Two articles in today's Straits Times caught my eye. One was "Reits look like good bets to yield-hungry investors" and the other was "GIC more cautious in going for higher returns". Both talked about a "bubbly" situation. The first article touched on the FTSE ST REITs Index outperforming the Straits Times Index by 4% since … Continue reading Safety Bubble?
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Atul Gawande wrote an article called "The Checklist" and it makes an interesting read. In it, he discusses how checklists have helped bring down the rate of infection in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) tremendously. The checklist can be as simple as a five step process. Doctors are to (1) wash their hands with soap, (2) clean … Continue reading The Importance of Checklists
Many Singaporeans are lamenting that the property prices, especially that of government-subsidised Housing Development Board (HDB) properties, have gone up exorbitantly. Looking at iProperty's HDB Singapore website, a 5-room flat in Kim Tian area goes for $780,000. Just 10 years ago, in 2003, the same property can be bought for around $360,000. For a couple to buy … Continue reading Rising HDB Prices In Singapore
"The Outsiders" is another book recommended by Warren Buffett in his 2012 Shareholder's Letter on top of "Investing Between The Lines". In the letter, he comments, "The Outsiders, by William Thorndike, Jr., is an outstanding book about CEOs who excelled at capital allocation. It has an insightful chapter on our director, Tom Murphy, overall the best … Continue reading Book Review – “The Outsiders”