Monthly Archives: August 2007

Greed interferes in the world of investments

Rational investing and realistic expectation of returns are often lost when one wanted quick gains. Impatience is a common attribute of some investors and this can curtail higher returns or it can result in huge losses.   I heard of … Continue reading

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Buying into high dividend yield stocks

Since 15 August last week, the STI started moving downward significantly. On 17 August (Friday), STI touched the intra-day low of 2,962 before ending at 3,130. For this week, STI was looking better and it ended at 3,370.9 on 23 … Continue reading

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Buying an investment property or REIT?

If you are considering investing in a residential property and renting it out for rental income, consider investing in REIT.   In my previous posting, I wrote about REIT. A Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) raises capital to purchase primarily … Continue reading

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Consider various fees when buying and selling shares

The STI rose 6.1% on Monday, 20 August, to end at 3322.38. This was significant one-day jump not seen since October 1998.   It is tempting for investors to cash in and take profit. When deciding to sell your stock, … Continue reading

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The morning after the Storm

Yesterday was raining and very cool for Singapore weather. The stock market went through a roller-coaster ride. I saw the movement of some stock counters right before my eyes, dipping and then rising and then dipping again in the span … Continue reading

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Free-Falling Singapore Stock Market

The Straits Times Index (STI) plunged 3.35% on 15 August (Wed) and continued to drop by 3.7% with STI ending 3152 points on 16 August (Thurs). With the latest drop, STI has lost 14% from its July 24 record closing … Continue reading

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Global Financial Markets Contagion started from US Mortgage Problems

You thought the sub-prime mortgage delinquencies originate from the US hence is contained in the US. You thought wrong. Easy credits were given to less than creditworthy individuals to pay for their property purchases in the few years to 2006. … Continue reading

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Brace yourself when overnight Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) nose-dived

Singapore Stock Exchange closes earlier than the Wall Street stock market because of time zone difference. On Friday, 3 August, DJIA dropped 2.09% at the close of their Friday’s trading, investors in Singapore’s time zone had the weekend to ponder … Continue reading

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Stress and Teaching Profession

The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London conducted a psychiatric assessments of nearly 1000 people in their early stages of their careers. Their findings: 1. The most stressful jobs include: Head chefs in large restaurants; School teachers; Abbatoir workers; Construction workers; Top managerial … Continue reading

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Wednesday 1 Aug 2007 – Stocks lost ground again

Since last Friday (27 July), stock investors were bracing for another significant drop during this week. This came on Wednesday (1 August) with STI index dropping 115.95 points to 3,431.71. This was a 3.27% drop in a single day! About … Continue reading

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