The stock markets have not been easy for investors since the beginning of the year. Stocks had their worst first half-year run in 52 years given the fears of the Russia-Ukraine war, high oil prices, the never-ending pandemic, as well as inflation and recession worries. The stock market volatilities were constantly at a high level […]
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When it comes to money, people like to act with a herd mentality. We tend to follow what we read, whatever is reported. But did you ever take a pause to understand the relationships between inflation, recession, interest rate hikes, and monetary policy tightening? Just 2 days ago ( July 27), The Federal Reserve raised […]
In my previous article, I explained why you should take a step back when you are bombarded by doomsayers’ claims that high inflation will cause the “biggest recession in history”. Most people do not understand that inflation is not the root cause of the recession. Rather, inflation is a man-made tool to be used as […]
The two dirty words, inflation and recession, are everywhere. Even if you are not into investing or finance, you can’t help but see them all over the news headlines, financial blogs and YouTube channels. It is as if the world is moving toward an inevitably doomed economy, and everybody is going to become poorer. I […]
If the year were to end today, 2022 would rank as the 7th worst calendar year return for the stock market since the Great Depression. Despite there is still plenty of time left before the year is over, there’s no denying that this has been a terrible year in the stock market to date, especially […]
If you have followed me for a long time, you know I was one of the early adopters to advocate using REITs as an Income Generating Asset for retirement. I have written an article to explain how REIT investing works and over the years, more and more people started investing in Singapore REITs (S-REIT). But REIT […]
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Are we drawing down the national reserves too fast? With President Halimah’s assent, Singapore is withdrawing another eye-popping $31 billion from its reserves to fund Covid-19 support packages, you may justifiably wonder: “Is there a limit to this?” By now, Singapore has used close to $100 billion …
As unfortunate as it is, Russia has decided to attack Ukraine. While it seems to be a geographic conflict, it is actually a financial war in disguise. As I have explained in this article, there is an invisible financial hand behind most of the geo-conflicts, and the Russia-Ukraine war is no …
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 …
I wrote an article in 2019 when Astrea V was launched, I was not thrilled with PE bond offering such a low yield of 3.8% back then. But since the pandemic last year, the broad market interest rate has dropped to an even more ridiculous level. So PE-Backed Astrea Bond does appeal to some investors …
The stock market is finally moving at its full speed towards an epic bubble. The signs are obvious: extreme valuation, explosive price increases, and investor’s hysterical behaviors to chase returns. But the challenge for any investor is not to spot the bubble, but rather to avoid the pains …
The fear of the Wuhan virus is real, but sometimes emotions tend to cloud our judgements. I received several calls from anxious clients asking if the stock market is going to collapse and if the doomsday is coming. What is the real impact of world epidemics on the stock market? Should you …
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