This is # InsightsInterview Episode 2, with founder of SmallCapAsia, financial blogger and exclusive InvestingNote marketplace provider, James Yeo.
We launched of a series of short interviews called # InsightsInterview, to understand how reputable financial experts, bloggers and influencers in the InvestingNote community think as winning investors.
This series is to showcase financial experts, influencers and bloggers on a personal and insightful manner, to get glimpse of their investment journeys and their insights on the market in the near future. Every one of them have different styles of investing, expertise in different types of securities and also have their own story to tell.
This week, we sat down with James on a weekend to understand more about his investing strategies, his investing “idols” and what motivated him to get started in the first place.
Tell me more about yourself and how did you get started?
I am an avid value-growth investor since 2007 and has chalked up more than 10 years of experience with a decent track record. I began my investing journey since the army days and had made countless mistakes along the way.
My turning point came when I joined the Motley Fool Singapore as a writer and joined a group of like-minded investors. It was also during that time where I learnt about the great works of successful investors such as Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Sir John Templeton, and more.
After being a columnist for the Yahoo Finance and The Motley Fool, I have founded Smallcapasia.com and now focus on uncovering small to mid-cap hidden gems through our subscription service called Value Momentum.
What is the most extravagant thing you have done in your investing journey so far? ($ amount invested, company focus)
If you talk about the monetary loss, it would probably be CFD trading. I remember earning up to a high 5-figure sum before losing all of it due to bad emotional decisions which were made worse with each painful loss.
It is just as what Warren Buffett has said, you can be right about your prediction at the end but still lose your entire capital due to the volatility and excessive leverage.
What is your average time horizon for your investments?
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