Monthly Archives: September 2008

Lost due to collapse of Lehman Brothers

Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers (14 September 2008), the fourth largest investment bank in US, the horror of impact to investors in Singapore surfaced over the past week.   Minibond was a structured investment product linked to Lehman. Many … Continue reading

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Singapore Biennale 2008 – Central Promontory Site

  We went to the Central Promontory Site on Thursday, 18 September, to view some installations and exhibitions.   What impressed me on reaching the site was this huge architectural pavilion designed and built by Japanese artist Shigeru Ban aptly named as Containart Pavilion. … Continue reading

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Driven by Greed or Need to grow retirement money?

During past global recessions, such as 1990-93 and 2001-02, we were busy with our careers. We had our jobs and were lucky to be spared from retrenchment. At its worst of economic slowdown, I had friends calling up to ask … Continue reading

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Investment product called Cash

Heard of investment called Cash? Not doing anything with your cash except placing them in fixed deposits, is an investment decision. The return may be minuscule but at least the principal sum is protected.   I heard one insurance agent … Continue reading

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Contagion effect of US sub-prime mortgage problem

It started off as a US sub-prime mortgage problem in August 2007. One year on, the bursting of property asset bubble in US caused the world economies into a tailspin radiating from the epicenter of US to European countries, Japan, … Continue reading

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Personal achievements and Institutional support

I had worked for two organisations throughout my career until I chose to pull back from corporate life two years ago. One was an international audit firm and the other was a publicly-funded polytechnic.   My various achievements in the … Continue reading

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Apple iPhone 3G

Label me an Apple enthusiast or geek. I stood in line for one-and-half hours and got my iPhone on Day 1 of its launch on 22 August 2008. I switched from Microsoft Windows Mobile on Dopod cell phone to touch-screen … Continue reading

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