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

Welcome to Friday! Here are three things about Singapore’s share market that you might want to look at today and over the weekend.

1. There are a few simple tenets we have to follow when thinking about when to buy. Ideally, we’d invest when we can find a great business at a low or fair price. But, when should we sell? That’s a lot tougher and it’s often the case where even professional investors find it hard to know when to sell. My colleague Stanley Lim had discussed this thorny issue recently, so you can check out his thoughts here.

2. Let’s pivot back to the act of buying shares. While it’s easy to know when to buy, how should “a great business” be defined? There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of things about a business to learn about and that’s just way too much information to handle.

Fortunately, there are four simple questions we can ask about a business which can enable us to learn a great deal about it. Stanley had used Singapore’s telecommunications giant Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SGX: Z74) as an example on how we can use those questions to our advantage – jump in here to find out more.

3. Three months ago on 12 January 2015, the quintet of JES International Holdings Limited (SGX: EG0), Swiber Holdings Limited (SGX: AK3), Hoe Leong Corporation Ltd (SGX: H20), EMAS Offshore (SGX: UQ4), and Ezra Holdings Limited (SGX: 5DN) had really cheap valuations. In fact, they were the oil and gas shares that had the lowest price-to-book ratios back then.

But, investors who had bought into them at that time would largely have had a horrible experience thus far. And therein lies some important investing lessons. I’ve discussed some of the important takeaways from this episode, so you can find out more 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.