09 Aug '12, 2am

Investing in stocks

While I do agree in principle with Mr Tan’s approach to stock investments for average Singaporeans who know little about financial markets, a few practical realities give pause to me in fully supporting SGX and SIAS’s push to increase retail participation. To start off, there is no universal definition to differentiate investment from speculative activities. The formers sounds learned while the latter concords negative images of a gambling addict. As a result, most participants define their market participation as investments rather than punting. General rules of thumb like the time frame of holdings, the practice of fundamental and/or technical analyses, concentration on “blue chips” (whatever that means) are woefully inadequate to come out with a set of coherent identifiers that separate investments from speculations. Most laymen do not have the required knowledge to mak...

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