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 […]
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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 […]
It never feels good when we are in this kind of market, it is hard to find any optimistic news. From interest rate hikes to inflation fear, from Russia Ukraine tension to global recession. The financial market is upside-down and many cracks are spreading. How should you position your investment to protect your downside and […]
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 different. If you are […]
Russia-Ukraine tension is all over the news headlines recently, and it is only natural to ask if war is really looming? And how will it affect the financial market and our lives? I always say that you can’t invest successfully if you don’t understand history, and you won’t understand history if you don’t understand finance. […]
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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 …
Real Estate Investment Trust, a.k.a. REIT, is a popular income-generating investment nowadays. It is also one of the 5 core Income Generating Assets that I recommend for retirement planning. But the risks of investing in REITs are not well understood. In the course of my work, I realize many …
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 …
The financial markets have turned upside down in the past one and a half years due to the global pandemic and government lockdowns. It’s interesting to see that people arrive at vastly different conclusions from the same financial event. While some people have made a fortune beyond their wildest …
The biggest worry in the financial market now is not the US tapering or China tech crackdown, but the possibility of default of China Evergrande Group (中国恒大集团). The report of China Evergrande's situation is on the news every day, but many Singapore investors are not even familiar with the name. This …
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 …
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