Author: SGXcafe

New Landing Page

One main feedback from new users of StocksCafe is that there are too many features and it can be too overwhelming to start using StocksCafe. Therefore, I have designed a simple landing page which hopefully will help new users warm up to StocksCafe. You can find the new welcome page here. 1) As you can see, there is still free space for more icons. Please suggest what other information you think would be useful for new users of StocksCafe. 2) It would be great if you can share this new page with your friends whom you think will benefit from using StocksCafe!...

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Personalize Your StocksCafe

Everyone is different and uses StocksCafe differently. This is why there are many ways to customize StocksCafe so that it best suits your usage. To make StocksCafe work the best for you, I strongly encourage everyone to go though the different customizable options available if you have not already done so. Here are the six main customizable categories, along with the recommended settings: Email – In this category, you can set how often StocksCafe send you an email and also the type of content. Recommendation: Allow StocksCafe to send you an email every trading day and choose only content...

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Improved Cafe!

One thing I wished for in StocksCafe is the sharing of knowledge and information between users. It was the main motivation of having “Cafe”. However, it has not been as lively as I had hoped for. I have made some changes to it recently, hoping to encourage more sharing between users. Less Clutter – I have removed and rearranged sections in order to create a simpler and cleaner look. 2) Searchable – Now, you are able to search through posts easily with the newly added search bar. 3) Q&A Section – Often, users would message me to ask questions. While some...

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Investor's Resource: Uncle Stock

A user recently recommended a stock screener website, Uncle Stock, to me. Upon checking the site out, I found that it’s an extremely comprehensive (able to screen all major markets) and powerful (able to screen from >100 metrics) stock screener website. Overflowing with information, this website might be daunting for new investors to navigate, but will prove to be a mighty tool for those who know how to use the information. I decided to reach out to Uncle Stock and it was then I found that their background is very similar to StocksCafe! Peter was looking for a good...

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Upcoming AGMs

In the next few months, there will be many AGMs for shareholders to attend to learn more about the recent financials and future plans of the company. As some users have suggested, it would be nice to have a venue to learn when and where these AGMs are happening. And perhaps more interestingly, to be able to share thoughts, consolidate questions, or simply to know who else would be attending them. Therefore, I have created a page and added numerous upcoming AGMs and you can see them here. As I added them manually, it is in no way a...

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StocksCafe Turns 3!

March is the birthday month of StocksCafe! In the blink of an eye, StocksCafe has already been around for three years! Thanks to the support of many, StocksCafe would very likely be around for many more three years to come. Thank you! StocksCafe’s next goal is to be profitable enough so that Evan or someone else can be working on it full-time! New Features You might have realized that new features are coming to StocksCafe at a slower rate than before. I assure you that it is not because I am not interested in improving StocksCafe anymore. It is...

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How to Install StocksCafe App

Regularly, users would independently request for an iOS app to be built for StocksCafe. Due to limited resources, it is unlikely I can satisfy this request in the near future. However, a recent feature request made by a Friend of StocksCafe actually made me realize that I could create a pseudo app for StocksCafe. It is to simply create a shortcut (which looks like an app) on your phone that will start your phone’s browser and bring you to your chosen StocksCafe page. The steps to install this “app” are: For iOS 1) Open Safari. Yes, it must be...

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Price Simulation

Happy Lunar New Year! I apologize for not having any updates of late. While I continued to maintain StocksCafe and work on bugs, I took a short break from developing new features during the CNY period. In any case, I am back and the first new small feature is the ability to perform simple price simulations. Previously, whenever I wanted to find out things like what my P&L (or current yield) of a stock if I sell (or buy) would be at a certain price, I would have to either do mental calculation or whip out the calculator on...

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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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