2016 was a memorable year. The financial markets went on a roller-coaster ride, falling by double digits in the first two months of the year before recovering to end the year flat (in Singapore, for instance) or with double-digit gains (in the US, for instance) when compared to 2015. Meanwhile, two of the biggest geopolitical events that took place during the year had outcomes that were largely unexpected. Yes – I’m talking about Brexit (the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union) and Donald Trump’s win at the US presidential election. Over the course of 2016, my colleagues and…
2016 was a memorable year.
The financial markets went on a roller-coaster ride, falling by double digits in the first two months of the year before recovering to end the year flat (in Singapore, for instance) or with double-digit gains (in the US, for instance) when compared to 2015.
Meanwhile, two of the biggest geopolitical events that took place during the year had outcomes that were largely unexpected. Yes – I’m talking about Brexit (the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union) and Donald Trump’s win at the US presidential election.
Over the course of 2016, my colleagues and I at The Motley Fool Singapore were writing numerous articles about companies in Singapore’s stock market and various interesting events taking place in the investment world.
I thought it could be useful for our readers if I were to list down 10 of what I thought were our best articles in 2016.
Doing so yields two benefits. Firstly, it allows our readers to revisit some of the most interesting stories, which may then offer up some important investing lessons. Secondly, it gives newer readers an opportunity to catch up on noteworthy articles that they may have missed.
I’d be touching on five articles here. For the other five, check out here. With that, let’s get going (the articles are presented in no order of merit):
This piece is written by Chong Ser Jing. In it, he talked about a number of blue chip stocks that saw their prices fall and as a result, were trading at low price-to-book values. Some examples Ser Jing gave include Global Logistic Properties Ltd (SGX: MC0), Sembcorp Industries Limited (SGX: U96), and Genting Singapore PLC (SGX: G13).
His article’s main point was that “falling stock prices and low valuations can make it appear like bargains are aplenty.” But, investors also have to realise that “not every stock that has fallen steeply to a low valuation will end up being a bargain.” Ser Jing went on to give some high-level data of why that’s so. I wouldn’t want to repeat what he wrote, so you can check out the article in the link given above.
This next piece is again by Ser Jing. At the start of every month, he likes to have a feel of whether stocks in Singapore are cheap or expensive by using a few valuation measures. And, he would pen his findings down in an article.
His key message here is simple. Although we may not know where the market is going, knowing where we stand in relation to the past can still provide useful investing insights.
Now, if you are like Ser Jing or myself who think it is important to have a look at the state of the market every now and then, do check out the link above (it’s for the start of December 2016). And by the way, Ser Jing provides updates on the valuation of Singapore’s stocks regularly, so you can always get fresh information.
This piece is penned by David Kuo.
Now, for those who of you who have been following the Motley Fool Singapore for a while, you may notice that David likes to use interesting occurrences in his daily life as analogies for important investing concepts. By using everyday observations and relating them to investing, it helps people from all walks of life better understand what investing is about.
In the article that’s linked above, David shared some of the common mistakes that investors usually commit and also wrote about the right stocks to buy and how to find them.
This next piece is written by Chin Hui Leong.
As the title of Hui Leong’s article has probably indicated, it gives a list of companies that pays a dividend quarterly. Some examples mentioned by him include Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: T82U), Keppel REIT (SGX: K17U), and Singapore Post Limited (SGX: S08).
The key takeaway here is that there are over 30 companies that pay a dividend every quarter. So if you are an investor that craves regular dividend income, then this is an article worth checking out.
This piece was written by me in July. In it, I looked at big stocks in Singapore (those with a market capitalisation of over S$1 billion) with dividend yields of over 4%. Some I found were Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Limited (SGX: O39) and CWT Ltd (SGX: C14).
One key takeaway here is that there are big companies that offer fat yields from time to time. So it can pay to keep our eyes open as such companies may be potential investing opportunities.
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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 contributor Lawrence Nga doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.