Author: SGXcafe

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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Portfolio Changes: Current Cost vs Closed Cost

Wrong Total Cost Recently, a user highlighted that Total Cost in StocksCafe was computed wrongly and he (I assumed it’s a he based on the username) is correct. I previously computed Total Cost as “Sum of [buy price x number of shares] for each stock currently in portfolio”. However, this is inaccurate as he has pointed out, and I agree. Therefore I have changed the definitions of Total Cost and also introduced new terms: – Current Cost (or Current Positions Cost), and – Closed Cost (or Closed Positions Cost). New Definitions Current Cost = “Sum of [buy price x...

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MemCached For A Faster StocksCafe

Since the drastic move to re-architecture StocksCafe and adding support for two new markets at the same time in April, StocksCafe website have became slower. I am aware of that and have been taking significant amount of time trying to improve it. To be very honest, I am not 100% sure what is the true cause although I am inclined to think that it is due to a summation of reasons such as poor database configuration, increased data volume etc instead of a single cause. Speaking of which, if anyone is an expert in MySQL or MongoDB among us,...

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Market Update Emails Fixed

For the past two days, some users have noticed missing information in their market update emails. Specifically, it is the Cost, Day Change, P&L, etc of each portfolio that is missing. This issue affected users who have only a single currency in their portfolio. It has now been fixed and you should see those details in your emails again from today onwards. A big thank you to all users who took time to alert me about this issue. I am personally not affected by this bug as I have multiple currencies in my portfolio and hence would have not...

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Open Invitation to Financial Bloggers and Quick Feature Updates

As StocksCafe is currently expanding beyond Singapore to other markets in Asia, I am now looking to feature financial bloggers from around Asia. If you are a financial blogger or if you know of any financial blogger that writes about stocks or financial related topics focusing on Asia, please let me know either via private messaging or by simply commenting on this article. In other updates, I would like to quickly share a few new features that I worked on this weekend: 1) Portfolio Summary Graph Now, you can have a quick graphical view of how your portfolio has...

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