Monthly Archives: January 2008

New STI and other Stock Indices – FTSE ST

On Thursday 10 January 2008, the Straits Times Index (STI) comprising 47 stocks will be replaced by the new, slimmer 30-stock STI. It will pick up the closing value of the old STI achieved on Wednesday and seamlessly transit to … Continue reading

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World Bank Report on Economies in 2008

The World Bank in its report titled “Global Economic Prospects 2008”, said that the world economy slowed to 3.6 percent in 2007 compared to 3.9 percent in 2006. (Source: AFP, 9 January 2008)   Though the US economy slowed as … Continue reading

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Coping with sudden windfall

The Business Times (5-6 January 2008) carried an article entitled “Windfalls: not quite the ticket to paradise”.   Do windfalls such as winning a lottery, enbloc sale of property, receiving inheritance on death of relative, etc., result in financial freedom? … Continue reading

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Property Prices gained spectacularly in 2007

The private home prices rose 31% in 2007, the biggest year-on-year jump since 1999.   The URA private home price index as at end 2007 is now just 6% below its peak in Quarter 2 of 1996. It is fast … Continue reading

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GDP for Singapore Contracted in Fourth Quarter of 2007

On a quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) seasonally adjusted annualised basis, real GDP fell by 3.2 per cent in the fourth quarter (Q4) reflecting a slowdown in the manufacturing sector. (Source: MTI, Advance GDP estimates for fourth quarter 2007)   The q-o-q changes … Continue reading

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Using Put Warrant to protect downside risk of Equity

In a climate of uncertainty and risk of equity stock going lower, some investors may adopt buying a Put Warrant of the same stock together with buying the actual stock.   For a fraction of the cost of the actual … Continue reading

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A new Beginning – 2008

We are at the start of a new year. Wishing all a year of health, peace and happiness!

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