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Picking up discarded index stocks pays handsomely

STOCK index builders periodically review the constituents of the various indices they maintain. The decisions are made among other things to ensure that the index continues to represent the market. Other times, additions and deletions are necessitated by mergers, acquisitions or delistings.
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How cost-conscious investors can beat the index

EXCHANGE traded funds (ETFs) have grown by leaps and bounds since the first one was launched in 1993. In January this year, according to data from research and consultancy firm ETFGI, global assets under management (AUM) of ETFs and exchange traded products (ETPs) reached a record of US$5.2...
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Do small caps still have a place in your portfolio?

LAST year was a good year for stocks. The S&P 500 returned 21.8 per cent. But you would have done way better if you had just bought the five biggest companies in the US as at end 2016. The average return of the five stocks - Apple, Google, Microsoft, Exxon Mobil and Amazon - was 35 per cent...
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Who's afraid of volatility?

VOLATILITY, it seems, is back!
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Five indicators suggest Singapore market is not overheated

DESPITE the uncertainty surrounding the Trump presidency, fear of the once-in-ten years crash among other things, 2017 turned out to be not too shabby after all - as far as the markets are concerned. The Straits Times Index (STI) advanced 18.1 per cent. With dividends reinvested, the gain is a...