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Investing Strategies

Investing Strategies

What is the most important aspect when investing?i) Market Timingii) Security Selectioniii) Asset AllocationMarket timing is the attempt to predict the future by buying or selling investments in an effort to maximize profits. Many feel that this is the most important;...

How to kick start your savings plan?

How to kick start your savings plan?

Quite a number of people asked me how I managed to save in such disciplined manner. The equation of saving never changes: Savings = Income - Expenses. You can either increase your income, decrease your expenses or do both at the same time. I prefer the first method of...

Payout Ratio

Payout Ratio

Payout ratio is simply Dividend Per Share (DPS) divided by Earnings Per Share (EPS), which tells you how much buffer does the company have for it to increase its dividends. E.g. EPS for Singtel is about 22c and DPS is 11c on average for the last few years, so the...

Trading Report Card – Sep 10

Trading Report Card – Sep 10

The market had a good run in September 10. STI broke 3,000 points convincingly and has not look back since. The market seems to be going for a short pullback the last few days and it may be a good time to get in some stocks during the retracement. I ended with a S$422...

September 2010 Portfolio Summary and Review

September 2010 Portfolio Summary and Review

As expected, September 2010 was a very quiet month with hardly any corporate announcements from the companies in my portfolio. This was to be expected as September has traditionally been a very quiet month, and I have confidence that the businesses I own are slowly...

Betting On Insurance

Betting On Insurance

Casinos are all the rage right now and it seems timely to relate it to another form of risk related item which most would prefer not to talk about, insurance. In the financial planning line, it is common to hear remarks that one does not believe in insurance. These...

Financial magazine review(s)

Financial magazine review(s)

Motivation I have been faithfully subscribing and reading the Economist and the Edge for the past few years (ever since I started investing) until I decide to stop the latter. Instead of just saying why am I dissatisfied with The Edge, I might as well write a simple...

What constitute an investment?

What constitute an investment?

The way I see it, an investment has to be something that can generate cashflow. Stocks give dividends, bonds give interest and real estate gives rental income. These are real investments. However in the strange World of Wall Street Craft, anything and everything...

Backtesting T3B System

Backtesting T3B System

Funny that I did not backtest the trading system that I have been using for 2 years. And I realised this is precisely the reason why I am not profiting from it. During the recent gathering, I was decided to do the back test and was convinced that the system works. It...

Trading Courses – Does it work?

Trading Courses – Does it work?

Flip through any of the major dailies and you will see advertisements on various trading courses. The Sunday Times article on 19th September 2010 titled – Beware of easy money had on discussion on these courses. According to the article, an investor lost more than...

STI component members

STI component members

My broker sent me this very interesting chart with the STI 30 component stocks and their respective data. With STI reaching 3100, I thought it's a good idea to look at this. There are quite a few data associated with each component stocks, things like PE, Consensus...

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