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How to start investing?
Lee John
Lee John
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Answered 13h ago
Read read read. There's tons of resouces online. From stock analysis to reading balance sheets. Read and understand till you are confident and sure about the company.

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What will happen to US stock market if China ks declared No1 country in the world?
Hi Ridhwan, I think the disassociation between the two markets will increase. Currently, we see that the trends in US markets tend to have an impact on the rest of the markets throughout the world due to their financial dominance. However, going forward, we may see that this correlation decreases. We can already see this happening in other facets of our life, like the Internet. With the ongoing tensions between the two states, technology is being heavily affected and we have so called "two internets" in the world. In spite of increasing protectionist moves, I think the US remains a highly competitive economy and our lives are deeply intertwined with American enterprise, e.g. Apple, social media, etc. China remains an increasing power and it is very plausible that they will overtake the American economy in the coming years. To answer your question, if you're in for the long term, I do not think that there will be a major impact on the markets and you should not avoid investing simply for this reason. To capture the growth of China and the quality of American businesses, you should invest in both markets!

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Plan to start invest local market with my SRS. For local market, should look at dividend instead of capital growth? What should be considered for dividend stock?
Yang Teng
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Answered 7h ago
If considering dividend investing, I would use cash instead since dividends received from SRS investment as it would be credited to the SRS account, subjected to taxation upon withdrawal. The local market has rather lacklustre performance compared to other countries, hence not very ideal if the risk tolerance allows for higher risk investments. Personally, I would go with a roboadvisor for investment in overseas markets.

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As a student with little cash at hand, how should I begin my investment journey? I've read a lot of personal finance articles so I am familiar with terms like ETFs, Index Funds, bonds etc.?
Bjorn Ng
Bjorn Ng
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 20 Dec 2019
Hey there! Well, honestly it takes time, it's great that you are building up your investing knowledge, keep it up! As a start, you can consider POSB Invest Saver Regular Savings Plan, where they will buy in to STI ETF/ABF Bonds every month based on the amount you allocated. Then, maximize your bank account through DBS Multiplier, UOB One, SC Jumpstart etc.. That's another way to let your money grow. And last, see how you can further gain more cash - for me I gave tuition in addition to my full time job. I too had little cash in the beginning so I have to work hard to generate more to invest.

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SGX SBL program enquiry?
Takingstock @
Takingstock @
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Answered 15h ago
If you sign up for SBL, and indicate the scope, you are essentially saying to sgx that you can lend your shares to anyone who wants to short and needs to cover. Only applies if you have at least sgd 10,000 for a counter, and the lending rates are based on volume of float in market. shorting is sell first, and then buy back, hoping to make money from a drop in price Example: Gary wants to short DBS. current price is 20, and he thinks it could drop to 17 or lower. Gary doesn't own DBS shares. When he sets up the short contract, he wants to borrow the 500 dbs shares you have to sell first. DBS price drops to 18, Gary unwinds the position and buys back 1000 DBS shares at 18 to pay you back. For the 1 week that he borrowed your DBS shares, he will pay you something 0.25% per year x value borrowed x time borrowed. Is there risk? Generally for blue chips where there is plenty of free float in market, it is easy for shorter to buy back the shares, but risk low, borrowing rate also low. For small cap, and certain family controlled business, the amount of float in market is limited. Because it is a lot harder to find willing buyers / sellers, the risk of shorter not being able to buy back the shares from market to pay you back is a lot higher. For those, I think the lending rate is like up to 3% But end of day, the sbl only looks at shares you own of a counter with at least sgd 10,000 in value (that's like 500 dbs shares, 5000 cmt shares etc).

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Kristal.AI

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What are some of the reasons people buy S&P500 listed on the US market and subject themselves to 30% withholding tax? I understand that Ireland domiciled ones only have 15% tax.?
Hi Anon, If you're looking to trade frequently (move in and out of the market freqently), the US markets would be a better choice for the reasons Ethan mentioned, i.e. better liquidty and tighter spreads. However, if you're in for the long run, the benefit of lower witholding tax will definietely outweigh the cost of the higher expense ratio of Ireland-domiciled ETFs. To purchase Ireland-domiciled ETFs, you would need access to the LSE or other European exchanges. Currently, the cheaper brokers I am aware of that have access to these exchanges are Saxo and IBKR.

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How to buy USA Share IPO in Singapore?. I have checked with TD Ameritrade, they don't offer IPO.?
Billy Ko
Billy Ko, Analyst at ClubMed
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered 1d ago
Tiger brokers offers US IPO subscriptions https://www.tigerbrokers.com.sg/help/detail/us_ipo

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Ant Financial's IPO could possibly lift Alibaba shares price. Would it be a good plan to start investing into MCHI (iShares MSCI China ETF) now?
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Biggo4
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Answered 1d ago
You may have the answer the below questions: Can 1 stock affect the entire ETF? Are you bullish in China in the long run? How well do you think Ant Financial is going to do after its IPO (Both operationally and in the stock market)

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I am thinking about putting some money into syfe?
Yang Teng
Yang Teng
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Top Contributor (Aug)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Updated 1d ago
It depends on which portfolio you are going for. If you are going for Equity100 or Global ARI portfolios then there will be some overlap. However, depending on how much you are intending to invest with Syfe, the overlap may or may not be significant. VISA INC CLASS A has 1.23% weightage in CSPX and 1.24% in SPY. ! Equity100 ! Global ARI If you're going with REIT+, then there wouldn't be any overlaps.
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Hi, I would like to find out if anyone has heard about https://acquity.io? Acquire is a private equity platform to match your stock portfolio to invest? Is it a good start for the beginner.?
Yang Teng
Yang Teng
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Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 1d ago
There is not much information on the company available. Even the video you provided the link for has about 70 views over the past 10 months. I believe the platform acts like a dealer market rather than the common broker market, hence the term 'private'. Private equity is another class of investment and to not be confused. This platform appears to be more suited for trading, which is not recommended for most beginners.

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