Author: Invest Openly

5 Things To Consider When Selling Your Gold

Do you have old pieces of gold lying around that you no longer wear or need? Maybe you’d like to make a bit of extra money. How about looking into your jewellery collection for some pieces you no longer want? The good news is that it’s easy enough to sell gold, but before you do, here are a few things you should know. 1. Always get an invoice. A good jewellery or pawn shop will ask you for your purchase document or invoice when you want to sell gold items to them. This helps to establish the metal’s purity....

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Weekend Leisure Post – To Renovate Or Upgrade?

For the past few days, the hottest local news is non other than the preview (soft launch) of the Jewel Changi Airport, for those lucky few who have gotten the free preview tickets, sure to have a blast there. From the videos/photos shared in the social media so far, I feel proud that for a tiny country like us, we can grind out something as spectacular and grand as this!  As for the international news, it’s the buzz regarding the upcoming premiere of long-awaited Marvels Universe sequel Avengers – Endgame (from 24th Apr 2019). In local context, it has “forced”...

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To Dox Or Not To Dox, That’s The Question, Or Is It?

At the moment, the hottest local news is “fake news”. Reason being that Singapore Government is set to make the spreading of fake news as outlaw. Thanks to this fake news thing, I’ve learnt something new today. Along came the newly learnt term dox, doxing or doxxing.. So what is dox (or doxing)? Accord to Google translate, Doxing is defined as: “search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.” What it means is that once the Protection from Harassment (Amendment) Bill is passed, anyone committed the act of...

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MRT Map by 2030

In about 11 years time and assuming everything goes as planned, our MRT map will look something like the one on the left.  For a small country like Singapore, I must say that our public transport is very comprehensive and convenient. Even though there were frequent breakdowns (minor and major) in the past 2 years or so, I can see that there are vast improvement recently, especially from the start of the year (touch wood!), but I think we are going on the right direction in ensuring a more stable public train system.  For a public transport taker like...

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Paraguay’s Success Story in Chasing Prosperity (Guest Post)

Among the impressive performers in global economic standings the previous year is the South American nation of Paraguay. Its economy has been gaining ground since 2003 and has been steadily generating international interest. This is the reason why a lot of private investment companies have been concentrating their efforts here. And speaking of global interest in Paraguay, the foreign investing community is quite active in the country. In fact, it is among the most influential sectors that have pushed the country’s prosperity index up the rankings. This is evident in the 2018 Legatum Prosperity Index, sponsored by the Legatum...

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So What’s Up 2019?

It has been exactly a month since my last post, time really fly, we are almost at the end of the first quarter of 2019 and so far I have not done any transaction (in terms of investment) since the beginning of the year. I am happy to just keep receiving the occasional traditional kopi treats in the form of minion size of dividends.  So what have I been busy with recently?  This year, we plan to completely overhaul the our home (after more than 15 years) and hence been busy liaising with IDs and researching about our new...

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You will have to trade with the mind, not the money (Guest Post)

Take this with a lot of salt for the sake of proper performance in the business of Forex. Your mind will be used mostly for trading instead of thinking of the money involved. It will make your performance better. There will also be a good income from the business. So it becomes obvious that the earning will require the traders to forget about money. Think of all the different process of trading in the markets. There will be proper maintenance of trades with stop-losses and take-profits. Even before that, the trades will have to make proper sizing of the...

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Top 5 2019 CNY Movies Of Our Choice

2019 Chinese New Year (CNY) is just around the corner, I believed most people are busy with the spring cleaning, CNY cookies tasting and buying, new clothes in preparation of the Year of Pig. This is my year (本命年) and after 4 cycles, I am blessed that I can still sharing stuff on this blog (and elsewhere), enjoying simple life and keep going.  Being a movie buff, watching CNY movies with family and friends during CNY period is always one of the celebration highlight. This year, there are plenty of choices, out of more than 10 CNY movies, my...

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What Type Of Angler Are You In Your Investment Journey?

First, I need to clarify that fishing is not my cup of tea. I was inspired by what I’ve seen yesterday evening to pen this post. When I was doing my weekend walk-a-jog along Lorong Halus, near the East Entrance of Coney Island, I saw a bunch of anglers scattered around the shore and enjoying their time, some in solitude, some are with their group of friends. Most of the anglers are using fishing rods, a few are using the fishing nets with handle while I vividly saw one of them is using plain fishing net. This set me...

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Open Electricity Market – First Thing I Did in 2019 Is To Switch

I am excited that finally Singapore’s electricity market is opening up and we (as consumers) have more choice and say in selecting our preferred retailer. Of course, the most important thing is because of the “competition”, the consumers can enjoy more competitive rate (as opposed to only with SP previously). I have the privilege to switch my electricity supplier from 1 Jan 2019 (as I am staying in Zone 1 of their rolling out schedule) and have done some brief homework (i.e. comparing price and retailers). By the way, there are as many as 22 retailers to choose from...

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How Can Cryptocurrency Be Applied Beyond Peer-to-Peer Payments?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are about to revolutionise the way we move money around, and this willsignal the end of the third-party handlers, namely banks and credit card companies who have beentaking a slice of the action since time began. Peer to peer payments can be made by individuals acrossthe globe using blockchain technology, with instant and anonymous funds transfer at the speed oflight, yet there are other applications for cryptocurrencies and more specifically, blockchain technology. Customer Loyalty ProgramsCommonly used in all industries, customer loyalty programs using Bitcoin as an incentive could reignitea dying sector. It is estimated that around...

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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing (Book)

It has been a while since my last post (almost a month, to be exact). As we are drawing closer to the end of 2018 and saying HELLO to 2019, thought it would be apt for me to write something as a closure for 2018. December is a festive season and lull period (read holiday season) for most employees (unless you are in sales with year end target to meet), I’ve taken a short break to Melaka, Malaysia to meet some friends, enjoy the local food as well as catching a performance called “Encore Melaka” (visually stunning with marvellous...

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Some Observations/Hacks From My Recent Bergen (Norway) Trip

Just back from 2-weeks free and easy holiday to London-and-Bergen. This is my first time to Bergen (Norway) and everything are pretty new and fresh to me. We spent about 6-full days each in London and Bergen so we managed to cover all our planned itinerary, except 1 in Bergen which I will share more later. Overall, we have a great time there and thought I should share some of my experiences/observations/hacks in Bergen (Norway) which might be helpful for those readers who are planning to pay it a visit soon. So, here we go: Transport from Bergen BGO...

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Everyone can be charitable NOW!

As a follow-up to my earlier post on Besides IQ, EQ and FQ, What About CQ?, thought maybe it is apt to share an positive experience that I’ve encountered through one of the volunteer event I attended recently. Two Saturday ago, decided to attend a volunteer event organized by Direct Life Foundation in bringing wheel-chair bound uncles/aunties to Jurong Bird Park for half-day excursion. It is half-a-day well spent as each of us (volunteer) are paired with one auntie or uncle and the mission is to bring them (in their wheel chair) to watch the shows/performances at various places...

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Is There Any IPO like Venom?

  If you have not already know, Venom is the latest superhero movie (or more accurately anti-superhero) movie starred by the competent Tom Hardy (as Eddie Brock/Venom). Before its wide release last week, it has received terrible reviews/rating from the so called professional movie critics (including those in the reputable site like Rotten Tomatoes). However, audience from around the world didn’t take heed from those “professionals”, instead, they (include myself) thronged the cinemas and made Venom the top movie in its first week of release (amassed USD80 millions in the US Box Office along, the reported budget of the...

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