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Acceleration of global growth may drive equities to new heights

The five-year equity rally is entering a mature phase After five years of recovery from the financial tsunami, the global equity rally has entered a more mature phase, which is historically associated with more moderate equity price gains and higher price volatility. Following a 24 per cent rally in 2013, the surge of the MSCI World Index has moderated to 5 per cent in the first...


S'pore: An investors' gateway to Asean opportunities

THE economic rise of Asia has been much noted and discussed, but within Asia is the gem that is the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean), of which many up-and-coming economies are a part of. Asean continues to integrate, and this will see it increase in importance as an economic region on the global arena. The Asean Economic Community (AEC) has already achieved impressive economic...


Private equity emerges as an 'alternative' asset class

WELL-KNOWN Singapore-based companies such as Crystal Jade, Goodpack, Orange Valley and TES-Envirocorp are essentially different, either in terms of size, products or industries. But they share a common feature: all of them are backed by private equity firms. As long-term shareholders, private equity managers bring not only capital but also expertise when partnering with management teams and...


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