Author: Invest Openly

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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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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