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Understanding China’s financial market chaos

Originally published August 2021. Virtually the entire Chinese economy, especially sectors with heavy investment inflows, such as technology, social media and private education, is in a state of flux. Foreign investors are pulling their positions, Chinese CEOs are under strict scrutiny and stocks are in a free fall as Chinese regulators continue to unleash a […]

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Singapore REITs: monthly analysis 

FTSE ST Real Estate Investment Trusts (FTSE ST REIT Index) decreased slightly from 876.88 to 842.13 (-3.96%) compared to the last month update. Currently the Singapore REIT index is still trading with a range between 816 and 890. Yield spread (in reference to the 10-year Singapore government bond of 1.57% as of 2nd October 2021) widened […]

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The England Nobel XI test team

Imagining the ultimate scorecard. Kipling, R. Galsworthy, J. Eliot, T. Russell, B. Churchill, W. [Capt] Golding, W. Pinter, H. Lessing, D.  Naipaul, V. Ishiguro, K. Dylan, R. In this summer sun’s season of cricket and unmown lawns, large novels and sleepy deckchairs, what better than a musing on some of literature’s greats coupled with the […]

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The world is literally burning…

…and we simply don’t care enough. The publication of the 3,949 page Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis Report in early August elicited many different comments from governments, the media and individuals around the world. This is the sixth such report (and only part one of three) and likely to be the last one […]

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Confessions of a valuer, chapter 19: Australia’s bicentennial – Britain’s revenge

In this very special series of exclusive articles for The Property Chronicle, Australian property legend Norman Harker reflects on his extraordinary 50-year life in real estate. He will pull no punches, partly because, as he freely admits, Norman has a limited life expectancy of five years from December 2018 due to a diagnosed terminal blood […]

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Living with long Covid

The virus will cast a far-reaching shadow. As we cross the 18-month mark of the pandemic, we are arguably reaching the point that the descriptor endemic may be a more appropriate term to employ. This is not meant to downgrade the ongoing seriousness of the medical situation, but it seems increasingly likely that the prevalence […]

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Looking into the past: women investors

Recent scholarship on investment patterns during the 18th and 19th centuries in Britain has uncovered the role of women as investors. By the late 19th century, rising real wealth and the promise of higher returns coupled with lower risk led both men and women from a widening social spectrum, including the less affluent, to own […]

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Evergrande: a debacle of epic proportion

Falling below the red lines.   Evergrande, the most indebted real estate company globally, faces mounting bankruptcy risks as the company has defaulted on payments and struggles to meet its financial liabilities of over US$300b.  Evergrande’s financial woes surfaced not long after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Ministry of Housing introduced new […]

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