Monthly Archives: August 2016

Raising kids to excel in academic pursuits

I long suspected that parents’ academic background and home environment had a link with how their kids would perform in schools. This is not based on research-based proof but more of anecdotal evidence of what I am going to say. … Continue reading

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Retail Bonds and Retail Preference Shares not doing well

In the first half of this year, 4 bonds and preference shares were lodged with MAS. For the whole of last year, the number was 4. Only 1 in year 2014. None in 2013. The table below shows the list … Continue reading

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All things impermanent, staying in the moment

At the start of this week, former President S R Nathan passed away at age of 92. In mid-week, two earthquakes hit parts of Italy and Myanmar separately. One devastated residential areas when people were still sleeping with many deaths. … Continue reading

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There was this connection with S R Nathan.

Like most Singaporeans, I did not get up close to Former President S R Nathan. I did not get invited to Istana to meet him. I am one of the many millions who only knew him from media reports of … Continue reading

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Calculating actual dividend yield on each security bought

Investment in counters listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (shares, REITS, and fixed income) had declined. These securities still offer dividends or coupons each year. It would be informative to know what is the ACTUAL dividend yield based on cost … Continue reading

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Consumer spending drives economic growth – we can do our part

Singapore is going to slow down in economic growth this year. Economy is forecast to grow between 1% to 2%. If consumers decide to tighten their wallets, this will hurt the economy even further. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) can … Continue reading

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Joseph Schooling and Feng Tianwei are athletes doing honours

My heart was full of pride when Joseph Schooling won the Olympic Gold in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio. Joseph Schooling became Singapore’s first gold medalist in the Olympics. The elation was soon deflated as I watched Feng Tianwei … Continue reading

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