18-25 Mar 17, Top 5 Most Interesting Finance/Investment Articles I read this week

Contributed by: Warriortan


#1 Singapore REIT ETFs: Nikko AM-Straits Trading and Philips-SGX APAC REIT ETFs compared

“Investors keen for a Singapore-listed REIT ETF with exposure across the Asia-Pacific region now have two options … But which REIT ETF should you choose given the subtle, but important nuances between the two Singapore REIT ETFs in terms of diversity, geographical coverage, and property types?”



#2 Singapore dividend plays still a draw

“Aside from real estate investment trusts (Reits), they pointed to staples such as telcos and technology companies, with their top picks including data centre owner Keppel DC Reit, telco Singtel and electronics maker Venture Corp. Banks are likely to benefit from higher rates in the long run too, some said”


#3 A Look at Shell’s Performance This Year (A useful collections of articles analysing performance of Shell Stock Price)

“Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) stock has fallen 6% since January 3, 2017. In comparison, peers ExxonMobil (XOM), Total (TOT), and BP (BP) have fallen 10%, 2%, and 10%, respectively. Let’s look at what led to the fall in Shell’s stock price.”


#4 Is The Constantly Changing Natural Gas Market About To Change Again?

“The growing glut of natural gas on the global market – spurred in part by increased exports of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by U.S. producers over the last year – reminds us of the dynamic nature of the domestic natural gas market, and the role shifting public policies have played into that over the years.”



#5 A Special Feature on Articles around High Yield Bonds (with special contributions from CH)


(a) Junk-Bond Market Heads Towards Deep Freeze

“The wheels of the $1.3 trillion U.S. junk-bond market are slowly grinding to a halt.Just a few years ago, the market was as wide open as it had ever been, allowing borrowers to raise money for anything and everything. But times have changed”



(b) 2017 High Yield Bond Market Outlook: Issuance To Heat Up, Returns To Cool

“High-yield bond issuance in 2016, which stands at $228 billion, is likely to fall about 13% short of the total for 2015, to mark a fourth consecutive annual decline. Most forecasts project at least a modest rise in the year ahead, but projections for issuance and high-yield returns cover unusually wide territory, as expected rate volatility dovetails with fiscal uncertainty attendant to the incoming Trump administration.”



(c) This Fallen Angel ETF Really A Rising Star

” … There’s one fund that seems to be in a class of its own, at least in the past few years. The VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (ANGL) is neither the oldest, the biggest, the most liquid or the most popular high-yield bond ETF … “



(d) The 2 funds that were discussed … (for your own analysis)

(i) United Asian High Yield Bond Fund UAHYBSD:SP


(ii) Allianz Global Investors Fund – Allianz US High Yield AUAMH2S:LX



Have a great weekend all!

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