Jared Seah

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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4 biggest bubbles in the last 40 years

August 24, 2012 by Jared Seah
Bottom-up investors can skip this post. You wouldn’t be interested. This post is more for macro top-down (that’s how I check girls out too!) speculators like me. The below chart is interesting! Iron ore? It’s one of the key ingredient for steel making in case you never studied Chemistry or Physical Science. But unlike copper [...]

in Categories: Investing

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Singlish and Technical Analysis

August 23, 2012 by Jared Seah
Let’s have a bit of fun! Remember when you first started to learn Technical analysis? It looks so simple right? This line cross that line; a bounce off (imaginary) support; a breakout through resistance (yes, it’s imaginary again); and we are off to the races! But once we commit real money, eh!? Why are we [...]

in Categories: Active Trading

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Yield hogs will be slaughtered

August 2, 2012 by Jared Seah
Last month, I sold a Growth and Income REIT that I’ve bought 1.5 years ago. It’s was yielding 9% at price of purchase;and has since gone up by 40% in capital gains when I sold it. Total returns is slightly more than 50% for 18 months of “waiting”. (I am hiding behind percentages for a [...]

in Categories: Investing

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Own time own target, fire!

July 29, 2012 by Jared Seah
Looking back, my 2 years of NS is a great source of learning experience. During range shooting, the above phrase is commonly used. And we in the back row behind the shooters have to “echo” it loud loud ;) We can also apply it to our life journey as well: 1) Don’t shoot other people’s [...]
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The elephant keeps walking while the dogs keep barking

July 27, 2012 by Jared Seah
I first came across this phrase when Suzie Orman (she also borrowed it with pride too) used it to explain how she feels when under “attack” by other financial commenters and bloggers. Let them have their 10 minutes of “fame” Suzie would say. What a cool lady! If you scan the media today, you can [...]
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