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SGX Bull Charge Challenge Investors’ Insights: Brian Halim

SGX Bull Charge Challenge Investors’ Insights: Brian Halim

Recently, we got in touch with Brian Halim, one of the prominent financial bloggers here in Singapore and also a contestant of the SGX Bull ChargeStock Challenge, to understand more about his investing strategies, his philosophy, and what motivated him to get started in the first place.

With less than a month to go, some of the top participants have achieved double digit portfolio returns within the timeframe of just 3 months. Impressive! For those who are wondering, the SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge is only open to professionals and influencers in the finance industry.

But the question we should really ask is, how did they do it? What is their investment or trading philosophy? Who inspired them? What styles of investing or trading are they using?

We believe that every one of these professionals have different styles of investing, expertise in different types of securities and also have their own story to tell.

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This is what Brian had to say:

Tell me more about yourself and how did you get started in investing or trading?

Like most of the people, I am a normal employee who works by the day from 9 to 6 in the financial industry. During my free time, I would blog occasionally at http://www.foreverfinancialfreedom.blogspot.com to journal my thoughts on topics that are of my interests, i.e usually catered for investing strategy, portfolio management or personal finance. I am married with two young kids aged 4 and 1.

I started investing sometime in 2010 not long after I started working and have been trying to fine tune my investing style to fit my needs.

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Upcoming FREE Seminar: Meet Our Leaderboard Toppers!

Upcoming FREE Seminar: Meet Our Leaderboard Toppers!

Want to meet the top guys of the SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge? Now you can! Join us for this upcoming FREE Seminar: Meet Our Leaderboard Toppers!

This exclusive seminar will let you understand how professional investors and traders trade, especially during a weak market.

Also, learn about other Singapore-listed derivatives such as warrants and daily leverage certificates (DLCs) that can enhance your portfolio returns.

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Register now, come later!

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4 Ways A Retail Investor Can Get Access To Bonds In Singapore

4 Ways A Retail Investor Can Get Access To Bonds In Singapore

When it comes to investing, the first few things that come to investors’ mind are stocks or REITs. However, many investors tend to overlook or ignore bonds (fixed income securities) as an asset class.

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What exactly are bonds?

Bonds represent debt obligations aka they are a form of borrowing. Bonds can be issued by the government or a company. Let’s say if a company issues a bond, the issuer owes the holders a debt and is obliged to them interest (also known as coupon payment) or to repay the principal at the maturity date. The interest payments are usually payable at fixed intervals – semi-annually, annually and sometimes monthly.

Note that in the event of liquidation (the process of ending a business and distributing its assets to claimants), bondholders will get the first priority in terms of getting paid, followed by unsecured creditors (suppliers, employees, banks and stockholders).

Generally, due to the nature of bonds, bonds are considered less risky than equities like stocks or REITs. That is also why bonds generally entail a lower return in relation to the risks.

Before you start investing in one, you have to familiarise yourself with the list of bonds available in the Singapore market that you can invest in:

1. Singapore Government Securities (SGS)

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How To Play OUE Commercial Reit Rights Issuance [Guest Post]

How To Play OUE Commercial Reit Rights Issuance [Guest Post]

This article, How To Play OUE Commercial Reit Rights Issuance was originally posted here. He is a user on InvestingNote, with username known as 3Fs.

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How To Play OUE Commercial Reit Rights Issuance

It’s been quite a while since we last had an M&A news that involves right issuance hence I think it is time to refresh our memory on how we can play this for interested parties.

The proposed acquisition this time is from their own sponsor, OUE Limited, with the acquisition of the OUE Downtown, which comprises of both 50-storey building Downtown 1 and 37-storey building Downtown 2, as well as some retail podium and carpark which they had not too long ago carried out an enhancement work.

The proposed acquisition is in the range of $908m, which is a slight discount from the independent valuer perspective, and together with some transaction and admin fee, it will total up to around $956m.

The funding will be made partly via borrowings of $361.6m while the rest of the $588m will be funded via equity rights issuance.

Is This A Good Acquisition?

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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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SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge Leaderboard Featuring The Top 10 Investors

SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge Leaderboard Featuring The Top 10 Investors

SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge is the real deal to see how the top investors and traders beat the market within a week!

It is jointly organised by SGX and InvestingNote, the SGX Bull Charge’s inaugural stock challenge will see finance professionals put their trading knowledge to the test!
Here are the top 10 investors from the day’s trading after market hours closed as of 3rd September 2018, see how are they are faring so far! Some stocks our top investors and traders have transacted so far include AEM, ISDN and Best World.

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Major Events Leading To The Downfall Of Noble Group

Major Events Leading To The Downfall Of Noble Group

Noble Group, founded in 1986 by Richard Elman, is known for being one of the world’s biggest commodity traders but now its very survival is in question. The company is incorporated in Bermuda and is listed in Singapore Exchange. We have seen its market value wiped out from US$6 billion in Feb 2015 crises.

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This is a classic tale of smoke and mirrors, hubris and denial. Some events like Enron mark a generation. By no coincidence Enron’s business model was comparable to that of Noble, except that Noble has not yet filed for bankruptcy.

Noble had a great story to tell, just like Enron. Here is a quick glance on the key events that led the downfall of Noble Group:

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SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge!

SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge!

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with SGX for the SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge, which will be held on our platform!

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This challenge is only open to financial bloggers and finance professionals – trading representative/ remisier/ broker, fund manager, research analyst, financial advisor, who are over 18 years old.

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SGX ETF Fair + Media Appreciation Night

SGX ETF Fair + Media Appreciation Night

Last week was a busy week!

Our team had a humble opportunity to attend the Media Appreciation Night, organised by SGX at The Straits Clan. This event was for SGX to give back to the blogging community through a series of awards, for their hard work in keeping investment and financial knowledge demystified, free-flowing and accessible to the general public.

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The Fifth Person won the best independent investment website in the ‘GoTo.com’ category at the inaugural SGX Orb Awards organised by the Singapore Exchange (SGX)!

SGX CEO, Loh Boon Chye was also present to give out the awards! Congratulations, The Fifth Person!

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Koufu, SG’s Major Food Operator opens above IPO price at $0.65

Koufu, SG’s Major Food Operator opens above IPO price at $0.65

Koufu, Singapore’s most famous food court brand, gets listed with a market capitalisation of about S$350 million, with a P/E ratio of 12.94.

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Koufu Group, Singapore’s most well known food court operator on Wednesday made its debut on the Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) mainboard at S$0.65, 2 cents or 3.2 per cent up on its initial public offering price of S$0.63 according to ChannelNewsAsia.

With a market capitalisation of about S$350 million, Koufu Group Limited’s listing will boost SGX’s consumer cluster to a total of 152 listings with combined market capitalisation of more than S$135 billion.

Pang Lim, Koufu’s executive chairman and chief executive officer, said its listing was “a vote of confidence for our group and a recognition of our established track record and growth plans.”

According to ChannelNewsAsia, at the close of Koufu’s public offer at 12 noon on July 16, 3,170 valid applications were received for 107.7 million shares. Application monies received amounted to about S$67.8 million, translating to the public offer being 17 times subscribed.

Koufu was founded by executive chairman and CEO Pang Lim in 2002. His wife and executive director, Ng Hoon Tien, is a co-founder.

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Their main business for the IPO is provision of F&B for food courts, coffee shops, as well as other establishments. They are also in charge of the management and operations of Punggol Plaza.

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