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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De-listing shares hurt minority shareholders

In recent times, many well-known companies were de-listed or on way to de-listing from the Singapore Exchange (SGX). Each time when a counter is de-listed, the offer price for de-listing is lower than the highest price ever achieved by the … Continue reading

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2016 Quarter 2 Financial Results (Final)

Companies were reporting their quarterly financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2016. The following table provides information on net profit attributable to shareholders for the quarter and year-on-year change between 2016 against 2015. Dividend column shows dividend declared … Continue reading

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“Dying to Be Me” by Anita Moorjani – Thoughts on the book

Anita Moorjani wrote her experience on her journey from cancer to near death and to true healing. It was her near-death experience (NDE) that caught my interest and when she woke up from coma at end-stage of cancer and went … Continue reading

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