Imagine a world where there are only two investment opportunities. You are first presented with a risk free investment opportunity; your capital is guaranteed, you have absolute faith in the counter party, and there is zero risk of default. This investment promises returns of n % per annum and you are tempted to invest. The [...]
My girlfriend was approached by one of the Great Eastern (GE) agents at an MRT station. She was recommended the Annual Cashback Endowment (ACE) Plan and her initial thoughts was it sounded good as there were cash back and the investor will get more than the premiums he or she paid. She asked me if [...]
A handful of investment products was mentioned in the 27 Jan 13 Sunday Times. I am referring to the article, “Grow your wealth wisely”, in the Invest Section which the reporter, Magdalen, had solicited comments from industry experts. She tried to help retail investors understand the products better, without the sugar coated sales pitch. I [...]
Received this email excerpt from SGX:
The month of April 2012 represents the 10 year birthday for the SPDR® Straits Times Index Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). The SPDR® Straits Times Index ETF is Singapore’s first locally-listed ETF, and also referred to as the streetTRACKS STI ETF. This ETF allows investors to access the broad market exposure [...]
#1 Low cost – management fee and sales charge = less than 1% per year
If you understand compound interest and its effect, you would know that your investment capital would exponentially. Likewise, if compound interest can work for you, it can work against you as well. I am talking about fund management fees. They have [...]
I have mentioned that I have been putting aside $400 every month into STI ETF, through POEMS Sharebuilder plan.
I started the investment about 2-3 years ago and only contributed $200 per month. It was only about mid-2009 that I increased the contribution to $400.
We all know that due to the US Sub-prime crisis, the market took [...]
StreetTRACKS created the first ETF tracking the Straits Times Index in Singapore. As it gained popularity through the years, DBS launched its own STI ETF last month. Investors like me would be wondering what differences do they have. Here’s what I have gathered:
Cost and Lot Size
As already pointed out by Moneytalk, the expense of DBS [...]
If you are interested to invest in the Straits Times Index (STI), it is available in SGX through the STI Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). It started in 2002 and is managed by State Street Global Advisors. STI is mainly a blue chip (major companies) index of the top 30 companies listed in SGX. As compared [...]