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...]

What are your numbers?

Having just posted about our Sell transactions for Mar 2017, I just realised it’s about time to write about our Buy transactions for Mar 2017 as well. Just need to wait for our last automated POSB Invest-Saver investment into the ABF Singapore Bond Index Fund (A35 on SGX) to go through early next week before I do so. In the meantime, I’m free to write about anything that comes to my mind. I know … [Read more...]

My interview with Myself and Investopenly

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If you are keen to find out more about my financial background and details, click here to read the interview at Investopenly. I am grateful to Richard for publishing my invite even though I am not a financial but a lifestyle blogger. Anyway, for the more personal stuff, here is an interview I imagined for myself: Oh, this is me, not my baby :) 1) Who are you? I … [Read more...]

Singtel share price in supreme form

At a time when Starhub and M1 share prices were dropping like flies, Singtel share price is in supreme form. The corrections for Starhub and M1 shares were due to the announcement of the entry of the fourth telco player, TPG Telecom, which made the winning bid of $105 million for the licence in December 2016. When investing in stocks, always place your bets on the players with the biggest … [Read more...]

Personal Finance is Really Personal (CPF / Insurance/ Housing /Saving /Investing etc)

Personal finance is an interesting subject which is really“ Personal “ as there are many factors affecting a person or family’s finances – how much to keep as saving vs investing , to buy term or life insurance , to take up HDB loan or from private banks , to buy HBD or Condominium and of course the hottest topic of CPF ( to transfer our OA to SA or do a voluntary cash top up into SA account) … [Read more...]

SGXcafe to Expand to APAC!

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After a round of voting and discussion with Friends of SGXcafe, I am happy to share that we have decided to support APAC markets in the upcoming expansion! I have already started work to include Hong Kong exchange data. You should start to see changes within this week. Supporting a brand new market is not easy and would take time to iron out all the details, especially since I developed … [Read more...]

KIMLY STOCK: WILL YOU BUY NOW?

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I was having my instant coffee as shared in my earlier post when I saw Kimly Group stock, as expected defied gravity and shot to an high of $0.55 from an IPO price of $0.25. At that instant, the coffee in my mouth also shot through too. Kimly Group stock finally closed a little lower at $0.44 per share though it was still a stellar 76% rally in IPO stock price. Kimly IPO reminded me of a recent … [Read more...]

KIMLY STOCK: WILL YOU BUY NOW?

I was having my instant coffee as shared in my earlier post when I saw Kimly Group stock, as expected defied gravity and shot to an high of $0.55 from an IPO price of $0.25. At that instant, the coffee in my mouth also shot through too. Kimly Group stock finally closed a little lower at $0.44 per share though it was still a stellar 76% rally in IPO stock price. Kimly IPO reminded me of a recent … [Read more...]

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...]

Post natal massage – Is it necessary?

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It's common nowadays to hire a massage lady to soothe your physical pain after labour. For natural birth, the massage starts 2 or 3 days after and for caesarian, 1 to 2 weeks after labour. The massage lady is usually a Malay, doing freelance work and travels to your house. For those tied to the massage agency, you will need to pay for their taxi fares too. Cost is typically $50 to $75 per … [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...]