Author: BULLy the BEAR

Somebody staring at me

I wore a new t-shirt out today and noticed a few people, especially the guys, looking at me. I know because I saw their eyes trying to read what my t-shirt says. I took a selfie of myself and here’s how I look: Yeah, I know my face is something that comes out of a horror film. But really, I think it’s my t-shirt that these people are looking at. I think my t-shirt is a good conversation starter. I’m wearing it for work and hoping one day my students, out of curiosity, would ask me what Financial Independence...

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Closing off a tranche of LP ‘bonds’

I handled my parent’s portfolio since end 2013, and I’m still handling them now. Recently, my parents wanted to withdraw out 40k. My parent’s portfolio is handled in tranches, according to the timing where they gave a lump sum to me. Since the first tranche of money is 50k, and the portfolio also consisted of Capital mall asia bonds (CapmallA3.8%b220112) that is going to be redeemed back in Jan 2017 (here), I decided to cash out the entire portfolio and return it to them. When I first started out, the options are pretty limited. I looked back at my...

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I knew I loved you before I met you

I knew I loved you before I met you, so goes the song by Savage Garden. When I first heard that song, I thought it’s just some mythology that some romantics had dreamed of. I don’t really believe in love at first sight. Until it happened to me (okay, technically there’s no ‘sight’). That little kick, that little tremor, especially at night. The black and white pictures we took every other month. The vast amount of conversation we had regarding what we’re going to do, and how we plan to do this and that. The huge amount of research...

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Where did all my savings go?

I started tallying the past records of all my savings recently. My aim is to find out where all my hard earned savings go to. Did I ‘waste’ a lot of my life energy, which is captured in the form of savings, into frivolous stuff? It’s a pity that I only started tracking seriously in 2008. I started work around mid 2003, so those 5 years until 2007 are like my lost years The breakdown over the years 2008: $53k2009: $50k2010: $50k2011: $53k2012: $29k2013: $25k2014: $68k2015: $64k2016: $67k ? I haven’t close 2016 yet as there’s still some weeks...

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Financial competition

Lim, Tan and Lee sat around the marble table of the kopi-thiam. They are classmates that had not met each other for the past 30 years, so naturally they had plenty to share. The conversation flowed along, interrupted only by the periodic crunch of the kaya butter toasts and the sipping of kopi-o in the quaint porcelain cups, until it came to the topic about their children. Tan started it first when he said that his son is very capable. He is earning $100k per year at age 25 as a banker. Lim said that was nothing to boast...

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Networth updates in 2016

Usually I’ll do a networth update around end of the year, so with few blinks of an eye, we’re here again after 1 yr. This year is a fantastic year for me, but I’ll talk more about that when I reflect on the year 2016 and how grateful I am for the ups and also the downs. The last time I did my networth was back in 7th Dec, 2015, here. There are so many ways to calculate networth, but I’ve always done my this way. It’s assets minus liabilities. So, the assets part include: 1. Cash in my...

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ROE vs PB of regional banks

Just out of curiosity, I did a study on the ROE vs PB ratio for the different banks across the region. I fully understand that it’s not a good apples to apples comparison because different banks have different regulations and capital requirements, and also different rules to recognise profits, bad debts and so on. But it’s still good to see how the banks fare on these two metrics across the board. All the figures are taken from the bestest platform to happen onto me this year: Investingnote. I don’t just use them for the charts, but if you click...

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Capitamalls asia bonds optional redemption

Another bond bites the dust. Don’t worry, this is not from the troubled oil and gas sector. It’s the optional redemption of Capitamalls asia bonds, CapMallA3.8%b220112 announced from sgx here. I blogged about the bonds here and here. The full maturity of the bond is actually on 12-Jan-2022 but there is an option for early redemption on 12-Jan-2017 and every year thereafter. Since there is a step up option for the bond  if it is not redeemed on 12-Jan-2017 to 4.5% instead of 3.8%, I guess there’s every reason for them to redeem it back in full. The 3 months SIBOR...

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Early Retirement Grid

I chanced upon an excellent blog that talks about FIRE (Financial independence Retire early) in 4 pillars. I will take some time to explore the site but I’m liking it already! It’s here, called Four Pillar Freedom. There’s a post called early retirement grid with the following picture below Picture taken from fourpillarfreedom blog post here Basically it shows you how long you take to reach financial independence given your after tax annual income and annual spending. There’s a few assumptions that comes with the table: 1) You’re starting from nothing. It’s good for those who had just been through...

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My 50k savings goal back then and now

I was reading back my previous post on my 50k savings challenge here, and trying to see if there’s any difference between then and now. I first started back in 2009, and it had been 7 yrs since. How time flies! Comparing the difference between 2009 and 2016: 1) Shift in focus between 2009 and 2016 I had a plan on how much to save every month back in 2009 and it was further broken down into weekly goals for savings. That created a lot of stress because I have to watch my expenses like a hawk! While I...

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Choose yourself!

I am reading this book by James Altucher titled Choose Yourself. I’m still in the midst of it but am loving the message that the book is trying to convey. In this kind of economy, there’s not much loyalty for any particular company. Everyone of us has to treat ourselves as a company and behave like we are one! Here’s some tips on choosing yourself from my own experience: 1. Have a personal brand and personality that people know you for I think the general impression I get from people is that I’m very well read, disciplined and reliable....

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Review of financial goals

I wrote about my offensive and defensive strategies two years ago here, but never really got a chance to review it to see if it’s still relevant. Let’s do it now. In that post, I talked about the dilemma of using cash to shave off interest at 2.6% by doing a partial capital repayment, or using it to invest in the market by getting a return of more than 2.6%. It’s not an easy solution and I opted to do both to avoid the two extreme end game scenario of being asset rich but cash poor OR paying excessive...

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Buy High Sell Low, not Buy low Sell High

We often hear this nails-scratching-on-blackboard phrase “Buy low Sell high” until our eyes roll and our skin crawling with goosebumps. There’s truth in it, except that like all aphorism, it’s not as simple as it is. Let’s deconstruct that phrase. Buy low sell high consists of two parts. Firstly, you have to buy at a low and then you have to sell at a high. But unfortunately, the aphorism didn’t really say what we’re buying at a low. It’s implicitly taken to mean buying at a low price and selling at a high price, but I think it’s not...

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Money beliefs and habits

When students come to me for help, the solution is not as simple as telling them to study. They are obviously not doing well, and the reason for them for not studying can come from a variety of reasons. It could be low self esteem, seeking attention from parents or peers, trying to fit in with his close group of friends and so on. Unless the root cause of the problem is dealt with, any methods of improving the grades is just symptomatic treatment and will seldom work for long, if it works at all. Hence, being a tutor...

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My retirement comes annually

As my work winds down for the seasonal lull, I suddenly have a lot more free time. To the point that I don’t know what to do with my time. I’m very used to working 6 to 8 hours of class time on weekdays (not inclusive of preparatory/marking time), so suddenly having only 2 hrs of work or even none takes a little getting used to. Again. Every year end, I’ll face the same situation of getting ‘retrenched’. Every year end, I’ll get my little experience of having retired and/or having reached financial freedom. It’s the same feeling, that...

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