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Asked on 09 Nov 2019

Are there any books or courses in Singapore that are recommended for a beginner like myself to understand how to get started on investing?

Would like to learn more about the fundamentals of trading and investing via recommended courses and/or books? Such as how to read the technical indicators on the stock charts, how to analyze stocks/shares and so on. Thanks!

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    ‘The Intelligent Investor’ by Benjamin Graham is a book that will provide a comprehensive understanding of the stock market in very simple terms so that it is understandable. It helped me in getting all my concepts clear before entering the market.

    I work at Kristal.AI, and it's my passion to evaluate various upcoming investment opportunities.

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    Question Poster

    12 Nov 2019

    Thanks for the rec!
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    The 5 rules of successful stock investing by Pat Dorsey!

    It runs through the basic financial ratios and gives examples of what are some of the areas you have to take note of when applying them.

    An example would be construction companies tend to have high ROE as they have relatively high debt out of the Total Assets.

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    Frankie Rappaport

    Frankie Rappaport

    07 Feb 2020

    Https://b-ok.cc/book/814845/783193
    Rach Tay

    Rach Tay

    08 Mar 2020

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    My number one has been listed, but there are a number of other good picks to be had, so I'll give you an alternate book to consider: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

    It'll help you understand behavorial science better, which is important as well when investing.

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    Frankie Rappaport

    Frankie Rappaport

    07 Feb 2020

    Https://b-ok.cc/book/1214612/224dc8
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    Hi Anon,

    The Seedly community is filled with plenty of information for the uninitiated. I'm sure you can find most information you require regarding investments.

    First you need to ask yourself what is the objective of you investing. Most likely, it is to address the impact of insufficient returns as you are building your current asset to a bigger future asset for your personal financial goals.

    Thereafter you'll need to align your need (based on your objective above), ability, and willingness to take risk. There are many investment instruments available in the market. It's about finding the right instrument which is aligned to your personal objectives for a positive investing experience.

    https://advice.moneyowl.com.sg/investment might be a good place for you to learn more about a way of investing which is more likely to be suitable for most people like yourself.

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    Andrew Hallam's Millionaire Teacher

    Rich By Retirement by Joshua Giersch

    Good start for beginners.

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    Question Poster

    11 Nov 2019

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    Hi Kian Chee,

    The 5 Rules of Successful Stocks Investing by Pat Dorsey is a good read for beginner! It was my first investment related book (Other than Rich Dad Poor Dad) which got me interested in investing.

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    Hwee Kian

    Hwee Kian

    Level 7. Grand Master

    Answered on 05 Dec 2019

    One Up on Wall Street is a good read. You can download the ebook from NLB mobile.

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    CK

    Level 4. Prodigy

    Updated on 28 Nov 2019

    Not into trading but my friend recommended one of the courses for beginners on SGX which is quite affordable.

    As for books, I came across this list earlier in the year and found it useful: https://www.sgbudgetbabe.com/2017/07/recommended-books-on-personal-finance.html

    I also recommend the following books I've read and are available on the NLB app / NLB itself:

    1. Invested by Danielle Town

    2. Rich by retirement by Joshua Giersch

    3. Navigating the investment minefield by H. Kent Baker and Vesa Puttonen

    4. Quit like a millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

    5. Family Inc. by Douglas P. McCormick

    6. Your money or your life by Vicki Robin and Joe Domingues

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    Question Poster

    30 Nov 2019

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    Why stocks go up and down book costs $40 from overseas. Didn't find any in Singapore.

    Second is rich by retirement. A singapore context to retirement investing

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    As a beginner who was interested in an aggressive portfolio to grow my wealth, what I really wanted to know was:

    What does a stock represent?

    What is a stock market index?

    How do i pick the right stocks to invest in?

    How to analyse a company using a fundamental-based approach

    The book that helped me answer all these questions was Peter Lynch's "One up on Wall Street".

    Peter Lynch was a legendary fund manager who managed the Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990. During his tenure, the fund had an annualised return of 29%. We are lucky that such a successful investor was willing to share his secrets to the investing public.​​​

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    Junus Eu

    Junus Eu

    Level 9. God of Wisdom

    Answered on 04 Dec 2019

    For a beginner, I would definitely recommend one that demystifies all the jargon out there!

    Also, I would pick something that is easy to read.

    So here's my pick!

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/75893.The_Little_Book_of_Value_Investing

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    Tradersgps Smt

    Tradersgps Smt

    Level 3. Wonderkid

    Updated on 24 Nov 2019

    I recommend this $28 course called Foundation of Stock Trading by Collin Seow.

    This course covers 3 immensely powerful combination strategies that you can use immediately in the markets.

    • MA-CCI Swing Strategy

    • GMMA and Stochastic Combo

    • The "Last Stochastic" System

    Course objectives:

    • A primer on technical analysis

    • Get an amazing mechanical trading strategy, back-tested for accuracy

    • After completion students will be equipped with the skills and techniques that lay a solid foundation for profitable trading

    If you are interested, you can register at the link below.

    https://collinseowfst1.eventbrite.sg

    Books I recommend:

    Technical Analysis - John J. Murphy, Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets

    Trading - Laurence A. Connors and Linda Bradford Raschke, Street Smarts: High Probability Short Term Trading Strategies

    Investing - William O'Neil, How To Make Money in Stocks (He is also the founder of Investor Business Daily)

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    Frankie Rappaport

    Frankie Rappaport

    21 Oct 2020

    I always thought that technical analysis is somehow like astrology ? And that short term trading seems dangerous. Still think so.
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    Mandy Ng

    Mandy Ng

    Level 4. Prodigy

    Answered on 21 Nov 2019

    I personally liked the Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam and the Little Book of Common Sense Investing by Jack Bogle. These books have simple concepts and are easy to read and digest so you can read on the go.

    I have read The Intelligent Investor and found it really quite cheem or complicated as I am still a beginner. I think once you have covered some of the basics then you can try this book.

    Regarding courses, SGX has a couple of free seminars held quite regularly on weeknights on The Basics of Investing, Introduction to Fundamental Analysis and Technical Analysis and they are really very basic introductions but definitely enough to get you started at the very beginning. Afterwards, you can move onto Dr Wealth or The Fifth Person who I've heard very good reviews about but haven't personally tried yet.

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    Zaine Toh Jia Jun

    Zaine Toh Jia Jun

    Level 4. Prodigy

    Answered on 31 Jul 2019

    Depending on which field you understand,

    Example if you worked in the technology field you understand how it operate, you can search for companies to invest in.

    Or you're lazy index funds, etf, bonds.

    If you want something new, Cryptocurrency.

    Google your questions, I started off in the cryptospace 2017 Oct without any mentor nor guidance, I just googled my way and learn. How am I able to do it? It's passion and interest.

    Whatever you're thinking to pick up and understand / learn first you must have a passion and interest for it.

    Also a tip, never invest into something you do not understand, eventually you will lose your money. Don't listen to anyone telling you to buy this stock or that crypto, always do your own research and due diligence before you put any money.

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    Isaac Chan

    Isaac Chan

    Level 8. Wizard

    Updated on 30 Jul 2019

    Hello!

    It would be a great help if you could understand how to read financial statements, such as income statements, balance sheets and cashflow statements. These statements can be found in the annual report of companies listed on stock exchanges. These statements form the basis for quite a good number of investments, as they tell about the financial health of the company!

    Companies can smoke investors by saying that they their company has performed very well over the last few years, but numbers don't lie. More importantly, asset classes such as stocks, bonds, ETFs and REITs all utilises financial statements to understand what kind of investments to develop.

    You can read more about financial statements at the following sites:

    https://www.sec.gov/reportspubs/investor-publications/investorpubsbegfinstmtguidehtm.html

    https://www.thebalance.com/guide-to-understanding-financial-statements-357512

    https://corporatefinanceinstitute.com/certifications/financial-modeling-valuation-analyst-fmva-program/

    Video:

    https://www.coursera.org/learn/financial-statements

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkse-Wafe9U

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    Jia Ni Toh

    Jia Ni Toh

    30 Jul 2019

    I totally agree. There are a couple of other things, I like "You Can Be a Stock Market Genius" by Joel Greenblatt. It's a book that's not too technical and gives you a good sense of how to get started.
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    Leonard Tan

    Leonard Tan

    Level 6. Master

    Updated on 19 Feb 2019

    *Benjamin Graham's "An Intelligent Investor"

    -the founder of value investing, a must read for all investors

    Phillip A Fischer "Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits"

    -More qualitative take as compared to Graham, Warren Buffett calls himself 80% Graham and 20% Fischer

    *Burton Malkiel's "A Random Walk Down Wall Street"

    -Classic on financial markets valuation techniques

    *Pat Dorsey's "Five Successful Rules of Stock Investing"

    -One of the most practical investing books out there

    1.Start a investment stock simulator account(investopedia has one) (not for everyone)

    2.Accumulate savings in the meantime

    3.Open a trading account(do some research on brokerages available- charges and commissions especially if you intend to trade more actively)

    4.Trade when you are ready

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