19 Jan 2015 is a date to watch for on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Lot sizes for shares will be relaxed from 1,000 shares down to 100 shares. Those very high valued shares that had been pretty much out of reach for many retail investors will start to look attractive.
A share that cost $10 per share at 1,000 shares used to require $10,000 to gain share ownership. But at 100 shares, it will only require an outlay of $1,000.
The bank stocks (OCBC, UOB, DBS), and the Jardine family (JMH, JSH, Dairy Farm, Hong Kong Land, etc) will be within reach for a lot more people. Will a mad rush on 19 Jan drive up their prices in the initial scramble? Any short term adrenaline rush will however likely taper off back to "value" over time.
For the retail value investor, 2015 will be the year where these 'costly' shares start to appear in their portfolio. I hope.
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