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Jared Seah

It’s Easier To Learn From The Loser Than From The Winner

May 1, 2012 by Jared Seah
My first time in a casino was in Austria of all places!  We even got free chips to play a few hands… This was part of the “cultural experience” included in the company course I attended.  It was like in the James Bond movies where the men wore tux and the ladies wore bare-backed evening [...]
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Multibaggers in less than 4 months? Don’t you just love penny stocks!?

April 29, 2012 by Jared Seah
Hands up for those who have not played penny stocks before! Most of us have played with penny stocks starting out – especially when our account was small starting out. Remember those wonderful and euphoric days? Ah…  Of course with the highs will come the abyss of abject horror and manic depression… Nowadays I am [...]
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The Sheep That Wants To Be Shepherd

April 26, 2012 by Jared Seah
In a distant parallel universe where sheep rule the planet Htrae, there was 2 young sheep named Rekcus-bmud and Nepo-seye that dreamt about being a shepherd. You see, there are only 2 kinds of sheep on that planet – shepherd sheep that lead and sheep that follow the shepherds. Both these two young sheep, who [...]
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Is Passive Income Really Passive?

April 21, 2012 by Jared Seah
We are living in a flavour of the month and fashion season of the year world. Now it’s easy to read passive cash flow this, passive income that – as if all we need is to sit under the sky and money will just drop onto our lap? Rentals from properties Even if your tenant [...]
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Failures and Side Effects

April 17, 2012 by Jared Seah
Sometimes taking a few steps back can be very interesting to get a perspective of things. Things are not always what it seems, and if we are not careful, we may even throw the baby out with the bath water! Failure Have you ever used the 3M’s Post-it note pads?  When it was first invented, [...]

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What Is The “Norm”?

April 12, 2012 by Jared Seah
This morning, as I was queuing up to buy my breakfast at the hawker centre, a pretty and shapely young girl caught my eye. Tank top and skinny jeans – nice! (Ladies, do cut me some slack as I’m only a man – it’s an evolutionary thing…) Anyway, I was slurping into my bowl of [...]
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Abrupt and Creeping Enlightenment

April 5, 2012 by Jared Seah
  In Zen Buddhism, there are 2 main schools of thought. Don’t worry, I am not here to proselytize. I am agnostic. OK, enlightenment maybe is too strong a word. Let’s call it insight or awareness.    Ah ha!  Have you ever had your eureka moment? A problem or conundrum that’s been troubling you for [...]
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Is Snow Water?

April 4, 2012 by Jared Seah
Contrary to popular belief, most linguists today consider it a myth that the Eskimo language has an unusually large number of words (some say 50 and some others say 100!) for snow.  It goes to show the danger of accepting everything you read in the popular press or media without first “filtering” via the grey [...]

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The place of residence you bought is not an asset?

April 3, 2012 by Jared Seah
Once upon a time, the apartment or house we bought is considered an asset.  This fact is easily bore out if you enquire on the property your parents or grandparents have paid and its valuation now. Please do it without giving the impression you are eyeing their property before their “departure” – least you get [...]
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The North American Brown Bear (and your investment/trading styles)

April 1, 2012 by Jared Seah
I’ve always loved watching animal documentaries on TV.  One animal, the brown bear, comes to mind whenever I think of my speculation style. See if you can spot the similarities between the brown bear’s seasonal and varied diet and your investing/trading styles. The North American brown bear, also known as the grizzly bear, is an [...]

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Beware Of The Goody Goody Guy!

March 26, 2012 by Jared Seah
Warning! Right brain needed to appreciate the analogy, euphemism, and metaphor. Please skip if you need things to be black and white. When I was selling furniture at IMM and Park Mall during my furniture salesman days in my mid-twenties, I have an older lady colleague who was in her mid-30s. In her youth (she [...]

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IPO and Arranged Marriage

March 25, 2012 by Jared Seah
In real life, most of us believe in the romantic notion of finding the love of our lives ourselves. Who wants to be caught in an arranged marriage in this day and age? But when it comes to our investments, our actions may betray our hidden need to honour our traditional practices – even though [...]

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Go for your medical checkups!

March 20, 2012 by Jared Seah
Recently for the past 4 weeks, I’ve been visiting the Alexandra and National University hospitals twice and even thrice a week! No, I am well and fine, thank you very much. I am now caregiver to the person most dearest to me. I would like to share my reflections on the most important asset we [...]
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Dividend Trap – How to know if you have fallen into one.

March 13, 2012 by Jared Seah
Since I am living off my dividends, I thought it would be fun to share my past mistakes and pains. It should appeal to sadist amongst you. Before you read further, it’s not a post on how to find good dividend plays. For that, you may to go to other more authoritative business finance sites [...]

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The Cock And The Fox

March 8, 2012 by Jared Seah
One bright morning as the sun was rising from the horizon, the Cock flew on top of the barn house. He flapped his wings three times and crowed loudly.  “Wake up, wake up! First to use the toilet no need to queue!” But just as he was about to let out another one of his [...]
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Traders and Investors – Ebony and Ivory

March 6, 2012 by Jared Seah
Traders When I think of traders, I am reminded of this mental image of the Arabian traders from the 101 Arabian Nights. Their final destination may be Cathay (China), to source for silk, porcelain, tea, etc.; but the journey is at least a year or more away. To sustain their livelihood along this arduous trek, [...]
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VIX – how useful is it as an indicator and hedge?

March 4, 2012 by Jared Seah
Who knew my previous post (or non-post) on index investing turned out to be one of those “throw brick; attract jade” kind of catalyst where the comments got veered towards hedging at the very end…   In my search for alternative hedging strategies, I focused on the VIX. I found the below article quite interesting. [...]
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Do you practice low cost passive index investing?

March 1, 2012 by Jared Seah
I don’t. That’s normal as I am used to arguing with the stop sign. It’s quite common to come across “investors” who will pooh-pooh the use of actively managed mutual funds. They will usually mention these 2 strong and convincing arguments:  1) Low cost or no-load funds outperform funds with high management fees  Especially when [...]

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