Articles & Commentaries

  • What's Trending?

    Markets overcame a bumpy start and ended the week in the green supported by optimism that the Coronavirus would be contained. This gave equity markets a booster, nudging US equities to new highs while keeping most other markets in the green. With little economic data expected from major economies this week, we reckon that markets' focus will remain on the ...

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  • ETF Weekly

    Ever wonder how the ETFs in Malaysia performed? Read on to find out which ETFs were the most active and performed well last week.

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  • What's Trending?

    Global equity markets started the week on weaker note when China's equity market opened almost 8% lower on its first trading day after a break from the festive holidays. Markets did, however, manage to claw higher after concerns surrounding the coronavirus eased slightly. Sentiment further improved after China announced that it would be reducing the tariffs on its US imports ...

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  • Tech Stocks Rally Continue

    Have you seen the performance of the NYSE FANG Index? The Index, which tracks the performance of 10 of the most renown tech-related companies listed on the US stock exchange, has recorded impressive returns since the start of the year - leaving its peers in the dust.

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  • ETF Weekly

    Ever wonder how the ETFs in Malaysia performed? Read on to find out which ETFs were the most active and performed well last week.

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  • What's Trending?

    Global equity markets took a dive over the Chinese New Year holidays after news of an outbreak of the coronavirus left markets in limbo. The virus, first detected in the Wuhan City of China, led to a complete lock-down of the city as China's government rushed to contain the spread of the virus. The move disrupted the world's largest human ...

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  • What's Trending?

    Market sentiment improved last week after the de-escalation of political tension between the US and Iran, and the signing of its phase 1 trade deal between US and China. The semblance of clarity nudged investors to move back into riskier assets, pushing global equities to hit new highs.

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  • China's New Economy Sectors: How Are They Doing?

    China's economy is shifting from being primarily focused on investment and manufacturing to a consumption- and services-driven market. In this paper (as prepared by S&P Dow Jones Indices), we use the S&P New China Sectors Index to analyse China's growing economic sectors and examine their equity, fundamental, and price performance characteristics.

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  • What's Trending?

    After an intense week, the geopolitical tension that was stoked by the drone attack on Iran de-escalated, and left room for global equity markets to continue to climb. Investors' sentiment toward risk assets also improved on optimism on the US-China trade deal. However, weaker than expected US job data caused a bump in the road, putting some pressure on equity ...

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  • What's Trending?

    Starting the year with a bang took a whole new meaning when news that the US had carried out an air strike in Baghdad on Friday, killing Iran's top general. The calm equity markets which had ended the year with strong returns were abruptly disrupted after the drone attack caused an escalation to the already fragile geopolitical situation between the ...

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  • FANG: Sinking Its Teeth to End 2019 on a High Note

    Having a smartphone in hand, or being connected to the internet has never been more relevant than in the era we live in today. The release of the latest smartphone, or the unveiling of the newest online retail platform has taken over the lustre of opening ceremonies of brick and mortar stores. Tech advancement have led to the mushrooming ...

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  • Ending The Year In A Haze

    We started the year with confidence that global financial markets were set for an upward trajectory this year after signs that key markets were going to lead the pack. Going into the final weeks of the year, markets seem as uncertain as it did this time last year.

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  • Leveraged & Inverse ETF

    Two new Exchange-Traded Fund ("ETF") strategies will soon be introduced on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia; the leveraged, and inverse strategies. These strategies will provide an avenue for investors to either double their investment exposure into an index through a (2x) Leveraged ETF, or gain the reverse (inverse) performance of the index through a (-1x) Inverse ETF.

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  • The Opportunities Within New China

    Investing in Chinese companies have not been easy over the past 3 months amidst the unresolved trade tension and the on-going protest in Hong Kong. The New China Economy which are made up of sectors such as technology, consumer discretionary, healthcare, are outperforming China of old (sectors such as financials, utilities, manufacturing).

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  • Markets turn volatile... but not more so than it has been this year

    There has been no clear sight of the dust settling from uncertainties that global financial markets continue to grapple with. Trade talks between the US and China are still on-going, although the latest round of additional tariffs that President Trump tweeted about has been delayed.

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  • Your Quick Guide to Markets Thus Far

    As anticipated, the US Fed slashed its rates by 0.25% in July, marking its 1st rate cut since the financial crisis in 2008. Despite encouraging economic data flowing out of the US, the Feds Chairman, Jerome Powell cited the move as an "insurance against downside risk". The move was seen as a defensive one, given the current sluggish ...

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  • China's Equities Bounced Back After GDP Meets Estimates

    China released its 2nd quarter GDP results at 6.2%. The 6.2% was its weakest in almost 30-years, but given the current landscape, it was within estimates. Markets recovered the same day the data was released as underlying data points showed signs of improvement.

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  • US & China in for another round of Poker as trade dispute enters new phase

    Sell in May and go away has never been more relevant as of late. Global financial markets took a hit after President Trump raised the stakes and announced more tariffs to be imposed on China imports, citing trade talks to be moving along too slowly for his liking.

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  • Old China vs. New China

    There has been much talk about China government's shift of focus away from its manufacturing-centric economy towards one that is consumption-centric. Concentration is now turned towards its massive population, as well as its rising middle-class. Having built its reputation as the go-to country for manufacturing during its developing stage, we are now witnessing a transition towards the service and ...

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  • 1Q2019 Snapshot of the TradePlus S&P New China Tracker

    Consumption remains a key performance driver for the Chinese market, where tech and consumer-related stocks have continued to trend higher over the quarter. Here's a snapshot of how the New China Economy faired in 1Q2019.

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  • China: Focusing on Consumption

    In line with a more sustainable growth pace, China had recently guided a lower GDP range for 2019

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  • Updates on TradePlus S&P New China Tracker

    Updates on TradePlus S&P New China Tracker

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  • Precious Metal Living Up to its Name

    After a slow start for Gold in 2018, tensions and uncertainties drove prices higher in the 2nd half to eke out a 1.2% gain (in MYR terms) for the year. We started the year on a high note, with strong investors' confidence leading investors to stay focused on riskier assets.

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  • China: Taking on New Routes to Growth

    The meteoric rise of China as an economic powerhouse over the past half century is nothing short of a remarkable story. Through the gradual liberalisation of its economy since the 1970s, China has successfully steered itself from being one of the world's poorest nations to its second-largest economy today.

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  • Commentary on Gold

    Short-term global headwinds present long-term investment opportunities in Gold

    Global financial markets kick-started 2018 with much enthusiasm - where the synchronised and broad-based expansion seen from the year before seemingly showed further room to run...

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  • Demystifying Shariah-Gold ETFs

    Against a benign economic backdrop of moderate inflation, but also dramatic headlines stemming from escalating tensions in North Korea, more missteps in Trump's administration and terror attacks in Europe - we've seen a collective flight to safety by investors amidst rising geopolitical risks which has chilled stock markets.

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  • What is an ETF

    Exchange traded funds (ETF) are unit trust funds that are listed & traded on a stock exchange. They are open-ended, index tracking funds which invest in a basket of securities (eg. stocks, bonds, commodities, etc.) to mirror the performance of the index that it tracks.

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  • Various ways to invest in Gold

    Decided to add some gold exposure into your portfolio but not sure where to begin? Let us explore some of the common ways where one can gain a piece of royalty!

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  • Why Gold?

    From its usage as a medium to facilitate commerce in ancient times to being keepsake jewelleries for royalties and the affluent - gold has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in economies throughout the millenniums. Widely dubbed as a unique asset of wealth and value, its applications today are just as relevant for investors as it is for the man on ...

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  • Gold: A Puzzle Piece for Diversification

    With the exception of death and taxes, it is often mentioned that nothing else in this world offers permanency - and the same can be said for the investment realm. The rise and fall of markets have been very much evident throughout the decades, and we've seen bulls turn into bears without the slightest hint. Hence the reason why market ...

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  • Investing in Gold

    Having stood against the test of time, gold has been interwoven into society as a unique asset of wealth and value. Today, it has become an essential piece of a diversified investment portfolio and is widely considered as an elective wealth preservation tool especially during adverse and uncertain market conditions.

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  • Active Vs Passive Strategies

    The active versus passive debate has played out across numerous investment circuits globally, and whilst proponents for each strategy have strong arguments for either approach - the debate still rages on.

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  • Hedging Currency Risk

    To hedge or not to hedge? That's probably the question on the minds of most investors, as they look outwards for their investments and seek to add to their allocation overseas.

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  • Picking a Unit Trust that Suits your Portfolio

    Having too much choice can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it presents more options for consumers, but the downside is that it can also be overwhelming for some, with a whole plethora of options to choose from - and this often leads to the consumer then making no choice at all.

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  • Diversification still make "cents"

    "Never place all your eggs in a single basket" is probably one of the most commonly used and thrown-about phrases in various financial commentaries and articles. Nonetheless, although the investment realm has vastly expanded over the years, the advice still holds true and is applicable even till today.

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