Category Archives: Financial Management

Wuhan Virus Impacts Equity Markets

The S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Index each lost 1.57% overnight. The Straits Times Index (STI) lost 1.81% today! Now the STI is below last year’s closing by 1.3%! See table below. Stock Indices 31-Dec-19 28-Jan-20 YTD Change … Continue reading

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Unforeseen event that affects markets – Wuhan Virus Outbreak

Once in while, an unforeseen event would rattle the stock markets. It was SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus back in 2003. When we thought the stock markets were going to have a good run towards the end of last … Continue reading

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FOMO in Investing

In investing psychology, fear of missing out (FOMO) is common. Look at the US stock market. The three stock indices are hitting new highs for the past year. Are you gaining from investing in the US? Or are you like … Continue reading

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Make your cash works harder

Chinese New Year (CNY) is round the corner. It is usually this time of the year that some banks are offering promotions for your cash. Two local banks I know of are rolling out CNY goodies for your cash. OCBC … Continue reading

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Sold off Nikko AM Shenton Short Term Bonds (S$)

I took the decision to sell off my holdings in Nikko AM Shenton Short Term Bonds (S$) recently. The price of this bonds unit trust had risen about 21% over my cost of purchase. I took profit from this gain. … Continue reading

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Insights into the Performance of World Equity Indices – 2019

All major stock indices advanced in 2019. Stock Indices 31-Dec-18 31-Dec-19 Change (%) Nasdaq (USA) 6,635.28 8,972.60 35.2% S&P 500 (USA) 2,506.85 3,230.78 28.9% CAC 40 (France) 4,730.69 5,978.06 26.4% Germany DAX 10,558.96 13,249.01 25.5% Dow Jones (USA) 23,327.46 28,538.44 … Continue reading

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STI movement in 2019

The Straits Times Index (STI) was moving up and down like a yoyo in 2019. End of Month STI Change over previous month Dip from high happening in the month Start 2019 3,068.76     January 3,190.17 3.96% Dip February … Continue reading

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