Finance: Market pullbacks make great opportunities

Finance: Market pullbacks make great opportunities

PHUKET: Pullbacks are great opportunities to see where the strongest stocks are, allowing investors to make a watch list of potential leadership stocks or sector ETFs that are holding up in the face of bad news. Since early March, we have been seeing the S&P 500 undergo some consolidation involving a pullback. A 2-8 per cent pullback is perfectly healthy and normal, with anything higher being more unusual, but nothing to panic about. This time around, we saw financial stocks getting hit the most. This brings us to about 30-35 per cent cash for clients’ long-term growth accounts. Despite the increasingly scary news (s

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Business Buzz: Email marketing missing the mark

Business Buzz: Email marketing missing the mark

PHUKET: Recently, my business partner and I have been analyzing email marketing and what came to light was quite a surprise. He is a systems engineer so it is fair to say his level of knowledge of IT far surpasses my own. We were collaborating on our latest project and the issue of email marketing and whether it was effective came to light. The concept is fairly simple. You collect potential customers’ email addresses through some kind of capture technique and enter them into your system. Once the addresses are in the system, you fire away emails to your heart's content. Sounds simple right? So what could possibly go wron

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Property Watch: Thailand at a crossroads in property investment

Property Watch: Thailand at a crossroads in property investment

PHUKET: Thailand is and will remain an attractive property market to invest in. The geography lends itself well to a good quality of life, especially if income to support that lifestyle isn’t an issue. However, it does have neighboring competition and is in the process of assessing its options to revise laws to continue developing its economy. The way in which Thailand chooses to proceed at this current crossroads will have an impact for the next 5-10 years and will shape the volume and quality of foreign investment in property. Amid a backdrop of protests about ‘long leases’ for foreigners in special economic zones, I

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Phuket pads: Escape to Coconut Island paradise

Phuket pads: Escape to Coconut Island paradise

PHUKET: A rare opportunity is presenting itself on Koh Maprao, or Coconut Island, in the form of a piece of private, pristine beach front featuring a luxury, tropical villa ready for the taking. The essence of Asian simplicity is captured by this Balinese style villa, isolated on the enchanting beach front on Coconut Island, which is off the east coast of Phuket. Not part of an estate or development, this villa creates the perfect degree of seclusion, yet is still near Phuket’s finest amenities and outstanding cuisine, with floating restaurants just 10 minutes away. Relax on the home’s comfortable, furnished veranda an

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 | 02:00 PM

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Heritage tourism on Phuket

Heritage tourism on Phuket

PHUKET: While Phuket has become a leading mass tourism destination and Thailand’s second market after Bangkok, travel specialists and local businesses are digging deep into the island’s rich culture and history to satisfy a growing demand from high-end visitors seeking immersive experiences on the island. The local Baba culture provides one such source of inspiration for those wanting to venture beyond the confines of the luxury resorts and spas. Straits Chinese, locally known as “Baba” or “Peranakan” settled in Phuket in the 19th century, drawn by opportunities in the island’s then fledgling tin mining industry. P

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | 02:00 PM

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Property Watch: Tourism’s disruptive behavior

Property Watch: Tourism’s disruptive behavior

PHUKET: As the island rains have drenched the collective spiritual well-being of Phuket’s hotels and property people, a little step into the reality zone could be needed. There is little doubt that the months of May and June – well, throw in September – remain agonizing for those in the trade. I came to live here in 2000 and year in and year out, it’s pretty much the same line, though the faces, places and perhaps haircuts have changed. Typically the online rant goes, ‘I’ve never seen the island this quiet. Folks I know have moved to (insert Chiang Mai, Vietnam, Cambodia or any other flavor of the month). It’s all

Monday, July 6, 2015 | 04:00 PM

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