Hi, Actually it depends on the type of investment strategy you use. Be it dividend investing or value-growth or growth investing. But in general, we look at 1) Business Model (if it has any moat etc) 2) Financials 3) Management Team 4) Growth Story/Prospects 5) Risks involved (gets you the other picture) Each point above will expand to another whole new segment to look at and would require a lot more effort to drill into them... But hope it can gives you a quick overview on what to look at. I recommend using Yahoo Finance or Morningstar as a tool for this. Cheers James Smallcapasia
Lowest comm out there is $10 + some gst etc. = $12+. (Fundsupermart, Stanchart) Usual brokerage comm is $25 + gst, svc fees etc. = $28+ I would recommend investing at least $3 - 5k one shot to make it worthwhile. Comm should not be shaving off 3% of your returns at the initial start.
I have and intend to keep a portfolio structure of 90% stocks, 10% cash. Cash to take advantage of any sudden bargains. Can rebalance qtrly or annually to always keep the same structure. It's time in the market that counts; not timing the market. Cheers!
Honestly speaking, much opportunities often come only in China or U.S. where the market size is so huge - giving a long runway for them. In addition, investors there are more growth-oriented (Tesla and Amazon can keep making losses but still crack all time highs) while Sg-investors focus more on valuation and income. Thus, go for stocks there. You can go for those famous brands but still not as famous as the FAANGs, like spotify, shopify, IPG Photonics Corporation, JD etc.