Monthly Archives: March 2014

Monthly amount to save before retirement

Back in 28 January 2011, I wrote a blog “How much is enough for retirement?”. In it, I used annuity to work out the lump sum to set aside at retirement in order to receive a constant stream of cash … Continue reading

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Singapore STI close to level at start of 2014

Since last Friday, the Straits Times Index (STI) had risen in five sessions: 20 Mar           3057.20 21 Mar           3073.39 24 Mar           3111.83 25 Mar           3104.17 26 Mar           3143.32 27 Mar           3162.46 For five sessions, the STI rose 3.44%. It … Continue reading

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Singapore STI jumped 1.25% today

Since last Friday, the Straits Times Index (STI) rose for the second time today and it was a good 1.25% jump in a single day today. The STI touched 3,111.83 points. At this level, it is still below 3,167.43 at … Continue reading

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Living Well, Leaving Well. Understanding Palliative Care.

I attended the public symposium “Living Well, Leaving Well, Understanding Palliative Care” by two distinguished speakers: Dr Suresh Reddy and Dr Jan Aldridge on a Saturday 22 March 2014. Dr Suresh presented ‘Key Decisions in Palliative Care’ and Dr Jan … Continue reading

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International Day of Happiness – 20 March 2014

This Thursday is designated by UN as the International Day of Happiness. Even if it is for a day of observance, we should not end there and instead embrace happiness as much as we can. What is happiness for me? … Continue reading

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Stock market indices since 2009

When the global financial crisis hit in 2008/2009, global stock markets took a beating and were at their lows. I have data of some stock indices as at 2 March 2009. Five years later, the stock indices are compared to … Continue reading

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“The Girl Who Played with Fire, Millennium II” by Stieg Larsson – A book review

If not for the Time magazine’s article on “12 all-time great summer reads”, I would not have known about this fiction. This is the second book of the Millennium trilogy written by the author who passed away after delivering the … Continue reading

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