Sunday, February 9, 2020

Coronavirus and Thoughts

I haven't been posting in a while because of my new job, but I think it is always good to take a step back and formulate my thoughts about recent news.

The best incident to fall back on while considering this issue would be the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak because both incidents are largely similar: SARS started around November 2002 and ended around May 2004. A quick look at the STI:


We can see that from the period from November 2002 to May 2003 there was a clear downtrend in the STI before rebounding decently into 2004.

Currently, the STI seems to be in the infant stage of a downtrend which suggests some potential buying opportunities. I came across this article which aptly compares the two outbreaks.

Further points to take note:

1) China's economy is much bigger now than it was during the SARS outbreak period so the impact is gonna be pretty painful as trade between China and Singapore is quite extensive.

2) Banks will be affected as they have exposure to China; OCBC has the highest exposure here.

3) Airlines are affected too as flights are being cancelled here and there. Example: Hong Kong Airlines being on the verge of bankrupt. Note to self- SIA.

4) REITs with China exposure are already feeling the pain - Mapletree NAC, CapitaChina, Sasseur.

5) Generally, retail should continue to deteriorate as everybody will most likely be minimizing their outside movements. (CapitaMall, Suntec, Mapletree Com, Starhill)

But otherwise, I think it would be a good time to look at the market to consider entry points. Cheers!


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