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Lessons for Singapore from a crisis


AS WE approach Singapore's 55th National Day, we look back at the unprecedented crisis that first landed on our shores in January. And as we head into perhaps the deepest recession Singapore has seen since independence, we take stock of what the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed - and taught us - about ourselves, as a people and as a nation.

The Raffles Conversation this weekend is with Eastspring Investments CEO Seck Wai-Kwong. The finance industry veteran, who has worked through the ranks of GIC, Lehman Brothers, State Street Bank & Trust and DBS, shares how he has learnt to counterbalance his natural instincts about the market.

Investing in value stocks in Malaysia has been a painful experience up until recently, when a few perked up sharply. These exemplify the virtues of value investing, which requires much conviction and even more patience. Rewards come in an indeterminate future, but when they do, they generally make the wait more than worth your while, as Our Value Insight columnist finds.

Is your portfolio long or short volatility? What does that question mean, and how do investors create anti-fragile portfolios geared for a world of reduced economic growth where fixed income no longer serves its traditional role in portfolio construction? Insights from CFA Society Singapore explains.

Those au fait with Singapore's cocktail scene will have mourned the loss of Jekyll and Hyde when it closed its doors during the circuit- breaker period. But buoyed by an outpouring of fan support and the spirit of innovation, the local bar hero makes a triumphant return, and Barfly is there to celebrate.

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