Author: Invest Openly

Top Ways to Reward Your Employees This Christmas (Guest Post)

Incentives and rewards are effective ways to keep employees motivated. The more their performance and achievements are recognised, the more they’ll contribute to the growth of the company. It improves employee performance and significantly reduces the turnover rate. It assures employees that their efforts are valued in the organisation. Christmas is the perfect time to reward your employees. At the end of the year, there is more work pressure on employees. It is a good practice to reward your employees on the basis of their performance during the past year and begin the year with a positive note. How...

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What Is Debtzilla (Singapore Board Game)?

Last year, I have the chance to play the local board game called Wongamania Banana Economy with a couple of financial blogger friends and have fun with it. For my earlier post, you can check it out here. This year, the same game developer, Capital Gains Studio, launched another board game called Debtzilla at Kick Starter. So, what is Debzilla?  Too bad, I haven’t got the chance to play the game yet but basing on the information available in the Kick Starter, the player(s) [up to 4 players] are to assume the role of superheroes (like Lady Easing, The Oracle,...

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My Second Cryptocurrency – Litecoin

Exactly one week ago, I got myself a super minion size of Ethereum (SGD100 to be exact), you can read here for my earlier post. This week, I’ve gotten my second cryptocurrency – Litecoin , another minion size (SGD150) due to the limit imposed by the exchange. What is Litecoin? As at today, Litecoin is the 5th biggest Cryptocurrency in the market (after Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Ripple). In terms of the market cap. Litecoin is sitting at USD $3.8+ billions. It was launched 6 years ago by a former Google employee, Charlie Lee. Litecoin is quite similar to...

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Singapore Fintech Festival 2017 – My Experience

Singapore Fintech Festival, the world’s largest Fintech event just ended yesterday (17/11/2017) with the highlights of 3 winners in the Global Fintech Hackcelerator comptetion (more about this later).  I am privileged enough to attend the Thursday (16th Nov 2017) session as trade delegate. So, before I forget, thought to document my experience here. The event hall is huge (covering 3 Expo halls) with 281 exhibitors from all over the world. Ranging from big financial institutions to tech companies and of course the startups. On top of that, there are on-going panel discussion, keynotes and demos (at Sandbox stage) If you are...

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My Maiden Cryptocurrency – Ethereum

I started to get interested in Blockchain Technology and cryptocurrencies only at the beginning of this year when I chanced upon an article in an in-flight magazine. After digging further on Blockchain Technology (especially Ethereum) from books and online resources, I tend to agree that the future of decentralized/Distributed Ledger, especially in the form of smart contracts, will be a revolutionary one. As some of the gurus put it:  Blockchain Technology will be the true Internet 2.0. I even go to the extend of creating another blog Blockchain SG to share what I’ve discovered and learnt (mainly on Blockchain...

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MyInfo (e-citizen service) – What You Need To Know

Feeling tired of filling-up all the same old personal details, again and again, in the online forms when you are requesting for services like opening a bank account If you are a SingPass holder, your life will get easier come next year when more local businesses are integrated MyInfo in their e-services and apps. MyInfo is an e-citizen service launched in May last year with the aim to pull personal data, such as Names, NRIC Numbers and Addresses from public agencies for the use in private sector. Pilot run has been carried out  with four banks – DBS, OCBC,...

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Second Serving With EV Energy Partners (EVEP)

If you’ve followed my blog from the beginning, you will know that I am currently still holding my one and only US stock, EV Energey Partners (EVEP) [O & G Industry]. I bought it in Apr 2015 at a high of USD 16.65 per share (even though only 250 shares), you know how the O & G Industry performed since then and yes, it has plunged more than 90%  and currently sitting at USD 1.07 per share (last trading @ 08/11/2017). I’ve been contemplating to average down this counter in view of the recent recovery (seemingly) of oil price...

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Having Fun In My Maiden Hackathon-like Experience

On Monday and Tuesday, I’ve participated with an Hackathon-like event called IdeaSmash (organized by my company). The idea is to let the employees experience the start-up process (from ideation to pitching the idea to the judges, yes, it’s a competition too) and along the way pick-up the design thinking skill. It’s an eye-opening experience and an action-packed one as well. It’s chaotically fun! Within the 36 hours, we are literally created SOMETHING (at least the prototype) from NOTHING. There are 10 teams in total and we (from the Football Kakis team of four) managed to pleasantly surprise even ourselves to clinch the champion...

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Investor One – New Catalist Investment Portal By ShareInvestor

If you have not already known, the new investment portal, Investor One, focusing on Catalist companies has been officially launched on 25 Oct 2017. It was developed by ShareInvestor, a subsidiary of SPH and the Investment Social Network, InvestingNote is part of it too. Personally I think it is a good sign to see more of such mainstream investment portals to improve the financial literacy of the general public. I’ve just drop by the site and I must say that its user interface is quite refreshing and neatly presented. Beside the usual news articles and interviews (they lump them under Editorial...

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Idea Is The New Currency – Start Creating Your Currency Now

This evening, catch-up with a friend over the dinner and he shared with me his recent near-death accident (knocked down by a car but no major injury, thank god) woken him up, he decided to start an IT start-up company with a partner and currently looking for the office space. He told me that a thought went though his mind at that moment that if he really kicked the bucket then, he will leave with regret for not doing what he wanted to do all this while. Currently, he is still a full-time employee and doing some IT contract...

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Can’t Decide What To Invest? Spin The Wheel To Decide (Singapore Blue Chips Edition)

Let’s face it, at times, we all encounter situation where there are simply too many choices and hence went into a state of decision paralysis, hence, procrastinate, procrastinate and making no decision. This applies to making investment decision.  Recently, while doing my other side project, I chanced upon a cool and fun tool called Wheel Decide which allow anyone to create a customized wheel to help you make decision. So, to join in the fun, I’ve created a Singapore Blue Chips Edition of “Spin To Invest“. I think this wheel will come in handy for anyone who are interested to invest in any of...

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SkillsFuture For Digital Workplace – Free Ticket To Boost Your Confidence In Digital Economy

I might be wrong, but somehow, I have a feeling that most of the retail investors are not early adopter of the technology (or digitization for that matter). Maybe, just maybe, most retail investors would rather invest their money in stocks than technology. In any case, fret not, we now have free ticket (in the form of SkillsFuture) to up our ante in the digitization space. Recently, SkillsFuture has launched the SkillsFuture For Digital Workplace with the aim to build confidence in all Singaporeans for the Digital Economy. It has partnered with tech giants IBM, Lazada, Microsoft and Samsung...

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10 Worst Corporate Accounting Scandals (Infographic)

In the recent years, there might be lesser reported corporate accounting scandals due to more stringent corporate governance and policies, however, it doesn’t means there isn’t any. Just like one of the advertisement motto by National Crime Prevention Council : Low Crime Doesn’t Mean No Crime. Hence, corporate accounting scandal is still a real risk that every investor (big or small) need to be aware of. Recently, I’ve chanced upon a very cool infographic about the 10 worst accounting scandals of all times (mostly in terms of billions). Out of the 10 cases, top 3 are: 1. Enron Scandal...

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Factor Based Investing Course By Dr Wealth

I’ve known Alvin Chow, CEO of Dr Wealth, for a couple of years (since the Big Fat Purse time) and attended his Value Investing Mastery Course of which I’ve learnt the CNAV (Conservative Net Asset Value) Analysis, a tool that I am still using whenever I am analyzing a stock now. Recently, Dr Wealth have added a new course to their belt and it’s called Factor Based Investing Course (FBIC), with the aim to equip the retail investors (big or small) with the fundamentals to navigate and invest in today’s markets for maximum growth and returns. Personally I’ve not attended...

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Share Investing – Where Are You At The Cycle Of Learning ?

Time flies, it’s weekend again! Soon, we will be plunging into the last quarter of 2017 and there after, saying sayonara to 2017 in just blink of eye. Recently, attended the NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) course and learnt quite a bit from that 2-days course itself. There is one topic about the “Cycle Of Learning” which I thought is worth sharing here. For easier understanding, I’ve re-translated them into the simple picture (see above) by added my own version of understanding for each of these 4 phases. In any kind of learning, be it knowledge or skills, we start with...

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