Category Archives: Financial Management

Astrea IV PE Bond Alloted to All Valid Applicants

If you have applied for the public tranche of Astrea IV PE bond (Class A-1), you would have been allocated some units, if not all, of the bonds. I had been lamenting that applicants of past initial public offerings (IPO) … Continue reading

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Two bonds open for subscriptions – Astrea IV Bond and Singapore Savings Bonds (GX18070N)

Astrea IV PE Bond Astrea IV private equity bond issued by Astrea IV Pte Ltd has a coupon rate (interest) of 4.35% per annum up to 5 years non-call period. It has maturity of 10 years if the bond is … Continue reading

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Horrible month in May 2018

The month of May had been a month to watch. It is a month when first quarter financial results were already released to the public. Final dividends are being paid by companies with 31 December year-end. The stock markets then … Continue reading

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Knowing the China Stock Market – Shanghai Composite Index

Looking historically at the Shanghai Composite Index since the time when the Global Financial Crisis struck in 2007-2009, the index was once very high at 5,272.00 points by the end of 2007. It came down sharply to 2,093.00 points on … Continue reading

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Not Active in Investing

42% of my portfolio remained un-invested. Since January 2018, I decided to take a back seat and watch the financial markets by the side. Looking at the volatility of the markets in the first quarter, I am glad that I … Continue reading

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Shocking: Petrol Bill shot up

My petrol bill shot up to $85.56 (after discount) this morning. I am used to pay on average $70 for each pump to full tank. This is a 22% jump based on my consumption and refilling pattern. There is a … Continue reading

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Interest rates not going up fast enough for Singapore Savings Bonds

Singapore Savings Bonds (SSB) was introduced to the financial markets in 2015 with much fanfare. It was created specially by MAS to provide better risk returns to improve retirement investments. The average interest rate (when held to maturity) started very … Continue reading

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