After a torrid few years, with 2018 one of the hardest, Singapore’s stock market is staging something of a rally. Hopes for a US-China trade settlement and a New Year budget, thought positive for property and other sectors, have pepped up what had been a flagging equities scene.
The Brexit picture has been further clouded by a split in the opposition Labour Party and a looming vote on whatever deal the government can bring back from Brussels. But the pound is generally stronger against major currencies and the blue-chip FTSE 100 Index is higher than it was a month ago.
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Singapore’s policy of keeping its currency within set trading bands seems to have paid off as its value has remained remarkably stable during the past year. Any volatility is usually caused by problems in other currencies, such as sterling’s Brexit-induced weakness.
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