Singapore Airlines’ (SIA), whose business was greatly affected by the global pandemic, is issuing its first US dollar bond today. SIA, whose biggest investor is Temasek, had in the past only carried out debt deals in Singapore dollars rather than US dollars. They have issued US$2.77 billion (S$3.7 billion) in five bond issuances in the […]
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Do you want to pay less income tax and save more for the future? If so, you should pay some attention to the Supplementary Retirement Scheme (a.k.a. SRS). Unlike the popular CPF retirement scheme, many people have not even heard of SRS. In this article, I will explain What is SRS and what are the […]
Should you invest in the stocks of China’s biggest technology companies? The answer is a definite yes to me. But how you invest in China is the tricky part, especially the technology sector. Many clients and readers asked me about Lion Global’s new ETF, Lion-OCBC Securities Hang Seng TECH ETF. Is this a good investment […]
The Central Provident Fund Board (CPFB) announced on 2 October 2020 that, from 1 April 2021, CPF members under the Dependants’ Protection Scheme (DPS) will enjoy a higher sum assured of $70,000 at more attractive premiums. The scheme will also cover members up to age 65. Currently, the sum assured is $46,000 and DPS coverage is […]
In September, Aviva and Singlife have announced that they are merging into one company. For funding the purchase consideration of acquisition and capital adequacy purposes, they have issued a new bond today. This should attract strong interest. Below are the technical details of the bond. The Issuer The bond issuer, ASH, is the holding company […]
Exactly one year ago, I titled “Income to Growth rotation” for my GMC Nov 2019 updates. True enough, growth stocks had a spectacular run in the past year, led by technology sectors. The market valuation is near dot com bubble level. Is it a time for a change now? In my last month’s update, I […]
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For a very long time, Singaporeans were deprived of investing in good financial products. Bond has always been the cornerstone of financial institutions and high net worth individuals' investment portfolio. However, most bonds in Singapore had a high entry barrier such as $250,000 which makes it …
ETF Investing is one of the most misunderstood investment strategies. It was created with good intentions but was misused by many people to sell their products and services. At the surface level, they give you some investment advice that seemed to make sense. The typical pitch goes like these: …
When it comes to retirement planning, you cannot ignore the Central Provident Fund (CPF). CPF is the default retirement solution for every Singaporean. Most people have some vague ideas about the system, but few people bother to dive deeper. A lot of people feel that since they have no authority …
If you were to look only at the stock market and nothing else, you’d probably have no clue that millions of people just lost their jobs, hundreds of global companies are filing bankruptcies and yes, we are still in a global coronavirus pandemic. Why do the stock markets ignore all the bad news? …
The global stock market has just had an amazing rally in April despite a looming recession ahead. Do you feel puzzled and frustrated by this? Did you sell your stocks in March or were you waiting on the sidelines? The further we get into this global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the …
I always have my reservation of investing bonds using a Bond ETF. The bond market is a big boys game, it is dominated by large financial institutional players, which means retail investors like you and I have nearly no "edge" when playing the same game. When Astrea IV bond was launched last …
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