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SGX Orb Awards: These Are The Best Financial Articles You Should Be Reading In 2018 (As Chosen By SGX)

These are what SGX identified as the best in financial news and content – and it pays to listen.

In line with its aim of improving financial education among investors, SGX launched the Orb Awards this year to recognise excellence financial journalism and content.

The winners of the Orb Awards were selected by a distinguished judging panel made up of representatives from Nasdaq, Google News Lab, Deloitte, and a former international journalist and represent the best of online and traditional content for investors in the Singapore market.

The winning entries across all six categories are most definitely worth a read (or re-read)!

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SGX Versus HKEX (Story of the Year – Securities)

This category honours a news or feature story that best offered insights on investing in the equities and fixed income securities markets, capturing significant developments that impact capital markets.

The winner this year was a piece by Chan Chao Pei, titled SGX versus HKEX. It explored how SGX and HKEX were competing with each other to lure companies wanting to IPO, and the strengths that each exchange had. The article was first published by The Edge Singapore.

Notable mentions:

Are contractors ready to run?
Industrial, property stocks breathing life back into Singapore stock market

China Is Working To Change Global Commodities Trading – To Its Own Benefit (Story of the Year – Derivatives)

Derivatives have a large influence on Singapore’s relevance to global markets. This category recognises a news or feature story that puts the spotlight on the derivatives, turning typically complex concepts into clear and precise storytelling.

The winning entry is written by Tan Huileng of CNBC, titled China is working to change global commodities trading — to its own benefit. It is a fascinating deep dive into the world of commodities and futures – and what China is doing to play a bigger role in that world.

Notable mention:

India’s Data Takeaway Leaves Index Derivatives in a Pickle

Small Change: You Don’t Have To be Super-Smart To Get Rich (Your Opinion Counts)

This award recognises the most outstanding overall commentary or op-ed piece that shares a unique and thought-provoking opinion on Singapore’s importance as an international financial hub.

This year’s winner was an op-ed by Straits Times Senior Correspondent Goh Eng Yeow, titled Small Change: You don’t have to be super-smart to get rich. In his essay, he explained why even famously smart people are not immune to disastrous financial and investment decisions, and simple measures can help ordinary people overcome this weakness.

Notable mentions:

Hock Lock Siew; Rare victory for minority shareholders at Vard

Money Mind Stock Investment Challenge 2017 (The Visual Treat)

This category honours all that is creative and experiential in service of telling a compelling story while offering viewers an experience to remember.

The winning entry is Channel NewsAsia’s Money Mind Stock Investment Challenge 2017, which is a gameshow that pits 10 contestants against each other to put together the top performing stock portfolio.

Notable mentions:

[#AskDrWealth] What’s the Difference Between Cum Dividend & Ex Dividend
Singapore Budget 2017 explained in 3 minutes

Creative brings ‘3D’ sound to headphones after US$100m R&D  (The Hidden Gem)

This award seeks to honour the best feature or analysis of an under-covered stock listed on SGX, whether on Mainboard or Catalist, with a fresh angle that investors or analysts may have missed.

The winner this year is Creative brings ‘3D’ sound to headphones after US$100m R&D by Marissa Lee of the Business Times. Her story was widely acclaimed and credited as the catalyst for Creative Technology’s stock price shooting up from $1.25 (the level it has been for years) to $8.75 in a matter of weeks.

Notable mentions:

Japan Food’s net margin improving on the back of multi-brand leverage
QT Vascular – getting back to the pink of health? (

This category honours the financial blogger or independent investment-related website that most empowers investors to make educated decisions with their money. was the winner this year. Interesting, FifthPerson as well as the runners up were all on DollarsAndSense’s recommended list of finance blogs and websites! Heartiest congratulations and applause to them for producing original, useful content for Singapore investors and consumers.

Notable Mentions:

Budget Babe
Value Invest Asia

Read Also: (2018 Updated Edition) Complete Guide To Finance Blogs And Websites In Singapore

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