Author: BULLy the BEAR

Book review on “The Ultimate Dividend Playbook” by Josh Peters

By: La Papillion Here are my thoughts for the book that I finished reading, titled “The Ultimate Dividend Playbook – Income, Insight and Independence for Today’s investor” by Josh Peters. This is another excellent series from Morningstar group. I really really love their clarity and ample use of examples to illustrate the point. This is one of those books that I would love to keep. Probably will buy it, together with another of Morningstar’s series, “The five rules for successful stock investing” by Pat Dorsey. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have much background in accountings and finance, hence the...

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CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate)

By: La Papillion Today I learnt much about CAGR. No, it’s not a new brand of cigar. CAGR stands for compound annual growth rate. It’s a nifty mathematical formula to calculate the rate at which an investment grows linearly in a given period. It all springs from the basic future value/present value equation: Future value = Present value x (1 + i)^(t) where i – interest rate compounded per per year where t – time in years Appropriate adjustment can be made if the compounding period is less than a year. Just change the appropriate figure for the time....

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Singpost 3Q results released (30 Jan 2008)

By: La Papillion Singpost posted its 3Q results today. In summary, Q3 revenue grew 9.2%, net profit rose 7.8% and a dividend of 1.25 cts per share is declared, which is the norm. 3Q is traditionally the busier quarter for singpost, so the increase in revenue is nothing to be extremely proud of. Business as usual I suppose. What is a little worrying is that despite the rise in revenue in a variety of sectors, the cost increment is higher, hence the margins got eroded slightly by less than 1% comparing between FY07/08 3Q and FY06/07 3Q. A huge...

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Detailed fengshui analysis for the Earth Rat year

By: La Papillion My special guest blogger, skyalps, wrote this summary of the fengshui analysis by Raymond Lo for the year 2008. Thanks pal, for the great summary on what to expect. Do your own analysis and research before committing your money, as always. Personally, I found the talk quite interesting as I had little prior knowledge of Fengshui and Chinese Astrology. However, I noted that the examples he gave were typically those that had already happened and which he could use his analysis to explain why it happened. Therefore, do read it with a pinch of salt as...

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Buy and hold forever?

By: La Papillion HH passed me an excellent article on buying and hold fallacy which I linked it here. The idea of buying and holding is what long term investors would like to do. Before anyone just go to the stock market and buy anything stocks, and proceed to hold it forever, I think here’s a few pointers to take note: 1. Buy and hold works good for companies which are fundamentally sound. I think before you adopt the buy and hold strategy, you must decide whether the company will still be around for long and whether the company...

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Review on “The Dividend rich investor – Building wealth with high-quality, dividend paying stocks”

By: La Papillion I finished reading the dividend book…managed to complete reading it in a day. I never knew I could squeeze so much time if I had to, though it is quite tiring. These are the few things I thought it’s important: 1. Instead of calculating % yield (formula: dividend for whole yr/current market price of stock), we can calculate the % yield relative to cost price (formula: dividend for whole yr/price at which you buy). This means that after you buy the stock, the share price will not change anymore. 2. It is possible for the dividend...

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SGX: New Bid Size on Monday 24.12.07

By: La Papillion Just a reminder that on Monday, the new bid size system will come in place. I’m still wondering what kind of impact it will do to traders here. Ccloh from cna forum had analyzed it very nicely, so I’d like to share it here: Advantages ————- 1. for less than $3 stocks, the bid size is as usual but good thing is now you can queue 10-bid lower or higher to buy or sell. example dumpling close 1.59, you can queue 1.50 to buy or queue 1.69 to sell on monday before open. isnt that good....

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STI up another 1.24%

By: La Papillion Dow was still up last night and the party goes on. STI went up another 43 pts (1.24%) to close at 3521 with a volume of almost 2 billion. All the biggies moved up – SGX, DBS, Cosco…could it be that funds are buying up now to window dress their portfolio for the next year? Possibility is there. A lot of funny stuff happened towards market close. Sudden whack up and whack down to change the closing price – almost as if the BBs are trying to making the candlestick nice, haha! I saw that happening...

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