Thursday, February 9, 2017
As more and more individuals become financially educated, they seek more pathways towards wealth creation, not just from working hard to earn a living. Investing education firms have flourished and they span from Forex, Value investing to Technical analysis and momentum trading. Investors who wish to hone their investing skills often sign up for the investment courses so as to learn from those who have “achieved it”. Congrats to those who have actually profited from these investing courses.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Once in a while, we will read that some companies retrench their staff. For the retrenched staff, I feel for them and hope they will be able to get other jobs soon. Against the current macro climate, the government is encouraging all workers to broaden, deepen and diversify their skill sets. This is the right strategy as new industries will emerge and these necessitate new skills. The government has also launched the laudable SkillsFuture incentive to provide impetus to the national-wide upskilling movement.I think individuals may want to match their passions with the skills that they want to deepen their expertise in, e.g. cooking.
Monday, January 30, 2017
On 10 Jan 2017, this stock closed at $0.70 before starting its another rally to reach $0.78 on 27 Jan 2017, the trading day on Chinese New Year eve, in the process effecting a good 11.42% rally. I used the word “another” as this stock has been rallying all along from $0.315 in November 2015 to the current price. This stock has its stock price multiplied by almost 250%, earning its well-deserved “multi-bagger” status among Singapore stocks.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
There are more and more investing websites, platforms, forums, blogs and apps on the internet dedicated to the discussion of Singapore stocks. This is a good thing since more discussions will lead to more sharing of knowledge, opinion and insights about different Singapore stocks. This is important as it is risky for a retail investor to buy into a Singapore stock without too much knowledge or “homework” carried out. This is healthy to Singapore’s stocks eco-system as more retail investors take the path of self-empowerment towards their personal investing decisions.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Ever since I start working, beside focusing whether my stocks portfolio goes up or down, I am also focused on how a sedentary lifestyle behind a computer means to my health. For health is wealth. And if spending close to ten hours a day sitting behind a workstation is not enough, consider this: I also have to indulge in some good food on some workdays to escape from the stress and politics of worklife. I also feel the blues at times thinking that I am what Robert Kiyosaki termed as a “E” (Employee) quadrant. What are the results of this all? The result: increase in two aspects and a paring down in the physical attributes of my body! Haha you might have thought its about monies! Two areas increase of three attributes hence a 66.7%
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The corporate rat race is unrelentless and the cycle keeps going: spending too much time at work and worst of all, I wonder how many of us find pleasure in our work? And we come back home late at night, only to spend that little time left with our families and on our pursuits. And for some, despite giving the best of their time, energy and youth at work, they are laid off when the company is not doing well. And trapped in this daily hectic schedule with little time for our own selves, it is no wonder that many of us feel “trapped” in this rat race: wake up when the alarm clock sounds first thing in the morning, rush to work, work for eight to twelve hours a day and then rush back home to catch some sleep. The cycle continues and continues until one decides to opt out from the rat race either voluntarily and involuntarily.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
We are into the first two weeks of Year 2017. How is your working life so far? I asked as I believe most of us are employees and hence we spend a lot of time at work. I asked as most of us have one main source of income for which we spend most of our working hours at.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
When it is December every year, I would review how much I have earned through the year and most important of all, how much I have saved through the year and whether the savings have met the savings targets set at the beginning of the year.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Though we have not come to December, but probably it is time to do a little review of my investment portfolio now and probably just “edit a little bit” of my portfolio where applicable when it comes to December. In December, the macro event for the stocks markets as the global financial community believes will be the interest rate hike decision by the US Federal Reserves and I am not sure how it might affect my portfolio. Alright, enough of my self-mumbling, let me share with you my investment portfolio for year 2016.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
The Public Services Division announced yesterday that the year-end bonus for civil servants would be 0.5 month. This bonus, together with the mid-year bonus of 0.45 month would bring the total bonus (over and above the 13th month salary) to 0.95 month for a civil servant. I am not a civil servant but every year I would look forward to the announcement of the civil service’s bonus as a guide to how much bonus I would be getting myself. This is reasonable since civil servants’ bonus are pegged to the performance of Singapore’s economy for which other employers reportedly might take reference to.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
In a global wealth report just released yesterday, Singapore’s wealth per adult now stands at US$277,000 in 2016 and this effectively means that Singapore is the seventh top economy in the world with the highest average wealth per adult. With USD $1 now equal to SGD $1.43, this means that an average Singaporean adult has around SGD $396,000 wealth. The same report also states the there are 150,000 millionaires in Singapore though on the other side of the scale, 18% of Singapore’s adult population has wealth below US $10,000, compared with 73% globally.
Friday, November 18, 2016
It’s that time of the year when many of us review the resolutions that we have set for the year and see whether we have achieved the goals we set in various aspects of our lives. I believe one such aspect of life where many of us have set our goals in are our financial goals: how much we aspire to save or earn in this year.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
You read the title correctly. It is not investing in an asset but investing as an asset. You might ask how can investing be an asset? An asset is defined as something that puts monies in one’s pockets, according to Robert Kiyosaki. Do I mean the above is that investors leave his investment portfolio to his families and friends and this is considered as an asset? But as we all know, not all investments are profitable. Many investors may be better off leaving their monies in banks than incurring financial losses from their soured investments. Nothing is further from the truth.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
I always think that time flies especially after stepping into the workforce. We are entering into November of the year. I believe a lot of us spend many of our best and working hours at work and it will be no surprise if many of us do not like or hate our jobs. It is a blessing for those who love their jobs, create value through their jobs to others at the same time and get handsomely paid for it all. Think successful entrepreneurs and professionals. For those of many who are in a job and stick to it though it does not pay much, there are only two things you can do where it comes to your financial expectations: lower your material expectations or look for alternatives.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
As an employee, I can really identify with many of us holding full-time jobs that sometime we can be “burnt” out at work. I mean, lets face it, we spend so much of our time at work and for most of us, the work might not be the most interesting of all. But here we are, having to spend the bulk of our time at work, to earn monies to support ourselves and our families. But against the current economy backdrop, I would like to encourage those of us holding jobs that it is a blessing to stay employed and let us just work hard!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
I had a look at the top 50 richest Singaporeans who have made it to the Forbes 2016 list. These are the richest of the rich in Singapore with more than few hundreds millions of US dollars on net worth. Once again, top of the list are names of property and banking magnates. What struck me (but it is a trend anyway) are those who are in the list because of their new media businesses and these rich are comparatively young. Mr Tan Min-Liang of Razor Inc made it to the list with a net worth of some US $600 million dollars. It is cool, isn’t it? The co-founder of Facebook who has since relocated here is also an entrant.
Monday, May 23, 2016
While many retail investors are learning how to become millionaires in their investing pursuits, there exists a group of our folks who have ventured and become self-made millionaires in their own rights, in a profession which is not always known till now to churn out millionaires: tuition. Yes, that is right, millionaire tutors and The Straits Times today ran an article yet again on folks who have struck gold in their tuition venture pursuit. The millionaire tutor who is most bantered about is none other than Mr Anthony Fok, an economic private tutor.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
As always, time flies, it is already April and I thought that it is not too long ago that we ushered in year 2016. On this note, I must say that while I have been sharing with all of you readers my wealth management and investment experience, the truth is that Time is the most important asset of All; far far beyond wealth creation.
Friday, April 8, 2016
In Singapore, there is now an emphasis on lifelong learning. This is timely considering that industries today are not like industries before and there is constant reinvention of jobs as skills required for the workforce change in quality and quantity. While many people interpret investing in oneself as equipping oneself with new and additional skills, I must add to this definition that investing in oneself could also mean learning investing skills, learning how to be profitable and consistent as an investor, as a trader. For most often than not, in Singapore, which is the most expensive city in the world according to some reports, I believe many will want to become richer, not just to become wealthy but to really offset the high cost of living and have some little more extra savings.
Monday, April 4, 2016
When it comes to investing, equities and properties come first and foremost to the minds of many investors, especially equities, more commonly known as stocks for they are more “liquid” than properties. What we know when we invest in a stock is that we are investing for a stake in a public listed company. In Singapore’s context, the stock can be on either the SGX’s mainboard or the Catalist.
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