Monthly Archives: August 2013

“The Racketeer” by John Grisham – A Book Review

John Grisham wrote this fiction and released it last year. This is his 26th novel and before that I enjoyed reading the “Litigators”, his 24th published fictional work. I am expecting the same level of thrill but it was not … Continue reading

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Equity Portfolio Performance vs STI

I am trying to see any correlation between my Singapore equity portfolio against the Straits Times Index (STI). The table shows portfolio gain or loss in percentage term measured between current value against cost and STI on that particular date. … Continue reading

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STI dropped below the floor

The Straits Times Index (STI) at the end of last year was 3167.08 points. Yesterday, it was 3173.33. As of now, STI fell below the floor, now at 3126.42, a 1.46% decline today (20 August 5.07 pm). No gain in … Continue reading

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Value System

We live in a materialistic world. We are competitive so that we can be better than another person. It is survival of the fittest. One can be labeled brilliant or otherwise in a meritocratic society. Parents want to get their … Continue reading

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SPDR Straits Times Index ETF vs Nikko AM STI ETF

Both exchange traded funds (ETF) are traded on Singapore Stock Exchange. The SPDR Straits Times Index ETF seeks to generate returns that closely correspond to the performance of the Straits Times Index (STI). This fund invested in 30 FTSE Straits … Continue reading

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Second quarter 2013 results (Part 3)

Companies were reporting their financial results for the quarter covering 1 April to 30 June 2013 (Second Quarter 2013). The following table provides information on net profit attributable to shareholders for the quarter and year-on-year change between current period in … Continue reading

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Lost Buildings and Lost Heritage

One core aspiration arising from the Our Singapore Conversation is “That lives are lived with purpose: Community preserves its shared spaces, memories and heritage.” I reflected and traced my life journey from birth. 1. The very flat I lived in … Continue reading

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