January 2019 – Portfolio Updates (and Some AEM Holdings Stuff)

It’s already mid February, and thus a very late portfolio update. But I was kinda enjoying myself during the CNY holidays that I placed blogging at the back of my mind, as with my laptop from work, for a deserving break. 😁

There’s so much that can change within a month when the stock market is concerned.

In January alone, the STI has recovered to a gain of 2.60% as compared to its drop of -6.63% in 2018. It might be time to start stock hunting again for good deals, and I’m glad that I did manage to get one with Micron Tech, or so I hope I did.

Portfolio Performance

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November 2018 – Portfolio Updates

One more month left until the end of 2018. It’s time that I start reflecting on my achievements for this year. Soon, you will also see my expenses report, goal review and the final portfolio update in preparation for new goals in 2019. I still have one month to accomplish my goals for the year and I’m wondering how I will feel after 2018 have passed.

Will I be upset or elated over my experiences? Somehow, I feel that self-fulfillment has been something that I’ve always struggled with. Since young, I’ve been taught to be competitive and aim for higher achievements (e.g. getting better results when I’ve already gotten 85/100 for a test), but when will I ever find the silver lining? It is probably something deeper inside me that I have to deal with.

But anyway, I’ll put reflection aside for now – or a month – and focus on something more relevant. Continue reading “November 2018 – Portfolio Updates”

September 2018 – Portfolio (and Personal) Updates

Two more months before the year comes to an end, and I’ll officially be 28. I try to keep my blog posts mostly related to my investment journey, but there’s always some random (and more personal) stuff that goes on in my life which is still pretty blog worthy, so I talk about them to express myself. And perhaps allow my rantings in my writings to come through to others who are feeling the same way.

Have you ever felt like you’ve been trying to please others since forever? Wanting to agree and compromise, and accept the other person for who they are. Be it if they are your spouse, friend or colleague. Continue reading “September 2018 – Portfolio (and Personal) Updates”

June (H1) 2018 – Portfolio Updates

What a crazy ride 2018 was for the stock market! Since the massive bull run in 2017, Mr Market has decided to be humble and come back down to Planet Earth. My portfolio has also under-performed the STI by some margin.

I pulled out some numbers from my blog to do a comparison:

January: STI ETF @ 4.14% V.S. Time weighted returns @ 4.88%

February: STI ETF @ 3.56% V.S. Time weighted returns @ -0.87% Continue reading “June (H1) 2018 – Portfolio Updates”

May 2018 – Portfolio Updates

Two “disadvantages” of buying stocks that are not very popular are that…

  1. They are virtually illiquid (very low trading volume)
  2. The spread (bid/ask) price of the stock is immensely huge.

Unlike the famous stocks that people buy in the STI (e.g. Singtel), where the spread can be just 1 cent, stocks like Keong Hong and Tat Seng Packaging can drop a few percentage points in 1 day of trading.

Needless to say, the smaller (yet, maybe not cheaper) the price of the stock, each spread will also affect the price more. A mere 0.5 cent movement in the current price of Indofood Agri at 24.5 cents can cause a 2% change in your initial investment. Imagine that! Continue reading “May 2018 – Portfolio Updates”

March 2018 – Portfolio Updates

The first quarter of 2018 is gone. Like February, I did not touch my portfolio at all. STI this month was crazy volatile, but I did not see much opportunity in my personal opinion. I did monitor some stocks to see if they will drop to the right price, one of them being Singtel which is now in the $3.3x range.

I believe that my patience is getting slightly better ever since facing some downfalls and mistakes since last year. Pain is very unforgettable to me, but such pain is good. I hope it doesn’t fade away too soon. I haven’t bought a stock for 3 months. That is a really long time! I am starting to wonder if my funds are fully utilized.

So some interesting news was announced. Continue reading “March 2018 – Portfolio Updates”

August 2017 – Portfolio (and Miss Niao) Updates

Another month has passed and we are already reaching the last quarter for 2017. Time flies by too fast – even more so with my new job assignment.

Starting your career in a new company can be both challenging and destructive at the same time. For one, you could be faced with an immense amount of work that could engulf you too much to the point where you might not be capable of delivering what you are needed to. Yet again, your learning curve would also be growing at an exponential rate and lead you to gain the most amount of knowledge that you need within the shortest period of time. Continue reading “August 2017 – Portfolio (and Miss Niao) Updates”