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Yeo Enk Loui
Yeo Enk Loui
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Updated on 07 Jun 2019
Hey Vanessa! I guess that depends on your investment profile! I'll just draw comparison between SG and US to illustrate this. SG Investing in SGX is good if your main objective is make passive dividend income as the SGX provides many high yielding dividend stocks and good real estate investment trusts (REITs) with 4% to 12% dividend yields. In fact, SGX’s competitive advantage lies in its established REITs market. US However, if you are looking to invest in growth stocks and capital appreciation on your investments, perhaps you can look towards investing in the US Exchange, particularly the NYSE/NASDAQ, where the market is more liquid and the volume is way higher than that of the SGX. Over the course of the past few years, the NASDAQ and S&P 500 (US Index) has consistently outperformed the STI (SG index) ! In fact, the STI only increased by 5 years or so, as opposed to ~150% and 90% for the NASDAQ and NYSE accordingly. Of course, this does not take dividends into account but even so, STI truly pales in comparison to both NYSE and the NASDAQ. However, returns are not absolute and higher returns also mean higher risks! Ultimately, whether you should invest in the SGX depends on your goals, objectives and risk appetite!
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Updated on 07 Jun 2019
Yeap been looking at it a while back! Some quick facts: They are one of the largest manufacturers of gloves, with operations spanning across Malaysia, Thailand, China, US and Europe. If i recall correct they currently take up ~26-28% of the overall market share. The 3 other main competitors in the industry are: Kossan, Supermax, Hartalega. While the STI declined in 2018, Top Glove’s shares have posted an impressive 40% gain. Market participants have been won over by Top Glove’s record-breaking sales revenue and all-time high profit before tax for the full year ended 31 August 2018 (FY2018). It also managed to increase its sales volume by a solid 26% compared to last year. Revenue has also recorded an impressive growth. Revenues (in '000 MYR) for FY2018, 2017 & 2016 was 4,214,482, 3,409,176 and 2,888,515. This translates to a YoY growth of 23.6% in FY2018 and 18.0% in FY2017 respectively, a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.8% in the last 2 years. To furtheer achieve sustainable revenue growth in the future, it has adopted both organic and inorganic growth strategies: For example, it completed the acquistion of Aspion Sdn Bhd , one of the largest surgical glove producers globally as well as Duramedical Sdn Bhd , a company manufacturing and marketing dental hygiene products such as dental dams in order to diversify its production into medical products. To achieve organic growth, it has also constructed Factory 31 and Factory 32 (operational in Early 2019). Once completed, it is estimated that this will increase Top Glove’s total number of production lines by 74 and production capacity by 7.4 billion gloves per year.

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Yeo Enk Loui
Yeo Enk Loui
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Updated on 07 Jun 2019
Hi there, Some risks include: 1) Credit Risk 2) Reinvestment Risk 3) FX Risk 4) Interest Rate Risk 5) Call Risk 6) Liquidity Risk

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Yeo Enk Loui
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Updated on 07 Jun 2019
Hey there! Perhaps you could check out these few books 1) An Introduction to Quantitative Finance by Stephen Blyth 2) Quantitative Momentum by Wesley R. Gray & Jack R. Vogel

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Yeo Enk Loui
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Updated on 07 Jun 2019
Hi there! Here are some ways in which you can maximise your returns! 1) Dollar Cost Averaging 2) Timing your entry and exit based on technical indicators such as the Moving Average Convergence Divergence 3) Adding a take-profit/stop-loss to your positions, removing emotions from the equation when you are thinking of selling your stock at a profit/loss Hope that helps!

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Yeo Enk Loui
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Updated on 07 Jun 2019
Hi! Answered a similar question here: https://seedly.sg/questions/what-do-we-need-to-know-before-buying-a-stock so do check it out if you want to find out more. To illustrate further, here's a diagram to help you understand better! ! These are the industries that you can potentially look at, before deciding which stocks to buy (at different stages of the business cycle). Hope that helps!
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Yeo Enk Loui
Yeo Enk Loui
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Updated on 07 Jun 2019
Personally, I am a small retail investor in Funding Societies, having invested approximately $500 in the platform. I think it is good in the sense it gives you a relatively high return (~10% on average) for your investment (assuming the firm does not default on its loans) and hence this could be a stable source of passive income. Having said that, some P2P lending platforms diversify the investor's risk by limiting the maximum investment from each investor (For example: An investor may be only to invest up to $50 for an Invoice Financing with a loan tenor of 90 days @12% returns per annum). This equates to an approximate return of $1.50 in 3 months and if you think about it from a liquidity perspective. While the annualised return seems attractive, the actual benefits are only "realised" when you invest in a substantial amount of loans on a continual basis. Given the illiquid nature of the loan, while it may "good" in terms of diversifying your portfolio, it can be perceived as "bad" as it means forgoing the opportunity to indulge in say $50 of whatever you love for the next 3 months and getting a mere $1.50 (before accounting for administrative fees).

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Yeo Enk Loui
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Answered on 21 Apr 2019
The main difference between a top-down and a bottom-up approach is that in a top-down approach, investors focus on the "big picture" or how the overall economy, geopolitical considerations, politics and macroeconomic factors drive the markets,, affecting different industries and ultimately the stock prices. In a bottom-up approach, analysts will examine the fundamentals of a stock and that is largely independent of the market trends. The main focus of a bottom up approach is to ascertain the performance of a specific company vis-a-vis its peers in the same industry, through looking at some key financial metrics such as its financial ratios, cash flows, balance sheet, revenue and management. ! If one is investing in an asset class that is highly correlated to macroeconomic factors (like currencies or government bonds), then using a top-down approach may be more effective. However, for value-investing and for investors looking to stay invested for the long term, a bottom-up approach would be more appropriate.
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Yeo Enk Loui
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Answered on 21 Apr 2019
Like what Jonathan has mentioned, buying options are only profitable if you are 100% certain that the stock price will move in the direction that you bet (depending on whether you bought a call/put option). Here's an example of payoffs assuming you bought 100 shares of IBM at 100 per share, compared to say 10 contracts of 100 shares of IBM call options. (at say $10/call which equates to a total expenditure of 10,000) ! While buying options magnifies one's profits and could potentially be a better investment than just buying the underlying shares, you could potentially lose all your capital if your options expire worthless at maturity. For a start, perhaps it is more advisable to purchase stocks instead of options!

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Yeo Enk Loui
Yeo Enk Loui
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Answered on 21 Apr 2019
I could be wrong but I believe that the currency conversion is done through the respective broker's exchange rate. For Saxo Capital Markets, "Currency conversions of trading costs as well as profits and losses from trading activities are executed at the mid FX Spot rate when you close the position, plus/minus 0.5 % for settlement of actual payments to or from the trading account are included, for example, buying/selling cash Stocks, paying/receiving options premium etc.".
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