Smart Reads of the Week

Another week of earnings season has passed with a raft of blue-chips companies reporting their quarterly results. 

Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI) heavyweight such as Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (SGX: O39), airline operator Singapore Airlines Ltd (SGX: C6L) and conglomerate CapitaLand Limited (SGX: C31) kicked off the week reporting on Tuesday. 

With the earnings reports dropping in one after the other, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the information.

But always remember that you do not have to act immediately when an earnings result comes out. After all, if your horizon is tuned towards decades rather than days or months, you should have plenty of time to catch up with all the reports. 

That said, it’s easy to lose focus if your stock gets punished by the market for quarterly results that do not meet expectations. 

Chin Hui Leong shares his own recent experience and breaks down his thought process on how to keep our wits about us, even when everyone else is losing theirs. 

Smart Mindset: What To Do When Your Stock Crashes

We are living in interesting times. Very interesting times. But then, we have always lived in interesting times, David Kuo argues. 

Don’t get distracted with the daily avalanche of news, whether it is macro related or company related. Most of all, do not fear lower stock prices. If we can buy shares of good companies on the cheap, then our chances of us getting a good return improves. 

Smart Take of the Week: Melt Up

If you do not have time to follow the many stocks out there, then consider passive investing. 

Today, there are plenty of options and a good handful of exchange-traded funds that can track your preferred index. But be warned. Not every ETF is made the same. Chong Ser Jing had eight key tips for investors on how to sort out the better ETFs out there.  

The Smart ETF Checklist: 8 Points to Note Before You Buy  

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None of the information in this article can be constituted as financial, investment, or other professional advice. It is only intended to provide education. Speak with a professional before making important decisions about your money, your professional life, or even your personal life. David Kuo owns shares in OCBC.