Monthly Archives: October 2012

Impact of recent month on investments

It was a month ago, I looked at my portfolio of investments. Today, I did an update. For the month, the Straits Times Index was down 0.4% between 12 September and 12 October. But my Singapore equity did worse with … Continue reading

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Singapore GDP contracted in Third Quarter

Based on advance estimates, Singapore Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted 1.5% in the third quarter on a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted annualised basis. This came about because of contraction in manufacturing and construction sectors (-3.9% in case of manufacturing and -7.5% in … Continue reading

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Can we keep our public areas clean?

I do more walking in recent years, moving from point a to b to visit places or to take public transport. What disturbed me most was rubbish thrown along walking paths and among shrubs/bushes lining these pathways. I can see … Continue reading

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Forecasts on GDP – ADB, World Bank and IMF

All GDP forecasts by Asian Development Bank, World Bank and International Monetary Fund for this year and next year were revised downward from their earlier estimates made during the first half this year. The global situation has deteriorated so much … Continue reading

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Stock Beta and Dividend Yield of STI stocks

This post was motivated by an article written by Goh Eng Yeow in the Sunday Times (7 October 2012) titled “Do what Buffett does: Buy low-beta stocks”. Beta of a stock shows the correlation between that stock against a benchmark … Continue reading

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STI cleared 3,100 level

The Straits Times Index (STI) crossed 3,100 points level for the first time in rolling one-year period yesterday. STI stood at 52-week high of 3,107.87. Interestingly, the 52-week low level happened exactly one year ago at 2,521.95. Last year (2011) … Continue reading

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My journey on path of education

There is so much discussion on the Singapore education scene, how children are stressed, have tuition to get ahead, etc. I share how I get to where I am today. I started primary school in early 1960s in order to … Continue reading

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Economic and Investment talk – snippets

I attended a talk by a well-known economist of a local bank last night. What I heard at this talk? Here are snippets: 1. predicted there will be technical recession in third quarter for Singapore. Forecast is 0.3% contraction on … Continue reading

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Central Banks in expansionary mode

First it was European Central Bank, followed by Federal Reserve Board. These central banks were signaling the need to adopt expansionary monetary policies to address poor economic growth of their countries. Today, Reserve Bank of Australia cut its benchmark cash … Continue reading

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SPDR Straits Times Index ETF – Annual Report 2012

This exchange traded fund (ETF) released its annual report recently for the year ended 30 June 2012. The SPDR Straits Times Index ETF (“STI ETF”) seeks to generate returns that closely correspond to the performance of the Straits Times Index … Continue reading

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