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Weekly market report: June 6, 2024
InsightJune 6, 2024

Weekly market report: June 6, 2024

Most of the major benchmarks closed lower over the holiday-shortened week but rounded out a month of gains. In contrast to much of the month, small-caps performed better than large-caps, and value stocks held up better than growth shares...

Weekly market report: May 29, 2024
InsightMay 29, 2024

Weekly market report: May 29, 2024

The major indexes recorded widely varying results over the week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average recording its biggest weekly loss (-2.33%) since early April...

Weekly market report: May 20, 2024
InsightMay 20, 2024

Weekly market report: May 20, 2024

During the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index, and Nasdaq Composite all reached all-time highs; the Dow, in particular, crossed the 40,000 mark for the first time...

Weekly Market Report: May 14, 2024
InsightMay 14, 2024

Weekly Market Report: May 14, 2024

The S&P 500 Index saw increases for a third week in a row as it got closer to its all-time high. The other main indices saw gains as well, with growth shares...

Weekly Market Report: April 30, 2024
InsightApril 30, 2024

Weekly Market Report: April 30, 2024

A run of three consecutive weeks of weekly losses for the S&P 500 Index and most other major benchmarks was broken by investors in response to the busiest week...

Weekly Market Report: April 23, 2024
InsightApril 23, 2024

Weekly Market Report: April 23, 2024

Stocks recorded their third consecutive week of broad losses, as concerns over tensions in the Middle East and the possibility of U.S. interest rates remaining “higher for longer”...

Weekly Market Report: April 16, 2024
InsightApril 16, 2024

Weekly Market Report: April 16, 2024

The major equity benchmarks retreated for the week amid heightened fears of conflict in the Middle East and some signs of persistent inflation...

How to invest $100?
BlogApril 3, 2024

How to invest $100?

Welcome aboard, beginner investor! Think of your initial $100 not as a mere drop in the financial ocean but as your ticket to the investment odyssey of a lifetime.

Weekly Market Report: April 1, 2024
InsightApril 1, 2024

Weekly Market Report: April 1, 2024

Most of the major indexes advanced over the shortened trading week to end a quarter of strong gains. The S&P 500 Index recorded new closing and intraday highs to end the week...

Weekly Market Report: March 27, 2024
InsightMarch 27, 2024

Weekly Market Report: March 27, 2024

Stocks moved higher for the week, pushing the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite to new records, as investors welcomed news that Federal Reserve policymakers were still anticipating...

Weekly Market Report: March 19, 2024
InsightMarch 19, 2024

Weekly Market Report: March 19, 2024

Stocks were mostly lower for the week, as investors weighed upside surprises in inflation data and signs of moderating consumer spending...

Investing in the S&P 500
BlogMarch 19, 2024

Investing in the S&P 500

Welcome aboard our financial galleon, as we chart a course through the tempestuous yet treasure-laden waters of the S&P 500.

Weekly Market Report: March 11, 2024
InsightMarch 11, 2024

Weekly Market Report: March 11, 2024

Growing hopes that the Federal Reserve might begin cutting interest rates sooner rather than later appeared to help bring the large-cap S&P 500 Index and S&P MidCap 400 Index ...

Understanding Wealth Taxes and Regulations
BlogMarch 4, 2024

Understanding Wealth Taxes and Regulations

In the realm of global finance, the sands are always shifting, and for the savvy investor or the curious expat, understanding the lay of the land...

Strategies for passive income
BlogFebruary 29, 2024

Strategies for passive income

Welcome to your friendly guide on building streams of passive income! If you're on a mission for financial freedom and looking to grow your wealth without the constant hustle, you've landed in the right place. Let's dive into seven fun and effective ways to make your money work for you, with some easy-to-follow steps to get you started.

Weekly Market Report: Asian Economy Prospects 2024
InsightFebruary 27, 2024

Weekly Market Report: Asian Economy Prospects 2024

Asian economies faced numerous challenges in 2023 – ranging from aggressive U.S. rate hikes to disappointing growth in China...

Weekly Market Report: Feb 20, 2024
InsightFebruary 20, 2024

Weekly Market Report: Feb 20, 2024

Benchmarks mixed as small-caps and value shares outperform. Some favorable earnings surprises balanced against discouraging inflation data left the major benchmarks mixed, with the S&P 500...

Weekly Market Report: Airports of Thailand company
InsightFebruary 13, 2024

Weekly Market Report: Airports of Thailand company

AOT reported 1QFY24 core profit of Bt4.6bn, +29% Q/Q , and ~10% below street estimate of ~Bt5.1bn. The miss largely resulted from higher-than-expected employee benefit expenses and D&A expenses...

Investment 101: A Comprehensive Guide
BlogFebruary 12, 2024

Investment 101: A Comprehensive Guide

In today's dynamic financial landscape, gaining a thorough understanding of stock investments and pension funds, including mechanisms like Singapore's Central Provident Fund (CPF), is essential for anyone looking to thrive in the global investment arena.

How to Retire at 40: A Comprehensive Guide
BlogFebruary 2, 2024

How to Retire at 40: A Comprehensive Guide

In today's dynamic world, the idea of retiring at the age of 40 is not merely a distant dream for many; it's an attainable goal. Achieving this goal necessitates a strategic approach to financial management, marked by disciplined saving, intelligent investing...

Weekly Global Market Insights: Jan 30, 2024
InsightJanuary 30, 2024

Weekly Global Market Insights: Jan 30, 2024

Stocks recorded another week of gains, bringing the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index to new all-time highs and marking the 12th weekly advance ...

Understanding and Calculating Investment Returns
BlogJanuary 25, 2024

Understanding and Calculating Investment Returns

Investing is vital for building wealth, combating inflation, and preserving the purchasing power of your savings...

Chinese Internet Stocks and Outlook for 2024
InsightJanuary 24, 2024

Chinese Internet Stocks and Outlook for 2024

In 2023, China Internet sector share prices were driven more by multiple de-rating than estimate revisions, given the fact that sector average stock return was -16%, on the back of an average 2024E PE multiple de-rating of 17%...

Global Markets Weekly Report
InsightJanuary 16, 2024

Global Markets Weekly Report

Stocks moved higher over the week, with large-cap growth stocks and the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index outperforming the broader market...

Indonesia Equity Outlook
InsightJanuary 9, 2024

Indonesia Equity Outlook

Indonesia equity markets outperformed the broader Asia and emerging market indices for three consecutive years over 2021-23, with the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) delivering a 7.5% return last year in USD terms thanks to strong FDI flow...

Thailand Equity Outlook
InsightDecember 26, 2023

Thailand Equity Outlook

Stocks continued their weekly winning streak—the longest since 2017—as investors appeared to grow more assured that the economy would skirt a recession in the coming months. The S&P 500 Index briefly moved within 84 basis points...

Weekly Market Report
InsightDecember 18, 2023

Weekly Market Report

Last week, the MSCI All Country World Index (MSCI ACWI) surged 2.6%. In the US, the S&P 500 Index closed 2.5% higher, recording its seventh consecutive week of gains – the longest streak for the S&P 500 since 2017...

Investing in Mutual Funds: Types and Advantages
BlogDecember 14, 2023

Investing in Mutual Funds: Types and Advantages

Investing wisely is crucial for long-term financial success, and mutual funds have emerged as a popular choice for both novice and experienced investors. If you're considering entering the world of mutual funds, understanding the different types and their advantages can be the key to making informed investment decisions...

Perspectives of Korean Equity Market
InsightDecember 11, 2023

Perspectives of Korean Equity Market

A late rally helped the major indexes end flat to modestly higher for the week. The small-cap Russell 2000 Index outperformed the S&P 500 Index for the third time in the past four weeks, helping narrow its significant underperformance for the year-to-date period. Growth stocks built modestly on their lead over value shares, however...

Macroeconomic Outlook of the UK
InsightDecember 4, 2023

Macroeconomic Outlook of the UK

Most of the major indexes ended higher for the week, with the S&P 500 Index and Nasdaq Composite rounding out on Thursday their best monthly gains (8.9% and 10.7%, respectively) since July 2020...

Investing in Bonds: An Overview
BlogNovember 27, 2023

Investing in Bonds: An Overview

Investing in bonds can be a cornerstone of a well-rounded investment strategy, offering a unique set of benefits that diversify and balance a portfolio...

 Turnaround Of China’s Property Sector?
InsightNovember 24, 2023

Turnaround Of China’s Property Sector?

For the fourth consecutive week, the global equities market continued to rise. The index finished higher (+0.97%) amid a shortened trading session as sentiment remained positive, driven by the consensus of the Fed pausing rate hikes in the next meeting on 12-13 December...

Gold To Shine?
InsightNovember 17, 2023

Gold To Shine?

The global equities markets continue to rally by surging 2.99% for the third consecutive week driven by weaker-than-expected CPI, PPI and rising jobless claims. The 10-year treasury yields briefly traded at 4.379%, the lowest since Sept, falling from...

Understanding Investment Risk
BlogNovember 10, 2023

Understanding Investment Risk

Investing is a dynamic and powerful way to build wealth, but it comes with a fundamental principle every investor should grasp, which is risk...

Expect Rally To Continue
InsightNovember 10, 2023

Expect Rally To Continue

The global equities markets continue to rise on the back of the Fed’s dovish pause, a better-than-expected earnings season and the intensification of the Israel-Hamas war did not materialize...

The Return Of Semiconductor Growth
InsightNovember 3, 2023

The Return Of Semiconductor Growth

The global equities market recovered strongly following a “dovish pause” by the Feds, slower-than-expected job growth (150k vs estimates of 170k), and this earnings season brought more surprises than disappointment...

The Role of Investing in Creating a Secure Future
BlogOctober 31, 2023

The Role of Investing in Creating a Secure Future

In today's dynamic and ever-evolving economic landscape, the importance of investing money cannot be overstated. Investing is not just a matter of growing wealth; it's a strategic approach to securing your financial future, achieving long-term goals, and navigating the inevitable fluctuations of the economy.

EM Bonds Are Attractive
InsightOctober 27, 2023

EM Bonds Are Attractive

The global equities markets fell by 1.95%, the second consecutive week of decline. The decline is attributed to downside earnings surprises (Alphabet and TSLA) and the risk of the Israel-Hamas war intensifying...

Navigating the Path to Financial Literacy
BlogOctober 24, 2023

Navigating the Path to Financial Literacy

A lack of financial knowledge in today’s economic climate can precipitate severe consequences. Firstly, it can make one susceptible to scams and fraudulent activities. Secondly...

Bond Yields Continue Rise
InsightOctober 20, 2023

Bond Yields Continue Rise

Spiking rates continued to punish long-duration equities despite generally better-than-expected earnings results this season thus far. The global equities market fell sharply by 2.49% caused by the rise of a 10-year yield past the 5% level, the first time since 2007...

Investments: Types, Forms, and Objectives
BlogOctober 18, 2023

Investments: Types, Forms, and Objectives

To accumulate, grow, and secure one's future – these are goals pursued by practically everyone today. But how can one do this most effectively?

Data Suggests Another Hike
InsightOctober 13, 2023

Data Suggests Another Hike

The global equities markets managed gains for the week from dovish comments from the Fed, despite losses in the latter part of the week stemming from pressures of higher oil prices and...

10-Year Yield At A High
InsightOctober 6, 2023

10-Year Yield At A High

The global equities markets fell by 0.39%, a third week of decline, as the 10-year yield hit a 16-year high (4.8-4.9%) amid hotter-than-expected non-farm payrolls despite softer ADP employment and...

Oil Surge
InsightSeptember 29, 2023

Oil Surge

The global equity markets continued to decline on concerns that oil prices have surged by around 30% over the past three months, increasing concern about...

Hawkish Pause
InsightSeptember 22, 2023

Hawkish Pause

The Global Equities Markets fell sharply (-2.65%) after the Fed announced a hawkish pause leading to investors having to digest corporate and macro cross currents...

How to Start Investing
BlogSeptember 20, 2023

How to Start Investing

Investing is a powerful tool that can help you build wealth, achieve financial goals, and secure your future. While it may seem daunting at first...

Central Bank Dilemma
InsightSeptember 15, 2023

Central Bank Dilemma

The Global Equity Index traded with cautious optimism ahead of the Central Bank Meetings by rebounding 0.29% this week led by...

Apple A Day!
InsightSeptember 8, 2023

Apple A Day!

The global equity markets declined by 1.31% due to surging oil prices (+1.7% for the week) and mixed economic data dampening...

Efforts To Save China’s Property Developers
InsightSeptember 1, 2023

Efforts To Save China’s Property Developers

The global equity market continues to recover from the initial sell-off/correction in the first 2 weeks of August on the back...

How to Choose the Right Investment Company
BlogAugust 31, 2023

How to Choose the Right Investment Company

Investing your hard-earned money can be both exciting and intimidating. Whether you are a seasoned investor looking to diversify...

Rates To Stay Higher For Longer
InsightAugust 25, 2023

Rates To Stay Higher For Longer

Markets rallied into the close on Friday after positive implications of a strong US economy, despite calls for data monitoring...

China’s Economic Woes Is Contagious
InsightAugust 18, 2023

China’s Economic Woes Is Contagious

The global equities market experienced its worst week of performance since Oct 2022 (-2.62%) as concerns over higher global interest rates...

Weakness In Markets Continue
InsightAugust 11, 2023

Weakness In Markets Continue

For the consecutive second week, the global equity market sustained a decline, propelled by a complex interplay of data signals emanating from the US producer price index (PPI)...

A Shallow Market Correction Expected
InsightAugust 4, 2023

A Shallow Market Correction Expected

The global equity market started off August sharply lower due to Fitch downgrading the US’s debt rating and soft economic data from China.

All About The Data
InsightJuly 28, 2023

All About The Data

The global equity markets were higher for the week ending 28 July led by stocks in China after Beijing promised to take steps to bolster domestic demand, and expectations of the US interest rate peaking soon.

The US Market Continues Upward Trend
InsightJuly 21, 2023

The US Market Continues Upward Trend

The global equity market rose by a mere 0.19% for the week ending 21 July 2023 led by MXUS rising by 0.70%.

China Blowing Up Again
InsightJuly 14, 2023

China Blowing Up Again

The global equity market continues to rally on the back of a softening labour market, and lower CPI for June while the Chinese market rebounded strongly on improving policy-easing expectations despite poor economic data.

Earnings Season Concerns
InsightJuly 7, 2023

Earnings Season Concerns

The global equity market tumbled by 1.31% on cooling growth signals, concerns about the upcoming earnings season, and geopolitical tension between US and China.

Strength In Developed Markets To Continue
InsightJuly 4, 2023

Strength In Developed Markets To Continue

The global equity market continues to rally after last week’s breather as the Fed has temporarily paused its rate hike, inflation is moderating, and US data pointing towards a better economy than expected.

Market Decline Most Since March
InsightJune 26, 2023

Market Decline Most Since March

The global equities market fell the most in a week since March due to central banks indicating that interest rates will move higher as well as fears of inflation and recession.

All About Interest Rate
InsightJune 16, 2023

All About Interest Rate

The global equities market surged by 2.73% this week on the back of the US Fed pausing its interest rate hike cycle

China and US Markets Trend Higher
InsightJune 9, 2023

China and US Markets Trend Higher

The global equity market continued to rise on the back of the successful negotiations and approval to raise the US debt ceiling

Markets Recovered But Sustainable?
InsightJune 2, 2023

Markets Recovered But Sustainable?

Global markets turned positive in the latter part of this week driven by fading expectations of a debt crisis and a stronger-than-expected US job market.

China Market Got Hit Again
InsightMay 31, 2023

China Market Got Hit Again

In the latter part of the week, 25-26 May, global markets recouped most of their losses earlier in the week

Data Favours The US Over China
InsightMay 24, 2023

Data Favours The US Over China

Global markets declined on the back of rising geopolitical risk, concerns over the US debt ceiling, and Chinese data coming out weaker than expected despite better-than-expected corporate results in the US and Europe.

Final Rate Hike?
InsightMay 16, 2023

Final Rate Hike?

A data-driven week that kept the market fretting till Friday when the non-farm payroll and unemployment were released surprised the market.

Risk on trade again
InsightMay 5, 2023

Risk on trade again

Risk appetite returned to markets aided by some weak US data that supported expectations the Fed might soon call it a day on their rate hikes.

Waiting For Clues
InsightMay 2, 2023

Waiting For Clues

Global markets traded in a narrow band for the week as it waits for cues from this current reporting season as well as guidance and decision on interest rate by Fed

Unlocking value
InsightApril 11, 2023

Unlocking value

Global markets continued to be volatile but managed gains for the week on the back of 1) banking crisis fear...

Banking crisis?
InsightMarch 10, 2023

Banking crisis?

The new liquidity measures from the Federal Reserve and the announcement that both SVB and Signature's depositors will be made whole looks to have shielded the banking industry from further contagion risk.

Don't fret
InsightMarch 3, 2023

Don't fret

After a month of correction when investors started to fret and de-risk, good news surfaced and drove the global markets higher.

Mixed week
InsightFebruary 10, 2023

Mixed week

A volatile week for global markets on concern of interest rates remaining higher for longer stemming from a stubbornly high non-farm payroll and strong job growth

China Growing While US Is Slowing!
InsightJanuary 27, 2023

China Growing While US Is Slowing!

Markets trended higher this week fluctuating on the back of results announcement this week and waiting for Fed announcement on interest rates

Has Tesla Lost Its Electrifying Performances?
InsightJanuary 18, 2023

Has Tesla Lost Its Electrifying Performances?

The selloff came after Tesla missed market expectations for 4Q deliveries despite shipping a record number of vehicles. Share price of Tesla had already declined by 65%.

Recession Fear Heightens!
InsightJanuary 13, 2023

Recession Fear Heightens!

Market rallied this week on the back of China reopening and US inflation receding

Damn If I Do, Damn If I Don’t
InsightJanuary 10, 2023

Damn If I Do, Damn If I Don’t

In a relatively quiet and short week, news flow is typically very light as investors take stock of the year that was ravaged by multiple headwinds.

Fear of recession
InsightDecember 30, 2022

Fear of recession

Fears of a recession continue to hamper the market following the Fed, ECB and BOE citing that rate will continue to trend higher to fight the stubbornly high inflation across the globe.

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