Amid the slow pace of IPOs, the lure of private-equity funding, and a string of corporate scandals, it might seem like the local stock market has seen better days. Our distinguished roundtable panellists do not entirely share that perspective, but they do see some big challenges ahead.

SINGAPORE (Nov 26): The health and vibrancy of the local stock market has always been close to the hearts of everyone at The Edge Singapore. Our reporting on the corporate sector has traditionally been done from the perspective of stock market investors.

“Unfortunately, it seems like the local market isn’t the way it used to be,” says Ben Paul, editor-at-large of the newspaper, as he kicked off a roundtable discussion, The Future of the Local Stock Market, held on Nov 13. “I’m not just talking about the level of stock prices, or even the trading volumes in the market. I’m talking about the general interest that people seem to have in the market. It’s not quite the way it used to be as in the 1990s and early 2000s.”

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