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Asked by Kelvin Seetoh

Asked on 02 Dec 2019

What is some investing knowledge you wished you knew earlier?

What knowledge would you impart to new investors, knowledge that you wish you'd had known of earlier?

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Daryl Liao, Fti
Daryl Liao, Fti
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Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 09 Dec 2019

That due diligence on company quality is so important. You'll never truly understand the business if you don't dig into the industry Dynamics, what is their differentiation from competition and the management's vision for the business. These may show up in results if they have any moat but you've got to investigate!

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Wallace Chai
Wallace Chai
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Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 08 Dec 2019

The proper way to value a business. Traditional metrics no longer that useful now. Newer metric such as EV/EBIT is much better than using PE ratio.

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Bibiana
Bibiana
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Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 09 Dec 2019

Look at valuations, not stock price!

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Being Emotionally stable and tell yourself its ok that others are making big bucks. Invest within your own circle of competence and know where are the boundary of that circle!

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Eric Ong
Eric Ong, Project Analyst at 8Bit Global
Level 6. Master
Answered on 04 Dec 2019

"It's OK that others are doing better"

I personally wish I would gain Investing EQ earlier.

This make me a better investors, and a better human too.

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I'd wish I knew about the power of starting early and ignoring all the 'noise'.

I'd contemplated investing straight out of university but was warned off it by relatives who lost money. Should have just gone in to the markets and ignored them. Would have quite a portfolio now if I did.

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Junus Eu
Junus Eu
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Top Contributor (Dec)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 02 Dec 2019

How institutional investors/whales can move the market for their own benefit.

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Michael
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 09 Dec 2019

How to properly read a company balance sheet and cashflow statement

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JC
Jon Chua
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 08 Dec 2019

"Time in the market is better than timing the market". One rule that has always stick at the back of head.....

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Jacob
Jacob
Level 6. Master
Answered on 03 Dec 2019

I wished that I knew that compounding is the eighth wonder of the world and started my investment journey way way earlier. Instead of letting the amount remain idle in the bank for the past decade or so.

But hey, it's never too late to start. The only easy day was yesterday, and glad I overcame the huge inertia to start my journey this year.

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Jonathan Chia Guangrong
Jonathan Chia Guangrong, Fund Manager at JCG Fund
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 03 Dec 2019

Wish I met my mentor earlier and learned his methodology of selling puts. Would have saved a lot of heartache in my early days.

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Choon Yuan Chan
Choon Yuan Chan
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Top Contributor (Dec)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 02 Dec 2019

Companies balance sheet should not be easily trusted. Cash flow is king

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Wilson Nid A Break
Wilson Nid A Break
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 02 Dec 2019

Do not be deterred by 30% withholding tax of US stocks. It’s just the ticket price to enter the largest, deepest equity market in the World!

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Varun
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 02 Dec 2019
  1. That starting investing as early as possible even with a small quantum, uing basic strategies of buying fundamentally good companies is better that losing a few years in order to accumulate a large quanum to get access to complex and expensive products and markets.

  2. Over a long enough time horizon, such as (10 - 12 years) property investing will never go wrong, so you should not wait to time the market.

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Bjorn Ng
Bjorn Ng
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Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 02 Dec 2019

I wish I knew how to properly valuate a stock when I see one!

I still remember when I started investing in SG REITs, I just wanted to create a diversified REITs portfolio, at least one from each sector. Ended up buying just for the "Oh I am diversified in REITs" mindset, and not bothering about valuations etc, just going by feeling!

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The power from institutional investors!

Here is everything about me and what I do best.

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I wish I knew earlier the power of crazy rich (chinese) Asians would push up property prices beyond belief and put more asset allocation in property.

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