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Investor Starter Workshop At Hwa Chong Institution!

Investor Starter Workshop At Hwa Chong Institution!

We had the honour and privilege to do an investor starter workshop at Hwa Chong Institution last week!

In association with SIAS (Securities Investors Association Singapore), we conducted a 3 hour workshop for Hwa Chong Institution for junior college students to take the first look into their investment journey.

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The famous clock tower inside Hwa Chong Institution.

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The structure of the workshop included the following:

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What You Need to Know About Buy Side Vs Sell Side Analysts

What You Need to Know About Buy Side Vs Sell Side Analysts

When it comes to investment research analysts, most people only think the differences lie solely in the financial institutions the analysts work for.

Did you know that there are a buy side and sell side analysts that do similar things, yet have different roles?

Let us walk you through the differences between buy side and sell side with our infographic below:

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What is Sell Side and Buy Side?

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Types of REITs in Singapore Market and The Breakdown of Key Financial Metrics

Types of REITs in Singapore Market and The Breakdown of Key Financial Metrics

REITs are collective property investment trusts that pool money to invest in properties. Investors can purchase units of a REIT through the stock exchange.

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Structure of how a REITs function:

REITs achieve separation of powers and duties by segregating the roles of ownership and management of the REIT assets between the Trustee and REIT Manager.

The trustee is responsible for the ownership and safe custody of the REIT’s assets. In exchange for providing the services, the trustee is paid a fee.  

The REIT manager is just like the chief executive officer(CEO) of any listed company. The REIT manager is a separate company set up to run the REIT. It is usually a wholly-owned or partly-owned subsidiary of a REIT’s sponsor.

The REIT manager has the authority to appoint Property Managers for each property managed by the REIT, whose role is to manage the day to day operations and maintenance of the property. Usually the property manager are often a subsidiary of the sponsor.

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The Ultimate Trading Indicators Course (4 Powerful Trading Techniques) – (Guest Post)

The Ultimate Trading Indicators Course (4 Powerful Trading Techniques) – (Guest Post)

This video, The Ultimate Trading Indicators Course (4 Powerful Trading Techniques) was originally posted here. He is a veteran community member on InvestingNote, with username known as Rayner.

 

Here’s the thing:

Many traders claim indicators don’t work because it’s lagging.

But do you know the truth?

It’s not that indicators don’t work.

Rather, it’s the trader that don’t know how to use it, correctly.

That’s why in this special training, I’ll show you the secrets to using indicators profitably.

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TIME WEIGHTED RETURNS VS MONEY WEIGHTED RETURNS (GUEST POST)

TIME WEIGHTED RETURNS VS MONEY WEIGHTED RETURNS (GUEST POST)

This article, Time Weighted Returns Vs Money Weighted Returns was originally posted here. He is a veteran community member on InvestingNote, with username known as ThumbTack Investor.

 

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TIME WEIGHTED RETURNS VS MONEY WEIGHTED RETURNS

I think probably 70% of the people here don’t really calculate their returns.
Certainly not the traders with multiple transactions, cos it is a mammoth task doing so.
The vast majority of the remaining 30% are probably calculating it wrongly (Wrongly, that is, if you are using your ROI and comparing it to active managers)

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Top Essential Things You Need To Know About SGX As A New Investor

Top Essential Things You Need To Know About SGX As A New Investor

Everyone knows SGX stand for the Singapore Stock Exchange. But how much do you really know about SGX? For new investors, this is a crash-course on becoming an investor of Singapore stocks.

 

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What is SGX?

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is a stock exchange for Singapore stocks. It is a place where stocks trading between investors takes place. SGX also provides different services related to equities, fixed income, derivatives, commodities and foreign currency exchange (FX). Headquartered in AAA-rated Singapore, SGX is also globally recognized for its risk management and clearing capabilities.

How does it operate?

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How To Avoid Traps Laid By Big Boys Everytime

How To Avoid Traps Laid By Big Boys Everytime

Have you ever felt that the market is purposely going against you, like someone is always monitoring what you do?

Have you learnt tons of fundamental/technical knowledge and skills but still encounter difficulties to be consistently profitable in market (or even suffer huge losses)?

Do you like these feelings and scenarios to happen again and again?

Or would you like to change, become more confident and profitable in trading?

If you are a new trader, do you want to avoid gaining experience from huge losses like how many others do?

If your answer is no, then how do you test-drive new strategies and yet still beat the market without paying all your profits back while you learn?

The Game Theory Strategy might be the answer.

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How Corporate Actions Affect Stock Prices More Than Anything Else

How Corporate Actions Affect Stock Prices More Than Anything Else

But first, what exactly is a corporate action? And why does it matter?

According to Investopedia,

A corporate action is any activity that brings material change to an organization and impacts its stakeholders, including shareholders, both common and preferred, as well as bondholders.

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Corporate actions includes:

  • Stock Split and reverse split (consolidation)
  • Spin-Offs
  • Dividend Payouts
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Bonus Issue
  • Rights Issue
  • Share buybacks
  • IPO

Corporate actions are important source of indicators for the retail investors to monitor the company’s direction and effectively, the share price. There are some rules that investors and traders have to take note of, according to Li Guang Sheng (a top tier remisier and veteran community member):

  • Officers and employees of the Company two weeks before the announcement of the Company’s financial results for the first three quarters and one month prior to the announcement of the full year results (“Black-out Period”). Usually there will be internal memo to notify and remind all Directors, officers and employees of the Company on compliance with the best practices on dealing in securities pursuant to Listing Rule 1207(19)(c), in not dealing with the Company’s securities during the Black-out Period. The Company, its Directors and officers should be aware that the Company should not deal in its own securities (including undertaking any share repurchases) during the Black-out Period. Therefore, the Company would wish to complied with the Listing Rule 1207(19)(c) and not run foul with SGX.
  • If the players of the company shares belong to insiders, then during this period there may be less buyers and harder for you to run or sell your shares. Also if the company is undergoing share buyback and supporting the share prices through daily share buy back, the price may tank during the 2 weeks of no buying from the company or 4 weeks if it is the full year listing result period. So for those who trade heavy, be prepared to reduce your position 2 weeks prior to quarter result announcement due to less liquidity.
  • Also take note on listed company share buy back rules,
    • a) on-market purchases should not exceed 5% above the average closing market prices of the share over the last five market days;
    • b) details of purchases to be released to the SGX-ST, if it is non-market purchases, by 9am on the next market day, or, if an off-market acquisition, by 9am on the second market day after the close of acceptance.

Watch this quick video of Guang Sheng where he explains why corporate actions are so important:

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All you need to know about Temasek’s Astrea IV bonds

All you need to know about Temasek’s Astrea IV bonds

 If you don’t already know, Astrea IV is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Azalea Asset Management Pte. Ltd, which is indirectly wholly owned by Temasek Holdings.

Bonds have traditionally been viewed as less volatile investments, paying out regular income over a fixed period of time. This characteristic also makes them a useful investment for retirees to continue receiving visible cash flows for their daily living requirements. Of course, investors who prefer less uncertainty in price fluctuation will also be drawn to bond investments.

In fact, earlier this month, Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching described the upcoming Astrea IV PE Bonds as a good “way to grow (our) retirement nest egg”. Unlike most bonds, the Astrea IV PE Bonds will be the first-of-its-kind allowing retail investors to access the private equity investment class that is usually exclusive to high net worth individuals, large financial institutions and funds. Here is a short run down of the description of the Astrea IV PE Bond.

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From Temasek’s Astrea IV bond’s prospectus

THE Azalea Group, a Temasek unit specialising in investments in private equity, has launched its first PE-backed bond for retail investors, with a smaller-than-expected retail tranche of S$121 million according to Straits Times.

The retail tranche of Class A-1 bonds carries an interest rate of 4.35 per cent. Retail investors may subscribe via ATM with a minimum investment of S$2,000.

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Top 11 Things Every Investor Must Know

Top 11 Things Every Investor Must Know

Top 11 Things Every Investor Must Know (before they really start stock investing).

Just to provide some context on why we decided to create this infographic; over the weekend, we attended the SGX’s My First Stock Carnival, held at Vivocity. This carnival was attended by many people who’re interested to start their investing journey.

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SGX My First Stock Carnival

This is a carnival meant for helping both the young and old to get started on investing in their first stock.

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We also presented on how Fintech can help speed up the learning journey of a budding investor. Most investors do fundamental analysis (FA) for their stock selection criteria. There’s also global macro analysis which is essential in letting investors know about the overall sentiments of the stock market.

So, to help more people to increase their financial and investment literacy, we’ve created an infographic about the Top 11 Things Every Investor Must Know (before they start stock investing).

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