Author: Invest Openly

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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Uber and Grab Hack Through Shopback

I have installed the ShopBack app for awhile and so far only used it to make one hotel and one flight booking a couple of months ago. Recently, upon checking my account, I noticed that I’ve accumulated $37.45 cashback. A pleasant surprise!  Of course, this is not the main point here, I noticed that Shopback has a feature called Rides whereby user can instantly compare the transportation fee from Uber, Grab and normal taxi within a screen. Gone are the days where you need to check the estimated fee of each of these service providers, one app at a...

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3 NLP Presuppositions Which Are Useful In Investing

For the past 2 days, attended the 2-days NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) For Professional course at SIM. This kind of course is more experiential i.e. you need to be there and be part of it to really appreciate the new skills/tools. There are plenty of games, role plays and interaction. Overall, I am very happy with what I’ve learnt and it does provide me with different perspective in seeing the world. In gist, we all have our own “map of world” and most of the time it doesn’t represent the real world, just our own version of seeing/interpreting it. Among...

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Steemit – My First Real Life Blockchain Experience

Recently, I’ve been doing some reading and research on the Blockchain Technology as well as its key counterpart, cryptocurrency, along the way, I discovered Steemit. Hence, Steemit is my maiden real life blockchain experience. What is Steemit?  Effectively, Steemit is a Blockchain-based Social Media platform (very similar to Reddit) which allows the users to publish content (blog), engage/interact with other users through comment and Upvote (equal to Facebook’s Like button with a twist, more of this later). What is uniqueness of Steemit? The unique selling point of Steemit is that it is integrated with their very own Cryptocurrency (STEEM)...

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What Has Ubin Got To Do With Singapore’s Blockchain Technology Adaptation?

As per my earlier post (click here for details), I am currently trying to read up more on the revolutionary technology called Blockchain Technology, which might not be new to some of you. So, this is a follow-up post on some of the stuff that I’ve read so far. Even with the massive hype of the cryptocurrencies in the past few months/years (especially Bitcoin and Ether), of which Blockchain in the underpinning technology, I do believed that Blockchain (as the foundation of future peer-to-peer transactions) is still at its infancy stage. Every Regulators and Financial Institutions  (including Singapore) are...

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Review Openly – Value And Growth Investing Workshop

Yesterday morning, attended the Value / Growth Investing Workshop conducted by Terence (owner of T.U.B Investing) and John (owner of Simple Investor SG). This slightly more than 3-hours workshop focusing on their respective investment style/approach (Terence is on Value Investing and John is on Growth Investing). No, I didn’t attended alone. I was being invited and went with two financial blogger/buddies, B (from A Path To Forever Financial Freedom) and Chris (from Growing Your Tree of Prosperity). You can read their respective posts on their blog links. The Workshop provided some fundamental concepts/differences between Value and Growth Investing and...

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Weekend Sharing – Recipe For Happiness and My Upcoming TUB experience (Investing Workshop)

Been quite slack with my blog ever since came back from my trip 2+ weeks ago. Work is getting busier but not complaining as at least I am still contributing. This week has been plagued with negative news like regular massive train breakdowns during peak hours (locally) and never ending multiple terrorist related attacks (in Europe). Anyway, it’s weekend once again, let’s all have a well deserved rest and keep the positive energy flowing… If you need some motivation to keep up with the positivity amidst the negativity and boost your happiness, check out the marvellous BBC News video (I...

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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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