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Jared Seah

10,000 hours versus 10,000 trades

May 5, 2014 by Jared Seah
I’ve just completed 9 months at my part-time retail sales job during the weekends (Sat & Sun)! 9 months may seem like a long time. But if we convert it to the hours my full-time colleagues are working 6 days a week, my 9 months is “only” 3 months from full-time perspective. Would there be [...]
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My Pace

April 23, 2014 by Jared Seah
When I was studying at Gan Eng Seng School Anson Road, I had the good fortune of learning Geography (Sec 2) from a wonderful teacher Mdm Foo. She is still teaching at Gan Eng Seng by the way. I remember fondly what she told us “slower” students: “If others need 10 minutes to understand and [...]
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Want Fish or Fishing Skill?

April 15, 2014 by Jared Seah
When you take up a course to learn something, be it cooking or new language, the desired outcome is that you have learnt a new skill after the course right? If we don’t start preparing some dishes of our own, or use the new language learnt, guess what? We soon forget what we’ve learnt. It [...]
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Success is an iceberg

April 13, 2014 by Jared Seah
There’s a Chinese saying: Success on stage for 3 minutes; 10 years sweat and toil backstage.   Living in our instant noodle fast food environment nowadays, like black-hearted China mainland food suppliers, we try to cut corners here, skip some testings there, add some additives here… All in the name of quicker, faster, sooner! Life [...]
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Difference between Knowledge and Wisdom

April 7, 2014 by Jared Seah
Knowledge is knowing the answers to questions. Wisdom is knowing when to act blur; and when to apply what you know. Married couples or those living -in-sin together quickly learn the difference. Knowledge is knowing you are right and your significant other is idiot and irrational. Wisdom is agreeing with him/her.  Many veteran investors and [...]
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Can you teach me how to fish?

March 21, 2014 by Jared Seah
James is in his 60s. He owns a fishing tackle shop at the Beach Road area. Has been in this business for 30 over years now. A friendly face pops into the tackle shop as we speak. Peter, in his 30s and works in a bank as loans officer. “Can you teach me how to [...]
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Travel when young

March 16, 2014 by Jared Seah
There’s a Chinese saying that travelling 10,000 miles can be more illuminating than reading 10,000 books. Do it when you are young. School vacations or after graduation are the best times to do so. If you do not have time at this age, pray tell when you will have time when you are running on [...]
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Fallen leaves, frostbite, and are you expendable?

March 11, 2014 by Jared Seah
The recent hot spell and “drought” in Singapore is causing our trees to shed leaves like crazy in order to minimise water loss through transpiration. I guess our trees are hunkering down till the rain comes again. For adventurers caught in a blizzard while mountaineering or traversing across our Arctic and Antarctic poles, our bodies [...]
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Flexibility versus Lock-in

February 28, 2014 by Jared Seah
A common complaint by loyal customers of our telcos is that the latest promotions are only eligible for NEW customers only. You signed up for that 2 year 100 Mbps broadband plan with glee thinking how smart you were. Especially if you compare the savings you are getting in relation to the more flexible pay-as-you-go [...]
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Efficiency versus Effectiveness

February 17, 2014 by Jared Seah
Have you noticed a difference in buying burgers from McDonald’s in recent years to 5-6 years ago? Now it takes longer to have your orders filled right? But the burgers are now hotter ;) In the past, can you recall you can physically see pre-made burgers sitting in a queue behind the McDonald’s counter? The [...]
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The trouble with long lead-times

February 15, 2014 by Jared Seah
Once upon a time, I used to work in Supply Chain (self-taught through learn by doing). And one of the lessons learned is that shorter lead-times are preferred over longer lead-times, all things being equal. In a way, it’s true. Take for example a factory for DRAM memory chips or LCD panels. Demand good with [...]
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You mean you can learn from other people’s mistakes?

February 4, 2014 by Jared Seah
Maybe it’s just me. You mean you really can learn from other people’s mistakes? If you are a smoker, what do you see when you buy a pack of cigarettes? Do you learn from the mistakes of others that’s pasted in graphic gory details screaming right in your face? If you are trying your luck [...]
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You are shorting already!

January 29, 2014 by Jared Seah
For me, going long or short is no different from betting black or red at the roulette tables in the casinos Whether you call it an “investment” or speculative trade, it’s just a directional bet – up or down. Nothing more; nothing less. Most traders don’t have a problem with shorting – think about it, [...]
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Have you noticed great investors are superb writers too?

January 23, 2014 by Jared Seah
Test! Who is your favourite investing guru? How did you get to know this person? (Face to face, books, print media, You-tube videos, documentaries, TV, etc.) Do you quote the famous sayings of this guru? Whether it be newsletters, annual reports to shareholders, articles to print media, or books written, have you noticed these investing [...]
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3 bananas in the morning, 4 in the evening

January 22, 2014 by Jared Seah
I think most have heard of this story where a group of coconut picking monkeys were not satisfied with their “wages” of 3 bananas in the morning and 4 in the evening. So off they went to confront the farmer and demanded a raise. The farmer though deeply for a while and gave the monkeys [...]

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Ultimate Risk Taking – Your Life

January 10, 2014 by Jared Seah
What’s the worst that can happen to our trading or investment account? What’s the worst consequence if we quit our job and embark on the path of a freelance existence? What’s the worst case scenario if we start a business and it fails miserably despite we putting vision, mission statement, and lots of goals into [...]
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Queenstown Hawkers – Alternative Financial Independence

January 6, 2014 by Jared Seah
When I was in my primary school in the 70s, I had the impression that hawkers work 7 days a week with no rest days one – especially those that I frequent in the coffee shop near my place. The only rest days are the 15 days during Chinese New Year. Now after returning 2 [...]
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Cultural Revolution and Benchmarking

December 31, 2013 by Jared Seah
Anyone remember the story of that taxi-driver who shared he earned $7,000 a month? Then it was discovered the $7,000 were his best months; not the average per month… Hold this thought. It never fails to tickle me pink when I read about self-professed long term “investors” are so enthused into comparing annual performance returns, [...]
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