Jared Seah

Common Ways to Earn More

July 18, 2013 by Jared Seah
For someone who earns below $1,000 per month, it can be patronizing to tell this person to save more…  To get out of the poverty trap, the long term solution is to earn more. That’s why micro-financing is so much better in helping others help themselves. Compare this to the destructive effects of subsidy and [...]
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Earn more or Save more?

July 17, 2013 by Jared Seah
We all know the secret to having more money is either to earn more or save more. And doing both together is even better! As a saver myself, it’s not my intention to slap my own face or to belittle the savers. But we need to see things in context and have a proper perspective [...]
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The Haze – Did you notice your emotional reactions?

June 28, 2013 by Jared Seah
I find some of the reactions of our fellow Singaporeans to the recent haze quite interesting.  It’s a parallel I can infer and apply to trading in the markets – after all, the market is made up of people; with it’s tug if war between emotions and rationality. If you never had any respiratory problems [...]
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10,000 hours, 10 years, 10,000 trades

June 26, 2013 by Jared Seah
10,000 hours A common theme that appears in Malcolm Gladwell’s book – Outliers: The Story of Success – is this “10,000-Hour Rule”.  We know it kind of intuitively don’t we? Hardcore gaming friends that that play Starcraft and CounterStrike day and night will beat the pants off us casual gamers. The same it goes with [...]
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Orthodoxy vs Orthopraxy

April 1, 2013 by Jared Seah
It’s a holiday! Just thought I’ll write something more celebral today (or so I think). Let’s introduce 2 big words: Orthodoxy – correct belief Orthopraxy – correct practice No, I’m not giving a religious sermon today. Don’t worry. Just using these two spiritual words as moot points to explain how some traders and investors apply [...]
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Is Gold considered as investment or insurance?

March 24, 2013 by Jared Seah
It is quite interesting to listen to intellectual debates on whether Gold can be considered an investment (when it has no cash flow) or is it an insurance. Investment I remember around 2005, I remember reading in the Sunday Times about how a Singaporean investor became a millionaire by investing in Gold.  He had sunk [...]
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How to amass a small fortune?

February 28, 2013 by Jared Seah
Start with a big fortune. This way, if you mess up, fall for scams, or the global economy implodes, you may still end up with at least a small fortune. And that’s if you are lucky! Now who says size does not matter? Sarcasm aside, there is a message between the lines. Just look at [...]
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Don’t forget number 1

February 21, 2013 by Jared Seah
I had a Taiwanese colleague who is the “unofficial” leader in the office in Taiwan. We call her “Da Jie” (Big Sister). At that time, all the official heads of our offices in Asia Pacific were either a Swede or a Dane. You know how it is when we worked in a European MNC. (It [...]
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Stop worrying about CPI

December 22, 2012 by Jared Seah
Recently, it’s fashionable to talk and fret about the increasing CPI statistic – but what has that got to do with you personally? Do you understand what and how CPI is measured? (Count me in as those not knowing what talking me if a reporter were to ask me the same question that I’ve asked [...]
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Zealot, Atheist, and Agnostic

December 1, 2012 by Jared Seah
Have you wondered which one is you when it comes to your investment/trading beliefs? Zealot and Atheis A Zealot and an Atheist are on opposite side of the spectrum. But they are very much similar than you think – both their cups are full; and they both think they are right and the other person [...]
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Memory good for longer term positions; bad for short term trades

November 28, 2012 by Jared Seah
After 12 odd years stumbling, falling, and muddling through in the markets, I would like to share this reflection of mine. But don’t get me wrong. I am constantly struggling in the implementation. It’s like we know too much fried food is bad for us; but it’s hard not to nibble or be in denial [...]
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Dr Richard Teo Keng Siang

October 23, 2012 by Jared Seah
The advantage of Facebook is I sometimes get very inspirational sharing from friends. Here is one such story that I would like to help spread the message: Memorial of Dr Richard Teo Keng Siang I do not know Dr Teo personally, but I guess there’s a little bit of Dr Teo in all of us when [...]
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Are you a sportsperson? (Why it’s a great foundation for investing and trading)

October 12, 2012 by Jared Seah
I am glad I played table-tennis for our school team during my secondary school days.  I played the doubles and act as a sparring partner to the “star” singles players. That’s where I learnt how to contribute to a team as the supporting cast Big corporations, when doing recruitment, do look at the extra-curricular achievements [...]
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Reflective Mind and Listening Heart (Stop-loss)

October 11, 2012 by Jared Seah
No, this is not a religious post. Last Friday night, I got stopped-out of my Dollar/Yen trade. The whip-splash was so quick that the fill was at a greater loss than my stop-loss point. Ouch! What’s worse than a loss? It’s discovering on Monday afternoon that the price action has swung back; and if I [...]

in Categories: Active Trading

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Justice Bao and Bail-outs

October 4, 2012 by Jared Seah
When I was in primary school, I remember a Taiwanese TV serial on Justice Bao was all the rage in Singapore. “Kaifeng you ge, Bao Qing Tian. Tie mian wu ser…” The rest of the song I forgot liao… I remember one memorable story was about the Grand Tutor’s only son of around 20 plus.  [...]
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What’s your favourite chicken rice stall?

September 7, 2012 by Jared Seah
What’s your favourite chicken rice stall? OK, keep the answer to yourself (hello, no need to email  me OK?).   Is it that stall that you frequent all the time near where you stay? Or is it that stall freaking all across the other side of the island, but no matter, you still make an [...]
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If you really care, zip up!

September 6, 2012 by Jared Seah
In these low interest rate and relatively high inflation times, you often find people (who think they know) expressing shock and surprise when they discover their “friends” or acquaintances still keep the bulk of their money in plain vanilla fixed deposits and savings accounts.  Like talking heads on business networks like CNBC, they will rattle [...]

in Categories: Investing

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Gasp! I’ve gone half-naked!

September 1, 2012 by Jared Seah
Yesterday, I went down to the AIA tower at Robinson Road to cancel my Life insurance policies.: Term, critical illnesses, disability, and personal accident. The only one that I’ve keep is the remaining whole-life policy that may “break-even” in 2 years’ time at the 20 year anniversary mark.  But looking at the surrender cash value [...]

in Categories: Insurance

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