Author: SINGAPORE STOCKS INVESTING (SSI)

The different Psychology & Economics of Stock Investing

As a seasoned investor, I find that the markets are really quite fascinated with trading software; you know those types of trading software which have colourful candlesticks, many sloping lines and illustration like these. And that is probably why the companies behind these software keep advertising their offerings on the newspapers in the forms of free seminars. It is a psychological effect for investors to feel excited over these trading softwares which are often touted as very accurate prediction models as people always think that there is value behind those things that they do not understand. Another psychology at...

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Singapore: the world’s most expensive city

Singapore has been ranked the world’s most expensive city, according to a report. When I read this news, I am a bit surprised as though I believe that the cost of living in Singapore is high, all along I have not thought that Singapore is the world’s most expensive city. The ranking does not include the cost of public transport and the cost of housing, two areas which I identify as still quite affordable for most of Singaporeans. I think the following are expensive in Singapore: (a) Dining: a plate of rice or noodles costs easily at least $3.50...

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Ukraine political situation & Stock Markets

Singapore markets headed south yesterday (3 March 2014) against the backdrop of the situation in Ukraine, in tandem with other markets. The performance of China’s PMI also contributed to the performance of global stock markets. So apart from the usual economic factors and decisions from US, China and Europe, we have a new factor of a new nature coming into the equation of investments and that is political “turmoil” (not sure whether I use the correct word “turmoil’). The last time I remember factors of such nature came into the investment picture was the political situation in Libya (remember...

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How to increase your income?

Dear Reader A Good Day to you and I welcome you to this article. The fact that you are reading this article shows that you want to increase your level of wealth. Indeed, whether you are currently working or not, young or old, you will most likely welcome more wealth for there are really more good reasons than not for being more wealthy. Being wealthy means that we can provide a higher standard of material living for yourself and your love ones. With more wealth, we will most likely be able to buy the dream house that we like...

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Stocks which I bought in February 2014

This is a post on the stocks which I purchased in February 2014. Going forward, I will be sharing with readers the stocks which I buy on a monthly basis, if any. For the month of February 2014, I bought three blue-chip stocks, as I shall elaborate further below. Before my purchases of February 2014, my portfolio has been weighed by commodities stocks. Commodities stocks have not been performing well until the recent gains in their stock prices. Seeing how my favourite commodities have been “dragging down” my total stock portfolio, I made some efforts to “reconstruct” my stock...

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Financial Management Blog

I have started this blog to share my experiences of investing and trading in the Singapore Stock Market. Investment or trading, in my belief, is an activity that everyone should master or at the very least, participate, as in today’s world, saving for a rainy day is no longer enough. Why is that so? Well, we have in today’s world, high inflation rates which just erode the actual values of our dollars saved in banks. With paltry interest rates offered by the banks, I think we should not just save every single dollars we earn, instead we should let...

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Golden Agriculture stock results

Golden Agriculture stock announced its quarterly results after trading hours today. The result was Golden at last, befitting the name of this stock: Golden Agriculture stock fourth quarter profit more than doubled year-on-year. Golden Agriculture also announced a dividend of $0.00515 per share. I watch the results of Golden Agriculture stock closely as it is one of my commodities stocks in my portfolio. As we know commodities stocks do not perform well in year 2013, hence I believe investors who are like me vested in stocks like Golden Agriculture stock will want to see their stock prices head north....

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The Mind of a Great Investor

I did a quiz on a topic which has nothing to do with investments after partaking in lots of text presented on presentation slides and the result was that I failed the quiz. So what does my result of the quiz tell of my mental prowess? Well, if we judge (my results) based on our local standards, it will mean that my mental prowess is not strong and that I am not a very clever person though my academic records will say that I am excellent when it comes to Mathematics and Science. Well, I am not disheartened at...

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How to grow your money?

As an avid investor, trader and reader, I read financial magazines, financial newspapers and articles both online and offline regularly. Recently, I observed a common theme running across many of the articles which I read and that common theme is none other than the very fundamental but important question of where to put and grow your money in this current time. I believe the aforementioned question is always important but it is all the more most timely now to ask ourselves this question if we want to grow our monies. Currently, bank rates are really paltry and the inflation...

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Of Mondays and Motivations of Investing

Today is Monday. I am not sure about you but I think for most working persons, Monday is a boring day else the phrase “Monday Blues” would not have been coined. To me, I would liken the working week of Mondays to Fridays as a SOC (“Standard Obstacles Course”) of my army days. Mondays to me are like the first obstacle of the SOC: the low wall: we have to jump, climb up and “conquer” the low wall before we can get to the last obstacle: the ramp which to me in this analogy describe Fridays. The afternoon of...

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Track your expenses

If I have a word of money management advice to all readers, I have this to pro-offer: please track your expenses (like me). If possible, categorize and record all your spendings on an Excel spreadsheet and you will really see how much you spend in a month! From my own experience, unless you are a successful entrepreneur, trader or a great salesman, if you are like me, in a full-salaried employee, earning an average or some will say “lesser-mortal” pay, I think it will really be very difficult to earn a significant sum over and above your monthly income....

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Noble Group stock: an update

Noble Group stock headed by 4.1% on 20 February 2014. With Noble Group going to announce its financial performance on 21 February 2014, I knew that the 4.1% of Noble Group stock gained on 20 February 2014 was most likely a false breakout. I mean there were no news or other announcements which could specifically catalyse this great stock performance in Noble Group. I was correct: yesterday, Noble Group stock retreated 3.9% on closing and this was not even after the earnings results of Noble Group was announced. The earnings results announcement of Noble Group came after stock markets...

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Are you in a “Blue-Chip” career?

For most 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 certainly believe our career is an investment as every move we make in our career are akin to investment moves filled with opportunities and risks. I would like, in this humble post, offer my take on some of my thinking when we see our career as investment: a) Having a career in public sector is like having a “bluechip”...

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To be Rich, first be Brave

I know most of us want to be rich. Most of us want to be a millionaire. Most of us want to be financially-free. Most of us aspire to be wealthy so that we can then choose not to work and to spend more time with our family and to pursue our interests. With increased wealth, we can then provide a better level of material comfort for ourselves and for our families. Most of us have this aspiration but not many people become millionaires or financially-free as most of us do not have a plan to achieving financial freedom....

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Singapore 2014 Budget: what it means for me?

What does Singapore 2014 budget mean to you? I will view the Singapore 2014 Budget from the perspectives of both an ordinary Singaporean and a retail investor. As an ordinary Singaporean, I welcome rebates in service and conservancy fees (i.e. those town council fees), utilities rebates as well as some incentives for property taxes. I pay more than $50 monthly in town council fees and I find the fees on the high side. It also does not help that our country is experiencing a spell of hot and dry weather which means that most of us would need to...

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