Wednesday 30 January 2019

(Post 77/week 59)Investment project update:Posb invest saver JAN 2019 summary + dividend

Posb invest saver update(JAN 2019)

My POSB invest saver update for the month of Dec, read here

Regular saving plan updates for ABF Singapore Bond Index Fund(A35)

Breakdown of my regular saving plan(A35) this month(JAN 2018)
Total amount(regular saving plan)A35:$100
Price per share:$1.129300
Gross sales charge:0.5%
Net sales charge amount:0.5% of 100=$0.50
Net amount invested: Total amount-net sales charge amount=$100-$0.50=$99.50
Units issued: Net amount invested/price per share=$99.50/$1.129300=88 units

Summary: As of 19 JAN, the share price of A35 was at 1.131, has drop from last month, but still quite at the middle with its maximum at 1.25(2011) and its lowest 1.00(2008). Will be watching it for any further movement, once below 1.100 will make a bulk purchase.No change in sentiment from last month.

And also the dividend!

Fund name: ABF Singapore BOND index
Units held:2,255.00000

Dividend per share:$0.026200
Dividend amount:$59.09

Regular saving plan updates for Nikko AM Singapore STI ETF(G3B)

Breakdown of my regular saving plan(G3B) for this month(DEC 2018)
Total amount(regular saving plan)A35:$100
Price per share:$3.280000
Gross sales charge:0.82%
Net sales charge amount:0.82% of $100=$0.82
Net amount invested: Total amount-Net sales charge amount=$100-$0.82=99.18
Units issued: Net amount invested/price per share=$99.18/$3.280000=30 units

Summary: As of 19 JAN, the share price of G3B is at 3.274 and ES3 is at 3.29. Both ES3 and G3B has been on a Uptrend,but how long will this last? 

And also the dividend!

Units held:235

Dividend per share:$0.059700
Dividend amount:$14.03

(Current regular saving plan portfolio)

(When you trade long term through dollar cost averaging, no need to worry about the red:D)

Don't forget to DYODD(Do your own due diligence!)

Wednesday 23 January 2019

(Post 76/week 58)Zero dollar project updates:carousell,Bitcoin Faucets,Short Link,Online survey and Adsense update

Updates for last week week of zero dollar project
2.Bitcoin faucets
3.Short link
4.Online survey
5.Adsense update



Been doing some heavy marketing everywhere, gumtree, facebook, you name it...

Total earnings for carousell from last update:$1 + $0.50 + $2=$3.50

2.Bitcoin faucets

Current coinpot holding

Bitcoin core: 6391 Satoshi
Bitcoin cash: 13446 bch
Dogecoin: 65.77 doge
Litecoin:  0.00228080 ltc
Dashcoin: 0.00080555 dash

3.Short link

Last update

current update

Total earning for short link last update:$4.3859-$3.836=$0.5498

For more information on how's I use both short link on my blog and YouTube, read here

4.Online survey

Current online survey on my list...(Bold mean that these survey websites have been verified for payout)

4.1 Toluna
4.3 YouGov
4.4 mobrog
4.5 ipanelonline
4.6 viewfruit
4.7 mysurvey
4.8 millleu(App on google play store)

Survey that payout:viewfruit,YOUGOV

The total payout for survey:$5.00+$25.16=$30.16


Last week earning for Adsense:$1.89

Total earnings for this zero dollar project updates:$3.50+$0.5498+$30.16+$1.89=$36.01

That's all for the updates for my zero dollar project! stay tuned to my investment project updates for this week!

Tuesday 8 January 2019

(Post 75/week 56)Investment project updates(Peer to peer lending):Moolahsense(My twelfth campaign)

Moolahsense(My twelfth campaign with Moolahsense)

Note*the company name will not be revealed just like the previous post as my money are still inside moolahsense, haha(this is not a sponsored post by the way)

Issuer summary
Date of listing:Mar 2018
Tenor: 6 months
Note type: Equal installment

Quote from moolahsense website
  • Equal installment:A promissory note by which an installment of the principal subscription amoung and/or interest accrued and due up to the date of payment shall be payable on such dates as set out in a repayment schedule specified in the promissory note, and on the maturity date, the principal subscription amount would have been paid in full
Repayment frequency: Monthly
  • Repayment frequency: Will be paid monthly
Target interest rate:24%P.A
  • Target interest rate: The maximum rate the issuer is willing to provide the interest on the principal subscription amount which the issuer wished to obtain, as notified in writing by the issue to Moolahsese
Purpose: Working capital

Quote from valuepenguin:
  • Working capital: It is a concept to describe a business ability to cover its short-term operating costs
  • E.g For this campaign, I have funded $100 into it
  • As the target interest rate is 24% PA, this means that at the end of the tenor, which is 6 month I will expect to receive $112
  • 100%=$100
  • 12%(Interest for 6 month)=$12.00
  • 112%(The Principal + the interest)=$100+ $12.00=$112.00
  • Since the tenor is 6 months, each month I will receive $18.76(inclusive of interest) in payment/equal installment
  • 1month=$112.00/6=$18.66
Summary company profile

  • The issuer is a company incorporated in Singapore in 2014
  • The Issuer is in the manufacturing industry and has around 10 employees.  
  • The Issuer specializes in the manufacture of wooden containers and crates for industrial packaging purposes.
Detail of purpose

  • The Issuer seeks working capital for the performance of various container manufacturing contracts which have been awarded to the Issuer.
Financial statement

Will only reveal a part of the financial statement due to confidentiality. As I have mentioned a few weeks ago in my post, that I only mainly use this three ratio: current ratio, quick ratio and debt to equity ratio to decide in investing in a campaign, hence I will be showing its ratio below

The ratio is as follow(left side of the column is for the year 2017/right side of the column is for the year 2016)

Year 2017/Year 2016
(Current ratio 2017:2.57),(Current ratio 2016:5.2)

  • A simple ratio of current asset divide by current liabilities
  • Current liabilities are debt that needs to clear in the short term(in a year)
  • If a company has a current ratio less then 1.0, do not invest in it
  • If a company has a current ratio more then 2.0, May consider investing in it
  • The higher the current ratio, the better
  • For the current ratio of 2016:2.57, it is higher than the recommended range(>2.0)
  • For the current ratio of 2017:5.2, it is higher than the recommended range(>2.0)
(Quick ratio 2016:2.57),(Quick ratio 2015:5.2)

  • The quick ratio is almost similar to current ratio except that it is assumed that the company does not sell its inventories(e.g Toyota inventory is its car) or stock, it is still able to fulfill its debt
  • If the company has a quick ratio of 0.75 and below, do not invest in it
  • If the company has a quick ratio of 1.25 and above, May consider investing in it
  • The higher the quick ratio the better
  • For the quick ratio of 2016:2.57, it is higher than the recommended range(>1.25)
  • For the quick ratio of 2017:1.3, it is higher than the recommended range(>1.25)

  • (Total liabilities/equity 2016:1.44),(Total liabilities/equity 2015:1.16)

  • The debt ratio is calculated by total liabilities divided by the equity
  • If the company has a debt ratio of 1.5 and above, do not invest in it
  • The company should essentially have a debt ratio of 1.0, if the debt ratio is below 0.75, do consider investing in it
  • The lower the debt to equity ratio the better
  • For the Total liabilities/equity of 2016:1.44 it is out of the recommended range(<0.75)
  • For the Total liabilities/equity of 2017:1.16, it is out of the recommended range(<0.75)

    Why did I invest in this loan?
    • The current ratio and quick ratio of 2016 along with total liabilities/equity is out of the recommended range,however the current ratio, quick ratio are within the range, taken in to consideration that the loan is only 6 month, I have subcribe to this loan and in fact, the campaign has already ended some time ago and I have received the principal along with the interest
    Repayment schedule?

    link on how too read the effective interest rate for moolahsense:

    Monthly interest rate:interest/start balance=$2/$100=2%(Percentage conversion must *100)
    Effective interest rate:2%*6=12%(almost the same as the target interest rate at 12%(see the top of the post))

    From the above picture, you can see that the Net repayment is at $17.67 instead of the $18.66 that I have mentioned above at the working capital, hence I will do a calculation here again

    1-month repayment:$17.67
    6-month repayment:$17.67*6=$106.02

    $100(the amount I put in this campaign=100%

    The target interest rate as you can see in my above post is at around 24%P.A, after taking into account of the tenor rate being 6 months, which is 12 % and comparing it to 6.02% its almost 6% difference(i shall call this net interest rate instead)in this campaign. To conclude, this means that if you invest in a (24%P. A) high-interest rate campaign in moolahsense which has a tenor rate for 6 months, you will get only about 6%

    Stay tuned to my next week post:moolahsense(my eleventh campaign)!

    Friday 4 January 2019

    (Post 74/week 55)Learning investing/trading together part 12: Boglehead investment philosophy

    This post serves as a summary of the Boglehead investment philosophy, which I believe is a good and easy to understand investment strategy, that an amateur like you and me can follow

    Please refer to this link to learn more about boglehead investment philosophy

    What is a Boglehead investment philosophy?
    • Boglehead investment philosophy simply follows a small number of simple investment principles that have been shown over time to produce risk-adjusted returns far greater than those achieved by the average investor.
    • The basis of all of these principles is the idea that successful investing is not a complicated process, and can be accomplished by anyone with a small amount of effort.
    • These ideas come from the investing philosophy of Vanguard-founder Jack Bogle, hence it is called the Boglehead investment philosophy
    1.Develop a workable plan
    • The Bogleheads approach to developing a workable financial plan is to establish a sound financial lifestyle.
    • To summarise, live below your financial mean and avoid bad debt
    2.Invest early and often
    • Establish a regular saving pattern, minimum about 20% of your income should be enough
    • Arrange automatic saving deduction for your bank account, if you are forgetful like me, like in my case with posb invest saver
    • The graph below is a great example of why you should start saving early

    3. Never bear too much or too little risk
    • You need to be honest with yourself on how much risk you would like to take if the stock drop will you be able to sit through it without thinking about it all day? (I been through that and it wasn't a pleasant experience haha)
    • In summary, you can either follow shinything advice on having 110-your age in stock(e.g my age is 22 this year, hence 110-22=88% in stock and 100-88%=12% in bonds) You can read more about shinything thread here
    • Or, you can simply follow benjamin graham, father of value investing advice of simply either putting 25 % in bond or 75 % in stock or the other way around
    • Rather than picking individual stocks,Bogleheads buy funds that are widely diversified or even approximate the whole market.
    • This guarantees they will receive the average return of all investors. Being average sounds bad, but it is actually a great thing. That's because most investors perform worse than average after taking into account the high fee that they can pay for actively managed funds.
    5. Never try to time the market
    • Simply put, don't try to time the market unless you are a trader and have a very good plan
    6. Use index fund when possible
    • The best and lowest cost way to buy the whole stock market is with index funds (either through traditional mutual funds or ETFs)
    • One of such ETFs is our STI ETF (ES3 or G3B) OR Vanguard Total Stock Market Fund Which is the largest mutual fund in the world
    7. Keep costs low
    • Choose the index fund with the cheapest fees
    • Refer to my post on how to choose a brokerage here
    8.Minimize taxes
    • There is no capital gain tax or dividend tax for Singapore stock(that's the only great part about buying stocks in Singapore)
    • However, there is 30% dividend withholding tax for buying US stock if you're a Singaporean, for more information for dividend withholding tax please refer to my post on shiny thing thread here
    9. Invest with simplicity
    • The boglehead investment philosophy is simply following a 3 fund portfolio, a local stock market index fund ETF(Which in my case is the STI ETF: ES3 or G3B), a local stock market bond index fund ETF(Singapore bond index fund: A35) and an international bond index fund(Vanguard ETF)
    • For more information about the STI ETF: ES3 or Singapore bond index fund: A35, please refer to this post here
    • I do not own any international ETF as I do not have the capital yet(still working on it) 
    • The picture below shows an example of a 3 fund portfolio

    10. Stay on course
    • Do not panic when the stocks prices drop
    • Do not be distracted by other funds that are performing better, in short, only invest within your circle of  competence as Warren Buffett put it
    • Simply put,boglehead should  (1) save a lot, (2) select an asset allocation containing both stock and bond asset classes, (3) buy low cost, widely diversified funds, (4) allocate funds tax-efficiently, and (5) stay the course.
    • One of the wonderful things about Boglehead investing is that it generally only requires a part of a day to set up, and then about an hour a year of effort to rebalance. Beyond that, there is no need to watch the markets or follow financial news. Even better, it works. Although Bogleheads investing may seem strangely simple, it is based on decades of comprehensive research showing that buying and holding the whole market consistently outperforms many of the alternatives.
    • To understand more about rebalance,do refer to this post on the shiny thing thread here
    Remember to DYODD(Do your own due diligence!)

    Wednesday 2 January 2019

    (Post 73/week 55)Learning investing/trading together part 11:Shiny things thread summary from hardwarezone part 2

    Continuing on from the last post here...

    Tip 10:On Insurance
    • Buy Term Insurance + Personal Accident Insurance.
    • Buy Hospitalisation Insurance.
    • Buy Mortgage Insurance, if you have any outstanding mortgage loans
    •  Invest the rest.
    • Do not buy Life Insurance.
    • Do not buy ILP, Investment-Linked Products
    • Mixing Protection ( essentially, Insurance ) & Investment in a product, e.g.. ILP, Life Insurance, Endowment Plan, is a terrible idea because these events are mutually exclusive & it should not cause liquidation.
    • Cheapest Term Insurance in SG: Aviva SAF(The only good thing that NS has provided)
    • This is the first insurance you should get if you don't have any for Death & TPD. ( Total Permanent Disability )

    Tip 11: Growth-Centric / Dividends-Centric?
    • If you are near retirement age, opt for dividends-centric stocks / Bonds ETF.
    •  Generally, you buy stocks for growth gains, not dividends.
    • One of the most dangerous things an investor can do to a portfolio is to seek bond-like returns from the stock market while taking de facto equity risk on the fixed income side. In English - to turn their bonds into stocks & their stocks into bonds.
    • Buy high-yielding dividend stocks for their current income and pretending they are "bond-like" is a recipe for nasty surprises at some point down the line. But this is precisely what many in the industry have been doing - Financial advisors, ETF providers, money managers - everyone's playing. 
    Tip 12. Diversify
    • Hold diversified assets in different countries.
    Tip 13. ETF
    • ETF: Exchange traded fund, basically tracks / holds a bunch of something.
    • ES3 is an ETF the tracks 30 sg-based companies, i.e. DBS, OCBC, SingTel, Keppel, etc.
    • It's safer than buying 1 company and rises with the economy.
    • During a crisis, you can be sure this ETF won't disappear, can't say the same about any single company.
    • A35 is a bond ETF, it holds many bonds to maturity. One can treat it like a bond. It's stable and yields about 2%.
    • ES3 and A35 are stock code.
    • Their name is STI ETF and ABF SG BOND ETF. You can buy/sell them on the stock market.
    • The Top 7 of STI are heavily weighted in Banks and a smaller spread on Telco's, Real Estate, Oil & Gas where they made up of 60% of STI.
    Tip 14. on SG Reits (Aug 2015)
    • If you buy a bunch of REITs, you're explicitly making a bet on real estate prices - they're nothing to do with the STI really.
    • The STI is mostly banks, real estate companies (not REITs, the companies like CapitaLand that run the REITs) and SingTel.
    • REITs are a tiny slice of the index, like 3.5% of it.
    Tip 15. Avoid punting on FX if you are an unsophisticated Long-Only blue chips / ETFs investor.
    • Compared to investing in equities, when the price goes below your FX position, you have to fund it. Meaning you have to pay to maintain the position OR cut loss and sell the position.
    • Going Long-Only on blue chips, ETFs, REITs, won't make you rich, but it won't make you poor either. 
    • From 1928 through 2014, the S&P 500's compound rate of return was 9.8%, enough to transform a $100 investment at the start of 1928 into $346,261 over 87 years.
    Tip 16. Pro Tips About Trading.
    • Don't trade after-hours OR in the pre-open. Spreads are WIDE & you don't know what the "real" price is.
    Tip 17. for US-centric stocks / investment-related news.

    Tip 18. the most basic books about investing.
    • Millionaire teacher
    • The coffeehouse investor
    Talking about investment books, one of the next few posts will be about investment books that I have read, I would try to provide the eBook version if it is available, do look out for it!