Monday, October 06, 2014

10 Years of Blogging

Dear all,

This blog is 10 years old! My first post for this blog was in 7th October 2004. How time files. What started out as a hobby in investment had transformed into a full-time adventure as a private investor for the past 3 years.

Blogs come and go, and this blog had become a record of my investment adventures for the past 10 years. It started out as a request from a forumer at sgfunds.com to disclose some of my stock investment and later become a regular monthly updates of my investment transactions in my portfolio.

Looking back 10 years ago at my top 20 holdings (yes, I only disclose my top 20 holdings back then), there is obviously some difference in those holdings. Some companies like Meiban, SPC, People's Food, First Engineering, WBL Corp, Unisteel, S'pore Food Industries etc had been taken private, some companies like China Aviation Oil, Tech Group (currently known as Sunningdale Tech), HTL International etc had fallen out of favour. But some companies like Noble Group, Comfort Delgro, OSIM, CapitaMall, SGX, Jardine C&C etc had withstand the test of time and remained in my top 30 holdings currently.

There had also been some robust debates in the comments section of this blog throughout these 10 years. I personally like to engage readers who leave comments on my postings. Memorable days include during the Global Financial Crisis where there had been readers posting in my blog almost everyday which I have debated robustly with them, defending my investment process. I would like to personally thank all those readers who have contributed in the comments section of this blog. Thanks for your comments, suggestions, encouragements etc for the past 10 years and I look forward to your continuous support.

Throughout these 10 years, though companies come and go and there are many changes in the financial markets, I stay invested in the market just as I remained faithful to this blog. I still have the energy to continue blogging, though not as frequently as last time.

Hopefully, this blog will have many more years to go before I finally decided to call it a day.



Blogger 7 Pounds said...

Hi ghchua,

Firstly, congratulations on your "10 years of blogging" :)

I chanced upon your blog while reading through the sgfund forum thread on lion capital infinity series.

Thanks for sharing your portfolio with the masses!

6:49 AM  
Blogger athulican said...

Miss your process engineer days?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Loh said...

i only recently stumbled upon your site and sanye's. will be using your strategy to build a diversified portfolio like yours :)

are you cautious with the current high STI now?

visit me @ http://mycreativeinvest.blogspot.com/

10:17 PM  
Blogger ghchua said...

Hi 7 Pounds,

Thanks for your comments. Yes, this blog was started with the aim of sharing with fellow investors.

Hi athulican,

Nope. I was not a process engineer previously. I was a Test Development Engineer in the IT industry.

Hi Jimmy,

I don't have a view of STI because I have invested in various stocks that is outside the STI. Therefore, though I do follow STI, I just use it as a guide.

11:39 PM  
Blogger YK Chan said...

Congratulations !!!

Really hope one day I could be a full time investor too.

Keep writing.

2:32 AM  
Blogger Everlearning said...

Hi ghchua,

I have been a faithful follower of your blog since 2009. Being new in equity investment, I suffered paper losses during October 2008 and March 2009 and was left stunned alone.

So, I started to read up some of the investment blogs, and of course yours was one of them. Yes, many have stopped writing; I do hope that you will continue to write and share with your readers your investment insights and knowledge.

Throughout these years, I learnt from the mistakes I made and observed the mistakes others made whether intentionally or untentionally: I choose better be safe than sorry.

12:19 AM  
Blogger ghchua said...

Hi YK Chan,

Life is tough as a full-time investor, though the savings that I had when I was working last time helps a lot. The main problem is inconsistent income but you have bills to pay every month. Also, markets are volatile and you have to protect your capital by investing prudently as there is no safety net of monthly salary and CPF contributions to fall back on. There is also much hard work as I normally works alone and attends AGMs, EGMs etc by myself and does my own homework on companies.

Frankly speaking, despite the above, I still enjoy the process. There is no retirement age in this business. Only you can call it a day. You live on your own terms and you do not need to report to anybody. I guess that is what keeps me going everyday, knowing that I am on my own and only I can make it happen.

2:21 AM  
Blogger ghchua said...

Hi Everlearning,

Thanks for being such a strong supporter of this blog. Really appreciate it.

Yes, many investment blogs had decided to call it a day as it is very time consuming to research on companies and present it to readers. I have decided to use this blog to focus on my investment activities every month instead, and leave readers to comment or discuss those stocks that they are interested in at the comments section of this blog.

I believe the above is a more sustainable model for my blog and hopefully, I will be able to continue blogging as long as I would love to.

All the best in your investments.

2:34 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Hi ghchua

Cograts on your decade old blog. It is not an easy feat to maintain the blog. I have benefitted a lot from you on my way to financial freedom. I must say that I am currently on a stable financial footing and able to take a calculated risk in my career with stride. This will be not possible without a stable warchest and investment.

Do continue your blog and I look forward to your every posting.


8:27 AM  
Blogger Guru said...

Congratulations on your milestone, you are a role model of a successful investor, hope to see you at one of the AGMs soon

6:59 PM  
Blogger ghchua said...

Hi Ben and Guru,

Thanks for your encouragement. Yes, I will certainly strive to continue blogging as long as I can. However, things do happen in life and I can't guarantee that this blog will survive for another 10 years. But certainly, I will do my best to keep it going.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Hi ghchua

Recently, one prominent blogger has decided to give up blogging due to the said "sarcastic abuse" of the other online viewers who do not agree with his views. These viewers are said to have abused him to the extent to dishonouring his reputation. Therefore, he decided to give up blogging by end of December 2014.

I believe that you may encounter the similar circumstance. Do press on and continue your blogging.

You have my fullest support.


9:50 PM  
Blogger ghchua said...

Hi Ben,

I guess having sarcastic remarks and being abused is part and parcel of a financial blogger. I remember I have my fair share of negative comments being posted on my blog during the global financial crisis in 2009 whereby the doomsayers were questioning my decision of buying stocks during market crashes.

My diversification approach to investing in stocks is also being classified as a "garang guni collector" by some people out there.

I have also being warned when I posted negative comments on some financial products during my days at sgfunds.com.

However, despite the above, I pressed on throughout all these years and came out stronger. I believe that actions speaks louder than words. And those abuses will disappear once you have proven to them that indeed your investment process is rigid and your views are sound, fair and reasonable. There is no reason why they should continue to abuse you once they had been proven wrong as they will also discredit themselves. I believe my readers are smart enough to see who can withstand the time of these debates.

However, since a blog is an open platform, there are various types of readers and I cannot ask everyone to agree with me. All I can ask for is constructive debates and fair comments and not resort to personal attacks and abuses.

I guess the blogger that you mentioned should stand by his views and ignore those abuses. He is playing into the hands of those abusers by quitting.

1:32 AM  

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