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Sunday, September 18, 2016

CPFIS - My Personal Investing Experience

Recently, DPM Tharman had said that a review will be done on the CPF Investment Scheme (CPFIS). Bascially, what he said is that most investors made losses and earned less than 2.5% investing under the scheme, thus calling the CPFIS “not fit for purpose”. He said that the government will work to “tighten up on it [while moving] towards introducing a simple, aggregated, low-cost investment option".

I must admit that it is difficult to invest successfully under CPFIS in its current form. But it doesn't mean that you cannot be successful under CPFIS. You just need to put in an extra effort to make it happen. I have been investing under CPFIS for more than 10 years and therefore I know its difficulties and pitfalls. Below are some of the tips that I could share for one to be successful under CPFIS:

1. You need to have both stock/ETF and unit trust investing skills. Most people are either stock or unit trust investors. Therefore, their skillset is not enough to be successful under CPFIS. If one only invest in stocks, they could only use 35% of CPF-OA and none in CPF-SA. If they only know unit trust, they will never participate in the benefits of stock investment, especially in the small cap space where the returns could be quite substantial if you pick the right stocks, buy and hold for long term.

2. Think long term, diversify. Most people either fall into the "penny wise, pound foolish" or "trade frequently and incur costs" category. For the former case, they tried to save on CPF agent bank quarterly charges by keeping as little number of stocks as possible in their CPF Investment Account, without diversifying their portfolio. For the latter case, they incur a lot of brokerage charges and CPF agent bank fees by trading often. CPFIS works best by holding onto a list of your unit trusts, ETFs and stocks for long term, while collecting dividends to offset those CPF agent bank quarterly charges. You can never beat the market by trading regularly. Also, it is not a all-or-none portfolio by holding only one stock. Yes, you might strike jackpot but you may also make huge losses. CPF is your retirement fund. You must not take huge bets.

3. Invest regularly. Many investors just do a big one-time lump sum investment once a while (maybe even once a year or once every few years) on their CPF funds and forget about it. This is a big mistake as they might accidentally did a market timing on their investment. When one is working, they should channel their funds regularly into the CPFIS since they have contribution every month into their CPF accounts. Never accumulate a big lump sum and then invest in one go.

4. Select the right stocks and funds and stick with them. This is a difficult one and it comes with experience. I have my fair share of poor choices but the good ones managed to offset the bad ones and therefore the result is overall is still quite ok. Basically, one needs a few years of experience in both unit trust and stock investing in order to build up a decent portfolio for your CPFIS. What I suggest is to invest outside the CPFIS first. After you gained some experience, then you can create a sub-set of your stock portfolio and invest them under CPFIS. For unit trusts, you have to look at various factors like expense ratios, track record etc. Make sure that you stay put once you select those funds. It is difficult to switch around for unit trusts as the top performing fund for this year might be one of the worst next year.

Hope that the above helps in detailing some of the points to be successful under CPFIS. With more changes to come, I guess CPFIS will become a different animal soon and the choices will be much simpler. However, if you did not do well under CPFIS, it is still not too late to reverse the situation. You just need to have a plan, follow through it and don't make big investment mistakes.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My Investment Portfolio (August 2016)

STI closed lower this month at around 2820 points. Market had been relatively quiet this month with most companies announcing results that were at or below expectations. The strong US dollar and weak crude oil prices had dampened buying interest further. Of course, we also have the concern on Zika virus and its impact on travel to S'pore.

For this month, I have attended the following AGMs/EGMs/briefings - Transcorp and Vibrant Group.

For my top 30 holdings, Best World was again the top performer this month as it continued its good run. Hotel Royal and Keppel T&T also fared well. Colex is a new entry as it continues to benefit from new cleaning contracts. Metro did not do well after it went ex-dividend, with investors possibly worried about its future prospects after realizing most of their developments in China.

I have bought the following companies from the market this month - Amara, AV Jennings, Best World, Bonvests, Boustead, Broadway, Bund Center, CapitaLand, Chuan Hup, DBS, Far East Orchard, GP Batteries, Hong Fok, Hwa Hong, iFAST, IPC Corp, Isetan, Keppel Corp, Koh Brothers, Lion AsiaPac, Lum Chang, Matex, Metal Component, Pollux, Stamford Land, Straits Trading, Teck Wah, TIH, TSH, UIC, UPP and Yeo Hiap Seng. No sell trade was done.

I have participated in the following scrip dividend schemes this month - CapitaLand Retail China Trust, Frasers Commercial Trust, Keppel REIT, MapleTree Logistics Trust and UOB.

I have accepted the following voluntary delisting/cash offer this month - Sim Lian. I have also subscribed to the following preferential offer - MapleTree Commercial Trust.

Next month will be another quiet month. It is a month for me to go slow and do some catch-up readings. Also, I will continue to research on companies and hope to continue to seek value and invest prudently.

My S'pore Stock Portfolio - Top Holdings, cash investment only (correct as at 31 August 2016)

Top 30 Holdings (Sing$ Denominated shares)
1. Best World 
2. United Engineers
3. Jardine C&C
4. Sarine Technologies
5. Haw Par
6. Bonvests
7. Metro Holdings
8. Hotel Royal 
9. Hong Fok
10. Keppel T&T  
11. Hotel Grand Central
12. A-REIT
13. SGX
14. Singapura Finance
15. Bukit Sembawang Estates
16. Old Chang Kee
17. GK Goh
18. The Hour Glass
19. UOL
20. ComfortDelgro
21. Far East Orchard 
22. Hong Leong Finance
23. Hiap Hoe
24. CapitaMall Trust
25. Hotel Properties
26. Sing Investment & Finance
27. First REIT
28. CapitaLand
29. Isetan 
30. Colex

Top 5 Holdings (US$ Denominated shares)
1. Jardine Strategic
2. Hong Kong Land 
3. Mandarin Oriental  
4. Jardine Matheson
5. Dairy Farm 

Top Holdings (HK$ Denominated shares)
1. Fortune REIT
2. Shangri-La Asia

Top Holdings (Aust$ Denominated shares)
1. AV Jennings

Top 5 Holdings (CPF OA investment)
1. Keppel Corp
2. Streettracks STI ETF
3. CapitaMall Trust
4. A-REIT
5. Challenger Technologies

My Hong Kong Stock Portfolio
1. Peace Mark Holdings - Under Voluntary Liquidation

My Australia Stock Portfolio
1. GPS Alliance Holdings Limited

My Unlisted Company Portfolio
1. Automated Touchstone Machines Ltd
2. Iconic Global Limited
3. Dongshan Group Ltd (formerly known as Greatronic Limited)
4. General Magnetics
5. Fastech Synergy
6. Beauty China- Under Liquidation
7. Memory Devices
8. Jurong Tech - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
9. FM Holdings
10. Zhonghui - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
11. FerroChina - Under Liquidation
12. FirstLink Investments
13. NEL Group
14. Jets Technics
15. Guangzhao Industrial Forest - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
16. Hongwei Technologies Limited (In Provisional Liquidation)
17. FDS Networks Group
18. Aussino Group - In liquidation - Creditors' voluntary winding up
19. China Oilfield Technology
20. China Milk Products Group - Under Liquidation
21. Pacific Healthcare

My Unit Trust Portfolio:
http://www.fundsupermart.com/main/community/Portfolio_View.svdo?id=P199

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Journey as a Full-time Investor - 5 Years On

Dear readers,

How time flies! It had been 5 years since I left my last full-time employment, surviving only on my investment return and some income from this blog via advertisements. It is certainly tough to be unemployed in an expensive city like Singapore, but I did not regret my decision to be a full-time investor. A decision I still stick by to this date.

These 5 years had its difficult days, just like any job. With no CPF contribution, no monthly salary, no medical leave/benefits, no annual leave etc to look forward to every month, it had certainly tested me. However, I am glad that I started investing early and also learn a lot as a part-time investor during my working days, which makes the transition less tough.

For the past 5 years, I have detailed my investment activities every month at this blog. Readers should have an idea on what I had been doing for the past 5 years so I shall not repeat here. Markets had sometimes been quite challenging, but as I have said before, having a process and system in place will serve as a road map for one to navigate through even during those most difficult periods.

I wish to thank all of you out there for your support for this blog. Without your support and encouragement, I would not have come so far. I also wish to thank all those who provided feedback on my investment process and sharing your personal investment experience. I have learn a lot from these sharing so do keep them coming.

Will there be another 5 years as a full-time investor? When I left IT/Engineering, I said - "I didn't leave because it was hard. I left because it was no longer worth it". When I feel that it is still worth it, I will continue this journey. To date, the journey had been worthwhile.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

My Investment Portfolio (July 2016)

The Swiber fallout and an underwhelming Japan stimulus were reasons for market weakness towards the end of the month. Otherwise, STI ended the month slightly higher than last month at 2868 points. Stocks in the oil and gas sector were badly sold down as investors begin to assess the damage due to exposure to Swiber. Banks were also under pressure given their lending exposure to the sector.

Unfortunately, I have to admit that I have some exposure to Swiber and some stocks in the oil and gas sector, but those were limited and the damage had been well-controlled in my portfolio. None of the 3 local banks were also in my top 30 holdings as I preferred finance companies.

For this month, I have attended the following AGMs/EGMs/briefings - SMRT, Azeus, CapitaLand Commercial Trust, MapleTree Industrial Trust, Pollux, KSH, MYP, Jason Marine, King Wan, TSH, MTQ and Fischer Tech.

For my top 30 holdings, not much changes except a few movements here and there. Tat Seng and First REIT were back into the list mainly due to share price outperformance. First REIT results were in line and DPU continues to increase. Keppel T&T also announced decent results and detailed plans to set up Data Centre funds. SGX did not fare well as they announced flat full-year profits, and the market disappointed with no dividend increase.

I have bought the following companies from the market this month - AV Jennings, Bund Center, Chuan Hup, Ellipsiz, Far East Orchard, Hong Fok, Hong Leong Finance, Hor Kew, iFAST, IP Softcom, Kencana, Koda, LH, LTC Corp, Mandarin Oriental, Matex, Pacific Century, Pollux, S i2i, UIC, Yeo Hiap Seng and YHI. I have also reduced my stake in Noble R.

I have accepted the following voluntary delisting/cash offers this month - Pteris Global and Pacific Healthcare. I have also subscribed to the following rights issues - Noble and Ezion.

Next month will be another reporting season as companies with financial year ending 31 December 2016 will be reporting their half year results. Also, companies with financial year ending 30 June 2016 will be reporting their full-year results. I will be going through some of these results release. I will also do some catch-up readings on some periodicals, books and magazines related to investment.

My S'pore Stock Portfolio - Top Holdings, cash investment only (correct as at 29 July 2016)

Top 30 Holdings (Sing$ Denominated shares)
1. United Engineers
2. Metro Holdings
3. Jardine C&C
4. Sarine Technologies
5. Haw Par
6. Bonvests
7. Hong Fok
8. Best World
9. Hotel Grand Central
10. Bukit Sembawang Estates
11. A-REIT
12. Hotel Royal
13. The Hour Glass
14. SGX
15. Keppel T&T 
16. Singapura Finance
17. Old Chang Kee
18. UOL
19. GK Goh
20. ComfortDelgro 
21. Hong Leong Finance
22. Far East Orchard
23. Hotel Properties 
24. CapitaMall Trust
25. Hiap Hoe
26. CapitaLand
27. Sing Investment & Finance
28. Tat Seng
29. Isetan
30. First REIT

Top 5 Holdings (US$ Denominated shares)
1. Jardine Strategic
2. Hong Kong Land 
3. Mandarin Oriental  
4. Jardine Matheson
5. Dairy Farm 

Top Holdings (HK$ Denominated shares)
1. Fortune REIT
2. Shangri-La Asia

Top Holdings (Aust$ Denominated shares)
1. AV Jennings

Top 5 Holdings (CPF OA investment)
1. Keppel Corp
2. Streettracks STI ETF
3. CapitaMall Trust
4. A-REIT
5. Challenger Technologies

My Hong Kong Stock Portfolio
1. Peace Mark Holdings - Under Voluntary Liquidation

My Australia Stock Portfolio
1. GPS Alliance Holdings Limited

My Unlisted Company Portfolio
1. Automated Touchstone Machines Ltd
2. Iconic Global Limited
3. Dongshan Group Ltd (formerly known as Greatronic Limited)
4. General Magnetics
5. Fastech Synergy
6. Beauty China- Under Liquidation
7. Memory Devices
8. Jurong Tech - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
9. FM Holdings
10. Zhonghui - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
11. FerroChina - Under Liquidation
12. FirstLink Investments
13. NEL Group
14. Jets Technics
15. Guangzhao Industrial Forest - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
16. Hongwei Technologies Limited (In Provisional Liquidation)
17. FDS Networks Group
18. Aussino Group - In liquidation - Creditors' voluntary winding up
19. China Oilfield Technology
20. China Milk Products Group - Under Liquidation

My Unit Trust Portfolio:
http://www.fundsupermart.com/main/community/Portfolio_View.svdo?id=P199

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

My Investment Portfolio (June 2016)

Brexit. The only word to describe market activities for this month. The volatile day to day movements presented opportunities for traders and investors alike. Whether its Brexit correction, post-Brexit rally etc, markets had been irrational at times. As long term investors, we should instead focus on the fundamentals of the companies that we are investing in, rather than being affected by short term market noises. Surprisingly, despite a volatile month, STI ended higher than last month at 2840 points. 

For this month, I have attended the following AGMs/EGMs/briefings - Natural Cool, General Magnetics, Cheung Woh, Transit-Mixed Concrete, Noble Group, Ascendas India Trust and Imperium Crown.

For my top 30 holdings, Best World continues its good run on news that its direct selling license in China had been secured. Isetan returned to the list after announcing that it will be selling its property at 112 Killiney Road. CapitaLand is also back into list after I accumulated the stock this month on share price weakness.

I have bought the following companies from the market this month - Bukit Sembawang Estates, BBR, CapitaLand, Chuan Hup, Hong Fok, iFAST, Kencana, Keppel Corp, Koh Brothers, LTC Corp, Mandarin Oriental, Overseas Education, Pan Hong, S i2i, Sing Holdings, SembCorp Industries, S'pore Shipping, UOL, Wing Tai and Yeo Hiap Seng. No sell trade was done.

I have participated in the following scrip dividend schemes this month - Aspial, AusNet Services, China Everbright, DBS, Maxi-Cash, OCBC, Raffles Medical, Tuan Sing, UIC, United Overseas Australia, UOB Kay Hian and UOL.

I have also accepted the following voluntary delisting/cash offers this month - CM Pacific, NOL and Select Group. My stake in Lantrovision was also being acquired via scheme of arrangement.

Next month will be another AGM season as most companies having financial year ending 31 March 2016 will be holding their AGMs. As usual, I will be attending some of these AGMs to get updates on the performance of these companies. I will also be conserving some cash to participate in Noble Group rights issue.

My S'pore Stock Portfolio - Top Holdings, cash investment only (correct as at 30 June 2016)

Top 30 Holdings (Sing$ Denominated shares)
1. United Engineers
2. Metro Holdings
3. Jardine C&C
4. Bonvests
5. Haw Par
6. Sarine Technologies 
7. Hong Fok
8. Hotel Grand Central
9. A-REIT
10. The Hour Glass
11. SGX
12. Hotel Royal
13. Bukit Sembawang Estates
14. Best World
15. Singapura Finance
16. Keppel T&T
17. GK Goh 
18. Old Chang Kee
19. UOL
20. Hong Leong Finance
21. ComfortDelgro
22. Hiap Hoe
23. Far East Orchard
24. CapitaMall Trust
25. Hotel Properties
26. Sing Investment & Finance
27. Isetan
28. Spindex
29. CapitaLand
30. Stamford Land 

Top 5 Holdings (US$ Denominated shares)
1. Jardine Strategic
2. Hong Kong Land 
3. Mandarin Oriental  
4. Jardine Matheson
5. Dairy Farm 

Top Holdings (HK$ Denominated shares)
1. Fortune REIT
2. Shangri-La Asia

Top Holdings (Aust$ Denominated shares)
1. AV Jennings

Top 5 Holdings (CPF OA investment)
1. Keppel Corp
2. Streettracks STI ETF
3. CapitaMall Trust
4. A-REIT
5. Challenger Technologies

My Hong Kong Stock Portfolio
1. Peace Mark Holdings - Under Voluntary Liquidation

My Australia Stock Portfolio
1. GPS Alliance Holdings Limited

My Unlisted Company Portfolio
1. Automated Touchstone Machines Ltd
2. Iconic Global Limited
3. Dongshan Group Ltd (formerly known as Greatronic Limited)
4. General Magnetics
5. Fastech Synergy
6. Beauty China- Under Liquidation
7. Memory Devices
8. Jurong Tech - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
9. FM Holdings
10. Zhonghui - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
11. FerroChina - Under Liquidation
12. FirstLink Investments
13. NEL Group
14. Jets Technics
15. Guangzhao Industrial Forest - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
16. Hongwei Technologies Limited (In Provisional Liquidation)
17. FDS Networks Group
18. Aussino Group - In liquidation - Creditors' voluntary winding up
19. China Oilfield Technology
20. China Milk Products Group - Under Liquidation

My Unit Trust Portfolio:
http://www.fundsupermart.com/main/community/Portfolio_View.svdo?id=P199

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Company Warrants Expiring in 2016 - Actions Needed

I need to remind myself all the outstanding company warrants that are expiring in 2016 in my portfolio which I will need to take action. I will update this list accordingly as I go along so that I won't forget about them.

WE HLDGS W160318, Expiry Date: 18 Mar 2016, Exercise price = $0.03, Conversion ratio 1:1 - Warrants expired worthless.
NTEGRATORW160603, Expiry Date: 3 Jun 2016, Exercise price = $ 0.014, Conversion ratio 1:1 - Warrants expired worthless.
ASIATRAV W160715, Expiry Date: 15 Jul 2016, Exercise price = $0.273, Conversion ratio 1:1 - Warrants expired worthless.
ROWSLEY W161003, Expiry Date: 3 Oct 2016, Exercise price = $0.18, Conversion ratio 1:1 - No action taken yet.
TECHOIL&GW161209, Expiry Date: 9 Dec 2016, Exercise price = $0.25, Conversion ratio 1:1 - No action taken yet.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Investment Portfolio (May 2016)

The rally near the end of the month was halted during the afternoon session of the last trading day of the month. Otherwise, STI had difficulty breaking 2800 points to close the month just short of that level. It had been a quiet trading month with focus mainly on the US interest rate hike. 

For this month, I have attended the following AGMs/EGMs/briefings - Lantrovision, Delfi (formerly known as Petra Foods), Plato Capital, Camsing Healthcare, Weiye and Low Keng Huat.

For my top 30 holdings, Best World is a new entry to the list. The stock had done extremely well mainly due to its high growth potential in Taiwan and China. Companies that reported full-year results this month that had done well include Metro Holdings, Bukit Sembawang Estates, The Hour Glass and Old Chang Kee. Stamford Land though disappointed in their full-year results when they cut their dividend payout and also impairments made in their investment properties.

I have bought the following companies from the market this month - Chuan Hup, Elec and Eltek, FSL Trust, GLP, GP Batteries, Heatec Jietong, Heeton, Hong Kong Land, Hotung, iFAST, IPC Corp, Jadason, Jardine Strategic, Keppel T&T, Koh Brothers, Pacific Century, SembCorp Industries, Singapore Index Fund, Stamford Land, UIC, UOI and Yeo Hiap Seng. No sell trade was done.

I have participated in the following scrip dividend schemes this month - First REIT, Frasers Commercial Trust, Jardine Matheson, Jardine Strategic, Keppel REIT and MapleTree Commercial Trust. I have also converted the following company warrants to shares - SHS Holdings.

Next month will be another quiet month for me. As there had been a cash drag due to the dividend payout from companies in May, I will be looking to re-invest those dividends slowly and prudently back into the market.

My S'pore Stock Portfolio - Top Holdings, cash investment only (correct as at 31 May 2016)

Top 30 Holdings (Sing$ Denominated shares)
1. United Engineers
2. Metro Holdings
3. Bonvests
4. Jardine C&C
5. Haw Par
6. Sarine Technologies 
7. Hong Fok
8. The Hour Glass
9. SGX
10. Hotel Grand Central
11. GK Goh 
12. A-REIT
13. Bukit Sembawang Estates
14. Singapura Finance
15. Hotel Royal
16. Keppel T&T
17. Old Chang Kee
18. Best World 
19. Hong Leong Finance
20. UOL
21. Hiap Hoe 
22. ComfortDelgro
23. Hotel Properties
24. Far East Orchard
25. CapitaMall Trust
26. Sing Investment & Finance
27. Spindex
28. VICOM
29. First REIT
30. Stamford Land 

Top 5 Holdings (US$ Denominated shares)
1. Jardine Strategic
2. Hong Kong Land 
3. Mandarin Oriental  
4. Jardine Matheson
5. Dairy Farm 

Top Holdings (HK$ Denominated shares)
1. Shangri-La Asia
2. Fortune REIT

Top Holdings (Aust$ Denominated shares)
1. AV Jennings

Top 5 Holdings (CPF OA investment)
1. Keppel Corp
2. Streettracks STI ETF
3. CapitaMall Trust
4. A-REIT
5. Challenger Technologies

My Hong Kong Stock Portfolio
1. Peace Mark Holdings - Under Voluntary Liquidation

My Australia Stock Portfolio
1. GPS Alliance Holdings Limited

My Unlisted Company Portfolio
1. Automated Touchstone Machines Ltd
2. Iconic Global Limited
3. Dongshan Group Ltd (formerly known as Greatronic Limited)
4. General Magnetics
5. Fastech Synergy
6. Beauty China- Under Liquidation
7. Memory Devices
8. Jurong Tech - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
9. FM Holdings
10. Zhonghui - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
11. FerroChina - Under Liquidation
12. FirstLink Investments
13. NEL Group
14. Jets Technics
15. Guangzhao Industrial Forest - In liquidation - Compulsory winding up (Insolvency)
16. Hongwei Technologies Limited (In Provisional Liquidation)
17. FDS Networks Group
18. Aussino Group - In liquidation - Creditors' voluntary winding up
19. China Oilfield Technology

My Unit Trust Portfolio:
http://www.fundsupermart.com/main/community/Portfolio_View.svdo?id=P199

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