Author: Investment Stab

Godfather of Asian Stock Market is Back!

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 1980s, then the biggest securities firm in America. In 1986, he gave up his high paying job and return home to Taiwan to develop and educate its people on...

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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 to whether the members will hold to the production levels as there are numerous times where its members have violated the group’s decisions for self-interest. This is...

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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 and naturally, with palm oil being the most used vegetable oil globally in consumer products. With positive outlook from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) director-general, where global consumer demand will still...

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New Singapore REIT ETF!

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 weighted) 2) It is main traded in USD BUT it can also be bought in SGD, but prices are subjected to FX changes 3) Consists of REITs listed...

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Trump Presidency? Clinton Presidency?

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 have to get his or her Bill passed by the Congress (made up of the House and the Senate). That means technically, any laws that are potentially dangerous to the US or to the world...

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High Frequency Trading the Next Big Thing?

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 Traders! High-frequency traders use the internet to carry out high-frequency trading: using a complex algorithm to search the whole financial markets and trade a large number of securities in matters of seconds. High-frequency trading is usually employed by large institutions and funds,...

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Invest & Prosper 2017

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 Technical Strategist of Asia City Index Event Details: Date: 5th November 2016 Location: SPH News Centre Auditorium Time: 9.30AM – 5.00PM (Registration starts at 9.00AM) Price: $8 (enjoy $2 off when you sign up with the promocode ‘investmentstab’. U.P. $10) Bento lunch is provided for the event! Click HERE for more...

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What to Invest Going into 2017?

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) What to invest in Singapore for year 2017? If anyone of these questions is one of your concern, is it time for you to...

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Are you Over-Insured by $46,000?!

Yup, you read it correctly – You might be over-insured by $46,000! Most Singaporeans with CPF are automatically enrolled under the Dependents Protection Scheme (DPS). Visit your CPF account online to check if you are currently over-insured by $46,000! You can reduce your coverage if you are. Recommended Post: 6 Singapore Public Transport Tips The DPS is a Life Insurance + Terminal Illness Insurance + Total Disability Insurance. It insures you until you reach age 60. The premiums are paid via your CPF account (Ordinary Account or Special Account). Age (as of last birthday) Yearly Premiums 34 years & below $36...

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What is the Correct Retirement Mentality?

There has been a retirement debate going on on Straits Times’ Forum Page. The thread was started by one of our writers. The first article can be found HERE. There were feedbacks from the general public. We have attached the articles regarding the different views HERE. We would like to post a reply to the ‘Second Thread’, where our writer’s letter to Straits Times was not published. We think these views are important, and we hope to share these views with our readers and get more people to discuss these issues! Letter: I would like to thank Mr. Lawrence...

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Your summary to what’s going on in Deutsche Bank: 5x Lehman Brothers crisis

If you have’t been aware of how the STI has been performing, it has dropped 1% before steadily climbing up in the late afternoon today. So what’s going on that is causing all the fear and volatility? While fear of Deutsche Bank collapsing has been lingering for months, it seems that it has escalated higher where some hedge funds are starting to withdraw their accounts. This is essentially a bank run on a small scale, much similar to the one in 2008 where institutions stopped trading with affected parties due to counterparty risks. Well, before you start withdrawing all...

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Straits Times Forum Retirement Articles Thread

There has been a retirement debate going on in the Straits Times’ Forum Page. The thread was started by one of our writers. We have collated the list of articles/letters that we think you should read, learn and know about! Tell us what you think: Should Retirement is an Entitlement or is it a Privilege? Recommended Post: 6 Singapore Public Transport Tips First Post/Thread:Retirement is not an Entitlement Second Thread: Replies on the First Post:Retirement is both a Privilege and an EntitlementAgeism Prevents Seniors from Continuing to WorkDon’t Miss Out on Life’s Best Chapter Third Thread: Replies on the Second Thread:Introduce...

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What we know about risk is all wrong

The chance that an investment’s actual return will be different than expected. Risk includes the possibility of losing some or all of the original investment. Different versions of risk are usually measured by calculating the standard deviation of the historical returns or average returns of a specific investment. A high standard deviation indicates a high degree of risk. Read more: Risk Definition | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/terms/r/risk.asp#ixzz3qE2I9SPs Follow us: Investopedia on Facebook MORE LINKS CPF Voluntary Contribution Rates What to Own during Rate Hikes? Fine Print of CPF Money Withdrawal 5 Financial Things to do in your 20s Singapore Finance Minister...

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Kashmi the Meal Money Please!

There is a new financial mobile application in Singapore: Kashmi It is a friend-to-friend money transfer app. It is the kind of app for your to do bill-splitting You can create groups with people you frequently bill-split with – convenience to send a request to ask them to transfer you the money. You will get reminders on who you still owe money to – no more awkward moments when you forget to transfer money to your friends. Now you can easily get money back after paying for a meal without worrying about finding exact change for your friends! In addition,...

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4 Things to Do at CPF Retirement Planning Roadshow

CPF is holding their ‘CPF Retirement Planning Roadshow’ this weekend (sat & sun) at Suntec West Atrium! There are interesting booths, this time, around at the event. Recommended Post: 6 Singapore Public Transport Tips 1) Virtual Reality Booth Find out your retirement personality at this station but more importantly: enjoy the VR experience! Play with the machine. 2) Retirement Savings How much do you need to achieve your retirement lifestyle/income? Get your figures calculated out over here and that you can start planning early how much you need to save every month. 3) Family Fun There will be activities there for...

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