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January 2012 Portfolio Review and Final Post

It is with some bittersweet feeling that I pen this last and final post, along with my portfolio review for January 2012. As mentioned in my previous portfolio review for 2011, heavier work commitments and a desire to spend more time with family and friends has resulted in my decision to stop blogging after this final post. However, please be assured that all historical posts and information will be left intact, so readers can continue to browse and access sections of my blog for information and learning. For the month of January 2012, I added about $10,200 worth of...

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My Value Investing Journey

It has been about 4.5 years since I first started serious blogging about investing and investment, and since then it has been a very steep learning curve for me in terms of acquiring knowledge, improving my analysis and sharpening my focus on companies. At the same time, I had also acquired important character traits and temperament which also aided in my journey to compound and grow my money. I guess this second-last post is to summarize my journey so far, and to collate all that I had learnt. I will also be penning down my plans in the medium-term,...

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Value Investing Recap Part 2 – Psychology and Temperament

Part 2 of my investing recap will focus on the psychological, mental and emotional aspects of investing, which are arguably just as important (if not more) than the quantitative and qualitative aspects of analysis into a Company and its business model. This is because having the wrong psychology can often scuttle an investor’s best intentions, even if he is a certified expert in analysis. The inability to control and master destructive emotions can cause significant losses for an investor and result in him not being able to preserve capital. Behavioural Finance is a very new field which combines finance...

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Value Investing Recap Part 1 – Research and Analysis

As part of my concluding posts for this month, I shall be doing two major recaps on value investing and will be focusing on two major aspects which I feel are equally important if an investor wishes to obtain a successful, consistent and decent return on investment. These two sections shall be split into “Research and Analysis” which gives a revision on what one should focus on with regards to the numbers, financials and operating statistics; and “Behavioural Finance and Temperament” which sums up the emotional fortitude and attitude an investor should have when he approaches investing and the...

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December 2011 Portfolio Review and FY 2011 Year-End Review

For this year-end review, I will be doing a comprehensive review of various aspects of my portfolio, covering cost, yield and also benchmarking against the STI during various months of the year. The reason for this is to get a better understanding of how my portfolio has been growing to date and over a period of two years, and how my returns have been affected (if at all) by the recent crisis. Another aspect which I will be looking at is the benchmarking as it would indicate whether I should simply stick to index funds or whether I should...

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Boustead Singapore Limited – 1H FY 2012 Analysis Part 3

Part 3 will be interesting, as I delve into Boustead’s leasehold property portfolio and also its dividend history. I guess I had already mentioned quite a bit about Boustead’s prospects based on its divisions in prior reviews and analyses, therefore I shall not dwell too much on the same facts again in case I start putting readers to sleep! Basically, the underlying thrust of the Group’s strategy is still the same, though of course they are shifting their focus to earn more recurring income from their real-estate portfolio rather than endure the lumpiness from their Water and Oil and...

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Property Chilling Measures

Readers would know that I seldom blog about property (there are only five posts on this in the last four years!), as I am generally not very good in this area and am still experiencing my steep (and extended) learning curve. There are so many aspects to consider when it comes to investment property that it would take many years to really understand how things work, including the witnessing of the entire bull-bear cycle which is far more drawn out as compared to a full stock market cycle. My last post on property in June 2011 centred mainly on...

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Boustead Singapore Limited – 1H FY 2012 Analysis Part 2

Part 2 of this three-part analysis will focus mainly on divisional analysis, as Boustead has four very distinct divisions which make it one of the harder conglomerates to put a value to. The interesting thing about Boustead which has somehow eluded me all these years (but which has somehow perplexed many an analyst) is that it has four disparate divisions which makes it a very difficult company to classify. On one hand, it is not an oil and gas company even though it has a strong energy-related engineering division and has contracts in many countries around the world for...

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Personal Finance Part 26 – Wealth Cannot Last More Than 3 Generations

The above title represents a very intriguing concept which has been known to the Chinese for millennium, and there is even a Chinese Idiom which states so “Fu Bu Guo San Dai”. Interestingly, while reading “Millionaire Teacher” written by Andrew Hallam (a new book written on investing and personal finance, written by middle-class millionaire teacher Andrew Hallam), I also discovered that he had written about the exact same phrase, though he did not elaborate too much about it. Basically, this teaches us that wealth earned by the first generation can seldom, if ever, last past three generations. The reason...

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Boustead Singapore Limited – 1H FY 2012 Analysis Part 1

Boustead released their 1H FY 2012 results on November 14, 2011, and frankly it was not as disastrous as I had anticipated, considering there was an economic tsunami at our doorstep which would affect most companies. Though the numbers did not look spectacular, the Group put up a credible performance in general, with my only grouse (for the last few years, actually) being Water and Wastewater Division. This analysis will be split into the usual three parts. Part 1 will touch on the financial statements, including income statement (briefly), Balance Sheet (more important) and Cash Flow Statement (the lifeblood...

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November 2011 Portfolio Summary and Review

November 2011 will go down as the month where the Euro crisis escalated in severity, as even Italy, Germany and France got into some form of trouble. With no ready solution in sight, it looks as though Mr. Market will remain pessimistic for the foreseeable future, which means it is a good environment indeed to consider the purchase of equities. In the USA, political wrangling also ensured that there was no ready fix to their burgeoning debt crisis, which is threatening day by day to spiral into something as huge and unmanageable as the Euro Crisis. To add fuel...

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MTQ – 1H FY 2012 Analysis Part 2

Part 2 of this analysis will focus more on the qualitative aspects of MTQ – the sections which many analysts find tough to quantify, but which I feel is also extremely important for any analysis to be complete. Note though that these observations were made from a combination of interactions with Management, articles/interviews with The Edge Singapore and my own opinions and conclusions drawn out from the facts and data. Oilfield Engineering – Bahrain Operations As early as Jan 2010, MTQ had already announced their plans to expand into the Kingdom of Bahrain, and steps and processes had been...

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SIA Engineering – 1H FY 2012 Analysis Part 2

Part 2 of this analysis shall focus more on the operational and qualitative aspects of the Company, and will be shorter (thankfully!) than Part 1. I will touch briefly on operational performance, major events (for MRO and JVs) as well as talk a little about prospects for SIAEC in a new untapped consumer segment for airlines. Operational Performance Line maintenance saw a +4.4% increase in flights handled at Changi Airport, from 54,546 to 56,967 for the half-year. The good news is that four new contracts were signed with established companies such as UPS and DHL (logistics and freight forwarding...

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MTQ – 1H FY 2012 Analysis Part 1

MTQ released their 1H FY 2012 results on the morning of October 31, 2011, and it capped a long-awaited update from the Company after its recent spate of acquisitions and troubles in Bahrain. Suffice to say that I did wait with some trepidation for the results and had expected it to look very poor due to the high amount of leverage taken up not just for the expansion in Bahrain, but also for financing the deal for the acquisition of Premier Sea and Land (PSL). This analysis will, like SIAEC’s, also be divided into two parts for ease of...

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SIA Engineering – 1H FY 2012 Analysis Part 1

SIA Engineering (SIAEC) released their 1H FY 2012 results on October 28, 2011; and following that on October 31, 2011, they released a set of presentation slides which were used to present to analysts at the analyst briefing. Since it has been a while since my original purchase of SIAEC, and subsequently I had also added to my initial position on two separate occasions, I thought it timely for me to do an analysis and review of the Company. I shall limit the analysis to the financials, cash flows, associates and joint ventures (JV), dividends as well as some...

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