Cory Diary: Is STI Performance truly understood ?

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What is STI Index true performance ? The often quoted is 7% XIRR or so called Compounded which includes dividends distributed. This is achieved if one invest all their money one time exact in the year 2005 low and measured on the final price this month of STI. Yes is about 7%. The issue is can this be repeated ? That is the catch. Firstly our money in fund is constantly injected and for some … [Read more...]

15HWW Origins: Illness And The Passing Of My Mum

My Mum was the closest kin I had, by millions of miles. If my Mum were still alive, we would be celebrating her 54th birthday today. If only. She had passed away 6 years ago, after a one year struggle with ovarian cancer. My Mum My Mum was one of the kindest and most responsible person I know and she sought to instil those qualities in her children. No matter what happened, she would … [Read more...]

Karin Technology – What really matters in a Stock (11% Yield)

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Dividend yield stands at 11.42 % | HK company | Founded in 1977 | Comparison will be done with ExcelPoint Technology(BDF) – Based on closest market cap 1)  IDENTIFICATION OF COMPANIES THAT ARE UNDERVALUED. Price to book ratio : 0.564 (43.6% Below fair value)  BDF – 0.812 Price to earning ratio : 28.837 ( Growing above industry standard –11.614) BDF – 7.303 2)  LEARN ABOUT THEIR … [Read more...]

The Investigative Approach to Stock Investments

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There are a couple of quantitative methods for analysing stocks, such as the Dividend Discount Model (DDM). A lot of people use them for stock analysis and investment as they are relatively simple to use and do not require qualitative analysis of the business strategies, competitive environment, corporate governance, etc. For a very long time, I was also a keen user of such methods, looking at … [Read more...]

TTI’s New, Puny Position – S i2i

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March has been an absolutely crazy month for me thus far, work-wise. Probably cos it’s sandwiched between 2 holidays, and I’m paying for my travel sins. It’s almost the end of the month, and I have not had a weekday lunch in the whole of March. That’s really not very healthy. It’s screwing up my GI system, and I’ll probably see the consequences 2 decades from now. But it’s just 1 of those … [Read more...]

The Three Faces of Poverty in Modern Life.

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In order to become richer, sometimes it is helpful to understand poverty. When Thomas Piketty published Capital in the 21st Century, it is easy for a rentier like me to dismiss this as a rallying cry of welfare-state socialists. But as it turns out, the book had the effect of deepening my conviction towards my dividend portfolio because it proposes the idea that the growth of capital far … [Read more...]

When is the best time for making OA to SA transfer | Earlier is not always better

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Few months back Max wrote a post to discuss the things to consider before transferring our CPF money from OA to SA savings. Essentially, the post discussed that if the transfer is made earlier, the power of compounding at the higher interest rate will reap significant benefits, but because the transfer is irreversible, the 'in case I need it' mentality is still the key barrier for some to optimize … [Read more...]

Nine years as a corporate warrior

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I have been a corporate warrior for nine years, and in these nine years, I have worked for three different companies, in three very different roles. These nine years also shaped what I want from a job.   Just recently, I received my five year award from my current company. This is my first long service award.    Just after graduation, I started my first job. Back then, my aim was to earn … [Read more...]

Should Moonlighting be encouraged?

I have not updated my blog for a few months as there were not much changes in the market (it is still priced at high levels) and also that I was too busy focusing on my work even on weekends. That is what you get working for big companies and when given a laptop to work with.  Never had I heard of any one saying his or her salary is enough. It is likely most people who want more income outside … [Read more...]

STI ETF Benchmark comparison

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SGXCafe is a great portfolio management website for me (although I do my own excel spreadsheets to track as well). However, there was always something that bugged me. There is a time weighted return benchmark of my portfolio vs the STI ETF, however, for XIRR there was none. So I was bored and all and decided to create 3 separate portfolios of STI ETF, Bought on the closing price on … [Read more...]

The Expected Return Model – How You can Refine Investment Decisions, Prospect Stocks Clearly, and Sleep Better at Night

Back when I was still figuring out all these investment stuff, I always have some questions that I couldn’t find in books or the people I listened to. Some of the questions that often bugs me was: Should I buy and hold investments for a long time? When some event happen, that affects my investments, how should my plan deviate? Should I still hold on? Should I sell or buy more? How … [Read more...]

Cory Diary : Financial Portfolio Update 20170325

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Has been a month since my last post. Seems a long time. Quite amount of office politics that I have to carefully maneuver while getting things done during this period while guiding my team on execution and business alignment. Good news is we are better today than a month ago. More work to do ! 2017 is Year of Rates and Banking. Banking continues to recover from last year despite the oil … [Read more...]

Equity Management #6 : A unified approach to engineering portfolios.

Ok, we're moving into a new section of the book which talks about portfolio management. The basic summary is quite simple - a unified approach towards portfolio management trumps the approach where the markets get segmented. What this means to me is quite simple, wherever possible, try to start with the entire universe of stocks. In my case, I review the 700+ counters available on SGX through … [Read more...]

How to survive the corporate grind?

I went for a career development course sponsored by my bank today morning. I had previously gone for the induction training session a few months ago, which turned out to be really fun and interactive. Whilst providing me with a good overview of the corporate values, culture, leadership and structure of the bank. Similar sessions that I have attended at my previous firms have always turned out to … [Read more...]

Need a financial tribe?

If you want to be financially literate, you should be immersed in an environment where everyone is talking about it constantly. Some wise men did say that if you want to find out the character of a person, you just need to look at 3 of his closest friends. We're the average of the 3 persons we talk to most frequently. Being in a group of like minded individuals allows you to be completely … [Read more...]

How Investing In Foreign Property Destroyed My Family Wealth

When Heartland Boy applied for a role at a real estate developer after graduation, the hiring manager asked during the interview, “you graduated with a degree in Business Management, why do you want to work in the property sector?” Heartland Boy replied, “My experience with the real estate sector started when I was only very young, probably at 6 years old. I understand that many households in … [Read more...]

Personal Update

There has been no article on Equity Management last week because I as getting into the deep end of the book which talks about selecting the right data and tracking errors, items which are dry even for a dedicated finance otaku like me. Instead, I hope to start talking about the Portfolio Management section of the book over this weekend. So all I have is a personal update : a) School has … [Read more...]

$500K – Second Milestone Target Reached

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This is an important milestone for me to journal so I could look back in the few years to come to see where I am today. It's importance means so much to me that I think it deserves an article of its own. The last time I hit my first milestone of $250k (Link Here) was back in April 2014, where coincidentally I had my first son born on the exact same day. So many things have happened since then … [Read more...]

What’s the most difficut thing to Plan for our Retirement?

No, its not your rate of investment returns. Nope, its not the rate of inflation that will eat into your rate of investment returns above. Or for that matter, what withdrawal rate to use? (Friend, its not that birth control technique) Ah... You almost got it if you say how to plan whether at 65 you'll be still healthy to do line-dancing, marathons, and overseas travelling; or will … [Read more...]