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3 Things You Need To Know About the Singapore Share Market Today

Welcome to the middle of Wednesday! Here are three things you might want to look at today (and for the rest of the week) about Singapore’s share market.

1. Starting off with Singapore’s market benchmark, we have the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI) climbing by 0.66% to 3,336 points as of the time of writing (2:00pm, 19 November 2014). Did you know that the top 10 holdings of the SPDR STI ETF (SGX: ES3) – a proxy for the Straits Times Index – only managed to generate an average return on equity of only 10.4% over the last 12 months? Some of the culprits that weighed down the average include Global Logistic Properties Ltd (SGX: MC0) and CapitaLand Limited (SGX: C31). This is important information for investors to know as a company’s returns on equity can be a gauge of the quality of the economics of the firm’s businesses. Perhaps, bigger isn’t always better.

2. Sticking with the index-theme, do you know how volatile Singapore’s market benchmark has been? Turns out, in 25 full calendar years between 1988 and 2012, the Straits Times Index has declined by more than 20% in eight separate years from its annual peak to its subsequent trough. That must have been a scary ride! But, if you’re freaked out by volatility, my colleague Sudhan has great reasons why you should embrace market volatility. Check them out.

3. If you’re still fearful of what the market can bring even after reading Sudhan’s work, then my colleague Chin Hui Leong has the perfect remedy. He has a great way to help investors handle their emotions when investing, so do check it out here.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore writer Chong Ser Jing doesn't own shares in any company mentioned.