Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Singapore Inflation for Years 2007 to 2013

Singapore inflation is measured by consumer price index (CPI). The CPI indices for years 2007 to 2013 were: 2007: 93.2 2008: 99.4 2009: 100.0 (base year) 2010: 102.8 2011: 108.2 2012: 113.1 2013: 115.8 (Source: DOS Singapore) Annual Inflation rates … Continue reading

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Singapore GDP annual growth rates and STI (1997 to 2013)

Annual growth rates for Singapore real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are mapped to the Straits Times Index (STI) at the end of each year. Year GDP growth rate (%) STI 1997 + 8.5 1529 1998 – 2.2 1392 1999 + … Continue reading

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CapitaMall Trust Retail Bond Series 2 – Allocation

This is an update of my earlier post. The balloting was done yesterday and the details of the exercise are the subject of this post. The public offer tranche was 2.8 times subscribed and the placement tranche was 2.4 times … Continue reading

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Comparison of DBS, OCBC and UOB – FY 2013

All three local banks had released their full year financial results. The table below shows comparisons using some key ratios and results. DBS OCBC UOB Net Profit $3,672m $2,768m $3,008m Percentage change – 4.0% – 31.0% * +7.3% EPS $1.50 … Continue reading

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Fourth quarter 2013 results (Part 1)

Companies were reporting their financial results for the last quarter covering 1 October to 31 December 2013 (Fourth Quarter 2013). The following table provides information on net profit attributable to shareholders for the quarter and year-on-year change between current period … Continue reading

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CapitaMall Trust Retail Bond Series 2

In February 2011, CapitaMall Trust (CMT) offered 2-year retail bond for subscription (Series 1). This retail bond was traded on the Singapore Stock Exchange. The fixed interest rate was 2.00% per annum payable annually. The bond was 1.9 times subscribed … Continue reading

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Stock Beta and Projected Yield of some stocks – 7 February 2014

Analysts use beta of a stock to view its volatility in relation with benchmark index (STI). A higher beta means that stock is volatile and therefore a riskier asset. An investor with lower risk appetite may want to consider buying … Continue reading

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Singapore equity portfolio lost value

We had a bad start into 2014. Singapore equity lost 6.5% from start of year to end at 2960.09 points (5 Feb 2014). Needless to say, my equity portfolio lost 6.4% between 29 December 2013 and 4 February 2014, mirroring … Continue reading

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“A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki – A Book Review

This is a novel by Ruth Ozeki, 2013 Man Booker Prize Finalist. The title may give an impression that the tale is for the time being, not permanent and is for a period in time. In actual fact, the writer … Continue reading

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