Why Technical Analysis Won’t Work For You – You’re Doing It Wrong

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So you think you can make money just by drawing some lines, recognising chart patterns and memorising candlestick patterns? Or you may think that Fundamental Analysis is too difficult. Reading and evaluating financial statements are too mind-boggling. Reading price charts would be much easier, so it should be easier to make money. You are in for a rude shock. I first got interested in technical … [Read more...]

My Personal Analysis of SPH REIT

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Portfolio SPH REIT must be one of the fewer REITs with not much properties in its portfolio. In fact, there is only two which is Paragon and The Clementi Mall. There are news SPH REIT will add Seletar Mall to its portfolio. Occupancy Both Paragon and The Clementi Mall are at 100% occupancy. I have noticed there are no vacant shop spaces in Paragon and The Clementi Mall. If you have been to The … [Read more...]

Interview With Jes Of SimplyJesMe Blog

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It has been a while since my last "Interview With The Fellow Investors" series, 4 months plus to be exact. Of course, I want to make this as evergreen blog series, as long as there is willing interviewees, I will ensure its continuity. Our next interviewer is the second lady blogger in this series, she is Jes from SimplyJesMe blog (I like the name). Even though I've not met her personally but I … [Read more...]

DPU plunged at Keppel DC REIT.

Reader: Just wondering if you are familiar with Keppel DC Reit? I bought into it some time ago, lured in by its 'good potential', but as of last dividend payout, it's one of those cases where NPI went up but DPU dropped by 20%. Not an encouraging sign. But the company presentation said that things will get better because income from its new acquisition will 'kick in' by next payout. However … [Read more...]

Technology Hardware Stocks form a Firm Foundation for Industry 4.0

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Singapore Manufacturing Sector represents 20% of Singapore’s 2016 GDP. The Government is focusing on key growth areas such as advanced manufacturing and Industrial IoT. SGX’s Technology Hardware companies form a firm foundation for the paradigm shift to Industry 4.0. These companies are mostly cash-generative and dividend payers. The 10 highest yielding stocks within the Technology Hardware … [Read more...]

Sell transactions for Mar 2017

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This investment event was big enough for me to write a short post about it. Given the recent run-up in equity markets, we have decided to sell some of our stock holdings and take some profits. The last time we sold any shares was 1.5 years ago in Aug/Sep 2015. This is part of our overall strategy to focus on building up our ETF portfolio and simplifying our share portfolio. Over time, we should … [Read more...]

New Counter: Sapphire Corporation

In a bid to reach my target portfolio size of 8 counters, I will spend my bonus on acquiring 2 more stocks. Sapphire is the first of the 2. Equity: Sapphire Corporation (SGX: BRD) Business: Rail Infrastructure Construction Markets exposed: Primarily China, increasingly Developing Asia Stock exchange: SGX Purchase price: 0.335 Purchase month: March 10% per annum:  Sapphire … [Read more...]

CAGR : His Human Asset vs. His Investment Gains. Who is more powerful?

Nowadays; many are talking about Big Data and Data Analytics. Long, long ago Uncle8888 as Baby Boomers already went big on Big Data and now he knows his Numbers and can show the Right Thing about CAGR between Human Asset and Investment. Singapore's blogosphere is lucky to have old folk like him who is also financial rubbish collector who can now present real big data on the truth behind the … [Read more...]

How to ownself snake-oil ownself – Investment Goal Setting

Why do people like to set "SMART" goals on consequential activities they have little control or influence over? For example, setting an investment goal of 8% return per year when you are a long only retail "investor". Hmm... When they hit their goals, they say its their stock picking skills (STI went up 20%). But when they failed to hit their goals, they say it bad luck, its a bear market … [Read more...]

Online shopping, retail S-REITs and Starhill Global REIT.

Online shopping is gaining strength rapidly and even an IT dinosaur like AK buys stuff online. From my own experience, I would say that online shopping is attractive because of two factors: 1. Convenience. Delivered to my home with either very competitively priced delivery fee or free delivery. 2. Cheaper. For the same item, I have saved as much as 30% buying online than buying in a brick … [Read more...]

Portfolio Update: March 2017

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This can be considered a flat month although the total value of the portfolio increased by about $3,000 to end up at $393,000. The appreciating SGD against USD and HKD mitigated some of the stock market gains and it’s interesting that the consensus I sense is that the market appears more frothy than 2 years ago.That’s when the STI was near 3,500 compared to 3,200 right now. But the difference is … [Read more...]

What Am I Supposed To Gain From Trading The Financial Markets?

Many traders would like to make money from the market. That’s the main objective isn’t it? Are there other things that one can gain from trading the markets? Personally I would say “Yes”. To me, the trading of the financial markets means more than just making money off the market.  There are many areas that have provided invaluable lessons and sparks in my life that make life stronger and more … [Read more...]

Straits Times Index attempting a breakout

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  Straits Times Index attempting a breakout Straits Times Index continued to its bullish streak while US Federal Reserve announced its first interest rate hike for this year. The week was first greeted with cautiousness as many chose to stay sidelines ahead of the announcement of the interest rate hike last Wednesday. Some traders anticipate the possibility of bearishness ahead of the … [Read more...]

Economists raise Singapore growth forecast for 2017: MAS survey

Economists have raised their forecasts for Singapore’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2017, according to a survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) unveiled on Wednesday. The median forecast of 23 economists surveyed in mid-February pointed to a 2.3% GDP growth this year. This is an improvement from the 1.5% growth forecasted in the previous MAS survey published in … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Future is Female Conference Tickets

Do women make better investors than men? What "special" feminine traits or instincts might we have that could potentially give us an advantage over our male counterparts? While investing success doesn't necessarily boil down to gender differences - whether biological or psychological - there's no denying that it has been mostly the men who have been receiving recognition for their investing … [Read more...]

Vested In This Marine Counter!

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(I wanted to do an extensive post on this counter. But the sudden rise in its share price make me feel that I should just post what I know first.) While communicating about investing with my superior over lunch one day, he stated that he was looking at the marine industry as he felt the marine industry has hit a bottom and a turnaround was near. Although I dismissed this idea straightaway, … [Read more...]

THREE STOCKS INVESTORS MUST KNOW BEFORE SG MARKETS OPEN

Before the local Singapore stocks market opens on 20 Mar 2017, these are the two stocks which investors must know: 1) Kimly Group stock Kimly Group stock is making a debut on the Singapore stocks markets. The coffee-shop operator stock is the first stock of such a nature to be listed on the local bourse. Kimly Group stock IPO is around 8.3 oversubscribed and this points to the strong demand … [Read more...]

EZRA STOCK: BANKRUPTCY!

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EZRA has filed for bankruptcy in the US states yesterday (19 Mar 2017). This was the latest development following the trading halt in Ezra share last Wednesday. I am not too familiar with how bankruptcy of local stocks in Singapore will proceed and more importantly whether there will be a possibility shareholders of Ezra stock would get back their capital or even some monies. It seems to me even … [Read more...]

Lesson from Ezra Bankruptcy: Asset Rich, Cash Flow Poor

By now, some of you would have read Ezra's filing for bankruptcy protection in the United States. Previously a billion dollar company, Ezra's fall from grace was due to the fall in oil prices. Nevertheless here are a few things we can learn from it. 1) Cash/Cashflow is key One reason for Ezra''s decision to file for bankruptcy was due to its inability to pay creditors. The reason was simple … [Read more...]