Author: SINGAPORE STOCKS INVESTING (SSI)

China Animal Health Stock privatisation: when?

In the recent weeks, there have been a few privatisation plays of SGX listed companies. Apart from the headline-grabbing F&N deal which is still not finalised, we also have the privatisation offer for SC Global and Petra Food’s cocoa unit. It seems to me that after the rush of IPO wave, the Myanmar-plays wave investors and traders here are seeing the wave of privatisation-plays now. This privatisation-play causes investors and traders to chase up potential stocks up for delisting or privatisation. Among those stocks which are potential privatisation candidates, one stock is still within my memory: China Animal Health...

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Saving 70% of your Income

In today’s “Invest” section of “The Sunday Times, there was an article of a Financial Analyst who became financially free at the age of 32. It was revealed that he saves 70% of his income. When I learnt of this figure, I was quite surprised that he could save so much of his salary as average men are not able to save this proportion without compromising a reasonable standard of living. After thinking, I believe that the financial analyst is able to save 70% of his income mainly due to the fact that he earns a high income and...

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Olam stock: to buy now?

Sitting on the sideline of the stock market, my muse these days is still about Olam stock. True, some stocks have risen in price while I sit on the sideline, but I am not too perturbed by it as it is not the time for me to buy now based on my trading strategy. Beside Olam stock, another stock which is garnering great interest is SC Global stock after Simon Cheong plans to take the company private. Anyway, property stocks are not my forte, hence I do not dwell too much on them, let us focus on Olam stock...

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Olam Stock: trading buy

Olam stock closed at 5.3% lower at $1.515 today. Olam just announced yesterday that it will offer US$750 million in bonds and as much as US$500 million in warrants and Temasek Holdings, one of Olam’s largest shareholder said that it agrees to buy any rights not taken up by other investors. This should be good news but as we see today, investors are still quite jittery about the mud from Muddy Waters that has stuck to Olam when Muddy Waters said that Olam’s “180-degree reversal” on tapping the markets validates its thesis that the Singapore commodities trader is in...

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Golden Agriculture stock

I sold my Golden Agriculture stock at $0.665 today after holding the stock at a cost price of $0.64. My stock profits are modest and I feel this is already quite okay amidst the stock climate engulfing Singapore and the world. Personally, I think Golden Agriculture stock is more of a stock for trading and not for holding long term in this economic climate. Hence I am still interested in buying Golden Agriculture stock back once its stock price heads south to the range of $0.61 to $0.62. I will as usual adopt my “wait and see” technique as...

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Great Investment Returns

The general theme that runs through yesterday’s The Sunday Times Invest section was that of Investment Foresight. In many articles carried in the Invest section, there were plenty of examples to demonstrate that good financial rewards go to those investors with great foresight. It was mentioned in the article one of the most classic examples around of how a US$10,000 invested in Apples stock few decades ago will now give you a return of over US$750,000 today. Also, in an interview with the owner of Evergreen bookshop, it was revealed that the owner actually bought an office space for...

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3 ways to earn money

Having some free time today, I went to pick up some notes which I have drafted from a financial book some years ago onto my notebook. The financial book was authored by a famous Singapore millionaire investor. As I am a person who embraces self-development, I like to continuously read and improve myself in various aspects of life. Okay, enough of myself. Today, my post is on 3 main take-away points from my note-reading today with regard to making monies. Though I have not explicitly made this point which I am going to share with you readers a main...

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Singapore Stock Drama

The US has its “US financial cliff”. Europe has its “Europe Debt Crisis”. China has its “China Economical Concerns” and what has Singapore has with regard to the stock market scene here? Trading in Singapore stock market can be a tad boring as our Singapore stock market is a defensive one, there is not much of a roller-coaster swing in stock price as witnessed in other stock markets. Hence, sometime, trading in our Singapore stock market can be quite boring. However, in recent weeks, there is quite a lot of action for Singapore investors: First of all, we still...

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SMRT bus drivers & share price

Investors of SMRT might be getting a bit jittery yesterday when 102 SMRT bus drivers, who hailed from China staged a “no-show” by gathering at the void deck of their Woodlands dormitory on Monday 26 Nov 12 and refused to work. Why? The drivers were definitely not waiting for PSY to come to Singapore and dance Gangnam Style with him! The drivers were unhappy with their pays! SMRT management moved swiftly to convene a conversation with the drivers to understand their concerns. However there were still 60 bus drivers who refused to start work on Tuesday. As of this...

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MUDDY WATERS REPORT ON OLAM

MUDDY WATERS has finally released it much-awaited report on Olam International. Muddy Waters has a STRONG SELL call on Olam with a very detailed report for all to download on Muddy Waters website. I have yet to read the full report compiled by Muddy Waters on Olam but I have read the brief introduction of the report. These are the few key points I have garnered from the report and I quoted from the website: “it is instructive to view Olam through the lens of failed US trader Enron Corp. There are a number of material similarities in the...

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Life is BIGGER than an Investment

Today, I read of a concept called Social Investment or Social Insurance in a news article. Last week, the article talked about having a career as an investment and this week, it dwelled on having personal networks and contacts as a form of investment or insurance.  Well, actually this concept is not new to me as personally, I have really thought that Life is more about making money and when one uses the term Investment to define something intrinsic as family or relationships, it does not really go down well with me as investments are mainly defined in two...

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Olam stock and F&N stock

Olam stock price closed a little bit lower today (22 Nov 12) by 0.5%. Olam stock performance today (22 Nov 12) to me is a sign that investors and traders of Olam stock are still jittery over the exchange of Olam and Muddy Waters. Till today, Muddy Water has not produced its report that it has announced that it would. Looking at the news which reported that Muddy Water is prepared to stand by its claim over Olam really gives me the impression that Muddy Waters is confident of its claim on Olam and I believe this may be...

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Watching the Stocks on the sideline

For the recent few weeks, I have been watching the Singapore Stocks market … on the sideline a market bystander. I reasoned that being just one of the many retail investors in the market with not much of a portfolio that I could devote to trading and stocks, it is best to stay on the sideline in a global stock market which has the US fiscal cliff, the Europe debt crisis, the China’s economy slowdown concerns, worries of a concern over the Middle East and South China Sea, the sudden wrath of nature (the most recent being the US...

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Will there be a QE4?

This afternoon, I read a financial magazine which carries an interesting interview article with an authority who believes that the US Federal Reserve may unveil QE4, or Quantitative Easing phase 4 in time to come. According to the interviewee, “Operation Twist” was a measure by the US Federal Reserve to combat the US financial problems between QE2 and QE3. The interviewee noted that “Operation Twist” will expire in December this year and hence there is some likelihood that the Federal Reserve will continue the modus operandi of “Operation Twist” in another form which may be QE4. Hence, QE4 will...

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Are you in a “Blue-Chip” career?

The Sunday Times carried an article today (18 Nov 12) which, in a nutshell advocated the importance of investing in one’s career in today’s climate of vagaries of the world’s economy and the global stock market. The article pointed out that for employees, the main source of their income will be one that is derived from employment and hence it is still important for one to treat his career as a form of investment by investing in his career. I appreciate the author’s article as it is a practical and timely advice which I can identify being an employee...

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