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

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

1. The start of 2015 hasn’t exactly been smooth for the markets and that may have exacerbated calls that a market crash is going to happen soon. But if you think that is true, you might want to look at this article, which explains how tough it is for anyone to predict when the next crash is coming.

But even if the stock market may soar higher this year (no one knows!), the credit cycle in Asia may already be turning, according to Piyush Gupta, chief executive of DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX: D05). If Gupta’s prognosis turns out to be true, cheap debt will become more expensive in the future – and that can be a troublesome thing for shares like Oxley Holdings Ltd (SGX: 5UX) and MoneyMax Financial Services Ltd (SGX: 5WJ). As to why that’s so, check out here. (Hint: It has to do with their heavy leverage and inability to generate cash.)

2. Since we’re on the topic of risk, there’s an interesting phenomenon about risk-taking in the business world that financial advisor Carl Richards calls “risk creep.” In essence, it’s about how we incrementally ratchet up the risk we’re taking (often unknowingly) each time a previous risky endeavor goes well. This phenomenon can affect companies too, with firms like Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (SGX: N03) and Aspial Corporation (SGX: A30) being good examples. Jump in here to find out more.

3. The likes of sexy growth companies like Google and Amazon might never be found in Singapore’s stock market, but that doesn’t mean that locally-listed firms are slouches. To that point, my colleague Stanley Lim had just taken a look at three Singapore-listed shares that have managed to compound their profits at more than 30% over the past decade. Find out what they are 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 owns shares in Amazon.