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Bulletproof Passive Investing Course is LIVE!

I often get asked by friends and family on how they should invest. My reply is pretty consistent – investing into low-cost passive index funds over time is the right approach. It achieves two things – diversification over time and assets. This advice isn’t new – after all Warren Buffet himself has recommended this exact strategy for investors who don’t have time to actively manage their investments. However, investors looking to construct a portfolio of passive funds in Singapore will face a challenge… Most of the low-cost solutions are not available to Singapore investors as they are primarily targeted...

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Beyond the Darkness – Field Trip To Festival Walk after Reopening [MNACT]

I have spent my previous two articles talking about Mapletree North Asia Trust whose main asset is Festival Walk. Festival Walk was extensively damaged  by protestors November and was force to shutter its doors for renovation and repair works. Initial reports had indicated that it would be shut for months. However management has pulled through and managed a soft reopening just before Chinese New Year. A Yahoo Article featured a couple of photos that frankly looked quite depressing… but what was the real picture on the ground? I visited it on the weekend to find out. I came after lunch...

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The Bulletproof Investor Website Launch

I am pleased to be announcing the launch The Bulletproof Investor website. This blog will continue to be entirely free and be an area where I continue to share my thoughts and insights into what’s happening in the markets. The Bulletproof Investor was created to house my paid courses on investing as well as other projects aimed at improving financial literacy. The courses are based off my ten years of experience in the financial markets working with high net-worth clients in managing their stock portfolios. My timeline for the year includes: Bulletproof Passive Investing Course (Targeting 6% to 8%...

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Is Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (MNACT) Attractive Now? (SGX:RW0U)

Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust In the previous article on Mapletree North Asia Commerical Trust (MNACT), we talked provided an overview of its business operations and it property overview. In this article, we are going to focus specifically on the events that transpired in November and whether MNACT is attractive at today’s valuation. As readers will know, Hong Kong has been rocked by months of unrest. There was hardly a week without seeing headlines of tear gas being fired and violent protests breaking out across Hong Kong. Violence hit the mall in November when radicals broke damaged the mall....

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Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (SGX:RW0U) – Understanding Its Business

Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (SGX: RW0U), or MNACT for short, is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in best-in-class commercial properties located in China, Hong Kong SAR and Japan. This article will provide an overview of MNACT and in the next article, we will cover the on-going situation in Hong Kong and its impact on MNACT going forward. The REIT’s portfolio consists of nine properties – two located in China (Shanghai and Beijing), one in Hong Kong, and six in Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama and Chiba). Note that MNACT used to be...

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Guide to Investing in REITs

What are REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) A REIT, or real estate investment trust, is a group of properties that are bundled and packaged together under a structure that allows it to be listed on a stock exchange as a tradeable security. The REIT earns a steady rental income from leases signed with their its tenants. REITs are mandated by guidelines as to how they should operate in order to enjoy full tax transparency (i.e. they do not have to pay corporate taxes). One of these requirements is that a REIT needs to pay out at least 90% of...

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Choosing a Broker for Singapore Investors

Singapore Investors who are looking to open a brokerage account will find a wide variety of choices. In this article, we run you through the main things you should be looking at when picking a brokerage: Price Reliability Access to Research Platform Ease of Use Opening a Brokerage Account for Singapore Investors   CDP and Custodian Explained  There are two main routes to share ownership for Singapore stocks specifically – the Custodian System and holding them in your CDP (Central Depository). Essentially with a CDP system, the shares go into your CDP account and you are the legal ownership...

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Keppel Corporation (SGX:BN4) – Understanding Its Business

Analysing large corporations is never an easy task, but the method we like to use is to break down the organisation into component parts in order to look at each carefully. The same method can be used effectively for conglomerate companies as well. A “conglomerate” is defined as a large company with many disparate divisions that may or may not be totally unrelated to one another. Let’s have a look at one of the more well-known blue-chip conglomerates in Singapore – Keppel Corporation Limited(SGX: BN4). Investors can trace the roots of the company back to 1968 when Temasek Holdings,...

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Keppel Corporation (SGX:BN4) – Understanding Its Business

Analysing large corporations is never an easy task, but the method we like to use is to break down the organisation into component parts in order to look at each carefully. The same method can be used effectively for conglomerate companies as well. A “conglomerate” is defined as a large company with many disparate divisions that may or may not be totally unrelated to one another. Let’s have a look at one of the more well-known blue-chip conglomerates in Singapore – Keppel Corporation Limited(SGX: BN4). Investors can trace the roots of the company back to 1968 when Temasek Holdings,...

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How to Invest In The Stock Market

Investing in the stock market has proven to be one of the most reliable generators of wealth over the long run. Here are some interesting stats that highlight the returns over the last decade up till 30 September 2019. The data is sourced from JP Morgan’s Market Insights. Annual Returns over Last Decade Dividends with Compounding Capital Gains Hong Kong 9.0% 4.4% 4.6% Singapore 5.6% 4.3% 1.3% US (S & P 500) 16.0% 5.1% 10.9% That being said, investing in the stock market can be daunting. The article is aimed at providing a step-by-step guide to investing in the...

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How to Invest In The Stock Market

Investing in the stock market has proven to be one of the most reliable generators of wealth over the long run. Here are some interesting stats that highlight the returns over the last decade up till 30 September 2019. The data is sourced from JP Morgan’s Market Insights. Annual Returns over Last Decade Dividends with Compounding Capital Gains Hong Kong 9.0% 4.4% 4.6% Singapore 5.6% 4.3% 1.3% US (S & P 500) 16.0% 5.1% 10.9% That being said, investing in the stock market can be daunting. The article is aimed at providing a step-by-step guide to investing in the...

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Guide to Asset Allocation for Singapore Investors

There are three main choices when it comes to investing for Singapore investors: Stocks, Bonds, Cash and Property There is no one size fits all approach to asset allocation and the right asset mix will depend on factors such as: – Age – Risk Tolerance – Comfort with Volatility – Ability and willingness to leverage – Length of time until retirement Here’s our own guide that aims to help you make a better informed decision on the right asset mix for your portfolio by discussing each asset class in turn. Allocation to Stocks / Equities There are plenty of...

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Guide to Asset Allocation for Singapore Investors

There are three main choices when it comes to investing for Singapore investors: Stocks, Bonds, Cash and Property There is no one size fits all approach to asset allocation and the right asset mix will depend on factors such as: – Age – Risk Tolerance – Comfort with Volatility – Ability and willingness to leverage – Length of time until retirement Here’s our own guide that aims to help you make a better informed decision on the right asset mix for your portfolio by discussing each asset class in turn. Allocation to Stocks / Equities There are plenty of...

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[Last Call] Webinar – Constructing A Dividend Stock Portfolio

I will be conducting a live training session on constructing a portfolio of dividend income stocks to generate passive income this Tuesday @ 8:30pm. Constructing a Portfolio of Dividend Stocks Event Details: Tuesday, 8:30PM (3rd December 2019) In this live training session on Tuesday, I will be covering: The Case for Dividend Income Stocks I will build the case for dividend paying stocks based on their historical performance and also demonstrate how dividends leads to outsized returns through compounding. The 3 Rules for Picking Winning Dividend Stocks I will discuss 3 simple rules that you can use to pick winning stocks by...

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[Live Training] Using Dividend Stocks To Generate Passive Income

I will be conducting a live training session on constructing a portfolio of dividend income stocks to generate passive income this Tuesday @ 8:30pm. Using Dividend Stocks to Generate Passive Income Event Details: Tuesday, 8:30PM (3rd December 2019) In this live training session on Thursday, I will be covering: The Case for Dividend Income Stocks I will build the case for dividend paying stocks based on their historical performance and also demonstrate how dividends leads to outsized returns through compounding. The 3 Rules for Picking Winning Dividend Stocks I will discuss 3 simple rules that you can use to pick winning...

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