Category Archives: Z-FINANCIAL EDUCATION

Education on wealth and saving

What is the difference between investing and gambling?

This question pops out from time to time – what is the difference between gambling and investing? I bet many of us have some idea, but unable to clearly explain what really separates the two. That is why we often … Continue reading

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OCBC is still growing

Once again, Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) is dishing out to scrip dividends to existing shareholders. With the discount of 10%, this translates to a mouth-watering conversion rate of $9.57 per share. Given the steep discount, it is likely that many … Continue reading

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Stock analyses

Analyst report – what really matters? As stock investors, it is almost an everyday affair to come across stock analysis reports. It is not uncommon to across analyst reports comprising 5-6 pages of graphs and write-ups. Perhaps, it is meant … Continue reading

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As we approach mid-year 2019

Since the last post, the STI did indeed fell further forming a trough by early June. By this week, the STI regained some of its lost territory, landing at 3214.85. Banks are still lagging as the fall out of the … Continue reading

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Buy and hold? No, it should be sell and buy back later

Historically, the month of February is the when financial results of those companies whose Financial Year (FY) ends in December release their FY results. Then at around the 2nd half of April, it is when companies start holding annual general … Continue reading

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Financial questions regarding Hyflux debts?

I chanced upon the article on “Hyflux story so far” in BT Weekend, 23-24 March 2019. Given that it had listed the debts raised in the past years, I decided to compile them into a timeline in hope to have … Continue reading

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Be prepared to lose some money in our investments

I would have considered myself financial and investment savvy. But still, in our journey, there is still a possibility of losing some hard-earned money. The most recent case was in Hyflux. It was Hyflux’s first retail tranche, 2011 6% CPS. … Continue reading

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Who are the winners and losers from the Hyflux saga?

By now, we all know that unsecured bond holders, preference shareholders and ordinary shareholders have to once again take a deep, deep haircut following Hyflux’s re-structuring plan. The proposal (see table below) is still subject to final approval through townhall … Continue reading

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All about brokerage charges

Let’s face it. Over the years, technology has taken toll on many middle functions. Stock broking is no exception. It is no longer the, once-upon-a-time lucrative high-profile business. Commission rates offered by brokerage houses are so competitive that there are … Continue reading

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Don’t make the same mistake that I made 2 decades ago

For the calendar year 2018, the Straits Times Index (STI) retreated from 3400.91 at the close of Year 2017 to 3068.76 at the close of Year 2018. The absolute fall for the calendar year 2018 was more than 10%. It … Continue reading

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