Monthly Archives: May 2014

Returns on CPF Funds

There is much discussion on CPF recently after the Singapore President’s Address to the 12th Parliament. One question raised by some people was whether CPF money is safe? For this, the official response is in the following MOF’s web-page: reading

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“The Hen who dreamed she could fly” by Sun-Mi Hwang – A book review

Author is S. Korean and her work is in Korean language. Translation into English language is by Chi-Young Kim. Beautiful illustrations is by Nomoco who is a Japanese designer and illustrator. This work is a fable based on animals as … Continue reading

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Revamp of Singapore Bus Services Operating Framework – Impact on share prices

Now that Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the new operating framework of Singapore bus services come 2016, we know why there was so much interest in the shares of SMRT, SBS Transit and Comfort Delgro in recent days. When … Continue reading

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

Annual growth rates for Singapore real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are mapped to the Straits Times Index (STI) at the end of each year. This table is updated with new real GDP growth rates as a result of change in … Continue reading

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Comparison of StarHub, M1 and Singtel – Full year results FY2013/14

StarHub and M1 released their full year results ended 31 December 2013. Singapore Telecom (Singtel) has a different year-end, ended 31 March 2014. Its full results are compared with StarHub and M1. The table below shows comparisons using some key … Continue reading

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Latest annual dividends of companies (FY 2013)

Most companies have 31 December as their financial year ends. Few companies have 31 March as their financial year ends. Singapore Press Holdings’ year end is 31 August. SGX has 30 June as its financial year end. The latest annual … Continue reading

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“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien – A Book Review

Though “The Hobbit” was a classic, first published in 1937, I took no interest. After two films and much publicity surrounding this book (2012 and 2013), I decided to read the book. The adventure by Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, was … Continue reading

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Commentary of ActiveSG’s $100 credit

Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for MCCY, launched the national sports movement ActiveSG on 26 April 2014. He also announced that every Singaporean and permanent resident can get $100 credit to use for admission to swimming complexes, gyms; payment of programmes … Continue reading

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First quarter 2014 results (Part 4)

Companies were reporting their financial results for the last quarter covering 1 January to 31 March 2014 (First Quarter 2014). 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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Live life and not sweat over money

What is money? Money is used for transactions, to pay for bills, pay for meals, pay for transport and other living expenses. The more you have the more you can exchange them for goods and services, e.g. travelling on a … Continue reading

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