Author: Of Bulls And Bears

Overview of Current Holdings

At last, I got to rebalance and fixate my portfolio to an extent and the current “uncertain” period was actually in favor of it. This revamp is in hope of minimizing on transaction costs (the Bane of investing) for the long term through the constant in and out. Let’s just say that it is time to put money to work by itself than the approach of having endless portfolio revamps. Below is a brief overview of the companies in my portfolio, with an overall and average estimated 3.16% of annual dividends after tax. Deeper analysis will be shared in the next...

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Portfolio for Recession?

Global investors have one recent concern in common: Recession It has been 10 years and we probably feel the next is coming very soon. None of us will know when, so what is the best thing to do? Sell all your holdings to risk losing to inflation? Probably no. Hold on to your current eggs? Maybe not too. I am not sure what others have in mind but this strategy came into my mind while I was trying to sleep: 1. Create a “Wish list” of companies to hold for Recession. 2. Sell the companies not found in your...

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Why technology has actually made Stock picking both tougher and easier

I came to believe recently that one of the rising challenges of current investors is research. This is despite that technology has benefited us when it comes to receiving timely and accurate information/comparisons. We no longer have to wait to see market prices on letters or newspapers the same way as how the legendary gurus did. The list goes on and on. However, technology actually makes it tougher for investors to get into the market early. With my available time and energy, I have been trying to research whenever possible and found some good companies. However, I am mostly...

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Forex demo account, have fun without getting burned

Forex trading is considered a high risk derivative. There are people who take classes to learn how to trade, yet a 100% rate of success is not fully guaranteed. What makes Forex so risky?• Unlike stocks, you cannot really queue for a desired price. In order to get into a trade, you have to pay a slight premium be it a Long or a Short. In other words, you are already making a loss by entering a trade. (similar to brokerage fees)• In order to make it big, we need high leverage to secure good profits. Thus, losses will...

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My thoughts on Takeover news

Takeover news can be both favorable and unfavorable, depending if the company is the one issuing the offer or the one receiving the offer. The amount offered or rumored to be transacted plays another part. So this is the logic: when company A pays a premium buying company B, share prices of company B will roar upwards while company A’s shares may plunge (due to the ridiculous offer) or surge (due to it being a great acquisition). After Broadcom (AVGO) was recently disallowed on its attempt to take over Qualcomm (QCOM), Qualcomm’s share prices tumbled immediately through the public’s...

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Fightback Plan

Pardon me that I have been away from blogging for the first quarter of the year. To sum it up, I have been really busy with the following events that I gave blogging a rest. The good news is, I am actually doing quite fine. Here is my first quarter of 2018 in quick summary: 1. Investing: Portfolio has been red lately due to the recent volatility but no worries. Been continuing on my research mostly into US and UK markets; and almost finishing up on Peter Lynch’s One up on Wall Street. Have also opened my TD Ameritrade...

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Portfolio with the year ending 31-12-2017

It is obvious that most bloggers will be sharing their year-end results as we have arrived to the last day of 2017. It was a good year for global equities and it would be a shame to have missed this opportunity. In the early months, I have sold stakes in DBS, City Dev, FCOT, CRCT and FCL at decent margins. As they are common well known stocks, it is not hard to notice them (though City Dev was never seen in any portfolio I have witnessed). At the same time, I re-invested the profits to under-appreciated shares like Singtel...

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Diversifying My Risk in USA

I have not been blogging since September because I honestly felt out of touch of and lost of mood. All in all, there is not much updates as well recently as the markets are tipping high. I am looking forward to my AWS (Annual Wage Salary) like many other workers but bonus is the one to look out for next year. Here are the events that bought me into the month of December, my highlights and the low-lights: Highlights: •        Went back playing the sports I loved the most, badminton and soccer. I finally felt old....

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3 Successful Trades: skills or luck?

The market has not been interesting lately and most stocks are trading lower today due to expected rate hike. As blogged earlier, I will be trying some trading here and there. In the month of September, I have made three trades and all within a two days period.  While these are profitable trades, it does not mean it will always be profitable. Nobody is perfect. I ever lost money via trading 1 year ago. Among the 3 three trades, mm2 Asia was traded twice and today was the most successful. This is due to two reasons: 1) the market...

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Investment Portfolio Update-August 2017

Time has passed so quickly and we are now nearing the end of 2017. I realized it is not easy at times being a long-term investor for long due to the existence of temptations such as cryptocurrencies and pennies stocks where people can easily double their returns by gambling or doing chart reading. It takes a much longer period to get the same returns by longing stock while the advantage we have is better risk control since we can easily wait a loss out. I have been contemplating to be a Hybrid investor, which one will long the market...

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Using A Custom Portfolio to your advantage

For the benefits of new learners, a custom portfolio is a list of holdings which one keeps in their brokerage accounts to keep track of their stocks’ performance. In this list, you get to see how much share quantities you are holding, how much stakes ($) you have placed and the amount of paper losses and winnings you have made. Since a custom portfolio is “custom”, there is actually no need to restrict ourselves to the custom portfolio’s main function. Yes, you can twit it to your own liking and needs since it does not really mean anything other...

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Keppel Corporation: Closing at its NAV

Keppel Corporation (BN4) is one of the few best known STI components even to non-investors. Its shares have plunged extensively since its glory days, to price levels last seen in the 2008 recession. Its dividends yield has also dropped to a low 3% this year. This can either signal a great discount or a big warning sign. While Sembcorp’s assets and revenue are mostly focused on Utilities, Keppel Corp’s key earnings and assets came mostly from its Property sector. Nevertheless, both conglomerates are well known of its marine sector, which has performed unpleasantly in recent years. This has led...

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A Comparison between HDB loan and Bank loan for your new BTO

As most of us would know, HDB charges around 2.5% for their loans while we can find a lower rate by taking a bank loan despite the risk of fluctuation in interests. Here is a list of offers we can get from a bank loan. In most of the cases, the difference between both HDB loans and bank loans is about 1%+. Never forget that the extra 1% is paid monthly and it will compound for years. The main difference in terms of payment will be its down payment. You can choose to pay 10% of your HDB value using CPF...

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ComfortDelGro: Below its 3 years low

This week, ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited (C52) is selling below its 3 years low. Fundamentally, it is not entirely a good stock and neither is it poor. Personally, I have bought some. This is the first stock in a long time I placed some doubt in a transaction. This is because averaging down may not be a good idea if the price were to drop even lower. Yesterday, its RSI has hit below the 30 range. Here are some of the characteristics observed of C52: 1.     Despite the recent loss of ride-hailing market share to Grab and Uber, the net income...

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FCL and the Ascending Scallop Pattern – Part 2

In the end, the Ascending Scallop mentioned for FCL did not materialize as per TA may have suggested. This is one example that Technical Analysis along with a hopeful mind can lead us believing the price will go higher. Instead, FCL has dropped to 1.865 before rebounding itself.  Due to my small holding size, I felt that it is a good price to sell and have let it go at 1.895. This translates to about 20% gain from my buying price, not including the dividend received during the holding period. The risk is now passed to the new buyers....

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