Monthly Archives: December 2012

Challenges in 2013

Singapore Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 1.2% in 2012 based on advance estimates. This performance was weak when compared with 2010 and 2011. GDP growth rate for 2010 was 14.8% and growth rate for 2011 was 4.9%. We are back … Continue reading

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Share prices of some stocks (2012 vs 2011)

The Straits Times Index (STI) advanced 20.1% since the start of 2012. How had some stocks performed during this period? I tracked some stocks as shown in the table below. The share prices were compared between two dates: 23 December … Continue reading

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Recollections of 2012

Significant Year 2012 turned out to be significant for me. I decided on an early retirement. After twenty-five years of full-time work and six years of part-time work, I wanted to devote more time on personal pursuits and developments. Out … Continue reading

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STI for 2012 against 2011

The Straits Times Index (STI) for 2012 is compared against last year (2011). In 2011, the STI declined 17.0% for the year. It was a poor year for Singapore equity. As of yesterday, the STI recovered almost all its losses … Continue reading

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Australian dollar in 2012

For this year, Australian dollar (A$) stayed below S$1.30 for most part of year since April. This was because Australia was impacted by poor economic performance of China and global economy. Australian dollar did better in 2011. This is not … Continue reading

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Fixed Income Fund – Templeton Global Total Return

Beside equity investment, one can invest in fixed income asset class such as government bonds and corporate bonds. In order to have exposure in a basket of fixed income assets, one can consider investing in fixed income fund managed by … Continue reading

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Shifting focus

After six years of writing this blog, it is time to take stock. Many topics were covered and I felt that I am already repeating many of them. It is no longer fresh insights or new experiences. Therefore, I will … Continue reading

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