Singapore research trip: monetary policy, bond markets and two chickens

Anthony recently returned from a research trip to Singapore where he spoke to a number of investors. During his time in the Asian city-state, he took his Bond Vigilantes camera to share with all of us what he’s learnt about Singapore, its economy, and fixed interest markets.

Despite its small geographic size, the Singaporean economy is one of most prosperous in the world, fuelled by a strong international trade link. The Singaporean model advocates for a mixed economic framework where free-market policies coexist with the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s intervention in macroeconomic policy.

With an intact AAA Sovereign credit rating, Singapore finds itself in a fantastic fiscal position which, together with a rapidly developing financial market and robust banking system, has made it one of the most open and competitive markets in the world. And, with the third largest GDP per capita in the world, we wonder if perhaps the Asian city-state could provide some valuable economic lessons for its south-east Asian neighbours.

The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Ana Gil

Job Title: Investment Director

Specialist Subjects: High yield credit, inflation

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