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Business
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BUS 100
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Louis Pike

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Article analysis Asian Lion: 1. Pro-business and growing fast, Singapore is an ideal gateway to south-east Asia for Canadian entrepreneurs. World Bank ranked Singapore easiest place in the world to conduct business. 2. In 2006, Coastal Contacts enthusiastically acquired Singapore-based AsianZakka Pte. Ltd., whose annual online sales of contact lenses in East Asia were $10 million. 3. Singapore government encourages growth in specific sectors with information technology, biotech and medical technology 4. Lion city is pro-business government, highly efficient infrastructures and tax advantages for foreign firms 5. Its port has a well-earned reputation for fast and efficient customs clearance and handling of foreign shipments. 6. Singapore’s economy posted stunning growth, 14.5%, the highest rate in Asia Gusher of reasons to buy energy funds: 1. Since equity markets bottomed out two years ago, Canada’s S&P/TSX Energy Index has shot up by a whopping 70%. 2. Governments that induce inflation make debit easier to pay; harmful to savers but is good for long-term debtors-lowers the real value of the interest payments 3. People stock up on commodities to hedge against inflation, which leads to even higher prices, and thus inflation continues to rise 4. Energy stock-japans’ nuclear crisis- energy has become unattractive, both politically and environmentally; alternative is natural gas that will replace nuclear energy to generate electricity 5. Political uncertainty in the Middle East – 1 third or worlds oil supply pushed oil prices 120$/barrel 6. S&P/TSX is more than 25% energy stocks – or buy energy fund; found in natural resources funds – concerns include foreign currency and if you want the fund with small cap or large-cap focus Institutionalize yourself: 1. Retail investors get high fees and taxes – own errors in judgement; School Management in Yale 2008 – track cash flow in and out of mutual funds to measure investor sentiment, the research found that retail investors direct their money to funds which invest in stocks that have low future returns 2. Plan your Future – don’t pick an investment product or stock that has been popular recently; dollar-cost averaging 3. Diversify, then Rebalance – Retail investors can work to maintain a diverse portfolio by employing asset allocation strategies that force holders to maintain set percentages of different assets; balances risk and reward 4. Confront your Risks – take minimum amount of risk necessary to achieve your financial goals; a few big mistakes can undo years of hard work 5. Lose Less to Fees – incom
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