Spotlight on ST-SGX Research Leaders

Looking at potential upside, downside scenarios helps

The ST-SGX Research Leaders' Insights Series features 10 research experts who take turns to offer their views each month. This week, The Sunday Times meets Joel Ng, who heads the Singapore equities research team at KGI Securities (Singapore). He was covering the energy and mineral sectors for more than seven years before expanding to technology and healthcare. The 36-year-old holds a bachelor's degree in software engineering. He is married and has two children, aged seven and five.

A As an analyst, it is a great opportunity to meet senior management of companies in order to gain unique and useful insights into how management thinks. It is important to be able to have good interviewing skills and be thoughtfully prepared, as well as to have a good documentation system for future reference.

We also get to visit companies' business operations in Singapore and overseas, where we get to talk to the local management and see how things are run. My most exciting company visit was to a coal mine in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, where we had to take a small propeller plane and spend countless hours on winding and pothole-filled roads before reaching our destination.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline 'Spotlight on ST-SGX Research Leaders Looking at potential upside, downside scenarios helps'. Print Edition | Subscribe