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Putting some power into your portfolio

AT THE press of a button we expect our lights to come on and our air cons to start delivering a stream of cool air to make our lives a bit brighter and our living conditions a bit more pleasant.

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Insurance for your portfolio

HAVE you ever wondered what it means when we buy an insurance policy? Is it simply about making a bet as to whether something awful might happen? For instance, when we insure the contents of our homes, is it a wager with an insurer on whether we might be burgled? There is, perhaps, some truth in...

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Brokers that can make you rich

IT SEEMS the only time that many of us will ever contact our brokers these days is when we have a problem. It could be because a dividend payment that we were expecting has gone astray. Or it could be that our broker has made a mistake with our trading fees.

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Why the defence business makes for a defensive play

WAR is not something that anyone likes to think about or get involved in. Most of us, I am sure, would much prefer peace. I know I would. Consequently, investing in the trappings of war can make some people a little uncomfortable. Nobody wants to profit from the misery of others.

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Airports: a flight to safety?

AIRPORTS can be quite exciting places. A trip to the airport could mean that we are about to jet off to somewhere glamorous. Airports can also be quite comforting places. It could mean that we have just come back home from a long trip to somewhere exotic. But whether we are jetting off or...

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How income investors cope with volatile markets

AS January goes, so goes the year. Be warned. That old stock market adage is likely to be repeated time and again this year, as pundits try to get to grips with share-price volatility in the first trading month of 2019. If the final couple of trading weeks of 2018 is anything to go by, stock...

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The dividend investor's naughty and nice list

IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We won't have chestnuts roasting on an open fire and we won't have Frosty the Snowman - it's much too warm for that in Singapore. But Santa Claus will still be coming to town. And in the case of, us, dividend investors, it could...

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Picking through stock exchange dividends

IS the market too expensive or could it be too cheap? Many investors will probably have a view, one way or another. Those who think that shares are too pricey might want to sell. Those who think that valuations are reasonable might want to buy. But there is a group of companies that probably...

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Growing dividends from property developers

PRIVATE investors love shares in property developers. And they can find them in just about every stock market in the world. But shares in these builders can also be unnervingly volatile. That's because developers are affected by a host of factors that is often out of the control of...

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Looking to grow one's income in conglomerates

CONGLOMERATES tend to come and go out of fashion like flared jeans. But what happens to be in vogue or popular should not influence the way we invest. Our reasons for buying shares in any company should be governed by whether we think that it will be able to deliver a good return over the long...

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Shopping for dividends

I REMEMBER a time when grocery shopping was a burden. Some people might say that it still is. But it's nothing compared to when I was a child. In those days, we went to a butcher for meats, a greengrocer for fruit and vegetables, and separate trips to different specialists for bread, rice,...