There has been comparisons of investment culture between Singapore and Hong Kong, where many believe Hong Kong is ahead of Singapore. The extract below from an article on Tradehaven discusses some of the comparisons.
This article was published on www.tradehaven.net, and is republished with permission.
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We asked 14 Singapore finance bloggers to share what they would do if they could go back in time and invest their first $20,000. They can no longer rewind time, but you can learn from their experience and hopefully start with a better footing.
1. FAIR – Financial Advisory Industry Review
has brought to our attention that perhaps not all financial advisors in Singapore are up to scratch which is, err, serious enough for an overhaul of industry standards.
2. Home Bias in Equities
Zico, our in house equity consultant, was sharing with me his exasperation in dealing with some of his peers. His friends who are heavyweight fund managers, brokers and investors. Singaporeans managing millions of dollars. All stuck in the mindset of investing on tip offs and microscopically fascinated in only Singapore equity.
Nonetheless, they are hugely successful in their own right. Reeling profits of 50% in the recent Hankore run up in a month (which incidentally makes Hyflux a sell, for their dated technology) which matches Zico’s own painstakingly researched gem investment in Tencent, which took longer to deliver.
3. STI vs HSI
30 vs 50 stocks. 6 vs 9 industry groups. HSI has basic materials, tech companies and utilities which makes it slightly more diversified with twice the market capitalisation of Singapore, basically leveraging off their China links.
There are more active ETFs in Hong Kong, starting with our favourte 2823 HK (FTSE A50 China) and 2801 HK (MSCI China Index).
4. Investment Education
I guess the investment culture is more ingrained in the fabric of Hong Kong society where everybody fancies themselves with superior information. There are more millionaires in Hong Kong http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/06/19/hong-kong-eclipses-singapore-in-millionaire-wealth-pool/ and people pay more attention to their finances because there is no CPF to grandmother them.
It starts at preschool, if this photo taken off Twitter can be relied upon.
Yet it takes most Singaporeans less than 10 years to become a millionaire. That is the fastest rate anywhere in the world, says a wealth report released by the Barclays Bank on July 5, 2013 in Singapore. http://www.forbes.com/sites/neerjajetley/2013/07/08/singaporeans-are-the-fastest-in-the-world-to-become-millionaires/
There is no conclusion if you ask me.
And why should Zico’s friends bother with what is happening with Tesla and the likes at all when we have Blumont and the likes in our backyards ?
Yes. There is no problem with knowing too little, avoiding anything but the familiarity of penny stocks and Singapore shares, sticking to just the SGD dollar or recommendations from your inner circle of friends for opportunities in Myanmar or the Philippines. And there is no problem with knowing too much from reading publicly available reports and analyses.
I have been toying with the idea of arranging bond seminars and it is increasingly looking like a waste of time for Singapore. Bonds are not going to make anyone rich and it is just so much better for us to stick to what we are good at doing, getting a close friend with the next Blumont tip.
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