Should You Invest in the Trump Presidency?

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The stock market is down for the first year of a Republican President - excluding the first year he got re-election. We looked back to data from ex-President George W. Bush in 2001 to ex-US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. We show below the price of the S&P500 for the first year of a Republican President Orange reflects the price at the start of the month Blue reflects the … [Read more...]

Stock Market’s Performance in the First Year of a Republican President

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The stock market is down for the first year of a Republican President - excluding the first year he got re-election. We looked back to data from ex-President George W. Bush in 2001 to ex-US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. We show below the price of the S&P500 for the first year of a Republican President Orange reflects the price at the start of the month Blue reflects … [Read more...]

Unemployment with Artificial Intelligence and Automation

Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a big discussion topic at the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos. Many prominent speakers from politicians to business leaders spoke of both the pros and cons of it. Even in Singapore, our local media has recently published an article that half of the world's jobs can be gone if businesses just adopt the existing technologies. 30% of what most of … [Read more...]

CPF Home Loan or Bank Loan?

Buying a HDB flat for the first time can be an intimidating experience. It is probably the first big ticket purchase in your life that will take the next couple of decades to pay off, so you would definitely want to rake in as much savings as you can. Perhaps you have not really thought about what kind of loan to take up. If you do not already know, you have a choice between taking up a HDB loan … [Read more...]

Singapore Retirement Age, Re-Employment Age and CPF Withdrawal Age

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As a follow up to our previous post on the Misconception Singaporeans have on the Re-Employment Age, we decided to go further and explain the difference between Singapore's Retirement Age, Re-Employment Age and CPF Withdrawal Age.Singapore Retirement Age Singapore's Retirement Age is set at 62. This means that your employer cannot ask you to retire before you reach 62. This does not mean that you … [Read more...]

Genting Singapore: a possible rekindled flame?

Back in December 2016, the Japanese government has passed a law that allows casino gambling in integrated resorts which includes hotels and entertainment lodges. Despite the long-standing proposal of this bill, Mr Shinzo Abe was determined to be the one to carry it through and this has certainly hit his public popularity whereby it was stated by a poll from Kyodo news agency, public approval … [Read more...]

Misconception of Re-Employment Age Extension

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Singapore Parliament have recently made changes to the Retirement and Re-employment Act, these changes will act to protect and encourage older workers to participate in Singapore's economy.Some of the changes made includes:Companies must now offer employees the eligibility to work until 67. Previously it was until 65. Companies are not allowed to reduce the salary of employees who turn 60 from … [Read more...]

Top World News in 2016

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As we near the end of the year, it is the time we recap the major news that occurred during this period. It is probably not a very good year. We started with Zika, and ended with President Barrack Obama leaving the White House (bad to worse). But of course, there are some moments in 2016 that are worth rejoicing about - or at least there is ONE! February: Zika Virus Epidemic The World Health … [Read more...]

ShopBack: Save with Coupons, CashBack and more!

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While I was googling for alternatives to reduce my expenses, I realised that apart from reducing takeout and preparing my own meals, there was an on-going trend of online retailers dealing in all kinds of products. They vary from groceries to mass e-retailer Amazon. With the introduction of these e-retailers, consumers now enjoy an additional option when it comes to shopping! The fierce … [Read more...]

Singapore Stocks Market: Outlook

I was browsing through the different stock prices as usual. Given the recent spate of local M&As and delisting manoeuvres, it seems to me that the number of quality stocks have decreased in our local bourse. With well-known local companies such as OSIM, SMRT and Eu Yan Sang International delisting, is the local market valuation truly too low as compared to the global valuations? A simple … [Read more...]

Hu Li Yang’s Half by Half Theory

Hu Li Yang's theory: 1) If an index's price drops by 50% from its peak, it has entered an "fair value" price point 2) If an index's price drops to around 25% from its peak, it has entered a "extremely undervalue" price point 3) When recovering from the bottom, the index will always face selling pressure at 2x the bottom price 4) During a bear market rebound, you can forget about fundamentals … [Read more...]

Stop Advertisement Letters in Mailbox in 3 Steps

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Are you tired of seeing a large number of advertisement mails in your letterbox? There is a way for you to opt out of the service! Simply click on the link below and follow the steps: LINK Step 1: Follow the image and fill in the boxes Step 2: Fill up your contact details and your address Step 3: Confirm you wish to opt out of the advertisement mail and submit your … [Read more...]

Godfather of Asian Stock Market is Back!

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The Godfather of Asian Stock market, Hu Li Yang, is back in Singapore to share with us his view on the investing opportunities and risks in year 2017! Spend 1 full day learning from the Man himself as he would discuss his views and how investors should position their portfolio for the rest of 2017! Mr Hu previously held the position of Vice-President of Securities in Merrill Lynch in the … [Read more...]

Major news last week, what it means for Singapore stocks: #ICYMI

Last week, oil rallied to its highest level in the year at $54 a barrel. This was mainly due to the OPEC's agreement to cut its output by almost 1.2 million barrels. The oil price rally was also due to the expectation where the market did not expect an agreement to be reached, as well as the more-than-expected production cut. Though an agreement has been met, there has been much skepticism as … [Read more...]

The next big rally

As the Malaysian Ringgit drops to record lows, it may imply a lack of economic stability in the country. However, there seems to be an opportunity that lies within this cheap currency, and as all standard economics students would tell you that cheap currency valuation would tend to highlight cheaper exports value relative to other countries. Malaysia is one of the top exporters for crude palm oil … [Read more...]

New Singapore REIT ETF!

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SGX recently launched a new product: the REIT ETF (Real Estate Investment Trust Exchange Traded Fund). If you think properties are good, diversification is good, the new REIT ETF is the product for you! What is an ETF? Click HERE to find out. What is a REIT? Click HERE to find out. Some details of the REIT ETF: 1) Tracks performance of 30 top dividend paying REITs (note: NOT Market Cap … [Read more...]

Trump Presidency? Clinton Presidency?

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In a few more hours, we will know exactly who has won the US Presidential Election! This election probably has got every one talking about how horrible both primary Presidential candidates are. Stock markets all arond the world are plunging (OUCH!) Politically From the structure of the US Congress, we know that whoever wins the Presidential elections, to pass any laws, the President would … [Read more...]

High Frequency Trading the Next Big Thing?

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As the age of internet dawn on us, we would expect the financial markets to become more transparent, more efficient, and provide a level playing field for all investors/traders. However, actual reality is the opposite: markets are not much more transparent than they used to be, and increasingly, we are being pitted against computers, or more specifically: High-Frequency … [Read more...]

Invest & Prosper 2017

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Invest and Prosper 2017  by ShareInvestors Join us and listen from industry experts on their take about the investment environment for year 2017! The panel of speakers includes: Terence Tan - Chief Investment Strategist of Giants Learning Technologies Song Seng Wun - Director/Economist of CIMB Private Banking Geoff Howie - Market Strategist of Singapore Exchange Kelvin Wong - Chief … [Read more...]

What to Invest Going into 2017?

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As we come near to the end of 2016, we should start questioning our investment strategy for next year. Some of the questions you should be thinking about are below: 1) What to invest in ahead of the US election in November 8? 2) How to position my portfolio for the US election and post-US election? 3) What to invest in if Hillary Clinton wins? 4) What to invest in if Donald Trump wins? 5) … [Read more...]