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Analysts not expecting surprises from local banks

[SINGAPORE] Analysts do not expect major surprises from the three local banks' second-quarter results. So what will they be looking out for? Top of the scrutiny list would be disclosures on their China exposures and Asean businesses. Increasingly, the trio - DBS Group Holdings, OCBC Bank and United Overseas Bank - are seeing their profit driven by their non-Singapore operations. Still, core...


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...


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