12 Oct 18 - World Investor Week with Monetary Authority of Singapore
My honour to be invited to share on World Investor Week (WIW), a global campaign of 90 countries promoted by International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). They are the international body that brings together the world's securities regulators and is recognized as the global standard setter for the securities sector. IOSCO develops, implements and promotes adherence to internationally recognized standards for securities regulation. It works intensively with the G20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) on the global regulatory reform agenda. That evening topic was on leveraged investing. The organizer and ourselves were surprised to received many questions online and from the venue itself. After an hour of Q&A, it was comforting to hear the following illustration from one of the audience. It shown how much he has understand about leverage investing in this short sharing session. “It is like having a prawn noddle soup with chilli padi, with it, it will enhance the taste. However, some may prefer not to add chilli padi in their noddle soup. Even if you like chilli padi, it has to be moderate and not excessive.” His illustration has blessed me in return!
01 Oct 18 - Singapore Exchange
My gratitude to SGX for a very successful event on Monday. A total of 286 registration received. Topic - "The keys to investing in this uncertain time" Glad to see Singapore's investors are hungry. Keep learning in spite of so much uncertainty around in 2018. Received following emails from the participants, thank you!: "An eye opener. In this short time, I found it fascinating that markets move and react the way they do due to external events. It's really interesting. I will definitely be thinking about what type of investors I am" - Ammar
26 Mar 18 - Petrol Yuan
26 March 18 is the first day trading for PetroYuan or China's Yuan Oil Futures. Listed in INE, Shanghai International Energy Exchange. Bloomberg: China Set to Shake Up Oil Futures Market. Few keys: 1) Trading hours: 9am-11:30am, 1:30pm-3pm, 9pm-2:30am 2) Seven grades deliverable 3) Chinese buyers can lock-in prices and pay in local currency 4) Foreign traders allowed to invest 5) A first for Chinese commodities markets From my right, Mr 闫建涛， BP Head of Policy, Industry & Regulatory Affairs, Ms 颜树萍 and Mr 朱斌, Nanhua Westlake Interaction Talent Devlopment Fund Committee Vice Chairman and Mr 刁夏楠，spokesman of INE or Shanghai International energy.
System testing before it's launch months ago. It should be taking the center stage in 2018 and beyond. Likely, it will not just impact on the oil prices, but other markets as well. It has already re-shape the way I design my investment matrix. From my extreme 3rd and 2nd left gentlemen, 李润生 and瞿辉, Deputy Party Secretary and Energy Direction from China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation. On my left, 黄运成, a former China Securities Regulatory Commission Researcher. We were trying and testing out one of the broker’s trading platform. Thank you for also inviting me to share on trading strategies and risks management on oil trading to your fund managers and industry physical traders. After Shanghai Hong Kong connect initiative, China equities experienced a time of turbulence in 2014 and 2015. This time, they are in no rush to launch Petro-Yuan. The environment is preparing itself well both in it's infrastructure and market knowledge.
24 Feb 18 - Nanyang Business School
Sharing "Rebalancing as best defense against sudden market downturn" with students and the student's leaders from our local universities. My observation: Jan to Feb 17, Dow Jones average range: 106 points Jan to Feb 18, Dow Jones average range: 362 points Jan to Feb 17, STI average range: 21.97 points Jan to Feb 18, STI average range: 30.47 points Comparing 2017 and 2018, the daily range has widen significantly. More volatility ahead? Keeping watch on the following: i) Trump’s unpredictable trade policy ii) Continuous weakening of US dollar iii) Increase of interest rate (The rate of increase) With constant changes and in order to stay ahead, we need to learn the art of rebalancing or making switches among the different markets. Alongside with me during the panel discussion. Peter Douglas, Director, CAIA Foundation, Emmanuelle Norchet, Associate Director, Golden Equator Capital, Lance Low, Co-Founder, JEDTrade, Ernie Teo, Research Scientist and Adjunct Lecturer, IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation and NUS Computing and my friend Chua I-Min from SGX.