Author: Invest Openly

What Make Benjamin Graham’s Principles Of Value Investing So Hard To Follow?

Recently, I chanced upon a value investing book while browsing at Bangkok’s Kinokuniya. After browsing through a few pages, I decided to get the ebook version and continue reading. Reason? It’s very layman term and useful for noob like me. The title of the book is Charlie Munger : The Complete Investor (authored by Tren Griffin). As I am still at the beginning of the book, there are much to learn from the author. However, I would like to re-share the 4 fundamental principles of value investing by Benjamin Graham (as shared by the author) here and my view...

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Weekend Thought – Rest

Time really fly, we are at the end of April and May is commencing soon. Yet another long weekend for most people here, an early May Day wishes to all of you. As the Chinese saying goes 休息是为了走更长远的路 (briefly translated into : Rest is necessary in order to go/move further). Let’s have a good rest over this long weekend, either in Singapore or oversea as many are having weekend getaway to neighboring countries. The latest news from a couple of my friends who are heading to Malaysia this morning: both links at the customs are experiencing a huge jam....

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Book – The Singapore Blue Chips : 3 Key Reasons Why I Snap It From Library

Today, while casually browsing at the National Library during lunch time, I chanced upon a local book, The Singapore Blue Chips – The Rewards & Risks Of Investing In Singapore’s Largest Corporates [2017] (authored by Nandini Vijayaraghavan and Umesh Desai). After flipping through a few pages, I immediately decided to loan it for further reading. Reason? #1 – This is the first financial book that I’ve chanced upon covering the Singapore Blue Chips. Even though it covers only 16* out of the 30 companies in STI (Straits Times Index), it is still a good compilation. On top of the...

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Asian Pay Television Trust (APTT) – The Reasons Behind Its 7% Jump Yesterday?

If you are vested with the Asian Pay Television Trust (APTT), I am sure its performance yesterday (which is a whopping 7.14% jump to $0.525) put a smile on your face. Some of you might already took profit out of this “rare” jump. The question is what trigger the jump? Reading through numerous sites, my personal interpretation/guesstimate are : Appointment of new CEO, Brian Mckinley and CFO, Somnath Adak. Prior to be appointed as the CEO, Brian Mckinley is the CFO of the trustee. This could be the reason that bring positive cheer to the market. Steady performance for...

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Singtel – Accumulating as part of my mutated DCA

As per my previous post in Nov 2016 (click here to see), I’ve chosen Singtel (Z74) as he stock to go on “DCA” (the reason why I bracket it is because my original intention is not to strictly invest every month but rather retain the flexibility to enter as and when I viewed that the price is right). Well, you may argue that I should not even call it DCA (Dollar Cost Averaging), you are probably right, but who cares, it doesn’t really matter lol Since Wednesday (12/04/2017), for some “good” reason, Singtel share went through a phase of...

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My Thought On Tony Robbins’ Latest Book Unshakeable – Your Financial Freedom Playbook

I’ve been following the famous motivational guru, Tony Robbins‘ books since his Awaken The Giant Within (1991). So, I can consider myself a fan of his book. In the recent years, his books are mainly focusing on the personal finance, from the 2014’s Money – Master The Game to this year’s Unshakeable – Your Financial Freedom Playbook. Effectively, Unshakeable is a follow-up to his much voluminous Money – Master The Game (2014), there are quite a number of Rules/Principles stated in Unshakeable are actually a conscious version from Money. Of course, the overall context of the book is more applicable...

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Free Webiner – Fintech Oppotunities For VCs and Startups in Southeast Asia

Nowadays, FinTech is everywhere, in fact, as a branch out of it, InsurTech is everywhere now too (at least I am hearing it every now and then in my office). So, what is actually FinTech? How does it disrupt the Finance Industry, especially in Singapore? To be frank, I am not too sure myself. I’ve gotten an email invite recently for a free FinTech webiner, for those who are keen to learn more about FinTech Opportunities in Southeast Asia, you may be interested to check out this free webiner from World Wealth Creation Conference and it will be held...

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Two Figures Related Free Apps To Download This Week

Mobile Apps are fast becoming integral part of our daily routines/lives. Besides the social media apps like Facebook, Instagram etc, that keep our fingers busy (from swiping), there are plenty of financial/news or gaming apps around that take up a fair bit of our time (no wonder nowadays most of us are suffering from sleep deficiency, because there are simply too many info to see/digest). Today, I am going to share two more apps (both are related to figures) which were developed by my friends. Two Apps ; One Theme (Figures) One for Google Play (Finance) and One for iOS (Game) Fair and square! lol Dr...

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Interview With Jes Of SimplyJesMe Blog

It has been a while since my last “Interview With The Fellow Investors” series, 4 months plus to be exact. Of course, I want to make this as evergreen blog series, as long as there is willing interviewees, I will ensure its continuity. Our next interviewer is the second lady blogger in this series, she is Jes from SimplyJesMe blog (I like the name). Even though I’ve not met her personally but I drop by her blog occasionally. Without further ado, let’s start the ball rolling…. Q1 : Can you give us a brief introduction about yourself? A1 :...

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Super Group – Time To Accept The Offer!

Ever since the news broke out in Nov 2016 that Super Group (S10) might be acquired by Dutch tea and coffee company Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE), the share price has hiked 34% to $1.30, as at yesterday (17/03/2017), which is also the offer price. For more details of the earlier news, check out the Straits Times article here. Five months later, finally received the official cash offer documentation in a super thick package. Of course, for a minion-size shareholder like me, the natural logical reaction is to accept the offer, even though it will be at a lose as I...

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Singapore’s Hospitality Trusts Comparison – Which One Came Out Top?

Personally, I have a number of REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) and quite inclined to this investment instrument. One of the main reason of course is for the Dividend Yield. Am currently vested in Accordia Golf Trust, Soilbuild Business Trust, Lippo Malls Trust and Cache Logistic Trust, mostly minion size though. On second look, I noticed one thing! I haven’t been vested in any Hospitality Trust before. Hence, this triggered me to look deeper in all the Hospitality Trusts available in Singapore and did a brief comparison (see below):   Singapore’s Hospitality Trusts Comparison (sorted by Name) In fact, there are not...

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Kimly IPO – The Complete Resources

By now, I am pretty sure that most of the retail investors know that the upcoming IPO in Singapore is non-other than the home-grown traditional coffee shop, Kimly Limited (金味). Everyone are excited about it! Or is it? Anyway, following are some of the gist of Kimly’s IPO: Company                 : Kimly Limited IPO Price                 : $0.25 per share Size of IPO Shares  : 3.8 millions shares IPO Close On          : 16th March 2017 (Thu), 12 PM First Trading Date...

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Logan – 3 Things We Can Learnt From It (About Life and Investing)

After the big hoo-hah on the upcoming 30% water price hike (from Budget 2017), the latest viral news that keep popping-up in my social media profiles is non-other than the just-released blockbuster movie, Logan. Logan, supposedly the last installment of the standalone Wolverine movie to be helmed by Hugh Jackman, as the titular role). To me, it is also the BEST wolverine movie thus far and possibly the best X-men movies too. It is refreshing, it is bold (rated M18 in Singapore and rated R in the USA) and it is unforgiving-ly emotional. Every good movie can teach us...

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Bid Farewell To UMS Temporarily

This is will be a rather short post. Finally, made my first transaction in 2017 yesterday. I have decided to release all my UMS shares at 70 cents yesterday. In fact, UMS is one of my best performing stock so far (about 27% capital yield, excluding dividend). The reason for my selling? Because it has met my threshold and its P/BV (Price over Book Value) is at a higher side now (at 1.55). I strongly believed that I will get back into it again in the near future as the business is still in good shape and the dividend...

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Brief Take Away Of My Recent Eastern Europe Trip

I am back and HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR to everyone! Time flies, just back from my 10 days trip to Eastern Europe, covering 5 countries (Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria) and brief stop over at Slovakia for lunch. So, theoretically should be covering 6 countries. :-) It is winter at Europe and our first time experiencing the brain-freezing, limbs numbing sub-zero temperature (the lowest was -8%), which is no fun if you are outdoor for an extended hours. Overall, it was a great experience and we (me and my wife) thoroughly enjoyed the trip. There are a...

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