In this country, there is a fetish with owning real estate — the bigger the better. Fledgling young couples entering the market for the first time in their lives are greeted with a cacophony of voices, urging them to buy the most expensive they can afford.

Some of these voices…

This year marks the bicentennial (2 centuries) year of Singapore’s founding. We have a lot to be grateful for. Compared to most parts of the world, this little red dot is an oasis of calm.

Today’s world is troubled. Central bankers are racing to the bottom in compressing their interest…

Culture — The X-Factor

The late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew believed that culture was the X-factor which helped a nation to succeed. In the book “Lee Kuan Yew — The Man and His Ideas”, he wonders why some people, or societies, were more pre-disposed to success than others.



On 28 Jun 2019, Hupsteel called for a trading halt. Listed companies typically call for trading halts preceding some major announcement, which could have a material impact on the share price. What did Hupsteel call the trading halt for?

A month ago, an investment firm from the UK started…

Fight Club

Recently I find myself struggling to keep my mind in check. Before I got into business, I’ve set a rule for myself: Don’t do anything that doesn’t allow me to sleep well at night.

For some nights now, I’ve been tossing and turning for hours before I doze off into…

“Marc: “Do you know the best thing about startups?”

Ben: “What?”

Marc: “You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances them both.”

― Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers


We have embraced the 21st century by entering such cutting-edge industries as brick, carpet, insulation and paint. Try to control your excitement.
— Warren Buffett, 1969.

There are a few gems on the SGX. They can come from a range of industries. There are the cyclical ones which were caught…

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