Author: Invest Openly

Who Do You Compete With?

Once, Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings was asked who the company’s biggest competitor was, do you know what is his answer? Not, it’s not Amazon, neither Youtube. His answer is profoundly bold : SLEEP! Yes, from his perspective, his focus is not with any of his competitors but rather focusing on his own product(s) as well as the customers. I deduced from his answer that he is trying to deliver a product that the customers are willing to sacrifice their sleep with. I think same thing applies to our investing journey or our life as a whole too. Just take...

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Is Blockchain The Web 3.0 That We Are Waiting For?

During my recent trip to Europe, I chanced upon an interesting article in the in-flight magazine (Business Life) of British Airways. The article is entitled “Blockchain Frenzy“, I managed to complete the whole article during the flight (it is not that long anyway) and the technology is intriguing enough for me to explore further with the book (Blockchain Revolution) which is cited in the article. The more I read about Blockchain, the more I find it amazing and has potential to be the next wave of revolutionary technology that has potential to truly dis-intermediate any financial or business transactions. Following...

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6 Interesting Recommendations to Get a New Business off The Ground (Guest Post)

When it comes to starting a new business, the task is often full of risks and challenges. However, there are a few tips that can be followed to tip the scales in your favour. Here are a few of these gems. Making Monday Count There is a consensus on Monday being the most unpopular day of the week. However, if you are really passionate about your new business and you enjoy what you do, your Mondays will become exciting, so much so, that the work does not feel like work. Need extra office space or a space to conduct...

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3 Money Related Tips I’ve Learnt From My Recent Trip

Time flies really fast, we are already in the month of August now! What? As I was just back from my free and easy trip to Europe (covering London, Sardinia and Paris, briefly) 2 days ago, that explains why I was MIA for the past 2 weeks :-) This post is to share some of the money related tips (or lessons) that I’ve learnt personally during the trip and hopefully it is beneficial to you folks too, especially if you are planning for some upcoming free and easy trips (though some of these tips might not be new to...

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Netlink NBN Trust IPO and War For The Planet Of The Apes

In about two days’ time, we will know the ballot result of the biggest IPO in the recent years, Netlink NBN Trust. So far, it attracted mixed response among the retail investors. Some view it as too expensive, some say that it has limited growth potential, while others think that there are other counters (especially REITs) can provide better dividend yield than this. On the other hand, some waited for this IPO for quite some time and since it’s priced at a lower end of the initial indicated Price Range, it might be a great opportunity to try their luck...

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This Video Channel Will Accelerate Your Learning From Books

I am a bookworm and like to read, a lot. The problem with me is that I slow to read but quick to forget. Recently, I chanced upon a Youtube Channel which is quite cool (at least to me) whereby it will definitely accelerate (speed up) your learning from books. The Channel is called One Percent Better, hosted by a 22-something Australian called Brandon. He produced cool animated whiteboard drawing video, summarizing the salient points of the book that he read. He is not alone, occasionally, he will also rope in other similar channels’ book summary videos. Overall, it...

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HNA Commercial REIT – Another Upcoming Monster Size IPO

While everyone are buzzing around the upcoming monster IPO next Month (July 2017), Netlink Trust, do you know that there is another potential monster size IPO in 2017? It’s HNA Commercial REIT. While it is still too early to provide the exact details, here are some known information of HNA Commercial REIT: Estimated Issue Size : $$775 millions Estimated Market Capitalization : S$780 millions to S$800 millions REIT Manager : HNA-A EP REIT Management (Shenzen listed HNA Investment Group has 75% stake) in partnership with Singapore-based property fund management firm AEP Investment Management. Estimated gearing : 28.6% Portfolio: 5...

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Netlink Trust – This Year’s Biggest IPO Is Coming In July 2017

Finally, the long-awaited Netlink Trust‘s IPO is more or less confirmed and its launch is just around the corner. Netlink Trust is the broadband arm of Singtel, as part of the infocomm regulator requirements, Singtel is forced to divest itself of more than 75 per cent of NetLink Trust before April next year. Following are some key information of the upcoming Netlink Trust’s IPO: Issuing units : 2.9 billions IPO Price Range : 80 cents to 93 cents Joint Issue Manager : DBS, Morgan Stanley and UBS  To be listed on : Singapore Exchange (SGX) Mainboard To be priced...

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4 Local Investing Apps In Comparison ( InvestingNote , StocksCafe , Spiking and Dr Wealth)

For retail investors, investing can be a daunting task in you were to include the following activities: Doing market research by reading the relevant market news, Reading Annual Reports (for Fundamental Analyst) or Analyzing charts (for Technical Analyst), Keep track of your portfolio and evaluate your portfolio’s performance, this is especially challenging if you have huge portfolio (in terms of number of stocks) and the needs to keep track of the incoming dividends etc… The good news is, for item (1) and (3), there are a couple of local apps that can facilitate us in tracking our portfolio as...

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What Have I Learnt From The Lee Family Feud Saga?

First, happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there and hope you folks have a great family gathering/celebration. For the past week, I am sure the most viral headline news (both in mainstream and social media, local and international) is non other than our First Family’s family feud, the Lee Family Saga.  One would wonder how come a family with such a high status and power are “washing their dirty linen” in the open? Anyway, only they themselves have the answer (or maybe not) but this post is not to side anyone involved, just a post to share...

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My Mutated DCA – Follow-up Action (3)

As highlighted in my earlier post (click here to see more), yesterday, decided to add another 900 shares to my mutated DCA (Dollar Cost Averaging) counter, Asian Pay Television Trust (APTT) @ 53 cents.It went down a bit as it just went XD (Ex-Dividend) yesterday. So my average price per share now is sitting at 55 cents (2,700 shares). I do still find value in this stock as per my earlier assessment (click here to read more). At the moment, the valuation is at 0.6 Price/Book (P/B), 15.7 Price/Earning (P/E) and 12.50% Dividend Yield. Cheers! Note : DYODD (Do Your Own Due...

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Why The 2 Upcoming IPOs (World Class Global and HRnetGroup) Do Not Strike A Chord With Me?

If you have not already know, this week alone, there are 2 new IPOs coming on board. They are: World Class Global Limited – Offer at 26 cents per share and will close tomorrow (13/06/2017), 12 PM ; HRnetGroup – Offer at 90 cents per share and will close on Wednesay (14/06/2017), 12 PM After my little lucky break with Sanli’s IPO (click here to see more) which I managed to release my 3,000 share on the first day of IPO at 37 cents subsequently, it might seems naturally for me to whack any new IPOs coming on board....

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How You Interpret This Story Is The Way You Perceived Joy

In Tan Chade-Meng‘s latest book, Joy On Demand, there is a mini story (or should I say joke) which I thought is quite funny and thought-provoking at the same time. So, I am sharing it here and provide my takes on this story/joke. The story goes like this: Once upon a time, a Chinese guy went to see a fortune-teller. After the fortune-teller read his palms carefully, she said to him, “You are miserable now, and you will continue to suffer misery until you turn forty.” He asked excitedly, “What happens after forty? Will my misery finally go away?”...

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Sanli Environmental Limited – The Hot IPO is 12.8 Times Subscribed

The latest IPO counter, Sanli Environmental Limited, received strong investors interest with 12.8 times subscription (for the 52 millions shares @ $0.225 each). As per my earlier post, I’ve tried my luck too and applied for some minion lots. This time round, I have a lucky break, managed to get 3,000 shares.. :-) If I remember correctly, this is the most IPO shares that I’ve gotten so far. Sanli Environmental Limited will start trading from tomorrow (08/06/2017), 9 AM. I guess the next question is: what would be the opening day’s price? Let’s do a poll, do you think it’s opening...

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My Mutated DCA – Follow-up Action (2)

Today, I’ve decided to add another 900 shares to my mutated DCA (Dollar Cost Averaging) counter, Asian Pay Television Trust (APTT) @ 58 cents. So my average price per share now is sitting at 56.5 cents (1,800 shares). I am looking to accumulate more after it went XD on 14 June 2017 whereby the share price is supposedly going lower. I do still find value in this stock as per my earlier assessment (click here to read more). At the moment, the valuation is at 0.67 Price/Book (P/B), 17.5 Price/Earning (P/E) and 11.21% Dividend...

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