Author: SGXcafe

Recent Updates: Email Timing and Others

While StocksCafe is constantly fixing bugs and adding new features, once in a while, I would like to highlight and explain some new features or changes. The following are recent updates which I believe deserve to be highlighted: 1. Market Update EmailsMarket update emails is one of the more popular features in StocksCafe. In the past, it was catered solely for the Singapore market thus over the weekend, I made some changes to better support other markets, such as choosing when to receive the email and clearly stating the time used for each market. For example, if you are...

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StocksCafe in 2018

Happy New Year! Review of 2017 2017 has been an exciting year for StocksCafe. It started with the change of name to StocksCafe, which included the migration of domains as well as architecture change. I remember it caused many issues in the beginning and I truly appreciate your patience during those times. The main reason for all those changes was to prepare for expansion beyond Singapore. And now, StocksCafe supports four countries’ exchanges namely Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong (China), and United States. These took significantly more time and effort than I had expected due to the initial poor assumption...

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Quick Updates: Dividend Withholding Tax and More

Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying yourself this holiday season. Just wanted to quickly share some changes I have made over this weekend: Dividend Withholding Tax As StocksCafe recently started supporting US stocks, some users have requested for StocksCafe to automatically adjust for dividends based on individuals’ tax status. For example, most Singapore residents would incur a 30% tax on all dividends collected from US-listed stocks. Now, you can use this settings page to state your tax rate for different markets and StocksCafe would reflect the dividends collected accordingly. Although this is a seemingly simple change, it is...

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Important Changes to StocksCafe for 2018!

2017 is coming to an end, and I hope this has been a good year for you and your investments. This year, StocksCafe continued to enjoy great support from users. More than 300 users have contributed, either monetarily, reporting errors, or suggesting improvements. Unfortunately, as it is costly to license financial data, StocksCafe will very likely end this year in the red again despite the support. Note that I am considering my time to be completely free. I believe we can certainly achieve more as only 10% of the monthly active 3,000 users contributed monetarily. (Current total registered users...

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Now Available: United States Stock Exchange Information!

It is not completely integrated yet, but some of the most popular features are already available. Add to Portfolio or Watchlist: You can now add your US market transactions! You can also add US stocks to your watchlists. Stock Page: Some basic information including dividends and historical prices are now available (e.g. Apple Inc) More features and data will be continue to be released in the upcoming days. Integrating a new market is never easy (especially so since I sourced the US data from a different vendor) hence please do be patient with bugs and report them to me...

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Updates: Day Change and Screener Email

This is a quick updates of two changes that I thought would be important/useful to communicate to everyone. Day Change ComputationPreviously, the day change shown on the main page of your personal portfolio was computed naively. It was simply how many shares of a stock you own at the end of the day multiply by the change in price (TodayClose – YesterdayClose). DayChangeForAStock Previously = SharesYouOwn AtEndOfDay x (TodayClose – YesterdayClose) This is fine on most days but it is wrong if you bought shares of that stock on that day. We should use the price you bought it...

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Downtime Notice – Migrating Away from DigitalOcean This Weekend!

This is to inform you that it is likely that there will be a period of downtime for StocksCafe this weekend. It might become inaccessible as I proceed to migrate away from my current hosting provider, DigitalOcean. Thank you for your understanding.Note: You can stop reading here if you have no intention of using hosting services. The following is written because DigitalOcean has pissed me off yet again with their latest reply and I hope to share this “wonderful” experience with anyone considering their services. Why am I doing the migration? Honestly, it is costly in terms of time...

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The Story of the Broken Email – “Thanks” to DigitalOcean

I would like to apologize for the email outage for the last three days. I have finally fixed the issue. All emails should be operating as usual from now on. Below is the reason why I had to manually activate accounts for new sign ups and why no daily market update emails were sent. The Short Version – My hosting provider, DigitalOcean, decided to block my SMTP port (needed for sending email) without notice or warning. – I realized StocksCafe could not send emails on Sunday morning. – At first, I thought I configured something wrong. Spent my entire...

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Delisting Dividends

Recently, several users have independently highlighted to me the issue of delisting dividends. What are delisting dividends? I am referring to dividends that are given when the stock is delisted, redeemed, or cancelled. These dividends usually have a dividend yield of ~100%. However, note that not all dividends with ~100% dividend yield are delisting dividends, for example: 8Telecom’s capital reduction dividends. What about them? Previously, StocksCafe simply listed all these delisting dividends and considers them as dividends. However, it was highlighted to me that this is not appropriate because it would skew the computation of P&L. For example: If...

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Displaying & Collecting Dividends in Exchange’s Default Currency

Many stocks give out dividends and it is what many investors like about investing. Often, dividends are listed in the currency that the stock is traded in. However, there are many exceptions to that, especially for foreign-listed companies. For example, United Overseas Australia Limited is traded in SGD but states its dividends in AUD. In StocksCafe, I wrongly assumed that you would receive the dividends in the listed currency as it is not likely to be true. It would depend on your trading platform and based on my experience, it is often given in the exchange’s default currency. Hence...

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More Visuals for Closed Positions & Portfolio Dividends

After the recent release of new visuals for portfolio dividends, there have been more requests regarding visuals’ representations. They include the following: 1) Consistent Color: Previously, the same sector would be represented by different colors across different pie charts on the same page. I have since fixed that. Now, the same sector would be represented by the same color on the same page. 2) By Month Segmentation: Now, you can also segment by month. This will help you quickly visualize which are the months that most dividends are coming in. Perhaps, when you are undecided between two equally good...

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The Story of the Missing iOS App

The Short Version – Cannot login to my Apple developer account. – Cannot pay Apple. – Apple took down my app. – Wanted to re-upload it but it was excessively complicated hence gave up. – Please use mobile browser for now (possibly forever). The Long Story Recently, many users have been contacting me about the missing iOS app. Previously, I released a iOS for StocksCafe (SGXcafe then). However, Apple took it down because I was locked out of my Apple developer account. It is a combination of forgotten password, changed phone number, and an account with such high account...

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New Visuals for Portfolio Dividends

Visualization is often easier to understand than numbers. Hence over the weekend, I took time out to add more graphs that would allow you to visualize dividends generated by your portfolio and answer questions about them at a quick glance. 1) Are your dividends growing over the years? What about the cost yield? 2) Are you over-reliant on a particular sector, industry, or stock? These new graphs allowed me to understand my portfolio from another perspective. The pie charts over the years reveal that I am becoming over-reliant on REITs and banks for dividends. >90% of my 2017 dividends so far...

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Quick Announcement: You can now change your portfolio name!

Among the numerous minor improvements in StocksCafe, I think the following will be one of interest to many.Every user using StocksCafe would have a portfolio named “Default”. To some, this has been unwanted and they would like to have it renamed or deleted. The main reason why I have not allowed this so far is simply because StocksCafe was built upon the assumption that a user would always have at least one portfolio (named “Default”). I finally took time out in the last two days to change this. You can now delete or edit the name of any of...

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Past & Future of StocksCafe

It’s been three weeks since my last article, but in case you think StocksCafe is going dormant, it is not! During these three weeks, I have still been maintaining StocksCafe, answering queries and fixing reported bugs, etc. It’s just that I did not have time to sit down and build a more sizeable feature that is worth mentioning. The main reason for this is because of my recent business trip to United States due to my day job. During this period, one interesting feature that was suggested was to have a timeline so that users can know what is...

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