Author: SGXcafe

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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Try Award-winning Trading Platform And Be Friend of StocksCafe Forever

The first donations for StocksCafe came in May 2016. Although I was very thrilled to know that whatever I built is of enough value to people that many are willing to back it up, it was not my intention to build a paid product. However, the truth is StocksCafe is very dependent on donations as the ad revenue sustains only about 35-45% of current operating costs of StocksCafe. I have been thinking of and searching for ways to increase revenue without putting a strain on users, and I might have found a potential way, which is through the affiliate...

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Dividends Projection

A little more than a year ago, Iadded a feature that projects how much dividends you are likely to receive for the current year in your Portfolio Report. Although it is a simple feature with naive assumptions, it is actually one of the top most-liked features. Hence, upon the request of Friends of StocksCafe, I spent some time over the weekend to include dividend projection in more areas of StocksCafe. 1) All Projected Dividends – List of all stocks with projected dividends. 2) Individual Stock – You can see it in both Stock Dividend Summary and Stock Dividend Details. 3) Portfolio Projected Dividends...

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Current Cost vs Total Cost vs Max Deployed Capital

Recently, I have changed how the “P&L + Dividends + Closed” percentage was computed, from being based on “Current Cost” to “Total Cost” (read more about it in this article). However, several users have reached out and suggested that to base the “P&L + Dividends + Closed” percentage on “Total Cost” would penalize users who trade more frequently. Upon further discussions, we came up with “Max Deployed Capital” as one possible candidate to base “P&L + Dividends + Closed” percentage upon. However, not everyone agrees that it is the best approach. But perhaps, there is no single best approach....

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Completed! – Hong Kong & Malaysia Market Integration

I am happy to share that after almost four months of effort, I have completed the integration for both Hong Kong & Malaysia. Almost every feature that is available for the Singapore market is also available for Hong Kong and Malaysia markets. A few exceptions are Dividend Strength, Future Yield (which is based on Dividend Strength) and Earnings Release. I will be attempting to build Dividend Strength models for Hong Kong and Malaysia stocks in the near future. Earnings release is also in the pipeline. What’s Next? For the past few months, I was overwhelmed by the boring integration...

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Close Price vs Last Traded Price

All along, I have naively displayed “Last Traded Price” and used it for all computations in StocksCafe without much consideration. That is until recently, when a user brought to my attention the difference between “Last Traded Price” and “Close Price”. This led me to spend time learning about it and ultimately switch to using “Close Price” in StocksCafe instead. Close Price vs Last Traded Price Most of the time, the Close Price and Last Trade Price is the same. However, these two values could differ in some situations. 1) When the last traded price occurred several hours or even...

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