SINGAPORE (July 16): Just the day before The Edge Singa-pore’s 2018 mid-year invest-ment forum took place on the morning of July 7, local property and banking stocks saw a bloodbath. This came after the government made a late July 5 announcement of additional property cooling measures, which became effective the very next day. As a result, the Straits Times Index, which comprised largely property and banking constituents, plunged 2% to close at a 12-month low of 3,191.82 points on July 6. The STI has since rebounded 1.9% to 3,253.01 points on July 12, but it is down 4.4% year-to-date.
In a way, the market volatility provided the perfect backdrop for investors to hear from experts what lies ahead. About 200 readers of The Edge Singapore turned up at the ballroom of Hotel Jen Tanglin for tips on how to position their portfolios in a time of volatility.
The speakers were A J Kahling, senior manager of trader education and market strategy at brokerage firm TD Ameritrade; Terence Wong, CEO of asset management firm Azure Capital; Song Seng Wun, economist at CIMB Private Banking; and Havard Chi, head of research and director at asset management firm Quarz Capital Asia. They shared investment strategies and stock picks, and put into perspective the risks arising from an escalating trade war between the US and China.