Singapore has been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for over a year now and several new trends have risen in the market amid the “new norms”. In RHB Securities Singapore’s 20 Jewels 2021 Edition, the research house notes that while Covid-19 caused a steep correction in global markets, especially in 2020, it also presented several opportunities in the small-mid-cap space.

While there is recent news of spikes in cases and reports of new virus variants in countries like India, the global markets are enjoying a strong rebound as vaccination programmes widen.

Overall, the companies featured this year have market capitalisation ranging from as small as $70 million to just over $3 billion, and are from six different industry segments, with largest representations coming from the technology and manufacturing, consumer and property/REITs sectors. The selection of these “jewels” takes into consideration factors including the companies’ liquidity spread and size, managements’ track record, industry fundamentals, earnings growth potential, the long-term sustainability of the industry and their commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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