FOREX: Understanding Commodity-Pegged Currencies

This information in this article might be slightly outdated but the gist of it still remains. During one of my presentations in the SMU EYE Investment FOREX Sub-committee I had the chance to test out the correlation between the US Dollar / Canadian Dollar Pair and crude oil (Western Texas Intermediate & Brent).  Of course … Continue reading FOREX: Understanding Commodity-Pegged Currencies


The Relationship: Volatility & 2 Indices.

We're entering the 10th year of the stock market bull run. Equity valuations are arguably "over-priced". The US economy is starting to show good strength, inducing the central bank to push the interest rate lever upwards. It is very likely that we will see several rate hikes in the ensuing periods of this year, but … Continue reading The Relationship: Volatility & 2 Indices.

3 Announcements Investors have to Look Out For

Non-Farm Payroll (Unemployment Data) The Non-Farm Payroll announcement is the release of employment data that is not related to farm jobs or private household employees or non-profit organisations. This accounts for approximately 80% of the workers that produce the entire GDP of the United States. This, of course, is one of the most influential statistics … Continue reading 3 Announcements Investors have to Look Out For

3 Ways To Blow A FOREX Account

Risking more than 2% per trade “Go hard or go home”. This phrase is being passed around everywhere today. Sounds apt in the gym, but not so much in trading. Many novice traders are guilty of risking a significant amount of their account in any one trade. Trading is a game of probability and randomness … Continue reading 3 Ways To Blow A FOREX Account

Are you a Trader or Investor?

This article was written in partnership with ShareInvestor, a financial internet media & technology company that owns one of the largest investor relations network in Asia. Trading vs Investing People often confuse trading and investing; many use them interchangeably. However, these 2 ways of making money in the market are actually very different. Whether you’re more … Continue reading Are you a Trader or Investor?

Getting your feet wet in investing

*This is not a sponsored post and we are not making any investment recommendations. Please do your own due diligence before making any investments. Please read the full disclaimer on the right column of this page* As I am writing this article, I am very thankful of all the experiences I have gotten from the … Continue reading Getting your feet wet in investing

Liquidation?! Who’s got your money?

In each trading day, billions of shares are being traded on stock exchanges around the world. With screens flickering at the tick of every price change, market participants actively buy and sell shares in a bid to make a profit. Traders would think about risks associated with macroeconomic and geopolitical news events that may change … Continue reading Liquidation?! Who’s got your money?

Why the stock market will go higher over time.

Companies increase revenue by increasing prices of their goods and services. Every year, we consumers pay more and more, complaining how everything has gotten more expensive. But if you’re an investor, you might have thought of the situation differently. Higher priced goods suggest high revenues (assuming no change in sales volume), potentially translating into better … Continue reading Why the stock market will go higher over time.

Raising Capital: Debt Financing

Starting a new business? You need capital! Expanding your existing business? You need capital! Starting a new family? You need capital too (in case nobody told you)! Firms need capital for various reasons; expanding scale of existing operations, new projects, corporate acquisitions, the list goes on…. There are two main ways firms can finance their … Continue reading Raising Capital: Debt Financing

Lessons from 17th Century Tulipomania

How much would you pay for a stalk of tulip? If you haven’t heard of the Tulip Craze in the 17th century, it might surprise you how much people were willing to pay for a stalk of tulip. Courtesy of The Tulip Craze takes us back to 17th century Holland when speculators were interested … Continue reading Lessons from 17th Century Tulipomania