Good News for REITs after Singapore Budget 2015 and Why REITs Offer a Steady Income Stream for Investors

Photo credit: chensiyuan Singapore Budget FY2015 extended income tax and GST concessions for REITs Why owning REITs has its advantages over owning physical properties Wide variety of REITs in Singapore to choose from to suit your needs. Over 34 REITs with a total market capitalization of $66.7 billion. Retail REITs’ yields are expected to have strongest growth this year Selection … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Increase Your Wins in Investing

If you have invested for long enough, people will tell you that investing is a game of probability. The objective is to achieve more winners than losers in your portfolio. So how can investors like you increase your win odds in investing? Before we move on, we have to understand the expectancy formula: Expectancy = (Win Probability X Average Win) – (Loss Probability X Average Loss) Expectancy is … [Read more...]

7 Things I Learned from F&N’s AGM 2014

This is the very first meeting I fell asleep at. Really. And yes, it was rude of me! F&N owns branded beverages such as the isotonic drink ‘100 Plus’, soya milk ‘Nutrisoy’ and other flavored drinks branded under ‘F&N Seasons’. In fact, according to the company’s annual report, these few key products are the number one brand in their categories in Singapore and Malaysia. The kind … [Read more...]

Happy Lunar New Year 2015!

Here’s wishing all of you (and all of us) greater prosperity, fortune, and luck in the year of the goat! ALso do join us at our Singapore and KL events and “Huat” this new year! Are you looking for a formula that can consistently pick out the best companies to invest in and make you a LOT of money in the stock market? If you are, then this might finally be the answer you've been looking for. … [Read more...]

How to Cope With Higher Inflation and Falling Wages in Singapore

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2014 was a year of mild deflation for Singapore but wages slid at a faster rate Oil has made a bottom at $45 in January 2015 and it is raising towards $58 and beyond, signalling the start of higher oil prices and inflation Two-pronged investment approach as seen in Ezion and SBS Transit examples below Year of Mild Deflation in 2014 It is a well known fact that Singapore is the most … [Read more...]

Rising Interest Rates and How It Will Affect REITs in Singapore

Events that happen in the United States may seem far away and disconnected from our daily lives. However while the average Singaporean can safely ignore President Obama’s State of the Union Address to Congress on 20 January 2015, they should pay some attention to the Chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen. This might appear counterintuitive given that Obama is the most powerful person on … [Read more...]

The Pros & Cons of Investing in Commodities

A commodity is a basic good that can be bought and sold. The purchase and sale of commodities is usually carried out through futures contracts on a commodities exchange. A commodity has no or hardly any differentiation – one ounce of gold is the same as any other ounce of gold. Examples of commodities include gold, silver, iron ore, copper, wheat, rice, coffee beans, sugar, salt, etc.  Soft … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why Spinoffs Outperform the Market Index

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In 1993, Patrick J. Cusatis, James A. Miles and J. Randall Woolridge did a research study on the stock performance of spinoff companies from 1963 to 1988. From the research, they found that spinoffs outperformed the S&P 500 by about 10% per year in the first three years of their independence. The study also found that parent companies of spinoffs also outperformed the index by more than 6% per … [Read more...]

The Pros & Cons of Investing in Real Estate

Real estate is property consisting of land or buildings. Real estate is divided into three broad categories – residential, commercial, and industrial. For many people, real estate is the asset class they are most familiar with as virtually everyone is aware of the houses, condominiums, malls, shops, office buildings, factories, etc. we see in everyday life. Likewise, many people invest in real … [Read more...]