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Monday, October 8, 2018

Entrepreneurship VS Investing

I have been trying to start something of my own for a while now and I am beginning to see that the journey in Entrepreneurship and Investing is not that different.

I came across quite a nice video on how to take your idea to a startup below.

Essentially, what it takes to grow your idea to a startup company is to come up with a business model, test it out, tweak/modify/change and repeat until you get traction and grow it into a company.

This is not too different from investing where we come up with an investing idea/strategy. Be it value investing, factor investing, technical investing or the Permanent portfolio strategy. After we come up with an investing idea/strategy, we test it out in the market. We tweak, modify and change depending on how it works for us until we see satisfactory returns.

From this perspective, I see that the Monk (financial blogger) is not too different from the Warrior (Entrepreneur). I would say both would require extreme self-discipline, self-awareness and mental tenacity to eventually get results and succeed. Perhaps Jes from SimplyJesMe and Co-founder of Snackfirst can attest to that.

Happy Value Investing

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Building my bond portfolio

Been busy with work recently as the Oil and Gas industry picks up. Furthermore, I am trying to work on the side to start a business. It another part of my journey towards financial independence. Hopefully things go well and I can share more with you guys soon.

Besides working on the above, I am also working to build up my bond portfolio.
No, I didn’t buy into the Astrea IV private equity bond or the recently launched Nikko AM SGD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF. I am putting my money into something better....

I am treating CPF as the bond component of my portfolio. So yes, I am literally working for my bond portfolio since the salary from my work goes towards contributing to my CPF or bond portfolio.

In fact, I have also been diligently transferring my OA to SA to get the higher interest rate. Where can you get 4% interest per year risk free? Let me know if you know something better. In the meantime, Happy value Investing.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Free Insurance for Singaporean?

So how do you get free insurance in Singapore? Well kinda free.... 

I just maxed out my CPF Medisave account recently at $54500 and this money will be getting 4% per annum risk free interest… Yeah!! This mean I will be getting $2180 yearly from the government.... "FREE"…. Double yeah!

The Medishield life insurance premium for my 2 kids and I totals to $1005 per annum. That means that after paying for the insurance premium, there is still have some left over to be transferred to my SA to continue earning interest. Triple yeah!

So it pays to stay healthy and not use your Medisave money for as long as you can. Note that an admin fee will be charged when you pay medical bills with your Medisave.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Crypto Investment update

NOTE: This is not a post about how much money I had made or the insane gains I had gotten from my Crypto investment. If you are looking for success story to give you that extra nudge to start investing in Crypto, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. Click on this link and go to GMGH blog instead… 😊.

Ok you have been warned…. So how is my Crypto investment so far?


I started investing in Crypto late last year around November and only started with a small amount of money. After testing the Crypto water, I decided to allocate a percentage of my portfolio to Crypto. Unfortunately, this means that main bulk of my Crypto funds went in early this year when the Crypto market capitalization was at all-time high (ATH). BTC and ETH was around $20K and $1.4K USD then. Yes, I am the unlucky ones that bought some ETH at almost all time high!!!

If you have been following the Crypto market, you will know that BTC and ETH dropped to about $7K and $400 USD respectively. That’s more than a 60% dropped from their ATH and my Crypto portfolio dropped by about 60% as well. That’s the single largest drop in any investment that I have undertaken so far. Imagine if you have invested $10k, you will see that turn into $4k in a span of a few weeks!!!!

Did I see that coming? Obviously no since I bought in at ATH. But I sure am prepared for such massive drop to happen. I invested in the Crypto market knowing fully that the it is very volatile with wild swings. Hence, I only invested what I can loss and do not need urgently. As a result, I didn’t have to panic sell during that period. In fact, I managed to pick up some cheap ETH during the drop. However, as my war chest for Crypto was not massive, my average price is still pretty high.

The Crypto market had picked up quite a bit in the past weeks with BTC and ETH going back to $9k and $700 USD respectively. With this recovery I am still in the red but less red…... maybe Pink…😆

Even though this crash is not good for my wallet, it's definitely good for my growth as an investor. During the period, I had to go through the emotional ride of the massive crash, and yet had to act against the crowd as well as my own fear and buy in when ETH seems like a falling knife. Did I make the right move? Will ETH move higher than my average price or suffer another massive crash? Only time will tell. For now, I will stay vested and the returns I get in terms of experience and growth most definitely outweigh the paper losses I am seeing now.

Happy Value Investing

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

My Dividend review

I have setup a target for my passive income about 2 years back. You can find the target that I have set for myself here and this post serves to do a quick health check on the goal. I find it very important to always review your goals periodically so that you don’t lose track of it.

At the end of 2017, I have around $90K invested with an average dividend of about 4%. This includes investment in bonds, stocks and crypto. This translated to about $300 a month of passive income which can cover quite a bit of fixed expenses like phone and internet bills. I am glad that I managed to meet the target I set for 2017 for a good start.

However, I have not made much progress since end of 2017. This is because I was just starting to learn about crypto investment and had spent most of my time looking at whitepapers and setting up crypto accounts. You can read about the start of my crypto investment here. I also feel that the SGX is overvalued and its getting difficult to find value stocks now. With another 3 quarters to go, it is going to be tough to hit my 2018 target of $120K investment @ 5% dividends.

Well this health check made me realize where I stand today and what I need to do to get closer to my goal. So wish me luck for the rest of 2018.

Happy Value Investing

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Have you filed your taxes?

Being in the Stocks and Crypto market. I am so glad that capital gain are not taxable in Singapore. Although there is not much gain to speak of seeing the correction and crash happening in the stock and Crypto market recently. Yes I am affected by the current crash....... :(

Well on a happier note, I will be getting a $14000 tax relief for this year filling. This is because of the voluntary CPF top up that I did last year. I did a $7000 top up for my Mom Retirement Account and $7000 for my Special Account.

To me it seems like a no brainer to do the CPF top up. I am not suggesting that everyone go do the CPF top after after seeing this post. I believe everyone financial circumstances are different and should always weigh your options before making any financial choices.

For me I do the top up for the following reasons.

Topping up for myself
1) 4% interest in Special Account
2) Tax rebate
3) To reach the Basic retirement sum fast as I am planning for a 2nd property purchase. You need to have the Basic retirement sum in your CPF before you can use the Ordinary Account for the 2nd property.

Topping up for my Mom
1) 6% interest in Retirement Account.
2) Tax rebate
2) My Mom is 60+ and is planning to receive CPF life payout in a year or 2. The top up is like a 4% fix deposit for my Mom. Best Deal!

In fact, I topped up another $7000 for my Mom this year. Are you also topping? If so whats your reason?

Happy Value Investing

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Happy Value New Year

Happy Chinese New Year! Huat Ahhhh!! May the year of the dog bring prosperity to the Stock and Crypto market! 

I have been super busy with the Chinese New Year preparation and Crypto investment that I am not blogging as much as I would like to. Hopefully I can blog more frequently this year.

Anyways, it's February again!! It has been 2 years since I embarked on the value portfolio and its time to re-balance my portfolio again. So far, the value portfolio has been doing decent and it has consistently outperformed STI index for the last year.

So, this year it’s the same routine exercise of screening SGX for stocks that meets my value criteria, buying those that are on it and selling those that are not. Below is a list of stocks that meets the criteria from my screen.

Disclaimer: This is not an investment advice and note that I do own some of the stocks in the list. You can see my portfolio to see what stocks I hold. Please do your own due diligence before doing any investment. 

Happy Value Investing