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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Chinese Yuan investment

Chinese Yuan (CNY) was in newspaper headlines in past few days. Singapore is fast becoming an important hub for offshore Chinese Yuan (CNH) after Hong Kong. Yuan deposits in Singapore grew 70% to about 200 billion yuan (approx. S$40 b) … Continue reading

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Chinese Yuan weakened in three weeks

One year ago on 7 March 2013, US dollar (USD) in relation to Chinese Yuan (CNY) was US$1 = 6.2132 CNY. Date USDCNY 7 Mar 2013 6.2132 15 Jan 2014 6.031 13 Feb 2014 6.052 4 Mar 2014 6.136 10 … Continue reading

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ROE of companies – 31 December 2013 year end

Return on equity (ROE) is a financial ratio which is hard to pin down. Try getting it from Reuters, Bloomberg, DBS Vickers and you will find different values for same companies depending on which source you are accessing. Not all … Continue reading

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