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    July 6, 2007

    S'pore still high on his list for a new home


    MR JIM Rogers is back in Singapore for a third stint, as he continues his search for a new home in a Mandarin-speaking city for his family.

    The investment guru, who spent several weeks here last year and in 2005, says Singapore is still high on his list.

    He has eliminated Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing on pollution concerns.

    'Singapore is an easy place to live in as it has the best health-care and education systems in the world,' he told the media yesterday.

    He will visit three other Chinese cities - Dalian, Hangzhou and Qingdao - before making a decision in a few months' time.

    Mr Rogers, 63, has put his New York home on the market for US$15 million (S$22.9 million) but has not sold it yet despite receiving several offers.

    He does not speak Mandarin and his wife is only starting to pick up the language but he wants his family to move to a Mandarin-speaking nation for their daughter's sake. The three have been Singapore permanent residents for 18 months.

    He said he wants his four-year-old - Happy or Le Le as she is called in Mandarin - to grow up steeped in Mandarin, as he believes China will be the great power of the 21st century. In that regard, Singapore loses out to Chinese cities as it is 'not Chinese enough' for his daughter, he admits.

    He said his daughter, who speaks Mandarin as fluently as a native, is the best Mandarin speaker in her kindergarten class in Singapore. 'We hired a Chinese-speaking nanny to take care of her from birth, and insisted that the nanny speaks only Mandarin to the girl.'

    Happy Rogers, who has her own Swiss bank account, will soon have a Singapore bank account too, Mr Rogers said.

    Asked if he might consider buying a property amid soaring prices if he decides to settle in Singapore in future, he said he is unlikely to buy immediately.

    Instead, he said his family will rent for six months to a year if and when they decide to move to Singapore.

    'Prices may go up by then, but we want to make sure we find the right place.'

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    Commodities the 'best way to ride Asian boom'

    Investment guru says regional growth will boost raw material prices

    By Arthur Poon


    INVESTMENT guru Jim Rogers advises that commodities such as oil, precious metals, wheat and sugar are the best way for investors to ride Asia's economic boom, particularly in India and China.

    Mr Rogers, 63, rose to fame as co-founder of the Quantum Fund with billionaire investor George Soros in the 1970s. He has written popular books such as Adventure Capitalist and Hot Commodities.

    He told investors on the third day of the fourth annual Nomura Asia Equity Forum held in Singapore that the needs of fast-growing economies in Asia will push up the price of raw materials.

    'India and China are only just getting started and their economies are hardly consuming raw materials on a per capita basis,' he said.

    Prices of commodities are widely expected to rise steeply over the next two decades as demand soars and supply cannot keep up.

    Take oil, for instance. Mr Rogers said there have been no major oil discoveries in the last 40 years, while the reserves in Alaska, Mexico and the North Sea continue to decline. Countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, which have been net exporters of oil for decades, are fast becoming net importers and boosting demand.

    He said the run-up in oil prices is part of a larger commodities bull run that could last at least another seven years. Economic cycles for commodities markets tend to characterised by long bull markets followed by long bear ones, he said. Historically, such bull runs typically last between 15 and 23 years.

    'If we take history as a guide, the current global commodities rally which started in 1999 can last up till 2022.'

    But while commodities prices have taken off in a big way, investors have been slow to invest in this asset class.

    He added: 'Many investors do not have a clue on commodities investing, but that is going to change when the bull run on the commodities market gets bigger and bigger'.

    There are now about 70,000 major funds investing in stocks or bonds, but just 50 investing solely in commodities, he said.

    Still, in recent years, more money has been invested in commodities index funds which allow investors to gain exposure to commodities. It is estimated that the amount in such funds now totals about US$150 billion (S$228.5 billion).

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    # Mr Rogers rose to fame as co-founder of the Quantum Fund with billionaire investor George Soros in the 1970s. In the following 10 years, the portfolio grew 4,200 per cent, against 50 per cent for the Standard & Poor's Index. He then decided to retire at just 37.

    # In 1990 to 1992, he fulfilled his lifelong dream by travelling more than 150,000km on his motorcycle across six continents. As a private investor, he constantly analysed the countries he passed through for investment ideas.

    # He wrote about the trip in his book Investment Biker. He is also the author of Adventure Capitalist and Hot Commodities.

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