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Investing Is So Damn Tough You Are Right (Guest Post)

Investing Is So Damn Tough You Are Right (Guest Post)

This post was originally posted here. The writer is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as 3Fs.

To say that this has been a tough year for investment is an understatement.

Investing, as a general form of growing your wealth is so damn tough that for one not to be losing money is sometimes already seen as a form of success.

I can totally relate why many people avoided them like a plague because contrary to many popular beliefs, it can jolly well diminish your money.

Imagine yourself being invested in Asian Pay TV Trust at the start of the year, having intrigued by its stuttering share price and a high dividend payout.

You might have thought the dividends they pay out is unsustainable hence you made a decision to project them conservatively at the fcf you think they can give out.

When APTT announces their recent results, the management is even more conservative than you are and slashed their dividends like they did to slaughter a dying pig, causing its share price to fall by 50% in one day.

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An Investor’s On-Site Visit To A Property Of Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust In Japan (guest post)

An Investor’s On-Site Visit To A Property Of Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust In Japan (guest post)

This post was originally posted here. The writer is a veteran community member on InvestingNote, with username known as Spinning_Top.

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$Mapletree NAC Tr(RW0U.SI)

Buildings : SII Makuhari Building & Fujitsu Makuhari Building

Location: Chiba prefecture, Japan.

Date : November 2018.

Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust was listed in 2013 and managed overseas commercial properties in China and Hong Kong.  Earlier this year, with the acquisition of Japanese properties into its portfolio, it changed its name to Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust.

I started to took notice and then shortly thereafter took up a position.  With the trade war with U.S and China at the forefront, I reckon that a more diversified portfolio would be beneficial so properties in Japan would be a good balance.

It would be better if they can get some South Korean commercial properties but I think it is good to keep within 2- 3 countries as exchange rates maybe a double edged sword.

Gearing ratio had increased to 39% (Sep 2018) from 36% ( Mar 2018) but I am not too concerned.

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*Year-End Giveaway: Win, Win & Win!

*Year-End Giveaway: Win, Win & Win!

It’s near the end of the year and we’re teaming up with SGX to have one final giveaway for this Holiday season!

Just take this simple, 4-question Grand DLC Knowledge Quiz and stand a chance to win $20 Capitaland Vouchers!

There will be a total of 10 lucky winners! In order to be selected as one of the 10 lucky winners, you will need to get all 4 questions correct on the first try!

The SURE way to get all 4 questions correct:
1) Refer to our email sent on 13th November, Tuesday, 9pm with the subject title: Benefit from both bull and bear markets with the new Single Stock DLCs!
2) Refer to the beautiful infographic on DLCs
3) Answers are all there!

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This giveaway ends on Friday, 23rd November, 12pm.

Late entries after this date will not be accepted. Re-attempts of the quiz will also not be accepted. We will contact 10 winners directly via FB messenger.

Dis’ the season to be jolly! Happy Holidays everyone! HUAT AH!!!

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[New Launch] Daily Leverage Certificates (DLCs) For Blue Chip Stocks!

[New Launch] Daily Leverage Certificates (DLCs) For Blue Chip Stocks!

SGX and Societe Generale have recently launched a new suite of Daily Leverage Certificates (DLCs) on blue chip stocks with 5 times leverage.

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We’ve prepared a full infographic here as well to help you understand how it really works:

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With these DLCs, investors can go long or short on some of the more popular SGX and HKEx listed stocks such as DBS and Tencent.

Another good news, some of the local brokers are currently running DLC promotions (by alphabetical order):

  • DBS Vickers: 15% commission rebate for online and DLC trades. Learn more
  • Maybank Kim Eng: S$20 worth of shopping vouchers for your first DLC Trade. Learn more
  • OCBC Securities: Minimum commission lowered to S$10 for DLC online trades. Learn more
  • UOB Kay Hian: Execute 3 DLC buy orders to receive S$50 Takashimaya vouchers. Commission for DLC trades lowered to 0.18% (min S$10). Learn more

 

Also, take a minute to watch this quick video here:

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SGX Bull Charge Challenge Investors’ Insights: Chicao

SGX Bull Charge Challenge Investors’ Insights: Chicao

Recently, we got in touch with Chi Cao, one of the top contestants of the SGX Bull Charge Stock Challenge, to understand more about her investing strategies, her philosophy, and what motivated her 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 Chicao had to say:

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

I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015. During my university time, I was captivated by the financial market and was curious of what caused the market to move. I applied to many firms for a trading role and I managed to get an opportunity to join as an assistant trader for one of the largest brokerage firms in Singapore.

Over the course of the two years, I managed to trade in some of the most volatile periods, e.g. Brexit and 2016 US Election. It is through those rites of passages that I grow to fully respect the adage that the market is always right!

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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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