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

Welcome to Friday evening! Here are three things about Singapore’s share market and investing in general that you might want to look at today and over the rest of the week.

1. Investing in cyclical stocks is one of the hardest things to do as many often get the timing wrong. Earlier today, my colleague Chin Hui Leong had taken a look at how investing legend John Neff had handled this difficult matter. Jump in here to find out more!

2. Long-term investing has its benefits. If you measured the Straits Times Index’s (SGX: ^STI) returns at the start of every month from January 1988 to August 2013, you’d find that a one year holding period would have resulted in losses 41% of the time whereas a 20 year period had historically produced no losses.

But, increasing our odds of success in the market is not the only thing that makes it better to invest for the long-term. Turns out, researchers studying the trades of a large sample of professional money managers have found that the shorter the timeframe for holding a stock, the greater one’s losses can be. I’ve dug deep into the topic lately, so you can check out my thoughts here.

3. Have you ever wondered what one needs to do to earn returns of 1,000% or more in the stock market? Turns out, there’s something more an investor needs to do beyond finding great companies which can grow their earnings materially over time. What’s that? The short answer is to develop tenacity. For the longer answer, hit the link 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 companies mentioned.