Author: SINGAPORE STOCKS INVESTING (SSI)

The most important “What-if” scenario during stock markets sell-off?

In yesterday’s post, I shared some of my insights on the global stocks markets. In this post, I should elaborate further my observations of the global stocks markets. To start off, I think investors, in general have been quite fixated on the interest rate decision coming from the US Federal Reserves and hence the markets respond in tandem with the interest-rate decision of the Federal Reserves. Amidst all the hype surrounding the interest-rate decision, I am not sure how many investors also keep a tab on the performance of the shifting market sectors? If not, let me share my...

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Singapore Stocks: my thoughts

Singapore stocks headed south by 0.90% today (15 Dec 2014). The prospects of low oil prices continue to weigh on the global stocks markets. I have been reading many comments and commentaries about the low oil prices: some say that it is good for Singapore, an importer of oil and good for households in the form of possible lower electrical tariffs; others say that the low oil prices are to counteract the shale gas economy. There are really many thoughts on the low oil prices, but my thought is this: investors should watch the global stocks trends carefully before...

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Benchmark your net worth (Part 2)

In this post, I am going to talk more on the previous post on “Benchmark your net worth” (you can read the previous post here). Well, I believe most of us know that our net worth is the result of our financial assets minus our financial liabilities. For many Singaporeans, the financial liabilities (not counting credit) will be our housing mortgage loans. I think some Singaporeans will think that by paying off their mortgage loans, their net worth will increase since they have reduced or pay off their financial liabilities. Well, I am not sure whether they will be...

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Bee Choo Hair Treatment: an inspiring story for All

I just watched a TV segment on Bee Choo Hair Treatment on Channel 8 at 10.30 pm today. For those of you readers who are not too familiar with Bee Choo Hair, well, it is a hair loss treatment centre that originates from Singapore and I am very proud to know that Bee Choo Hair Treatment has done very well and has progressed from a home-based business in Pasir Ris into a business with shops in many overseas countries. Watching the TV segment, nostalgia welled up in me as I recalled how my hair loss commenced in year 2006...

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Benchmark your net worth

In the previous few posts, I have talked about savings. So why do I keep talking about savings since the previous few posts? Well, it really has to do with the fact that it is now December and when it comes to December, most of us will review what we have achieved in the various spheres of our lives. When it comes to the financial sphere, how much we have saved should be something we should note about. I have also been reading quite a number of financial books and one of them is quite a famous financial book...

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Some facts about savings which you should know

In my previous post of 8 Dec 2014, I have talked about personal savings ratio and have polled readers on their individual personal saving ratios. Arising from this post, a reader has replied that his savings include CPF savings, hence if the reader’s savings ratio is 50% inclusive of 20% CPF, I reckon his personal savings post-CFP deductions is 30%. But aside to this mathematical analysis, the most important question I ask myself after reading his comment is this: should all of us treat our CPF savings as real savings? I really think that our CPF savings are much...

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One stock that can rally in either direction

In this post, I am going to apply technical analysis on one stock. You will not really read about too many of my technical analyses on this blog though I use both fundamental and technical analysis for my own investments. The reasons are due to the fact that there are many more experienced technical chartists and I think they apply their technical analysis on an intra-day frame as stock markets are getting more and more dynamic while I analyze on a longer time horizon, thus my analyses should be read on such a basis. The stock which I am...

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Benchmark your annual savings

Whenever it comes to December, I will turn reminiscent. I mean time flies and here we are into December once again. I know it sounds cliché, but whenever it comes to December, while many people party, I will review the goals and achievements of the year and then set the goals for the next year. I always think that for working adults, the goals should always involve financial goals, though many people may not set financial goals as part of their goals. But like it or not, once we start working and step into society, monies are really important...

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What stocks to buy for year 2015?

What are the stocks to buy for year 2015? Well, whenever it comes to December, investors would always ask this question and analysts would come out with their own reports which will list down their recommended stocks. As of now, three banks/ financial brokerages have come out with their list of recommended stocks for year 2015: UOB Kay Hian, OCBC Research and CIMB. All of the three firms recommended two stocks: ComfortDelgro and DBS. I believe the choices are justifiable based on the low oil prices which favour transport stocks and the increasing interest rates which favour banks. Two...

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HUATIONG GLOBAL LIMITED stock IPO

HUATIONG GLOBAL LIMITED is launching its IPO via a placement of 27,500,000 shares at $0.20 a share. Huationg Global’s business is in the provision of civil engineering services for infrastructure projects and ancillary inland logistics support services. Huationg Global also sells construction materials. For HY2014, civil engineering accounts for 54.5% of the company’s revenue while inland logistics support accounts for 12.2% of the revenue. Reading Huationg Global projects portfolio, I see that the company is involved in many public services projects like MRT stations and expressways. The company has a good track record of thirty years. The company is...

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MM2 Asia stock IPO

MM2 Asia Ltd is launching its IPO on the Singapore Exchange. When I saw the words “MM”, I could not help but think of another “MM”. MM2 (“MM2 Entertainment”) here is a Singapore-headquartered film producer and distributor and I could only think of Spackman Entertainment Group stock as the only other similar stock in SGX though the latter is a Korean company. Hence we have it, MM2, a first local film producer to be listed on SGX. MM2 Asia launched its IPO with a placement of 37.4 million shares at $0.25 each with an aim to raise $5.7 million...

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This stock headed north by 79% since 17 Nov 2014, will its stock price still rally up?

In the previous post , I have talked about Singapore Edevelopment stock, in fact, that post was not the only post which I gave my opinion as to whether Singapore Edevelopment stock could be the next IT stock of Singapore to look out for, beside Trek 2000 International stock (you can read another of the posts here ). To give readers a background, Singapore Edevelopment was formerly called CCM, a property company. Since Chan Heng Fai joined and became CEO of Singapore Edevelopment, he has given another focus to the company: IT (you can read more about Mr Chan, a former...

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What to note from the stocks markets for Singapore investors?

Ever since OPEC decided not to cut oil production in a climate of already low oil prices, many offshore marine, energy and oil-related stocks have headed south in their stock prices. In a country where we pride ourselves with having two of the world’s largest oil rig companies in Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine, it is not surprising that a number of investors are investors in these two companies. In a country where the oil industry makes up 5 per cent of Singapore’s GDP and with Singapore being one of the top three export refining centres in the world...

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How to trade Singapore stocks now?

Singapore stocks went south by 1.34% today (1 Dec 2014). The movement of Singapore’s STI today is of a magnitude that is not seen by retail investors for quite some time already. As expected, oil and energy stocks were the leaders with the “southing” of the STI, just take a look at Sembcorp Marine’s stock performance today: this blue-chip energy stock retreated some 5.8% to close at $2.95 (as I mentioned before in my blog, stocks that look attractive will become even attractive). A mid-cap energy stock, Ezion went even more south by 15.8%. The reason for the performance...

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A buying opportunity in this stock?

Oil prices continue to remain low as OPEC stuck to its target of not cutting oil production. OPEC’s decision caused oil-related stocks to head south. This trend can present to retail investors two buying opportunities in stocks: first, to buy quality offshore and marine stocks at good entry points and second to buy stocks which will benefit from the low oil prices. Transport stocks have been said to be the stocks to benefit from the low oil prices. One of the transport stocks that is on my “radar” is NOL stock. NOL stock reached a low price of $0.74...

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