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3 defensive plays to tide investors over a volatile 2019: RHB

SINGAPORE (Jan 23): RHB Research has an “overweight” rating on banks for the sector’s strong growth and high yields; the consumer and industrial space as defensive sector picks; as well as REITs that are beneficiaries of improving economic activity, and/or with strong balance sheets.

Don't let your investing guard down in 2019, says RHB

SINGAPORE (Dec 26): RHB Research is targeting 3,300 for the Straits Times Index (STI) by end-2019 and advises investors to remain defensive amid anticipated volatility in the year ahead – by focusing on buying stocks that offer stable earnings, strong balance sheets and sustainable dividends.

The research house’s caution comes despite inexpensive overall market valuations, in the research house’s view, with the STI trading at 12.7 times its one-year forward P/E at the -1SD band as at the close of Dec 13.

How events like Huawei CFO's arrest affect financial markets

SINGAPORE (Dec 14): By mid-2018, it was shaping up to be the most volatile year for global markets since 2008.

Company share prices have fluctuated in the wake of news flow that was not even strictly corporate; geopolitical-risk events have prompted investors to reassess the value of their holdings. 

On the other hand, corporate events have also turned political: Huawei Technologies’ expansion plans are apparently not sitting well with Western governments, and there seem to have been tit-for-tat arrests between China and Canada.

5 defensive S-REITs to consider as hospitality industry outlook clouds

SINGAPORE (July 31): OCBC Investment Research is maintaining “neutral” on Singapore REITs (S-REITs) with a weaker outlook for the hospitality sub-sector, which has prompted a pushback in expectations for a pick-up in Singapore hotel RevPAR this year to early 2019.

In a Tuesday report, lead analyst Andy Wong says he finds hospitality REITs less attractive than before in terms of valuations, given the relatively muted DPU growth outlook for 2H18 as well as the rising interest rate environment.

Growth concerns, risks heightening, but investors should keep a clear head

SINGAPORE (July 16): The escalating, multi-front trade war between the US and major economies, particularly China, is casting a shadow on the global economic growth outlook. Coupled with rising interest rates and growing concerns that the longest US bull market in history might be on its last legs, investors could be starting to worry. In Singapore, the Straits Times Index has erased the gains it made earlier this year, falling back below the 3,300 mark.

Singapore added to Credit Suisse's preferred markets as 'the place to be' for equity investors

SINGAPORE (July 10): Credit Suisse says the Singapore market is the “place to be” for investors given it is trading at favourable valuations, offers a blend of cyclical exposure and is a beneficiary of higher interest rates.

At present, the Singapore market has a 12-month forward P/E ratio of 12.4 times which is below the 10-year average of 13.3 times, thanks to the recent pullback.

“Rising interest rates and higher oil prices are driving a rebound in earnings growth (15% in 2018),” notes Credit Suisse in a media statement on Monday.

Passive investors beware

SINGAPORE (June 4): Investors should be aware of the risks when it comes to investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and notes (ETNs), especially those that track derivative products, say industry experts.

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Old Wall Street strategies are now hugely profitable in China

HONG KONG (Apr 18): Stock pickers may have to reconsider the way they think about China.

Dismissed by many as a casino after its wild boom and bust in 2015, the country’s US$7.6 trillion equity market has quietly turned into a place where fundamentals matter. Chinese shares with the most attractive dividends, profit revisions and earnings yields -- metrics used by Wall Street pros for decades -- have trounced the nation’s benchmark index by as much as percentage points over the past three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Global portfolio up 6.8% in one month, outpacing the index

SINGAPORE (Jan 22): My Global Portfolio is exactly one month old this week. Total portfolio value is up 6.8% to US$534,186, outpacing the MSCI World index gains over this period. In fact, it has outperformed the benchmark index in three of the past four weeks. Seven out of our nine stocks are making profits. We will write on our conviction for the laggards, Facebook and Walt Disney Co, in the coming weeks.

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