Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A stock I have on a “love and hate” relationship

I have a “love and hate” relationship with one of the stocks I own. Why it that so? Well, ever since I bought the stock at its IPO price, its price has been staying below my purchase price, hence I am not happy at its stock performance. However when it comes to dividends payouts, the dividends have been good. To illustrate this, just look at the dividends which I have been receiving these years from my capital of $2,590 into two thousand shares of this stock.

Monday, March 30, 2015

SINGAPORE SAVINGS BONDS FOR RETAIL INVESTORS

A Savings Bonds programme targeted at retail investors will be launched. Investors can put in a minimum of S$500, and in subsequent multiples of S$500 and hold the investments for ten years. The Savings Bonds’ interest rates will increase over time. Investors can opt for a monthly issuance of their money, or they can choose to withdraw all of their money any time; in both cases with no penalty and with the principal sum and any accrued interest.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Final farewell to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

I watched the live telecast of the farewell ceremony for Mr Lee Kuan Yew today. The ceremony was solemn and sad and it was made even more so as the heavens opened up and there was a heavy downpour. From what I could recall, except for the National Day Parade of 1968, all of Singapore’s National Day Parades were held on sunny days, today, it seems that even the weather says it all for Singapore.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I paid my Final respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Yesterday, I woke up at 0400 hrs to prepare to pay my final respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I took a taxi down Padang and when the taxi arrived near Padang, the taxi had to drop me at one point on the road as the queue was overwhelming. When I alighted from the taxi near Padang, I had to retrace the start of the queue amidst throngs of crowds and this journey took me right to near the entrance of Raffles City Shopping Centre for the start of the queue line.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy for retail investors

Much has been said about the great achievements of Mr Lee Kuan Yew in all aspects of our lives in Singapore. Singaporeans enjoy clean water, clean environment, good jobs, good education, good housing and many other good benefits and these are all Thanks to our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. As an avid financial blogger who feel very much for the thousands of retail investors here in Singapore, I would like to say Thank You to our founding father for one aspect of Singaporean living which is, in my opinion, not really very often cited and that is investing among retail investors.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lying-In-State: remembering Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Today, Singapore entered the public phase of the National Mourning as the Lying-In-State of Mr Lee Kuan Yew commenced at 0900 hrs this morning. I was in the office and did not have the opportunity to view the live telecast of the Lying-In-State ceremony and hence when I went home, I immediately went over to ChannelNewsAsia where I watched the full length of the recorded telecast even before I bathed.



Thereafter, I pondered on whether to pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Lying-In-State at the Parliament house tonight. The public could now proceed to Parliament house to pay their tributes to Mr Lee at any hours of the day till this Saturday, 8pm, SMRT even has its rail services opened for twenty-four hours just for tonight.

There were thousands of people with queuing time as much as eight hours at 1500 hrs today and as much as four hours at 2200 hrs tonight. I have thought of a better timing to pay my tributes to the late Mr Lee.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We love you Mr Lee Kuan Yew!

Dear Mr Lee Kuan Yew

I am very sad to learn of your passing.

Ever since I was young, I have seen and heard you on newspapers and TV channels and have always admire you, no matter whether you were the Prime Minister, the Senior Minister, the Minister Mentor or when you stepped out of Singapore politics.

To me, these titles are not important as you are the Father of Modern Singapore and a world-class statesman and a political leader, deeply respected by poltical leaders and the international community.

The contributions you have done for Singapore are immense.

You make Singapore and Singaporeans stand proud and tall in the world.

You pioneered a good governance based on everlasting good core values of equality and meritocracy which serve as a model for other countries.

You give Singaporeans a safe and comfortable lives, good jobs, good education and comfortable homes.

You give every Singaporean a chance to succeed in life through meritocracy in studying well and studying hard and get a good job for a good living.

And the most significant of all these achievements is this: you created All of the above from a little island of no natural resources; an island that has had all odds stacked highly against it; what you have achieved, Mr Lee is really a miracle and a truly remarkable, unique achievement!

You leave a legacy behind for all Singaporeans, for current generations and beyond. You have given your life for Singapore and we are deeply grateful to All that you have done for us!

Though you are no longer here with us, you will always be in the hearts and minds of Singaporeans, current and future generations as we look around our country and see all aspects of quality living: be it in clean water, good housing, clean environment, good economy, each of which are hallmarks of your legacy!

We love you Mr Lee Kuan Yew!

Deepest respects and regards,

Tom K of SSI

Monday, March 23, 2015

REMEMBERING LEE KUAN YEW: SSI SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear Readers,

With the passing on of our beloved Singapore's founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, as a mark of respect for Mr Lee, Singapore Stocks Investing will halt the publication of stock analysis pieces, stocks commentary pieces for the time being.

Thank You for your understanding!

Majulah Singapura!

LEE KUAN YEW: Singapore Stocks Investing salutes

Like many Singaporeans, I am sad today at the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, a leader, or be more exact, a giant of a political leader, who is held in deep esteem by not only Singaporeans but international political leaders all the world over. Though news of Mr Lee’s health state has been regularly updated to the nation the week before, I still could not bring myself to believe that Mr Lee Kuan Yew, a name as synonymous as Singapore itself has passed on. It really takes me quite sometime to absorb the bits and pieces of news. I am quite emotional and really believe that the only way I could express my feelings and gratitude to Mr Lee is through words, as you are reading now in this post. As I watched the news unfolding of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing this morning, tears kept welling up in my eyes, as I am sure for many Singaporeans too. I have not met Mr Lee Kuan Yew before but having read his books, being one of the many many Singaporeans who have benefited from his life-long endeavour: Singapore, I shed tears of respect and immense gratitude for our founding father of Singapore.

LEE KUAN YEW HAS PASSED AWAY

Mr Lee Kuan Yew has passed away. I am sad to learn of the passing of this Great man, the founding father of Singapore who transformed Singapore from a fishing village to a leading financial hub.

Thank You Mr Lee for All that you have done for Singapore! May You rest in Peace and that Singapore shall continue to prosper.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WHAT STOCKS TO BUY NOW?

Some readers have written to me, be it via email or Facebook, seeking my advice on what Singapore stocks to buy now, on the back of the current stock markets, both overseas and local. Whenever it comes to this question, I do not have a ready answer. Why? Well, the answer to the above really depends on the profile of the investor, how much capital he can deploy into the investment and for how long he can hold his investment. But I think there is really a general guide on what stocks to buy by looking at what stocks one should look at now.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Singapore Stocks and Financial Newsletters

Dear readers, to better provide you with more information related to finance and Singapore stocks, I have decided to start a series of regular newsletters to all of you. If you are interested, please join my emailing list at this link. For readers who have earlier entered your email addresses for the free financial ebook, you need not re-submit your email address to the above link again, as I have already had your email addresses.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Noble Group stock: a Noble mindset is required to buy this stock

If you have been following my blog for sometime, you would have known that I have mentioned that Noble Group stock is the stock which was not only the first stock which I own, but one which has given me the best returns of all the stocks which I own in both capital appreciation and dividends yields combined. You would also know that before the current sell-down of Noble Group stock, I have already sold off Noble Group stock which proves my “acumen” quite correct. I have also mentioned that to be an investor in Noble Group stock, you must have a “Noble Mindset” (pun intended of course).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

LEE KUAN YEW: my humble thoughts

Yesterday night, I believe the whole of Singapore was worried about Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister and Founding Father. Instead of going to sleep at my usual sleeping hour, I turned to the internet and basically googled for the latest news regarding Mr Lee Kuan Yew. As Singapore and the whole world knows, Mr Lee Kuan Yew is now not just fighting for Singapore’s survival and continued prosperity in the world, it seems to many that it is now his personal life that he is fighting for, together with well-wishes from Singaporeans as well a hoax which found itself in both local and foreign media. Like him or hate him, Lee Kuan Yew is the leader of Singapore’s first generation of political leaders who takes Singapore from a fishing village into a first-world country. Lee Kuan Yew has to be credited with the economic transformation of Singapore though many Singaporeans think that the Singapore system is not really perfect.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

How to do well in Investing?

Many retail investors are full-time employees and hence investing or trading is something that they do “part time”. Though retail investing is, for many, a “part time” affair, I think when it comes to putting one’s monies in shares, we should not have a “part time” attitude. To do well in investing, we should think that we could do investing “full time” which is to reach a level of investing when we can “sack our boss” (I know that this metaphor is well-liked by some), be a full-time investor and earn our income from dividends.

Monday, March 16, 2015

How to be a Real Investor?

I was talking to one of my peers some days ago when the topic of money propped up. My peer was not an investor and when I shared with him my investing experience, I was surprised that he seemed to belittle the science and art of investing. In a nutshell, it seems to him that investing is easy as he told me that one could easily make a profit by buying a stock at one of its lowest price.

My proposed SG50 incentive: to buy fifty blue-chip stocks at good discounted prices

I appreciate the slew of SG50 measures unveiled by the government to-date, the latest being the free admission into Sentosa via Boardwalk. Most of the SG50 measures targeted are pro-community and pro-bonding, though as a retail investor, I feel that, with Singapore into its 50th anniversary, the Singapore Government could emulate what it has done in year 1993 when Singapore Citizens were able to purchase Group A shares of Singtel at a discounted price as part of the Singapore Government's effort to share the nation’s wealth and to enlarge the base of share-owning Singaporeans.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

How to choose a stock with no regrets?

There are hundreds of stocks on the Singapore stocks exchange and hence it is not easy to choose a stock for investing unless one follows the general guideline to choose blue-chip stocks due to their strong “track record” and in general, their dividends policy. However, retail investors should also know that blue chip stocks are also subject to the global “ stock market forces”: for this, one would just need to take a look at how the blue-chip offshore and marine stocks have fared on the back of lower oil prices. Even Reits, considered a high dividends plays are also getting lesser interest from retail investors on speculation of interest rate rises.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

SG50 Free Entry into Sentosa

The government has announced that as part of the SG50 celebrations, Singaporeans can now enjoy free entry into Sentosa via the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk access into Sentosa is not unfamiliar to me as this is my preferred route into Sentosa: not only is this access cheaper (costing just $1) than taking the monorail, one can also enjoy the scenery along the route. I Thank the government for this initiative though I think that instead of Sentosa, the government could have chosen a place of interest e.g. our Zoo for this initiative. Why do I say so?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

How to really become rich through stocks investments?

Looking at the Singapore stocks markets, I think for a retail investor who does not have a good investing strategy; it is not easy to get rich through stocks investments as from what I have observed, the stocks markets these days are dynamic and hence a “Buy and Hold” strategy may not really be profitable to investors. Hence the question is how can one really become rich through stocks investments?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Invest in Malaysia stocks

I would think that most of the Singapore’s retail investors are investing in Singapore stocks mainly due to the fact that for most of the Singapore-listed stocks, their businesses are here in Singapore and retail investors can also get to see the management of these stocks at the AGMs every year. However, investors should not just focus on one geographic region for their investment returns. Investors should consider stocks on other bourses, like in the US, where some of my friends are invested in some of the world’s most popular brands there, for better investment returns.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Is a University Degree necessary to become rich?

Today, I will discuss a topic which is not often discussed in my blog: that of the correlation of academic education and wealth. An ever-green question that begs discussing in our pragmatic society is often this: is a university degree necessary to become rich?

Flipping through the many annual reports of listed companies, I have often, out of curiosity, done a quick calculation of how much the bosses of these companies earn and are worth. Well, my quick calculation shows that many of these bosses, of even small listed companies earn an average of $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 annually in salary and many of them are worth at least $100 million alone from the investments they have in their companies via shareholdings. Not many of these bosses have a university degree as I found out from these annual reports though some of them have a honorary Doctoral degree conferred on them for their entrepreneurial success.

Monday, March 9, 2015

These are the stocks which I will not consider to buy for now

Each and every investor has his own personal preferences when it comes to selecting stocks on the SGX to invest in. Some may shun S-chip stocks while others may not want to own property stocks due to the regular “cooling measures” by the government. For me, when it comes to selection of stocks to invest in, the criterion is this: the stock must have a compelling story, a viable business model in order for me to want to park my hard-earned monies in.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

How to really become rich?

As someone who am interested in the ways to become rich as well as aspiring to become rich, I have read many many books by popular authors on wealth creation. Before I continue with my posts, I think one important thing for all of us aspiring to become rich is to define what is meant by rich. For one, rich means having a million dollars while for another, rich means having the means to go travelling around the world. My definition of rich is quite simply having a passive income which will allow my family and I to lead the desired lifestyle. This is what it means and I quote, from an entrepreneur: “Living life on one’s own terms”.

Friday, March 6, 2015

TV shows which Singapore investors should watch

Being a small nation, Singapore does not have too many TV channels unlike countries like Taiwan; hence Singapore does not have a channel dedicated to investing and trading unlike Taiwan, Hong Kong or China. However, I still think the fact that we have quite a number of TV channels and in different language is still laudable.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

An update on my stocks investment portfolio

Like I have updated readers in my blog, I am not really keen to enter into the Singapore stocks markets as I am looking at how the figures and opinions are from the US, China and Europe. I am also adopting more of a trading strategy as some of the stocks in my current portfolio which I then a novice investor, have bought to “Buy and hold”, have been shaped by the lower commodity and crude oil prices.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

One mindset which employees must have to become rich

Every working day, I see Singaporeans on their way to work and many of them look tired. I know with the high cost of living in Singapore, it is not easy to have good savings if one is not really rich. I think many Singaporeans want to become rich and this is evident from the large turnouts at those “get rich” seminars and registration at those “gold schemes”. I would think, to be frank, that only some will eventually get rich from attending these seminars and even so, one would have to be careful else he would become one of the people reported to be deceived in those “Gold scams”. Many Singaporeans are employees with fixed salary and to increase their salaries, the only way is to perform well (either really capable or look capable to boss) and to get promoted.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Join me in Singapore Stocks Investing

Dear readers, Thank You for reading and supporting my blog. I am more than happy if you like to read my blog on a regular basis. As I have set out as the main aim of Singapore Stocks Investing blog, this blog is aimed at pretty much investor education for the many hundreds of retail investors. I too am a retail investor with a dream to become “financially free” and I believe this is your dream too!

Monday, March 2, 2015

These are some of my value stocks

When low oil prices head low, some offshore blue-chip stocks like Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine have their stock prices headed south. While many investors may not want to buy the stocks as they feel their prices may head lower, some investors lapped up these stocks, as they feel that the low prices are attractive for the good value of the stocks. This brings me to the saying “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”. Many investors are also interested in penny stocks as for just some thousands of dollars, one is able to buy hundreds of thousands of lots of shares, but often the fundamental of these penny stocks are not as strong.

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