Author: SGXcafe

Watchlist Improvements and More

Just wanted to share what’s going on behind the scenes at StocksCafe lately. 1) More Stable I am happy to share that since the infrastructure improvements (to two web servers) a month ago, there have been no known downtime (no complains from users and no logs suggesting that) for StocksCafe website. Once in a while, one server would go down but the second server would keep StocksCafe running. 2) Faster Overall, P99* has also dropped significantly. From 7-10 seconds to 2-4 seconds. (*P99@2seconds means that 99% of StocksCafe pages take 2 seconds or lesser to load) 3) Watchlist Improvements...

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Introducing StocksCafe Forum

I am happy to share that I have created a forum for StocksCafe. This forum will replace the Cafe feature in StocksCafe where users would post questions and start discussions. Why replace the Cafe feature? As the number of features in StocksCafe continue to grow, I am having a hard time maintaining all of them. Therefore, I have decided to “slim down” StocksCafe and maintain as little features myself as possible. This new forum is based on an open source software hence I literally got it for free rather than having to code out every single feature myself. Also, it...

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DrWealth + StocksCafe

On my recent trip back to Singapore, I met up with Alvin and Jon (both of them from DrWealth) for breakfast. We had a good chat and agreed that there could be good synergy between StocksCafe and DrWealth and decided to try working together more closely going forward. For those who do not know, DrWealth is a financial education provider. I attended one of their online courses two years back and personally, I enjoyed the e-course and learned/refreshed many things then. They regularly run a 2.5 hours introductory lesson as a free preview to their Factor-Based Investing Course. This course has good...

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Infrastructure Improvements

I just realized that it has been almost a month since I last wrote in here! I wanted to drop a quick note so that people know that StocksCafe is still in active development :) Apart from all the bug fixes and touch ups here and there, I have been spending most of my energy on upgrading the infrastructure of StocksCafe. Previously, everything about StocksCafe is basically packed into one server. As one server is easier to maintain, I tried to refrain from going beyond one by doubling the size of the server. Obviously, there is a limit to...

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Regularly Export Your StocksCafe Data

Users input various information into StocksCafe such as what stocks they bought and when, and many would also record notes either about the transactions or stocks itself. All these are very precious data to users and often, users would like to keep a backup copy. Up until now, they can only be manually exported. I am happy to share that I have now set it up such that you can get a copy automatically emailed to you on a regular basis. All you need to do is simply go to this link and adjust the settings under “Regular Export...

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Shares Quantity Now Supports Decimal Values!

Firstly, I would like to apologize to users who were affected by this “migration” last night and seeing errors on many StocksCafe pages. I was making a seemingly simple change, but is actually more complicated. I was making a database change for the field “shares quantity” from only accepting whole numbers (i.e. integers) to allow decimal values (i.e. floats). As integers and floats are considered different beasts (at least in Java), StocksCafe’s code needed to be significantly changed since “shares quantity” is used in numerous places. It should be fine now, but please report if you see any issues....

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StocksCafe Now Fully Supports US Stocks!

I am very happy to share that the integration of US fundamental data is complete and StocksCafe now fully supports US stocks. You should now be able to see profile pages (e.g. Facebook) for US stocks, be able to screen for US stocks in screener and see related fundamentals in your portfolio profile or watchlist profile. This brings the number of supported exchanges to four; namely SG, KL, HK, and US! Apologies for taking quite a while (US EOD was added last December) to finish the integration of US fundamental data. It is mostly because US data is taken from a different provider...

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Unstable June

I realized that I did not post any article for the whole of June. It is due to a combination of various reasons but the main reason was that I tried switching to a new caching system (i.e. Redis) for StocksCafe thinking that it is better. However, due to my lack of experience with it, it instead made StocksCafe unstable. Causing out of memory issues, displaying stale data, etc. These resulted in StocksCafe being slow, emails not being sent out, and other weird bugs. Initially, I tried to spend them fixing them but it did not really improve the...

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US Market Information Updates

I have not worked much on the US market beyond adding EOD data and other basic features, and I’m happy to announce that I finally had some time to improve as well as add a few new features to it. 1) Similar Stocks – You can now see other stocks that are similar to the one you are viewing (e.g. Google) on the right hand side (in desktop view). 2) Shared Portfolio Statistics – You are now able to see how many others (of those who have explicitly chosen to share their portfolios) own the stock that you are currently...

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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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