Your Best Investment Might Be Lying In Your Refrigerator

Imagine this. You are out of shampoo. You head to the nearby supermarket to get a new one. Bam! The entire aisle is stacked with a variety of brands from top to bottom. You see brands like Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Rejoice and Herbal Essences. So many choices. Or is it just an illusion of choices?What do we mean by that?For starters, all the four brands mentioned above are brands managed by … [Read more...]

7 things I learned from BreadTalk’s 2017 AGM

Late last year, BreadTalk made the announcement that the company had won the franchising rights to operate Din Tai Fung in London. It was certainly good news for shareholders as their investment value in BreadTalk appreciated by 40% to $1.40 in less than six months after the news broke. Beforehand, there was a group of Din Tai Fung lovers who set-up a Facebook fan page to petition the … [Read more...]

Company Factsheet of DBS Group Holdings Ltd

DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX:D05) is the largest financial institution by asset in the Southeast Asia region. At the end of 2016, the bank has presences in 18 markets globally. It has a total asset base of about S$482 billion. The two key markets of the bank are Singapore and Greater China. The two markets contributed about 66% and 25% respectively of the group income.DBS Group is now a … [Read more...]

12 things I learned from CapitaLand Commercial Trust’s 2017 AGM

With tears welling up in her eyes, she choked on her words slightly as she finished her speech. When she sat down, the audience gave a big round of applause, while the board smiled and nodded their heads in approval. The CEO of CapitaLand Commercial Trust had decided to end her presentation with a show of appreciation for her tenants and business partners who’ve helped make the REIT the success … [Read more...]

Introduction To The Singapore Stock Exchange

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The Singapore Stock Exchange is managed by the Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX:S68) (S68 7.43 -0.04 -0.54%), commonly known as the SGX. At the end of February 2017, there are about 750 stocks listed on the Singapore Exchange with a total market capitalization of about S$977 billion.Although the Singapore stock market is much smaller than its peer in Hong Kong, it is still the largest stock … [Read more...]

14 things I learned from CapitaMall Trust’s 2017 AGM

CapitaMall Trust (CMT) is Singapore’s first and largest retail REIT. CMT first listed in July 2002 and now owns a portfolio of 16 retail properties and malls that includes some of the most popular retail properties and malls in Singapore like Plaza Singapura, Raffles City, Clarke Quay, and Bugis Junction. CMT’s total portfolio value as at 31 Dec 2016 is $10.3 billion. With the government making … [Read more...]

How You A Passive Or Active Value Investor?

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Before we go into deciding what strategy we prefer when investing, we must think about whether we want to be a passive or active value investor. “What?” You must be thinking to yourself. What is the difference between the two?The Short AnswerTo keep it simple and short, passive investing is investing by tracking the index you chose. For example, you might be a Malaysian-based investor and you want … [Read more...]

Three Common Strategies Of Value Investing You Need To Know

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Value Investing is Not A StrategyAs we established in the beginning, value investing is not a strategy for investors. It is rather a philosophy on which to guide investors. As mentioned by Warren Buffett on the “Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville”, the super investors have different strategies and owned different stocks on their portfolios. Nonetheless, each of them was able to produce great … [Read more...]

3 Things You Need To Know About Fraser and Neave Ltd

Sharing is caring:Fraser and Neave Limited (“F&N”) (F99.SI) is one of the leading players in the food and beverage space in Asia Pacific. It was founded in 1883 by two Scotsmen John Fraser and David Chalmers Neave. They established The Singapore and Straits Aerated Water Company to produce carbonated soft drinks. A couple of years down the road, F&N became a public company after issuing … [Read more...]

How Long Do You Need To Be A Millionaire?

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Sharing is caring:Do you want to be a millionaire? If you know the story of Warren Buffett, you know that investing can be the path to your financial freedom. However, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. If you do not know what is value investing, click here.Investing is not a strategy that can make you a millionaire overnight. Yet, with proper knowledge and some patience, it can possibly make you … [Read more...]

MediShield Considerations For The Next Few Decades

Raising Of PremiumsWhen I heard this piece of news that meant all insurers were effectively raising the premiums of their Integrated Shield Plans (IPs), I knew that I might have to reevaluate my health care insurance strategy.After all, according to the same report, “Claims for IPs covering treatment in private hospitals have risen by 17 per cent a year in the past few years” and in case you did … [Read more...]

3 Asian Value Investors You Need To Know

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Sharing is caring:3 Asian Value Investors You Need To KnowKnowing how successful value investors have made it in the past is important for us. It helps us understand what are some of the common characteristics among these great investors. However, most of the famous investors that are well publicised are US-based and Europe-based investors like Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch or Sir … [Read more...]

After years of stagnant growth, things are looking up for Singapore’s tourism sector again

Following recent years of relatively stagnant performance, tourism arrivals in Singapore are expected to finally see an uptick on the back of a surge in intra-regional tourism, according to a new report from Colliers International, the commercial real estate services firm. The first quarterly Colliers International Hotels Insight Report, which features major trends in destinations across Asia … [Read more...]

Singapore’s property market to benefit from population & economic growth ahead

Singapore’s property market is expected to benefit from a number of government policy changes that have recently begun to take effect, according to recent research data published by JLL. In an April 2017 report entitled Back to life, back to growth, the financial and professional services firm says it believes the city state’s population and skilled workforce growth rates are set to rise over … [Read more...]

What Is Value Investing

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Sharing is caring:Know The Truth About Value InvestingSo you are planning to start investing but do not know where to start? Maybe you have heard about a style of investing called value investing and you do not know what does it mean? Congratulation on taking the first step to take control of your financial future. Value investing might be the key toward your financial freedom. Welcome to … [Read more...]

Will office property rents bottom in 2017?

The prospect of interest rate hikes by the Fed used to spark panic among investors. This was due to the widely-held view that a receding tide of liquidity would spark a selloff in Asian assets that had been pumped up by years of ultra-loose monetary policy in developed economies. Now, it seems that growth is not only recovering in the US but across much of the world. And, higher US interest … [Read more...]

Economists raise Singapore growth forecast for 2017: MAS survey

Economists have raised their forecasts for Singapore’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2017, according to a survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) unveiled on Wednesday. The median forecast of 23 economists surveyed in mid-February pointed to a 2.3% GDP growth this year. This is an improvement from the 1.5% growth forecasted in the previous MAS survey published in … [Read more...]

5 Things To Know Before You Start Investing

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Sharing is caring:So you have saved up some money and are unsatisfied with the little return you are getting from keeping your money in the bank? You heard about how you might be able to earn a little extra from investing in the market. You saw your friends doing it, you have seen movies about it and now you think you are ready to start your investing journey as well?Well, hold your horses. If you … [Read more...]

5 Things To Know Before You Start Investing

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Sharing is caring:So you have saved up some money and are unsatisfied with the little return you are getting from keeping your money in the bank? You heard about how you might be able to earn a little extra from investing in the market. You saw your friends doing it, you have seen movies about it and now you think you are ready to start your investing journey as well?Well, hold your horses. If you … [Read more...]

Creating Isn’t Easy

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One of my favorite movie scenes of all time comes from the film Limitless. Bradley Cooper plays Eddie – a down-and-out loser who’s struggling in his career as a writer. He comes across NZT-48 – a “smart drug” that lets him access 100% of his brain instead of the usual 10% (this is a myth, but hey, it’s a movie). He swallows the pill, and suddenly he’s the most productive, creative and … [Read more...]