asian stocks provide better value than US stocks. He believed the US dollar will weaken relative to emerging market currencies and that investors would be better off holding Asian currencies, such as the Singapore dollar, which will benefit when the Renminbi appreciates.

Being one of the event exhibitors, Shares Investment played a part in educating the participants on equity investing. Apart from selling the latest issue of Shares Investment (Singapore), complimentary copies of past issues were also distributed to interested participants, allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the publication and how the product can help them make more informed investment decisions. In addition, Shares Investment also showcased its Malaysia and China editions as well as its web portal, www.sharesinvestment.com.

According to SIAS, upgrading investors’ education is necessary for investors to protect their own interests. SIAS also believes that evolving a sophisticated investor base is key to Singapore’s development as an international financial hub. The inaugural AICE has definitely made no small contribution towards these objectives. Without a doubt, this event has cemented SIAS’ reputation as a prominent advocate of investor education and would surely be the first of many successes.


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