With low interest rate environment, prices of corporate bonds and debt securities were rising. Looking at both Singapore equity and Singapore corporate bonds/preference shares in my portfolio, they were at the opposite side of a see-saw. Singapore equity lost 6.48% on cost, whereas Singapore corporate bonds/preference shares rose 3.54%.
I had similar experience with LionGlobal New Target Return Fund (SGD), a unit trust with core investments in bonds in Asian region. The fund was higher by 7% since the time I bought it at inception of the fund.
On the other hand, equity was affected by corporate results of the third quarter and several global economic concerns. Unless we see better economies and stability in US, China, Japan, and Eurozone countries, one cannot hope to see a sustained improvement in share prices.
In the case of bond investments, watch out for rising interest rates in the future. If signs of increasing interest rates surface, be prepared to reduce bond portfolio to avoid decline in bond prices.
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