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Investment Strategies For 2019

The IMF recently moderated its global GDP growth outlook to 3.7 percent year-on-year for 2018/2019. The main concerns were trade tensions between the US and China, weaker performances by Eurozone countries and rising rates that could pressure emerging markets with capital outflows. Given Singapore’s open economy and reliance on trade, the STI has been showing lacklustre performance.
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SI Research: Too Much Pessimism On Valuetronics?

Integrated electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider Valuetronics Holdings’ (Valuetronics) share price fell roughly 37.2 percent from its peak of $1.09, which it touched in late-March this year. Its share price has been battered in recent months as investors are cautious about the impact of the on-going US-China trade war.
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Dr Chan: Trade War Repercussions Knocks On US Auto Industry

US auto giant General Motors (GM) recently announced plans for a major layoff of 14,000 jobs in North America. The move was designed to help GM slash costs by US$6 billion in face of the slowdown in the US and China markets, as well as higher raw material costs driven higher by the import tariffs on aluminium and steel.
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3Q Report Card – How Did SG Market Fare?

Singapore listed companies crossed the 3Q18 finishing line with a subpar performance. Among the companies covered by UOBKH, 36 percent of them missed consensus estimates. According to UOBKH, 37 percent of companies reported results that fell below expectations, the highest rate of disappointment since 2Q16. Only 17 percent of companies reported better-than-expected results. Here is a breakdown of the most interesting sectors and how they fared in 3Q18.
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3 Top REITs That Every Investor Should Own

According to wealth manager Q Investment Partners, Singapore’s REIT sector is currently the sixth largest in the world with sector market cap worth of US$53 billion. However, within the S-REIT space, the quality of REITs differs.
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SI Research: Hong Lai Huat Group – Ready To “Huat”

In June 2018, we featured Cityneon Holdings (Cityneon) for its attractive valuations as its shares were changing hands at just below a dollar. Four months later, West Knighton, a special purpose vehicle indirectly owned by Cityneon’s chief executive officer Ron Tan and Hong Kong entrepreneur and investor Johnson Ko, launched a privatisation offer for Cityneon at $1.30 per share.
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Shares In Tentative Rebound On Dovish Fed

Over the fortnight, US stocks erased losses from the earlier sell-off fuelled by concerns about the economy and the ongoing US-China trade war following Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s public remarks on 28 November 2018.
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Getting Defensive With REITs (Part 2)

Following the first part of this two-part series where we discussed about RHB’s outlook on the REIT sector and how to adopt a defensive portfolio positioning with REITs, we continue with a deeper dive into RHB’s top five REIT picks and why they deserve a place in investors’ portfolio.
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Revival Of Talks Over Potential Local REIT listing Of US Properties

With the latest announcement that Ascendas-Singbridge is looking into a potential listing of its US$500 million United States real estate investment trust (REIT) portfolio on Singapore Exchange, all eyes will also be turning towards another government listed enterprise (GLC), CapitaLand, where there could be a potential listing of its newly acquired US-based multifamily residential properties located across different key US cities ranging from Seattle, Portland, Greater Los Angeles, and Denver.
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