How I Research and Select My Stocks

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I've been getting increasing number of queries from readers on emails on how I research and select my stocks. I have to admit that it's extremely difficult to organize your thoughts in that split second and reply to readers in a single email. It's been so natural for me to think about it in real time because I have done it so many times myself unconsciously but to put words into perspectives can … [Read more...]

A Trip, a Fall, and a $115 Bill

My daughter is pretty enthu' about badminton. So in pursuit of her interest, she had joined her school badminton team. The twice a week night training span 3 hours each time. A typical session will see them doing all kinds of dexterity and stamina exercises before proceeding to skills training and practices. I think it's good for her. On one such occasion recently, they were jumping over … [Read more...]

Collapse of Noble Group share price

It is a battle that Noble Group cannot afford to lose. Today, the company requested for trading halt after it’s share price plunged by 32% following news of credit rating cut by S&P Global. This latest setback came after yesterday’s report that potential white knight, Sinochem Group, was not interested to invest in the embattled commodity trader. The latest blows sent the Noble share price … [Read more...]

Being Smart or Having Luck In Life and Investing

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Is it better to be born lucky or to be born smart? Veteran banker Wee Cho Yaw said that the late former deputy prime minister Goh Keng Swee once told him that it is better to be born lucky than to be smart. This is an abstract from an article on Straits Times which I chanced upon and it really made me think about life. If you did not know, Wee Cho Yaw is the chairman of the United Overseas Bank … [Read more...]

And Noble Dies

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As some might know, I was actually a Noble shareholder, but I exited once I could verify the Iceberg report against them. In fact, I actually made profits with Noble. A decent 3.4% for a month. Annualized is 50%, but that doesn't really matter, hehe. If you had cut loss in March 2015 after my post, eating a 15% loss then compared to what has happened now isn't that bad, right? Even coming … [Read more...]

3 S-REITs that outperformed in 1Q17

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Following the REITs Report for 1Q17, we dive into individual REITs performance in today’s report. Here, we highlight three REITs that managed to outperform the rest of the REITs. 1. CapitaLand Retail China Trust Capita Retail China Trust had two positive catalysts working for them in 1Q17: Firstly, CapitaMall Minzhongleyuan has finally managed to turnaround its poor rental performance with a … [Read more...]

WHO IS BUYING THIS STOCK NOW?

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Yesterday, Accrelist topped the most Active Singapore stocks with a trading volume of 76.8 million shares. Accrelist was also one of the top gainer stocks with a 16.667% upside in its stock price yesterday. Accrelist’s trading volume yesterday was notable as it was way far above the average trading volume. Singapore Stocks Investing last posted about Accrelist stock in April 2017, noticing that … [Read more...]

8 things we learned from UOA REIT’s 2017 AGM

We arrived at around 8:15 a.m. to attend UOA Real Estate Investment Trust’s (UOA REIT) 2017 AGM but unitholders/proxies had already formed two long queues to register themselves. While queuing up, we overheard a unitholder complaining that the number of unitholders for this year’s AGM had doubled compared to the previous year. Another unitholder replied, “Huh? You’re not aware of the current … [Read more...]

Do All The Little Things Add Up? (2017)

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As per usual, I made my annual pilgrimage down to the Singapore Mint to change my coins into something more useful. looks exactly the same as the last time I went As I've explained before, one of the best life hacks that I've adopted that really has simplified my life is not caring about coins at all. I keep a coin box at my work desk, and another on my desk at home. Once I return from the … [Read more...]

Ying Li International

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Ying Li International - This "speculative" counter is an extremely undervalued yet profitable company, which price has been going downtrend (book value of 1.96 vs current price of 0.131). However, its Debt to asset ratio has been increasing and it is a bad sign. Currently, it is oversold with a RSI of 24-28. As compared to Mermaid Maritime, both have similar ratios of increasing Debt to asset … [Read more...]

An Interview With Faye Wang

For this month's interviewee, you may not really know her (yup, at last, an interviewee that is a female!), but she is actually a stock market analyst on InvestingNote. I first noticed her was when she posted her analysis of Sheng Shiong on InvestingNote. It was quite detailed and seems to have addressed some of the changes in Sheng Shiong over the last few years. She has also continued … [Read more...]

The math of crisis investing

I want to find out what is the possible rise in my portfolio after investing during crisis, and in so doing, I can find out the optimum amount of cash to keep. The problem with cash is that while it's very useful during crisis, there's a cost to it. It's the drag on your portfolio return, that is, your cash is rotting in the bank doing nothing. On the other hand, investing throughout the ups and … [Read more...]

When will I have as much passive income as you?

As my blog's readership grows, a question that gets asked more and more often is: "When will I have as much passive income as you?" Of course, one of the things I would say is that we have different circumstances and that financial freedom is not a race.  All of us who reach our goals are winners. Some might take longer than others but they are still winners at the end. Distilled to a word, … [Read more...]

Fact or Fiction : The key is to make your money on the buy, not the sell

Read? Renting a home can be a savvy decision Quote : "I looked to investment guru Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad Poor Dad blog, in which he wrote: "Repeat after me, your house is not an asset." His line of thinking is that it matters little how much a property appreciates in price. What matters more is "whether it provides cash flow every month". "The key is to make your money on the buy, … [Read more...]

Survivorship Bias

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Was reading the Sunday Times today when several “Unit Trust Providers” and “Actively Managed Funds” peddling their services through ads caught my eye. Whenever I do read those eye-candies, I can’t help but recall the miserable track record of active fund managers. But how is it then possible that their ads, their validated track records and their promises still look so attractive? They are not … [Read more...]

Are Singapore developers forced to walk a tightrope?

Government Land Sales for residential sites in Singapore just crossed the S$1 billion mark. A 99-year leasehold site in Queenstown Stirling Road was sold at a top bid of S$1.003 billion. (Read article in Bloomberg.) The winning consortium is China’s Nanshan Group and Logan Property (a Chinese developer listed in Hong Kong). Nanshan has been eyeing at the Singapore property market for long. In … [Read more...]

Growing wealth by being smart

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It’s going to be close to a year of blogging and I cant explain how much i’ve gained from it.   This blog post will be a short story of how I’ve became an investor At age 21, I’ve decided that having an alternative source of income from trading is essential for early retirement. In order to get out of “the usual cycle of life”, I took an educational holiday to Bali for 30 days. In that 30 days, … [Read more...]

Random thoughts: Understanding myself better @ work

I am back at work for 2 weeks. Beside the first 2 days, the usual hectic and crazy schedule is back. 4-5 to do things, bosses calling you in the last minute, staff looking to you to problem-solve, when I myself has plenty to troubleshoot I am however, coping much better. Of course the long break help. But I have been down with flu, but my motivation has not been affected, I think I have … [Read more...]

Some insights from Psychology – More loose ends from the previous talk.

There is one loose-end from the last talk. Apparently, my presentation slides were not the latest version which I sent to the company admin. This turned out to be a good thing because, this way, my talk ended on time and it might turn out out to be more draggy otherwise. Just thought I'd share information about the missing slides and in the meantime showcase to the more intermediate readers … [Read more...]

The Tale Of Three Old Men In The Same Office Space (True Story) – 2

Read? The Tale Of Three Old Men In The Same Office Space (True Story) After reading this ---> Exclude this, exclude that... Lets return to the HDB heartlands. Even without a 2nd investment/rental property, those who treat the humble HDB flat as an investment would play the 2 bites of the cherry, upgrade, downgrade game. Look around your relatives, neighbours, colleagues and … [Read more...]