Commentaries

Commentary: MAS proposals on the right track, but retail investors should still steer clear of crypto

First published in Straits Times on 16 November 2022 In the light of the collapse of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange, the recent proposals of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to reduce risks of crypto trading take...

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Commentary: Local market would benefit from companies having a formal statement of purpose

First published in Business Times on 19 October 2022 Shareholders hoping to learn about a listed company would invariably head to that company’s website and look under the “About Us” section. Here, most companies would include their mission statement outlining the...

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Commentary: Serious Lapses In Corporate Governance Practices In Incredible Holdings Ltd And Watches.com Ltd

If companies consistently practise poor corporate governance, are repeatedly queried by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) over some of their business deals which had also been flagged by their external auditors and then increase the salaries of their senior management despite...

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Commentary: Good corporate governance is about achieving the right blend

First published in Business Times on 9 May 2022 Much of what constitutes good corporate governance involves issues that are not new. Proper and timely disclosure of material information, ensuring directors discharge their fiduciary duties to shareholders whilst overseeing management, and...

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Commentary: What can be done to avoid repeat of 2013’s penny stock crash in S’pore

First published in Straits Times on 8 May 2022 The penny stock crash of 2013 must surely rank as one of the darkest chapters in the annals of the local market, given that it wiped out more than $8 billion in...

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Commentary: Quarz has a case for opposing appointment of director, but other objections not as clear-cut

First published in Business Times on 18 March 2022 Shareholders regularly have to vote on various corporate actions either at annual general meetings (AGMs) or extraordinary general meetings (EGMs). Sometimes, the issues at hand are fairly routine - such as the reappointment...

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Commentary: Can mandatory disclosures ease minority shareholders’ concerns?

First published in Straits Times on 25 March 2022 Although the dust appears to have settled on the controversy surrounding the proposed merger of Mapletree Commercial Trust (MCT) and Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (MNACT), it is worth pondering the role...

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Commentary: 5 things to note about Spacs

First published in Straits Times on 21 November 2021 Any time over the next few weeks, the first special purpose acquisition company or Spac is expected to list on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). This was recently disclosed...

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Commentary: Investors can steer companies to be more sustainable

First published in Straits Times on 31 October 2021 They need to know the emphasis firms place on environmental, social and governance factors Although Covid-19 has proven to be the most wide-reaching public health crisis that has severely damaged the world economy,...

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Commentary: Sembmarine offer: mandatory for Temasek but not for shareholders

First published in Business Times on 14 October 2021 Based on feedback received by the Securities Investors Association (Singapore) or Sias, there is confusion and misunderstanding within some segments of the retail investing public over Temasek Holdings' mandatory conditional general offer...

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