International Healthcare Corp (IHC) – Shareholder Activism in Progress

We usually invest in beaten down stocks which can be an uncomfortable endeavour for most investors. We often hear remarks such as “there’s no volume, nobody buys them“, “earnings are bad, they lose money!“, “sunset business“, “good assets but never get unlock“, “bad management who do not give dividends” and “this is a value trap“. It is normal that most investors do not get what we are … [Read more...]

4 Money Mindsets for My Kids to Grow Up To

Truth be told, I have been arrowed to write this article by the Boss. Left to my own devices, this is territory I would rather avoid. Unfortunately, being the only parent in the team (up till today at least), the least I can do is to pull some weight. Truth be told #2. This article is long overdue. We were supposed to publish it weeks ago. I have lots of excuses for it being so late but I will … [Read more...]

This is why China is only just getting started

This article was first published by Truewealth Publishing. China gets a lot of investor blame. But it shouldn’t. In recent years, China has been a convenient go-to excuse when markets are bad. For example, China’s banking sector is in trouble; debt levels in China are too high; China’s real estate bubble is going to pop… and China’s rate of economic growth is unsustainable and slowing … [Read more...]

6 Personal Lessons from an ASEAN angel investor

Angel investing is immensely rewarding but for the new and uninitiated, the risks of angel investing can be phenomenal. Investing in a startup requires more than just research and analysis, there are a couple more skill set one would need to make the right call about a startup. Even then, there is no guarantee of success. We invite experienced Angel Investor, Der Shing to share some of the … [Read more...]

2016 Annual Letter To Readers Of BigFatPurse

The tradition of the annual letter started just last year. This year I would like to share more about what we have accomplished in 2016 and also provide some updates on our plans for 2017. I will section the letter into 4 main parts – Investment Performance, Investor Education, Acquisition and Reflections. Investment Performance The CNAV Portfolio continued to perform well despite an overall … [Read more...]

How to make your ETFs work harder for you

The Active investing vs Passive investing war has been going on for years. Proponents of the active camp insist that it is better to invest with fund managers who will proactively put your money to good use. After all, they are the professionals who have deep knowledge of the financial markets and are constantly tuned in to news that will make or break your investment. The passive camp on … [Read more...]

Poker, Golf, 4D and Investing – Are they more Skill or Luck?

In the winter of 2008, Walter Watkins and Diane Dent were charged in a Pennsylvania court of running an illegal gambling operation. They were hosting poker games in the garage and were busted by an undercover cop. Watkins and Dent conceded to everything the persecution has put forward. The games did take place, money did change hands, they did profit from the games in the form of tips. Instead, … [Read more...]

3 Basic Principles You Need To Understand To Be A Successful Investor

This article was originally posted on DollarsAndSense. In today’s low interest rate environment, everyone is talking about how investing can get you a higher return than just letting money “rot” in the bank. While investing is not rocket science, neither is it child’s play – people have lost fortunes and ruined their lives doing it wrong. In this article, we discuss some basic principles … [Read more...]

What Constitute Value Investing

There are many ways one can invest. We choose to use Value Investing when we invest. Here are some of the characteristics of Value Investing. Irrational Market We believe that the market is made up of irrational investors. Hence, the prices traded on the stock market do not accurately reflect the true value of a stock. A stock may be underpriced or overpriced mainly due to its … [Read more...]

Essential Terms All REITs Investors Must Know

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are companies that own and operate income-producing real estate. They are a popular investment medium as they allow retail investors to gain exposure into real estate assets with a relatively low investment capital. If you are investing in REITs, these are the terms that you should know. WEIGHTED LEASE AVERAGE EXPIRY (WALE) Weighted Lease Average … [Read more...]

Benjamin Graham shares 5 Ways to Invest

Benjamin Graham, the father of Value Investing and the author of “The Intelligent Investor” determined five types of value investing in his book. You could clock returns that are more than satisfactory. They are: General Trading.Look at the market as a whole, as such trading the indices. This has become possible for retail investors with the advent of index ETFs, which were not available … [Read more...]

6 Psychology Biases And How To Avoid Them

Although we’d like to think that we are rational beings, many of our decisions are usually made with a veil of psychological bias. Here are 6 of them that you should take note of. Anchoring As the saying goes; “first impressions count.” And that is very true. People tend to be over-reliant on their first impressions, even when they are subsequently exposed to evidence that they have been … [Read more...]