SINGAPORE (July 30): It is important to have conviction in investing. Stock markets are very much driven by sentiment and emotion. This is underscored by the roller-coaster ride we have experienced for the better part of this year. 

Markets are faced with a growing list of uncertainties, not least because of the difficulty in assessing and quantifying the potential damage from a trade war or geopolitical flare-ups. And when investors are uncertain, they tend to err on the side of caution.

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