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Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (26 to 30 April 2021)

Markets declined to close out April with a whimper and were unusually choppy and spooky beneath the surface during the week despite a strong earnings season, which saw Microsoft and Apple down 3.4% and 2.1% despite reporting better-than-expected earnings, as a wave of profit-taking swept across the market, resulting in many popular stocks – both…
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May 1, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (19 to 23 April 2021)

Markets bounced on Friday to pare back losses for the week, as traders digest a triumvirate of events weighing on market sentiments: (1) Biden’s capital-gains tax hike, (2) Double-mutation virus surge in India and Japan, (3) Netflix’s dismal quarterly results with horrific plunge in subscriber growth and weak guidance. Long-term capital gains and qualified dividends…
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April 24, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (12 to 16 April 2021)

Treasury yields slide during the week despite a parade of positive economic data in which U.S. retail sales rose nearly 10% in March, the second largest increase on record, to the chagrin of speculative traders in the reflation/reopening trade of the Cyclicals. With yields retreating, gold rose 1.9%, heading for its best week since December,…
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April 23, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (5 to 9 April 2021)

Markets rose to new highs while equity trading volume plunged, with the five-day average across U.S. exchanges dropping to the lowest since October. The lull felt especially abrupt after 13 months of frenzied trading brought the fastest bear market ever and a furious rally not equaled in 90 years. Inflows to stocks past 5 months (US$576bn) exceed…
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April 23, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (29 March to 2 April 2021)

Fear fades and greed rules in a dramatic quarter. The haloed promised end of the pandemic supposedly draws closer with every vaccine shot in the arm. So in the first three months of 2021, traders lunged to position themselves for a post-COVID world by girding for higher inflation and super-charged economically-sensitive cyclical growth poised to…
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April 23, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (23 to 26 March 2021)

Markets were choppy and rocked by messy price swings that whipsawed traders during the week, capped by an extraordinary spree of block trades on Friday which erased US$35 billion from the values of bellwether stocks ranging from Chinese technology giants to U.S. media companies, spurred speculation of forced selling by a massive fund being liquidated.…
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April 23, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (15 to 19 March 2021)

Tech, Commodities/Energy, Financials, Bonds and China/EM all suffered during the week. After Fed’s chair Powell appeared to pull off the impossible balancing act in calming the markets with his ultra-dovish remarks on Wednesday, it all reversed sharply with the 10-year treasury yield spiking up to the new highs of above 1.75%, while the 30-year broke…
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April 23, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (8 to 12 March 2021)

A sudden selling bout pushed the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield to suddenly spike up on Friday and break above the 1.6% level to end at 1.635%. The world’s most watched bond rate has failed to close above 160 bps in more than a year, though has surpassed that level in volatile intraday trading several times…
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April 23, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (1 to 5 March 2021)

Havens, emerging markets, credit (LQD, EMB), China tech and global tech stocks are hammered heavily this week, pressured by the stronger USD and rising interest rates to 1.56%, up from 1.2% a few weeks ago and less than 1% at year-end 2020. The U.S. dollar surged to its strongest since Thanksgiving (with its biggest week…
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April 23, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (22 to 26 Feb 2021)

“Dude, Get Back to Your Desk!” – this is the week that roiled bond markets in a bloodbath with bond traders around the world instructed to keep vigil at their screens after the speed and ferocity of the selloff caught nearly everyone off guard as the yield on 10-year Treasuries – arguably the most important…
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April 23, 2021 0

Nordic #1 Leader in Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Solution | H.E.R.O. Issue 22, 22 February 2021

Skate to where the puck is going to be – the value chain profits in the electric vehicle (EV) revolution will be shifting towards addressing the bottleneck in the critical charging infrastructure, as evident from how the Nordic countries are leading the way when it comes to the adoption of EVs, led by Norway and Sweden. Norway is…
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February 21, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (15 to 19 Feb 2021)

The battering ram of the steepening yield curve has mercilessly pummelled the gilded castle of havens and defensives during the week, with gold, bonds, REITS and yield-based structured-notes products down significantly in a blood bath rout – and the downward trend that portend further losses looks likely to continue at least till mid-2021. Gold slumped…
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February 21, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (8 to 12 Feb 2021)

Markets rose to new highs in a choppy U.S. session even as 10-year Treasury yields steepened further this week to 120 bps after Fed’s Powell pledge of a ‘patiently accommodative’ policy to boost the pandemic-ridden US labour market. Gold fell after Powell moved to damp down inflation expectations by saying that any rise in prices…
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February 21, 2021 0

The “Marvel Entertainment of Videogames” & One of the Rare Few Remaining AAA Studios in the World | H.E.R.O. Issue 21, 8 February 2021

It’s bigger and more social than ever! At US$180 billion in revenue, videogames have grown exponentially to become a bigger moneymaker than the global movie and sports industries combined, evolving from being a fringe activity for teenagers into a mainstream form of entertainment as they become a gathering place for friends and families to stay in…
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February 7, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (1 to 5 Feb 2021)

U.S. markets jumped to recover from last week’s Reddit-induced losses and the largest hedge fund de-grossing in a decade on Biden’s push of his proposed US$1.9 trillion stimulus plan, as the Senate voted 51-50 on Friday to approve the massive fiscal stimulus package with vice president Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaker. MSCI ACWI All World…
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February 7, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (25 to 29 Jan 2021)

Markets collapsed in the worst and most volatile week since October 2020 as hedge funds had to carry out forced selling of their long positions to offset heavy losses incurred from their heavily-shorted stock positions that were short-squeezed by the hordes of retail day traders on Robinhood ganging up in Reddit and other social media…
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February 7, 2021 0

“Netflix for Doctors” | H.E.R.O. Issue 20, 25 January 2021

Where do doctors, surgeons, oncologists and medical professionals go to learn about the latest medical practices and information? In Japan, they have formed a habit to sign into their Netflix-like paid-subscription account to stream thousands of fun and useful video programs by leading lecturers who are active at the forefront of clinical practice explain information useful in…
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January 24, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (18 to 22 Jan 2021)

“We will have a few weeks of extra money and a few weeks of putting your last, desperate chips into the game, and then an even more spectacular bust. When you have reached this level of obvious super-enthusiasm, the bubble has always, without exception, broken in the next few months, not a few years,” GMO’s…
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January 24, 2021 0

Q: How Many Global Monopolies Are There In the Semiconductor Industry? | H.E.R.O. Issue 19, 18 January 2021

During the time in teaching management accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU), I would ask the class to think of an example of a global monopoly so as to illustrate the dynamics between cost/profit behavior, capex budgeting, innovation and the total addressable market. Sure, there are market leaders like Google in search engine and…
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January 17, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (11 to 15 Jan 2021)

Macroeconomic Commentary U.S. markets experienced its largest weekly decline since 30 Oct 2020, the week before the presidential elections, after the euphoria over Biden’s $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus plan that was unveiled on Thursday fizzled with growing doubts on how much of the package will realistically and ultimately get passed by Congress, and over the…
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January 17, 2021 0

Nordic #1 Pet Care E-Commerce and Omni-Channel Retailer

From a single store in Finland’s Tampere, Europe’s largest lake district wedged between two beautiful lakes, this quiet innovator has held firm to its mission “to support and safeguard the furry everyday life of pet lovers” to grow to become Nordic’s #1 pet care e-commerce and omni-channel retailer. The first store that was opened in 1988…
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January 10, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (4 to 8 Jan 2021)

During the week ended 8 Jan 2021, the the Portfolio of Global Dividend-Yielding Innovators gained around 0.8% nett in SGD, vs MSCI ACWI All World index +3%, S&P 500 +1.8%, Gold -2.6%, Microsoft -1.3%, Apple -0.5%, Facebook -2.1%, Amazon -2.3%, Adobe -3%, Visa -1.5%, Nestle -2.8%. Since the recent inception on 28 August 2020, the Portfolio…
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January 10, 2021 0

New Year Greetings: “Making Your Life A Worthy Expression of Leaning Into the Light” with the H.E.R.O.’s Journey | H.E.R.O. Issue 17, 4 January 2021

“There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.” – Barry Lopez Since her recent inception on 28 August 2020, the Portfolio of Global Dividend-Yielding Innovators has generated double-digit returns in SGD terms and overall…
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January 2, 2021 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (28 to 31 Dec 2020)

Goodbye virus-ridden 2020, Hello hopeful 2021. As we cross into the new year, the virus is still raging, with new infections near peaks in the U.S. and much of Europe, where millions of people are living under strict lockdowns. Yet, global stocks added around US$15 trillion in market cap in 2020, pushing above US$100 trillion…
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January 2, 2021 0

Greatest Wonders of the World 2.0: The New Library of Alexandria – Japan’s Largest Database of Medical Data | H.E.R.O. Issue 16, 28 December 2020

Open to scholars from all cultures, the Library of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, epitomized the zenith of learning and knowledge for over six centuries. Built by the Ptolemaic kings of Egypt, successors of Alexander the Great, they had a staggering ambition: to house all of the books ever written…
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December 27, 2020 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (21 to 25 Dec 2020)

During the week ended 25 December 2020, the the Portfolio of Global Dividend-Yielding Innovators gained over +0.9%, vs MSCI ACWI All World index -0.2%, S&P 500 -0.2%, NASDAQ 100 -0.2%, NYFANG -2.9%, Hang Seng -0.4%, Topix -0.8%, FTSE -0.4%, DAX -0.3%, Facebook -3.3%, Amazon -0.9%, Alibaba -14.6%, Tencent -4.1%, China Mobile -2.3%, Nestle -1%, Unilever -0.9%,…
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December 27, 2020 0

Digitally Transporting German Efficiency to the World: Germany’s & Europe’s #1 Market Leader in Integrated IT & Software Solutions for Public Passenger Transport | H.E.R.O. Issue 15, 21 December 2020

Behold the marvel of rail trains and buses of over 500 transport operators in Germany and Europe who are punctual and running smoothly for annual ridership by the billions with the world-famous German-like efficiency and precision – all because they are relying on the software solutions developed by a quiet digital innovator who commands over…
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December 20, 2020 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (14 to 18 Dec 2020)

During the week ended 18 December 2020, the the Portfolio of Global Dividend-Yielding Innovators gained over +4%, vs MSCI ACWI All World index +0.7%, S&P 500 +1.25%, Hang Seng -0.03%, FTSE -0.3%, Google -2.9%, Intel -4.6%, Alibaba -1.7%, Tencent -1.4%, Meituan -5.2%, JD.com -1.3%, Unilever -1.6%, GSK -4%, Merck -4.1%. Since the recent inception on 28…
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December 20, 2020 0

“Probably Always Cheaper”: Finland’s Most Popular Webstore | H.E.R.O. Issue 14, 14 December 2020

Who could have foreseen that Europe’s largest and probably the most successful home electronics store with 35,000 square meters of retail space, around the size of 5 soccer fields, is in a former cargo port-turned-modern district in Jätkäsaari, situated on the southwestern tip of Central Helsinki facing the open sea? The Jätkäsaari store also features Finland’s largest and free…
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December 13, 2020 0

Weekly Market Commentary By H.E.R.O. (7 to 11 Dec 2020)

During the week ended 11 December 2020, the the Portfolio of Global Dividend-Yielding Innovators gained +0.3%, vs MSCI ACWI All World index -0.6%, S&P 500 -1%, Nasdaq -0.7%, Nasdaq 100 -1.2%, Euro Stoxx -1.5%, German DAX -1.4%, China CSI 300 index -3.5%, Hang Seng -1.2%, Microsoft -0.5%, Amazon -1.5%, Facebook -2.2%, Google -2.5%, Visa -3%, Mastercard…
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December 13, 2020 0