Looking For Investing Gems In Quiet Markets

It has not exactly been a barrel of laughs on the Singapore market this year. Or has it?

At the start of the year, the Straits Times Index opened at 3,174 points. Some investors had probably hoped that the benchmark would hit 3,300 before the year was out.

Surely, that would not have been too much to ask for, would it? After all, it would only have represented a growth of about 4%.

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Is it too early to talk about a Santa Claus rally?

One week away from President Tony Tan turning on the lights on Orchard Road, and with Marina Bay Sands already flanked with a line of Christmas trees, the markets will soon consider the likelihood of the fabled ‘Santa Claus rally’.

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With this October fall, get ready for a good November and December market!

Dow Jones has fallen more than 1000 points from the historical high of 17350 to a low of 15855 reached intraday on 15th October. STI similarly spiraled downward in spectacular fashion with a more than 200 points drop to a low of 3155 recently.

A lot of investors began to get worried of the European economy and the risk of rising interest rate. The protest in Hong Kong did not help the situation.

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Truth about bribery, corruption risks

American FCPA blogger and speaker shares his experience in dealing with current anti-bribery issues and challenges

I FIRST got to know Richard Bistrong when he contacted me after my commentary in The Business Times on the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) bribery scandal ("Plausible deniability and graft by MNCs", BT, May 21, 2014), in which I had quoted from his blog.

Richard had served time in prison after a conviction for bribery when he was working for multinationals and also cooperated with the authorities in covert and overt operations as part of his plea bargain.

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