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What motivates you in your quest for financial freedom? 4 persons who had screwed up big time financially, only to bounce back up.

The recent market correction in the US is perhaps a wake-up call for some of us. Well, some may think to ourselves looking at the sea of red, “Hey, investing in stocks is actually kind of risky. I can lose a lot of money within a very short period of time”. Really our worst enemy is ourselves. Often we hear about how others did well financially. How their investments are paying off. 2017 was a particularly low volatility year when it comes to the stock market in general. Seldom do we hear about screw-ups – When people lost big...

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Love People & Use Things because The Opposite never works

Love People I came across the below post in Seedly Personal Finance Facebook group: Should I make my bf pay me rental fees? A “social-financial” cohesion problem. “Dear Seedly Community, My bf and I are both in our late 30s and have recently decided to live together in my landed home, the mortgage for which I have fully paid up. He pays about $5k monthly for his rental condo unit and his current lease will end soon. Should I make him pay me rent or do we draw up some financial arrangement to make sure he will not be...

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What is at Stake? Does it matter?

Actually, some might say that how we view the recent crash is a matter of perspective. After all, there are many who are rich and doesn’t have a huge stake in the stock market. They can afford to be sanguine in market corrections/clashes. What about the little man on the street? 1. How much at Stake Person A (Stocks is his lifeline) Imagine someone who is heavily invested in the stock market, and who is heavily dependent on the price fluctuations or dividend income of his/her stocks. The stock correction or crash will have a more adverse impact to...

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Seeing Red? Here’s what 10 Financial Bloggers think.

So the US S&P 500 has dropped from its high of 2872 on 26 Jan 2018 to 2581 on 8 Feb 2018; a 10.1% drop in a matter of days.   While the STI Index has dropped from its high of 3609 on 24 Jan 2018 to 3377 on 9 Feb 2018; a 6.4% drop in a matter of days. Well, for some, it meant painful losses, while for others, it is an exciting period to buy the dips. Then there are some who are just looking deeper for more opportunities (perhaps not now but later). For me, I’m not...

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From FOMO to SGTI?

It was only recently when I did a post about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), back in Dec 2017. Now I think this post can be called SGTI (Scare To Go In). Currently, I am screening through my ‘shopping list’. However, I feel it is still early (being the cheapskate that I am when it comes to buying stocks). The correction in the US markets though big on a daily basis is not huge when taken in the context of the overall market rise over the recent years. Yes, it sucks, looking at the unrealized losses I had in just...

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Slowly getting out but not ‘out’ out

This will be a short post. Previously, I did a post at the beginning of the year about my portfolio. Read here. In it, I mentioned that I would like to increase my ‘war-chest’. Well, it has been a slow process. I have slowly reduced my holdings in some of the stocks which I have been holding on to…. but at the same time I have increased my holdings in Sarine Technologies and started a new position in Shinsho Corporation. I don’t actively sell (or buy) my holdings. I typically do my trades after work (after office hours), at home....

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The 2 Financial Pillars of Sarine Technologies

I have previously written a post about my thoughts on Sarine Technologies and the effect of its revenue and net profit on its roller-coaster share price. My thoughts on Sarine Technologies Ltd (SGX: U77) (read here) As investors, we often take the financial results at ‘face value’, and in my case, I am sometimes too lazy to read more deeply into the reports. However, every business is unique and for some companies, there are more to the headline revenue and profit numbers. In gist, the financial results of Sarine Technologies for FY 2015 and 9M 2017 has been rather ‘disappointing’...

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Sarine Technology (Gemmological) Laboratory: Will this Tech Company be the Pick-axe to the Diamond Gold Rush?

Recently, I have a colleague who got engaged and she showed all of us her nice big diamond ring. Well… I did not ask her if it is a natural or lab-grown diamond, that would appear rude. However, I just can’t help wondering. After all, natural and lab-grown/synthetic diamonds look the same. And there is no way of knowing how many undisclosed lab-grown diamonds are circulating. However, even if they look the same (and the composition of synthetic diamond is actually no different from that of a real mined-diamond), lab-grown/synthetic diamonds cost less and has no resale value. Synthetics: cheaper...

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Shinsho Corporation: Is the stock a bargain?

I was reading SG TTI’s post on Shinsho Corporation and Kobe Steel (read here), and I think it is a good read. For one, it spurs me to find out more about Shinsho Corporation. Or shall I say nudge me a bit out of my slumber :p I like companies embroiled in scandals, especially scandals that do not affect the business fundamentals of the company but causes a temporary share drop. It reminds me of my experience with Sun Hung Kai Properties. I typically don’t treat these stocks as long-term plays (unless in the rare case, it turns out to be...

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Sarine Technologies: A turn for the better?

I have been cruising in a low gear when it comes to my investment so far. But every once in a while I will do some short-term investments. Sarine Technologies I recently bought more shares of Sarine Technologies. The recent news pertaining to the company has been positive and this is reflected in its share price. After stagnating at the lower prices since early Oct 2017, the price has in recent times shown a strong rebound. That is the thing about Sarine Tech (typically low volume but high volatility). I have previously written a post about Sarine Tech in...

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Portfolio Update

It has been a while since I last did an update on my portfolio. My previous update was in June 2017 (read here). In the previous post, I did mention that I wanted to increase my war-chest and perhaps to reduce my allocation to equities. Back in Nov 2015, my cash holdings (including the amount in my SRS account) is only a mere 7% of my total net worth (which excludes the property I am staying in). It then increased to 33% in June 2017. Today (1 Jan 2018), the cash proportion in my portfolio is now 40%. Well, that...

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The FOMO feeling…

I always feel that investing is like taking a stance on a particular idea. Either you believe in the thesis or not. There is no in between. It is either you are right or the market is right. There is no standing on fence and hope that things would work out better or decide after you have bought the stock. In fact, I find it pure mental agony. Cryptocurrency Which is why I have avoided cryptocurrency. There are hardcore cryptocurrency believers and then there are those who are against it, and then there are those in between who just want a...

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The continuing saga of Moya Holdings Asia Limited

You know I have been watching bits of the movie “The Big Short” on YouTube. In the movie, there is this character called Mark Baum. Mark Baum, this character is loosely based on the person Steven Eisman. [embedded content] There is one statement from him which kind of resonates with me (read here): Do your own homework. I can’t overstate the importance of this. When things start to go bad, speaking to the management of the company may be the worst thing you can do. You can walk away thinking things are okay when in fact they’re not, because seeing...

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My thoughts on Sarine Technologies Ltd (SGX: U77)

The thing about Sarine Technologies is that there isn’t really a consistent trend in its revenue (well, at least in recent years). Its recent report on the expected revenue and profit for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, has triggered a sell-off in its share. If we trace back the nine months ended September 30 results from 2010 to 2017… we can see why. There appears to be an uptrend from 2010 to 2014 until it was ‘disrupted’ in 2015. 2015 was a particularly bad year with...

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Why I decided not to use 8 Securities

This post is a continuation of my post dated 23 July 2017 (see below). 8 Securities: Broker to trade US and Hong Kong Stocks (read here) So yes, 8 Securities does not have holding fees, if I am to buy and hold Hong Kong or US stocks (being a foreigner not residing in HK or US respectively buying these stocks). I have always been doubtful as to how do 8 Securities earn any commission by not having any holding fees. So I decided to do a small experiment. Well, I did not actually buy or sell stocks using 8 Securities. My...

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