Starhub – Dividend Investing Gone Wrong

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There are many developments in the Telecommunication industry with the entry of a fourth operator soon in Singapore. As we all know, Singapore has 3 Telcos here namely Singtel, Starhub and M1. The 4th Telco which is coming will be TPG telecom. Let's take a look at Starhub in this post and see what went wrong with the share price falling from a high of $4+ to $2.80 now. Starhub was once a … [Read more...]

Stock Investing May Not be For Everyone

First of all , allow me to quote below from a legendary investor ( some may call him great speculators and some may not agree with that as the way he took his own life in 1940 ) : Jesse Livermore “ The game of speculation is the most uniformly fascinating game in the world. But it is not a game for the stupid , the mentally lazy, the man of inferior emotion balance or for the get-rich quick … [Read more...]

Research report on SIA Engineering Company

On 3rd February 2017, SIA Engineering Company announced 3Q results for 2016/17. It wasn’t exactly an impressive set of results but the data certainly reveals some interesting aspects of the company’s performance against the backdrop of a challenging operating environment for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector. This will be another research report on SIA Engineering Company … [Read more...]

SINGAPORE BUDGET 2017

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Without a doubt, retail investors and fellow Singaporeans will be looking forward to the details of Singapore Budget 2017 to be delivered by Finance Minister Mr Heng Swee Kiat later today, 20 Feb 2017. The budget is expected to be one which will provide more details on how the government will allocate resources to transforming the current Singapore economy into the future economy envisioned in the … [Read more...]

The Easiest Superpower To Learn

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Last week, I found myself standing in front of a crowd of ten people. Everyone was staring at me. One guy was frowning. I was feeling a little jumpy. I wondered whether my fly was open. Crap – I couldn’t remember my opening. I had no idea what to do with my hands. I remembered that “thought leaders” usually touch the tips of their fingers together, so I did that. “Okay,” said the coach. “You … [Read more...]

WILL THESE TWO OVERSOLD BLUE-CHIP STOCKS RALLY NEXT?

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There are two blue-chip stocks which are currently oversold. Pardon me, if the two stocks that I am going to present next are not blue-chips in your definition. It is understandable since in today’s stocks markets, what have been blue-chips might no longer be blue-chips. Take for example, Sembcorp Marine stock. In its heydays, Sembcorp Marine stock traded at over $5 a share and compare this with … [Read more...]

What’s in the Singapore Budget 2017 for us?

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered the Singapore Budget 2017 on Mon 20 Feb. Since I have spent a few years working in the tax division of accounting firms in Australia and Singapore, the Budget speech is something I have gotten used to following every year. It has become a habit to review the corporate, personal and other tax measures that are announced then. But let’s focus on how this … [Read more...]

Investment Using SRS fund – My Experience

Many articles have been written on SRS Account and it’s pro and con. You may find few good blogs and summary as below : SUPPLEMENTARY RETIREMENT SCHEME (‘SRS’) ACCOUNT FROM HEARTLANDBOY  (HERE ) Is the Supplementary Retirement Scheme a Waste of Your Time and Money? From Money$mart.sg (here) Why it makes sense to contribute to the SRS account (to a certain extent) from moneydigest.sg … [Read more...]

Challenges for the modern millennial woman

Do you remember a post I wrote last year about why I left my previous job? One of the main reasons being the deteriorating relationship between my tax partner and tax manager (after her return from maternity leave) over mismatched expectations, lack of communication and poor conflict resolution. This put me in a difficult position in the middle between the both of them and I hated it. Would you … [Read more...]

The Telco Landscape in Singapore

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The telco regulator in Singapore, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), regularly publishes a list of facts & figures about the telco industry. It is interesting to look at the figures occasionally to understand the trends affecting telcos and review whether telcos worth investing. Mobile Services To investors of the 3 local telcos, the most important figure must be the no. of … [Read more...]

My Personal Cashflow

Kyith wrote a good piece of information this morning (Link Here) regarding segregating the difference between balance sheet and cash flow/cash and connecting the dots between how we look at company the same way we tend to shape our very own lifestyle and finances. After reading the article, I am tempted to look deeper into my own cashflow because I don't track my income and expenses very … [Read more...]

Old news that made me go hmmm last week

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I am not a very up-to-date kind of guy. Sometimes I stumble across some very old facts that I did not know about before (and that have nothing to do with investing). Like this one: The condor uses the least energy to move a kilometer of all species. So far so good. That sounds reasonable. The source being a study published by Scientific American in March 1973 (= good excuse for not having … [Read more...]

Frasers Commercial Trust Long Term Play in Office Rental

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While most REITs are announcing their 4Q2016 or FY2016 financial results, Frasers Commercial Trust is actually announcing their 1Q2017 financial results. Net Property Income fell by estimated 1% due to lower occupancy for China Square Central and Central Park. We understand that China Square Central has started the development of a 16 storey hotel and the construction works will definitely … [Read more...]

CFE post : How SMU can fit into the future economy.

Yay ! Mid-terms are over. Today, I wanted to combine several posts into one. Of recent note, SMU has been on the radar of social media as of late. Exchange student Kerry Dwyer has written very candid comments about her SMU and Singapore experience here. In a mid-term party which was conducted by my JD pals yesterday,  my foreign classmates felt more inclined to agree with Kerry. There are … [Read more...]

“I Sell Fried Chicken”

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My previous post about my investor friend was super well received. So much so that I’m reluctant to even link it here anymore. I just dunno if he’d appreciate the sudden publicity. Anyway, I said I’d share about another highly successful individual that I know personally. Incidentally, I recently saw a Bloomberg report about … [Read more...]

Coursera’s Paywall: What you could do about it

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I was trying out a Coursera course yesterday before being rudely interrupted by the paywall. Prior to this incident, Coursera courses are free to complete (unless you wanted to pay for a certificate). I've spent quite a bit on Coursera courses when I was still a noob who couldn't differentiate between the quality of the courses offered. Once I've done my fair share of courses on the platform, I … [Read more...]

DBS, OCBC, UOB stock: which is a GOOD BUY?

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The three local bank stocks: DBS, OCBC and UOB have fallen off their highs ever since the episode of Ezra which renewed concerns over the banks’ non-performing loans to the O&G sector ever since the Swiber fallouts.OCBC stock currently traded at $9.52, down by 2.36% from the stock’s 52-week high of $9.75. The consensus target price based on SGX website is $9.612 which means an upside of 0.97% … [Read more...]

Bid Farewell To UMS Temporarily

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This is will be a rather short post. Finally, made my first transaction in 2017 yesterday. I have decided to release all my UMS shares at 70 cents yesterday. In fact, UMS is one of my best performing stock so far (about 27% capital yield, excluding dividend). The reason for my selling? Because it has met my threshold and its P/BV (Price over Book Value) is at a higher side now (at … [Read more...]

Interview with King of Popiah, Mr Sam Goi

I watched the TV interview with Mr Sam Goi last Sunday on Channel 8 under the third season of the episode "Hear me Out". In the previous season, I watched the interview with CEO of Sheng Siong and was impressed. You can revisit the post which I have created arising from watching the interview here . For this episode, I have looked forward to being impressed once again by one of the richest men in … [Read more...]

Singapore Savings Bonds in OCBC iBanking

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Recently I noticed that there was a new option in OCBC iBanking. I was looking through the website and I saw this option: Seems like we can buy SGS from iBanking now! Clicking on it, we get: Looks like even the Singapore Government Securities (SGS) are there! For the ease for most people (no volatility) and considering SGSs are rather illiquid, I would discuss SSB for this post … [Read more...]