I last posted my Annual Investment Review in January 2017, looking back on 2016. https://aikyong.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/investment-review-2016-revised/ Since then I've stopped investing in single stocks and continued on a diversified plan. I thought I'll look back on my investment performance since it's been awhile. Before I dive into the investments, note that I have dabbled in new … Continue reading Investment Review 30th Sept 2020
One question I get asked a lot is why I recommend a diversified investment when I know that xxxx is doing so well at the moment. There are many double digit and sometimes triple digit returns, e.g. China stocks, tech stocks, etc. why are we spreading our eggs into many baskets? Sometimes even Warren Buffet … Continue reading Why diversify when xxxx is returning x%?
Cryptocurrency Commentary: First thing to notice is that Cryptocurrency is faraway the highest return at 61% annualised return compare to 14%/10%/2% for others. This hasn't always been the case as at one point it made a loss. The idea of cryptocurrency is that it is created to counter inflation from government issued currencies. To this … Continue reading Fintech Investment Review
So Bank Negara did another round of Interest Rate cut, reducing OPR from 2.5% to 2.0%. Soon FDs in bank will start paying lower interest, Money Market Funds will definitely follow suit. But how low can Interest Rate go? Why is it going lower? To answer this question, it may be instructive to review what … Continue reading How low can Interest Rate go?
"Heng, markets are up, Donald Trump going to sign trade deal with China, Boris Johnson won (UK) election by a landslide, PMI is up, unemployment is down. But... The ten year recession cycle is coming. Is it time to invest?" This is a very common question, especially if it is hard earned money. It doesn't … Continue reading Is it time to invest?
Do you have a nagging feeling that your insurance agent did not tell you the whole story about the policy he/she wanted you to buy? Do you feel like something is wrong but you couldn't say exactly what it is? Well, you are not alone, and even a Financial Advisor like me needed to be … Continue reading Unraveling Insurance Speak
“Before diagnosed with C, my father was busy working, earning money. After that, he retired and tried to join in the family’s activities. Before he was always saying ‘you guys go ahead’, nowadays it’s always ‘where you guys going?’. It’s driving me and my siblings nuts!” - Ms W... One thing the family members always … Continue reading On the misconception of trading time for money and trading money for time
One of the dangers of investing on our own is the abstract stories we tell ourselves about market behavior. Generally, at this point in time, the story is about the market’s “irrational” behavior. There are some stories about how value investing doesn’t work anymore. The investment models and numbers doesn’t map onto the market. There … Continue reading Stories we tell ourselves about market irrationality
Went to the Stashaway ‘Advance’ Seminar to listen to their in depth explanation of their investment strategy. Some of the FAQs I find interesting: Q1: Considering the market just rebounded, if I have a sum of cash, should I still invest lump sum or spread it out? Stashaway approximate answer: Have a plan, work out … Continue reading Questions heard during a recent Robo-investing Seminar
Recently someone expressed their remorse at having invested in a property. “House price didn’t move, cannot get rental, have to pay loan...” Normally this is when a good Financial Advisor will step in and advise “oh, a property is a good diversification to stocks, building cost usually inflation and increase price, blah blah blah” But … Continue reading Property Slowdown