Commentaries

Commentary – First Reit’s EGM: What unitholders should know

First published in Business Times on 15 January 2021 ON JAN 19, unit holders of healthcare real estate investment trust First Reit, whose assets are mainly hospitals in Indonesia, will attend an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at which two resolutions have...

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Commentary: Hyflux • Hoping for deal with some form of recovery for all parties

First published in Straits Times on 11 January 2021 It's been a very long wait for the thousands, in fact, 34,000 preference shares and perpetual securities (P&P), and bond holders of Hyflux to see light at the end of the tunnel....

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Commentary: Board diversity: More needs to be done

First published in Business Times on 6 January 2021 Singapore companies risk being sidelined as they fall behind on gender ratio The United States tech exchange Nasdaq has proposed new listing rules that, if approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),...

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Commentary: Investors should look at how companies are run

First published in Business Times on 22 November 2020 Picking firms with strong governance will reduce risk of loss due to corporate misbehaviour When it comes to choosing stocks, most investors use traditional financial metrics such as earnings, return on equity and...

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Commentary: Sabana-ESR-Reit merger: Minority unitholders should make voices heard

First published in Business Times on 30 November 2020 It is not often that minority shareholders get the chance to determine the outcome of a significant corporate deal, but the proposed merger between Sabana Shari'ah Compliant Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust...

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A strong corporate culture is a valuable asset

First published in Business Times on 13 October 2020 Companies with a robust and ethical culture in place are better equipped to deliver superior performance for their stakeholders and gain the market's confidence. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) last month issued...

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Stick to basics of investing to ride out this period

First published in Straits Times on 6 September 2020 Diversify, understand the risks and know the product you are putting your money into "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" may be a bit of an investing cliche, but proper...

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Commentary: Sembcorp Marine shareholders must now decide on rights takeup

First published in Business Times on 24 August 2020 They have to consider 3 options: do nothing; sell their rights; or subscribe to the issue THE experience of the Securities and Investor's Association (Singapore) - or Sias - is that when...

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Commentary: Valid reasons for MAS’ call to cap dividends

First published in Straits Times on 17 August 2020 Pre-emptive, prudent move ensures vital banking sector remains resilient, able to support lending amid virus crisis The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently instructed local banks and finance companies to cap their...

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Bad habits die hard for investors

First published in Straits Times on 2 August 2020 Even with more information available today, people still make same mistakes There is a saying which goes: The more things change, the more they stay the same. There is a great deal of truth...

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