REITs and this thing called Perpetual Bond


I have been reading posts by fellow financial bloggers and articles online pertaining to investing. Every so often I would come across the term investing in dividend stocks. I don’t consider myself good at evaluating dividend stocks. Nevertheless, I hope to use this post to sort out my thought process. Feel free to correct me on any mistakes you see. How to evaluate dividend stocks My … [Read more...]

Change is the only constant

I haven’t been reading much into individual companies. I just felt that with markets hitting new hits, the is now very little room for errors. Why go against the tide? It is ‘fun’ tabulating up the unrealised profits week after week. However, as any investor would know, unrealised gains are as they are – unrealised. Capital gains are fickle, passive income gains not as much – but if you stick … [Read more...]

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd US treasury yield curves


I have been reading the blog posts from fellow bloggers and my own older posts. Yeah, the fingers are itching for some actions (buying some stocks)… be it for capital gains or dividend income. Now may not exactly be the right time. Actually, I am not really good at being a ‘hybrid’ investors. I do know some investors who do value investing and stock trading (momentum investing) at the same … [Read more...]

Risks (Love It Or Hate It, We Can’t Live Without It)


You know, recently I came across the important concept of “Taking Risk”. In the video below, Tom Sosnoff talks about his interaction with this golf Caddy Master – Jimmy Rocko (who is around 40 or 50 yrs older than him) when he was 15 or 16 years old. Passive Investing is Broken. Here’s how to fix it | Tom Sosnoff | TEDxUChicago (click here). While he was working as a Caddy, during break time, … [Read more...]

Tracking my portfolio


It has been some time since I tracked my portfolio. My previous posts pertaining to my portfolio was in Aug 2016 and Sept 2016 (read here and here). In my Aug 2016 post, I mentioned that at one time in April 2015, my overall portfolio shows an unrealised profit of almost 9%. This swiftly transformed into -11% in Feb 2016. So overall it was an almost 20% decline. In retrospect, the Singapore … [Read more...]

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.


The Singapore market has been underperforming in relative to other major indices for some time now, and technically stocks in the market here are generally not over-priced (read here). Perhaps this why recently, there is news of listed companies receiving buyout offers from their management teams and their related parties. With the flurry of privatisation of Singapore market listed companies in … [Read more...]

The Search is on…

Time and time again, I am reminded of how furiously the price of a stock can drop. In yesterday alone, the price of Starhub shares dropped by 6.67% ($0.20), which is more than the total dividend issued in 2016. The share price continued dropping today (although at a slower pace). I reckon, for some dividend investors, Starhub is a key dividend stock and occupies a big portion of their … [Read more...]

Thumb Sucking


Well, haven’t been buying stocks for months. With the markets at multi-months / years high, I feel much inertia in analyzing and picking stocks. My cash war chest has grown, despite the amount used for my Amazon FBA experiment (doesn’t come cheap). So for some time now, I have been looking at the war chest and thinking of how to best use it. In summary, these are the significant factors … [Read more...]

Conversations with Taxi drivers


Well, my family has been doing some visiting during this Chinese New Year. While at my relatives’ houses, we would often gather and have a little chat to catch up. The conversations would inevitably involve the topic of our children. Well, this isn’t about my son. However, these conversations led me to think about the conversations I often had with the taxi drivers. However, these conversations … [Read more...]

Different models for e-commerce


Ok, I get a few queries pertaining to the idea of having passive income via e-commerce. Personally, I do doubt one can be really ‘passive’ when it comes to e-commerce. But first, let’s look at the various ‘models’ of e-commerce. It is not just getting a product and selling online. While listening to podcasts, one seasoned seller highlighted that initially, when he started out,  he was into … [Read more...]

Quick thoughts


Well, we are in January, still relatively early in the year. Work has been picking up. I intend to focus more of my attention at work (likely work later these past few days). News of retrenchments from other companies in my industry has been floating around. In the recent company Dinner and Dance (D&D), there isn’t any announcement of future projects (unlike previous years). In terms of … [Read more...]

Selling via Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) – Status update (Part 7)


You can read my previous post on Amazon FBA here (Part 6). So far, I have 2 products listed on Amazon. I went through the whole process of lowering sales price, advertising through Pay Per Click  – PPC campaigns (Auto and Manual), doing Facebook Ads, giving out product at heavily discounted prices, going through an email list to promote my products. For Product 1, it received 2 nos. of 4 … [Read more...]

Selling via Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) – Status update (Part 6)


You can read my previous post on Amazon FBA here (Part 5). So basically all the 3 products are completed by the manufacturers. 1. Product 1 (5 cartons). Well, the goods have reached Cincinnati, Ohio (US) and went beyond that… headed for Texas. I did not choose the 5 days air express option to save cost. So it would probably reach Texas near the end of the first week of Jan 2017. 2. … [Read more...]

The numbers game


It is near the end of the year, and it is time to take stock. Net worth: a) Stock portfolio. The portfolio has been positive so far for the year. 3 stocks have been delisted, and out of the 3, I have realised profits for 2 of them. Frankly speaking, I would have much rather held on to these stocks for the long term especially Nirvana Asia. Nevertheless, not a bad result overall. b) … [Read more...]

Selling via Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) – Status update (Part 5)


You can read my previous post on recent updates here and Part 4 here. Ok, just a quick update. For Product 1, all the physical products are completed. I have fully paid the manufacturer. I have 5 cartons with the manufacturer now. See below. Currently, I have 5 cartons with the manufacturer now. See below. I consider this one of the key milestones. Each item in the carton has their own … [Read more...]

Recent updates


Well, it is close to the end of the year 2016 and this post will be a short summary of my different endeavors for this year. 1) Stock portfolio I am pretty much hands-off for my portfolio in recent months. The portfolio has been performing ok so far. Excluding those stocks which have been delisted, so far, for the overall value of the portfolio, I have an overall unrealised profit of … [Read more...]

Selling via Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) – Status update (Part 4)


Ok, I know I haven’t been writing for quite some time. Truth be told – I have been really busy at work and whatever spare time I had was used for researching on the FBA Private Label experiment or amending the listings I done in my Seller Central Account. Yup the Podcasts on Amazon selling is super addictive. Check out Part 3 here. I still can’t ship inventories to USA Amazon Fulfillment … [Read more...]

Recent updates


Well, this will be just a quick update. Property My family went to see a recent property launch. We wanted to get another property which should be bigger than our current HDB flat (or at least similar in size, and equally comfortable). Unfortunately, I think we tend to fall into the ‘anchoring bias’. Typically for new projects, the size of the unit would be smaller as compared to say a … [Read more...]

What a Super day

Today I came across the news that Dutch tea and coffee company Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) has made a S$1.45 billion all-cash offer for Singapore instant beverage maker Super Group Ltd. (read here and here). On 2 Nov 2016, SSI has already hinted on the possibility of privatisation due to the trading halt (read here). Well, I have been holding on to Super Group shares since June 2014. And I … [Read more...]

Selling via Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) – Status update (Part 3)


Ok, this will be a short post and will be continuation of my previous posts (read here and here). I should be getting two samples this week. Actually one of them have arrived in Singapore. However since I am not at home most of the time (through out the day), I have rescheduled the DHL delivery man to come back on Saturday. So yeah, I don’t have the samples with me. I was shown a photo of a … [Read more...]