2017 is shaping up as a volatile year for markets

HONG KONG (Jan 27): The world's most famous measure of volatility in financial markets is flashing a sign akin to boredom — languishing around levels that prevailed before the global crisis.

Problem is, the VIX is tied to the US S&P 500 index. Take a step back to look at the global picture, and the early days of 2017 are showing elevated jumpiness similar to that seen in the past two years. 

HSBC goes off the beaten track with its equity ideas for 2017

SINGAPORE (Jan 9): HSBC Global Research is advocating investors adopt a bottom-up approach to investing in Asian stocks and sectors this year.

In its latest Equity Strategy Asia report released on Friday, the research house has identified several investing ideas based on the following themes:

The most popular investor picks for Emerging Markets in 2017

(Jan 3): These are some clear favourites among investors for 2017. All things Russian and Indian are popular, as are Brazilian corporate bonds and Mexico’s cheap peso.

The top calls for this year are centered on markets where the political climate is improving and assets are less vulnerable to external shocks arising from higher US borrowing costs and President-elect Donald Trump’s policy announcements.


China fault lines: Where economic turbulence could erupt in 2017

BEIJING (Dec 29): China’s balancing act isn’t getting any easier.

Policy makers are grappling with how to attack excessive borrowing and rein in soaring property prices while maintaining rapid growth. They’re also battling yuan depreciation and capital outflow pressures as US interest rates rise, while on the horizon looms the risk of confrontation with America’s President-elect Donald Trump on trade and Taiwan.

5 domestic issues that could affect growth next year

SINGAPORE (Dec 28): Here are five major domestic events that could affect the local economy in the coming year, according to DBS Group Research.

• Green shoots of recovery
DBS’ economists are expecting to see the early signs of a recovery in 2017, and have forecast GDP growth of 1.3% for FY17, compared with the 1.2% growth in FY16, and a move towards the 2% levels of FY15. The Straits Times Index’s earnings per share is also expected to grow by 8.7%, compared with the contraction of 7.6% in 2016.

5 external factors that could make or break the Singapore market in the year ahead

SINGAPORE (Dec 27): The Singapore market faces several challenges in the year ahead, many of which are upcoming world events whose outcomes are beyond the predictive scope of analysts and economists.

In its Market Focus 2017 Outlook report this month, DBS Research presents various external factors which are likely to stand in the way of the city state’s progress as a financial hub – or vice versa.

GIC appoints Lim Chow Kiat as new CEO from 2017

GIC new CEO Lim Chow Kiat

SINGAPORE (Nov 21): GIC has appointed Lim Chow Kiat as its new chief executive officer with effect from January. Lim is GIC’s current deputy group president and group chief investment officer.

GIC’s current group president Lim Siong Guan retires from his position at the same time, and will be appointed as advisor to the GIC group executive committee from January as well.

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