Singapore Exchange reopened on 9am Friday after shutdown

Singapore Exchange

Singapore Exchange (SGX) has suspended trading for almost a day on Thursday following a technical breakdown, had normally reopened today.

According to SGX, there was a cut over on their primary to secondary trade confirmation systems which was initiated at 10:12am and resumed at 10:14am which resulted in the halting of the system before noon.

At 11:38am, duplicate and missing trade confirmation messages were discovered, forcing SGX to suspend the trading to make a way adjustments in the market.

The process in the “adjust phase” enables investors to review and take full control on their orders.

SGX decided to shut down for the rest of the day as per members’ feedback.

SGX CEO Loh Boon Chye apologized for a technical malfunction that angered traders saying, “I wish to sincerely apologize on behalf of all at SGX for the many inconveniences I’m aware that we’ve caused,” Loh said on the call.

He added that, “We’re not pleased with our own recovery time and it needs to be better. We’ll do better.”

“I wish to sincerely apologize on behalf of all at SGX for the many inconveniences I’m aware that we’ve caused,” Loh said on the call. “We’re not pleased with our own recovery time and it needs to be better. We’ll do better.”

However, the Thursday events made some of the participants angry and confused as one trader said that they have had issues since 10am.

Singapore Exchange reopened early today at 9 am regular working hours.

Southeast Asia’s biggest bourse (SGX) has a total capitalization of $494 Billion, which maintains a monopoly on the stock trading.




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Is 2016 Viable for Stock Market Investment?

Just with a quick look at the stock market in 2016 and one is bound to flinch. As much as investors would not want to hear this fact, it is a reality that stock exchanges across the world are facing one of the worst starts in many years.

The DOW, an index of 30 largest companies in America has in the last month reports the ugliest kick over in its history. A quick shift to China’s stock exchange market and it is visible that the country’s slowing economy is taking a toll on the stock market. However, all is not lost.

There are reasons for investors to smile, more especially, US investors. For starters, after many years of low growth, the US economy is not only in good shape but is also showing positive signs of growth, more especially in the real estate market. This is affirmed by the recent hike in Fed rates with further hikes anticipated in the near future.

As a matter of fact, in May 2015, the US economy surpassed expectations to hit an all-time high. Notwithstanding the recent oil prices crisis, the market has only slipped 10% below the all-time record level. The fact that the market is nowhere near the “bear market” (20% drop) is evidence that the stock market remains a lucrative investment option.

Other than the improving economy, history has proven that long-term investment in the stock pays off. As a matter of fact, tracing back stock exchange after World War II, evidence from S&P Capital IQ analyst shows that investors that retained their stocks for not less than 15 years, reaped immense profits. As much as things may look gloomy, they are not bound to remain the same forever.

Perhaps, the next question would be whether or not the stock market investments will hold in the face of increased animosity globally ranging from the Baltic Sea to the South China Sea. The truth is that such uncertainties are not good for any stock market, stock exchange or real estate investor. Indeed, the current levels of volatility will not do the world stock markets any good if they persist.

It can however not be ignored that recent trends have seen investors go against expectations and going ahead to invest irrespective of the ongoing events.

In stock market is often a good way to grow earnings in the long run. While investing does not necessarily translate into yearly profits, the up years no down surpass the down years.


Hong Kong Stock Brokers Complain As Fees Cripple Their Profits

Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Hong Kong Stock Exchange


Hong Kong stock exchange traders are no doubt paying the highest fees to trade than any other country in the region. This comes about as the national stock exchange rules are not only outdated but also cutting into profits.One particular industry to be adversely affected is the skin care industry, where at first glance the 0.002 transaction charge fee is attainable. However reality is that with the size of trade goods have been shrunk, the minimum charge per unit of HK stocks traded becomes higher thus eating into traders profits.
The frustration today has come up as years ago executing a big order at once was possible. However with today’s electronic trading policies big orders are divided into smaller HK stock orders. In this case even with the 0.002 transaction charge which can never amount to less than HK $2, becomes significantly higher. This in addition to the falling commission fees being paid and competition, making it almost impossible for some traders to make profits.

Fee generation

In a recent survey done more than 90% of the Hong Kong stock exchange have to pay the minimum charge. This is regardless of the fact that the minimum charge regulation has been around for 22 years. In addition, transactions of a small amount of HK$100,000 also pay the minimum levy fee. This translates to a trading cost of 0.0076% average of the transaction value. Comparing it with neighboring Tokyo stock exchange, this is three times more and double fees compared to Australia’s. With Hong Kong being one of the major operators in Asia still having the fixed minimum fee levy for execution purposes, large trading firms around the world are steering clear from its market.

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No alternative avenues


With the HK stocks regulations having little to no change, brokers have no alternative avenue to trade other than the Hong Kong Monopoly. With a record of 18% earned as fees from its sales as end of last year, translating to about HK$2.4 billion, there are still no plans to change the fee as of yet. According to Calvin Tai, head of clearing at Hong Kong bourse, there are a lot of exercises involved and changing the fee immediately will affect the cost structure already in place. However, all firms are remaining conscious with costs even with clients paying per point basic, to ensure that profits are realizable.

The change 

All in all some Hong Kong stock exchange trading firms are taking the initiative themselves to minimize the profits in a quest of making clients happy. This is realized as most instead of slicing orders into very small orders are combining orders, ensuring that profits to traders is realized.


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10 Reasons to Choose Strategy Consulting over Financial Advisory Consulting


Strategy consulting concentrates more on facts, reality and analytical thinking, much more than vision or thoughts. Facts are important because they help in an efficient decision making. Dreams without facts make decision making harder and may lead to making irrational decisions. Strategy consulting is done at the highest level in a company; typically these are the board members and the CEO. These are the ones making the choices. On the other hand, financial advisory consulting is.

Below are ten reasons which will make you prefer strategic consulting to business advisory consulting

  1. Strategy consulting gives you the chance to work for a multi-national corporation’s CEO.

Strategy consulting deals directly with the company’s CEO, and you collaborate with the firm’s toughe and widest issues. As financial advisor consultant, you are most likely to work for the company’s CFO.

  1. Strategy consulting exposes you to various ranges of business problems in different industries.

Strategy consulting is marketable across some companies. In contrast, financial advisory consultants tend to focus on one industry.

  1. Strategy consulting underscores intellectual curiosity over expertise.

As a good student, your deep interest will be exploited, and your hunger for new challenges will be met as you will always be involved in new things. As a financial advisor, your goal is to be as much more of an expatriate as you specialize in one area.

  1. Strategy consulting companies offer training that is modeled after top global business schools

In financial advisory consultant training, you are learning to become a CFO. While as n strategy consulting, you are in a CEO training

  1. Strategy consulting offers unparalleled exit opportunities.

In strategy consulting, exposes you to multiple different firms and inside each industry. This prepares you for a broader range of work in strategic operations. While financial strategy consulting exposes you to one firm and once you are in that firm your career can stall

  1. Strategy Consulting makes you work in a team with the brightest minds around which can boost your personal network.
  2. Strategy consulting is considered a fast development course to get to high levels or to create your own business.
  3. Strategy Consulting trains you to handle much pressure and structures your thoughts rationally against time.
  4. It prepares you to deal with various facts and uncertainty which is fashionable in high profile organizations such as Microsoft
  5. It exposures you rapidly to a large variety of choices, across many businesses

You might also consider checking Berkeley Capital Asia if you wish to know more about strategic consulting and how it will boost you company in the future.


The Role of Corporate Advisory in Shaping Business World in 2016

corporate advisory

Corporate Advisory in business is the process of offering business advices to organizations such as companies, and other businesses on functions like Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Financial management, mergers and acquisitions and business restructuring to help the business achieve its objectives more efficiently and in the most effective way.

Strategic Financial Management involves planning for the long term financial business prospects which may include how to achieve long term plans in the business objectively such as production plans, personnel plans and the marketing and sales plans.

Corporate Advisory is playing the following roles in shaping the business world for 2016;

  1. It is enabling the business shareholders to have an independent way of discussing and solving significant issues in businesses- this is possible because through the established advisory corporate boards, the business owners are able to question and be answered on how they can eliminate the problems hindering the business from achieving its goals for example elimination of vague and unachievable goals and concentrating only on achievable ones.
  2. It is creating the sense of Corporate Social Responsibility to the business management- it is expounding to the management on why they need to be socially responsible to the societal needs and the importance of creating a positive business image.
  3. It is encouraging exploration of more business ideas through intensive research- Corporate advisory boards are advising business people on various ways through which they can improve the business performance, this is making them develop interests on learning more on how to achieve this more effectively and in an efficient manner which is leading to better ideas through research.
  4. It is providing an easy forum for monitoring the business performance- the business shareholders are now using the established advisory Corporate Boards to monitor the performances of business executives and directors to reduce conflicting interests among the shareholders and the business directors.
  5. It is making directors more responsible and avoid misusing business resources in an unprofitable projects as they are now aware they are being monitored. This is because the shareholders now rely on the corporate advisory groups who act as watchdogs on the directors’ undertakings in the business.
  6. It is providing an easy way of analyzing and implementing strategic management- this is because the organizations are only concentrating on the viable long term financial goals which are within the business objectives and are avoiding working on the less important goals.

In conclusion, based on the above points, businesses will have to rely hugely on Corporate Advisory if they have to succeed in 2016 and the years to come.

Housing Predictions for the Year 2016

pascoeHousingPricesThe housing market in definition is referring to the supply and demand for houses in a particular place. It is important, especially in shaping the economic sociability of the people within the area. It has a role in the process of metropolitan development. On marketing housing there are certain things that are highly important such as marketing predictions. These predictions would let the global stock market to know the future of the market for years succeeding.

Stated below are some of the Housing Market Predictions for the year 2016:

• U.S. city home prices will slowly rise than about the year 2015. Under some circumstances, it is predicted that in the year 2016, home buyers tend to increase, and thus higher demand follows. Upon meeting the demand, market prices, then rapidly rise.

• CoreLogic predicts an increasing flow of money into the global stock market, at 4.7 percent of prices rise that could give 800,000 homeowners to regain positive equity by July 2016.

• According to SQM Louis Christopher that National residential housing of Melbourne, real estate prices will slow down by the year 2016 which is the result of slowing Sydney housing market, but however it is not believed that the said housing market could be the fall of prices of the said year.

• Freddie Mac one of the mortgage loan buyer, the average rate for 30 year fixed mortgage lowers down from 4% to 3.85%. It is said that from the average rate for 30 year fixed home loan could increase by 5.1% by the end of the year2016.

• Student loan debt will keep many Millenials out of the market. Based on the recent analysis of Federal Reserve this year, student loan could possibly prevent the entering of home buyers within the market. The increasing release of student loans could possibly decline the mortgage.

Remember that the high correlation between quality of housing stock, prevailing housing prices and the occupant’s income would often be resulted to declining prices in the areas of the housing market. The housing prices, quality are interdependent to each other and expectations regarding future market prices make an investor to risks upon renovating and adding of stocks, thus it makes lower qualities of houses. As an entrepreneur wherein the housing market, it is much important to know the predictions of some professional for the succeeding year in order to know what things should be considered next year. It helps to maintain the financial stability of the business. More over knowing the housing market predictions would let you know the effective things to do on the preceding year.

The Significance of the World Stock Market

Many countries worldwide have developed globally recognized stock markets. Stock Exchanges dot the major cities of these countries. New York City’s Wall Street (New York Stock Exchange) is the one destination that is synonymous with Stock Exchanges and is the world’s largest exchange. The other dominant members of the world stock market include: United Kingdom’s London Stock Exchange (LSE), Germany’s Deutsche Bourse Group, China’s Shanghai Stock exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The Stock Exchanges around the world are a wonderful barometer of the predicted financial health of both that country and also the world economy.

Stock markets are an integral pillar of economic growth. They are also a reflection of the financial profiles of listed companies. The trends of stock prices and stock market indices underscore the overall state of the global economy and financial health of listed companies. It is for this reason that stock market indices rise when the global economy blossoms and plunges when the global economy plummets. This nexus between the global stock markets and economic performance is important because it helps companies, creditors and investors make important decisions. For example, the high thresholds of listing at the global stock exchange markets give investors the confidence to buy stocks of their preferred companies.


Stock exchange listing is one of the most important phases of a company’s life cycle. This is because stock exchange listing involves stringent approval procedures that screen the operational thresholds and strategic financial management of a company. Any company seeking listing must meet the established qualification criteria for conducting an initial public offering (IPO) or a rights issue of shares at any given stock exchange market. Subsequently, successful entry into the world stock market brings with it many advantages. It becomes easier for a company to access a wide range of sources of finance; including both debt and equity. A listed company can raise additional capital by selling additional shares through a rights issue. Due to the extra financial transparency rules a listed company must adhere to, it assists companies raise debt to fund their operations.


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Check out more about Brendt Munro at Berkeley Capital Asia. Brendt is highly active in providing structuring and practical corporate advisory services. This advice ranges from international structuring, business restructuring to effective strategic and corporate business planning. Brendt ensures his clients benefit from regular contact, intelligent insight and clear direction.

Implementing Expertise into Stock Markets

The most important way of raising money for the companies worldwide is through the stock market. These markets raise additional capital and funds for the companies that can later be used for expansion and business improvement. Investing in stocks is the present and future of business society. The entire process of stock investment is enriched with its liquidity, the possibility to sell, buy or trade stocks in an extremely quick time.

Stock Market

History is on the side of stock market futures. It has shown that the stocks’ prices are some of the most important parts of the market’s economic activity and it’s a clear indicator of the country’s current economy. The rise of the stock market automatically makes an economy to be considered strong and developed. The stock market is proven to be the primary indicator of the country’s position in the society.

The rise of the share prices means increased business investment and affected households’ wealth. This is the main reason behind the control on behalf of the central banks, to keep an eye on the stock market futures in order to achieve and preserve the country’s financial stability. The entire financial system’s work is to contribute to the increase of prosperity and advancing and to promote the production of goods, services and future employment.

Developing, considering and implementing the goals of an enterprise comes under the research of the strategic financial management. The current increase of the implementation of this study is a result of its achievements in the maximization of shareholders wealth. The entire method is done by allocating scarce resources and identifying strategies for further actions. Its scope is making decisions regarding the investments in the company’s assets and choosing the right amount of such investments that are ought to be financed.

The stock market is known to be the main driver to future economic growth. Stock market futures are now considered to be one of the most influential pieces of a country’s economy. The entire existence of a company in the future will depend on the decisions and strategies it will implement today and how these choices influence the company’s future progress. The businesses have to explore their opportunities, base their actions on their strategic financial management capabilities and make the right choices for future prosperity. Use experts with experience when investing. Research what are your best options and seek external advice.


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Harley Dalton has over 20 years’ experience in investments and the funds management industry. His key background and capabilities include leadership, strategy, negotiation and operational management. He has been actively involved in taking a number of businesses to publicly listed status in the Australian share market, providing capital raising, structuring, debt, equity.  Check out for more info.

Commercial Real Estate Investing – How to Approach the Market

Once you’re contemplating buying as well as selling professional real-estate, there are literally  a lot of various things you must be aware of to ensure that you don’t-get burnt inside an agreement. Find out more by reading this article which contains some suggestions in dealing with real estate properties.

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For new investors and also experienced shareholders, it’s better to have an investment companion. This will help you counteract the cost of purchasing a property by utilizing cash or credit. Ultimately, the proceeds of your sales can help pay back the credits.

If one secures an underdeveloped area they’re able to sometime produce a huge amount of cash especially when another purchaser plans to acquire it for real estate development purposes.

It would be tempting to try to buy different types of real estate homes and properties if you are new on the real estate market. While it may appear to be highly recommended, this is not often the best strategy as you would do greater by perfecting one particular aspect of the real estate market rather than having numerous kinds which is only on the average.

Should license real estate personnel undertake as your broker, they should work according to your best interest exclusively for you alone.  Another type of real brokers is those that work for two different entities on a same property sale, they are called Dual or Twin Agencies.  Both parties should unveil and conclude about this.

Your offers should be fair and pithy. If you feel that a certain residential house is worth several hundred grand be firm and offer it! In case you buyer is going below your expected value, make sure you’re paid and settled a fair amount.

If buying real estate, commit, don’t simply acquire houses. Safeguard yourself from accumulation of properties as this would point you to a breakdown – invest wisely. You never want to stay below or equalize whilst it serves no advantage to you.

Make sure you have your own agent when renting a new property to serve for a new business because you’ll never want to struggle on a lot of technical stuff that would be disclose to you in the process.

Failure isn’t an option whilst it’s difficult to rule out, it should not crop up and cost your entire finances. The good thing is, you are learning the market and much eager to implement the ideas in this article. It wouldn’t be difficult for you now to win all your transaction in the future.

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Whether you’re looking for your first home as a couple or a new home for your growing family there are a lot of things for you to consider.

After all, investing in a property is a smart issue of ability and financial capability.

Here at the Berkeley Capital Group Limited, headed by Lauchlan Leishman, we understand that buying or even renting one is a big step for anyone.

We know that you want to make sure that the property that you’re getting worth your time and money.

We’re here to make things easier for you.

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