OCBC share price to increase three-fold in decade?

OCBC share price

Looking back, OCBC share price had risen more than two-fold since 2009. But a series of unfortunate events had combined to knock the wind out of OCBC share price. Will the coronavirus prolong the suffering of investors? In my frank opinion, whilst there are significant challenges in the short-term, the long-term outlook for OCBC is still good.

As a bank stock, I have always maintained that OCBC share price is volatile even in peace times. So it is important for investors to set an entry and exit price. Previously, I have shared that I entered this counter at $11.00. Obviously with the onset of the virus, OCBC share price had turned bearish. But I am not losing sleep because I am convinced that I am investing in a great piece of business at a reasonable market price.

OCBC share price

On 21 February 2020, the management released a set of excellent results for full year 2019. Net profit rose to a record of $4.87 billion. Net interest income increased 7% to a new high of $6.33 billion while net interest margin (NIM) rose to 1.77%. Return on equity (“ROE”) of 11.4% for FY19 was marginally below 11.5% in FY18. The slight drop in …

Sheng Siong share price hit record high with virus

Sheng Siong share price

Virus? What virus? Sheng Siong share price shrugged off all talks of coronavirus impacts on its stock by staging one of the most powerful rally in years. It certain seems that the sky is the limit for Sheng Siong share price.  The initial onset of the coronavirus saw Singaporeans scrambling and hoarding food items at supermarkets. The mad scramble sent Sheng Siong share price soaring like crazy. As of 20 February 2020, Sheng Siong share price smashed a record high of $1.32.

Given the bullish form of Sheng Siong share price, investors must be smiling to themselves. Since IPO in 2011, Sheng Siong share price had stormed from $0.33 to the current $1.30 level. Investors should be laughing all the way to the bank because of the huge capital appreciation and the consistent dividend pay outs.

Sheng Siong share price on super bull run!

Rampant Sheng Siong share price on magical run

Sheng Siong share price

To be frank, the supreme form of Sheng Siong share price confounded me. Previously, I had some reservations about investing in this counter because it was listed only in 2011 – the post Great Financial Crisis era. Due to this, there is a lack of track record on …

DBS Group share price in dark chapter with virus

DBS Group share price

Is this the beginning of the end for DBS Group share price? On 13 February 2020, DBS Group finally unveiled it’s much anticipated fourth quarter results. Being the largest bank in Singapore, investors look to the bank’s FY2019 performance to gauge the outlook for DBS Group share price in FY2020. Many investors are also concerned whether the coronavirus outbreak will cast a dark shadow on DBS Group share price.

As the saying goes, past performance is not an indicator for the future. This is especially so, given that the latest financial result covers the performance of DBS Group until 31 December 2019 (the first reported case of coronavirus in Singapore was 23 January 2020). So investors will not be able to assess the impact of the coronavirus on DBS Group share price based on the latest financial result.

DBS Group share price

Good financial result for FY2019

In spite of the above, DBS Group recorded yet another stellar financial performance – full year net profit rose 14% to a record $6.39 billion. To celebrate the achievement, DBS Group proposed a final dividend of $0.33 per share. The annualised dividend will be $1.32 per share, representing an increase of 10%. The good news gave investors …

Singtel share price to swim or sink with coronavirus?

Singtel share price

With the onset of the coronavirus, many analysts claim that Singtel share is a defensive play because Singaporeans are likely to stay indoors and use data for communications. To this end, I do not dispute. However, as the saga unfolds, my opinion is that this virus could cause more harm than good for Singtel share price. The latest financial result appears to vindicate my thesis.

The third quarter result is bad. Revenue tanked to $4.3 billion from last year’s $4.6 billion while net profit declined 24% to $627 million. Although the result is disappointing, investors must have heaved a sigh of relief after the horror second quarter in which Singtel recorded its first ever quarterly loss because of the Indian Supreme Court’s hefty fine on its associate (Airtel). Singtel share price had slumped to $3.18 at one point but managed to recover much grounds in recent weeks.

Singtel share price

The reason for the recovery of Singtel share price could be attributed to tariff hike by Airtel effective 1 December 2019. That move signalled the end of bitter mobile telco price war in India. Following that announcement, Singtel share price surged to stunning high of $3.46 on 2 December 2019. But since then, …

Three important money advice from Jesus Christ

money advice

In this article, I will share my insights on three important money advice. The story is written from the perspective of Christianity but I have adapted the story to re-frame it from the angle of wealth building. Note that I am not a Christian and this is definitely not an article meant to spread Christianity. Instead, I believe that readers can benefit very much from this sharing in the course of their financial journey.

In life, we will always receive money advice from well-meaning friends and relatives. Yet, very often, it is only those simple money advice that really withstand the test of time. As a matter of fact, the three money advice contained in this article served me rather well in my financial journey. Thus, I am sharing this article with readers.

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The long journey

Once upon a time, there was a poor young man named David who just got married. The couple lived in a small farm. David wanted a better life for his wife and decided to venture out to find a better job. Before he left, he said to his wife,

“Dear, I will go and find a job that pays well so that both of …

DBS Group Holdings share price ambushed by coronavirus?

DBS Group Holdings share price

What a calamity out of nowhere! DBS Group Holdings share price looks set for another bout of volatility with the unfolding coronavirus saga. Investors could be forgiven for punching the wall as this counter had barely emerged from the persistent Hong Kong riots when the coronavirus took the world by storm. Will the upcoming financial result be a cup of hot milo in the winter for investors?

As the bellwether of the economy, the banking sector is very susceptible to economy condition. It is still too early to judge whether this coronavirus will pose a short or long-term challenge for Singapore economy. But one thing for sure is that DBS Group Holdings share price will come under pressure in the coming months because of its significant exposure to the Hong Kong market, which had been roiled by the civil unrests, recession and the coronavirus.

DBS Group Holdings share price

In recent years, Hong Kong had emerged to be an important market for Singapore banks, particularly DBS Group and OCBC. The start of the Hong Kong protests in July 2019 saw DBS Group Holdings share price correcting to $24 by end of August 2019. Since then, DBS Group holdings recovered to rise to $26 in January …

Keppel DC REIT immune to Wuhan virus

Keppel DC REIT

Crisis? What crisis? Keppel DC REIT share price shrugged off all talks of impending economic meltdown in Singapore to smash a high of $2.33. Since my last coverage in October 2019, Keppel DC REIT had a great run, surging from $2.00 to the current $2.33. Will this counter be another fairy-tale among the SGX stocks?

Amid the sea of red, Keppel DC REIT share price stood out from the rest of the pack and continued to be mightily bullish. In fact, Keppel DC REIT share price increased from $2.11 on 3 January 2020 to the current $2.33. It appears that not even a black swan event like the Wuhan virus can bring down Keppel DC REIT share price.

Keppel DC REIT

The shining Keppel DC REIT share price came on the back of an aggressive expansion of its portfolio assets. In 2019, the additions of Keppel DC Singapore 4 and DC1 increased the REIT’s assets under management to about $2.6 billion, an increase from $2.0 billion as at end-2018. Then in December 2019, Keppel DC REIT announced the acquisition of Kelsterbach Data Centre, which will be the REIT’s second data centre in Germany.

To be frank, the bullish form of Keppel DC …

Elite Commercial REIT a value buy or value trap?

Elite Commercial REIT

Is it really the right place and right time for Elite Commercial REIT? At a time when the whole world is firmly gripped by fear because of the Wuhan coronavirus, Elite Commercial REIT braved the storm to seek a listing on SGX mainboard. Notably, this IPO came after a slew of S-REIT listings in 2019, which included ARA US Hospitality, Eagle Hospitality Trust and Prime US REIT. Those were primarily US assets but Elite Commercial REIT differentiates itself as the first UK-focused S-REIT.

It seems that the management is determined to make the IPO a success. The public offering constitutes only 5,734,300 units while there is international placement of 108,981,000 units. In addition, 77,827,900 units are allocated to cornerstone investors. Understandably, given the current climate, such tactical allotment is needed to ensure that a successful IPO subscription.

Elite Commercial REIT

The distribution yield is a mouth-watering 7.1% but whether this sort of distribution yield is sustainable is one big question mark given that the forecast is based on merely 15 months of financial results. The private trust investors were “unwilling to provide representations and warranties” for the latest three financial years of Elite Commercial Trust and had sought exemption from SGX.

Will Elite …

Wuhan virus offers three opportunities to build wealth

Wuhan virus

No winter lasts forever and fortune favours the brave. Could the Wuhan virus be the proverbial Black Swan event that investors can exploit? It is still early days of the outbreak of Wuhan virus but wealth builders must prime themselves to strike when the iron is hot.

Amid the global outbreak of the Wuhan virus, there have been media reports of numerous retailers looking to profit from the coronavirus by increasing prices of facial masks. It is not for me to make moral judgements on whether the actions of these retailers are ethical. After all, many of them are businessmen and not charity bodies. But as an investor, I ask myself how I can make money from this Wuhan virus in a responsible, safe and ethical manner.

Wuhan virusHealth crisis like this Wuhan virus can present opportunities but such crisis only occurs once in a blue moon. Prior to the Wuhan virus, the last flu epidemic that sparked off such global panic was the SARS in 2003. In view of this, wealth builders must be able to spot and seize opportunities when they surfaced. Many investors like to lament that there is a dearth of opportunities in our generation but when …

Singapore dollar at a relative strength – how to leverage

Singapore dollar

On world financial markets, 2020 has begun the same way 2019 ended. Its waters remain a wild place, one where its waves can capsize the unaware at a moment’s notice. Question now is: how will Singapore dollar perform in 2020?

For starters, a no-deal Brexit remains a frightening possibility. The Trump presidency continues to surprise, to say nothing of the prospect of a Sanders administration. Hong Kong continues to fall from grace, as Beijing tightens the chain around its throat.

Suffice to say, investors are fervently searching for a safe harbour. For many, the Singapore dollar (SGD) is the sturdy port they’ve been searching for. A politically stable crossroads of regional trade, Singapore has long been a favourite of those looking for security. In light of recent events, this city-state has never looked quite so attractive.

Singapore dollar

Is Singapore dollar a viable play? And if so, how can the resourceful investor play the Singapore dollar to their advantage? That’s the question we’ll explore in today’s blog.

The Singapore dollar: A Financial Lifeboat On The High Seas Of Finance?

The financial community had so much faith in BoJo. Get elected, even if that means making grandiose promises (e.g., Brexit means Brexit). But …

SIA share price in crisis mode

SIA share price

Fortune favours the brave. Should investors buy into SIA share now? Recently, SIA share price plunged to 10-year low as the unfolding Wuhan coronavirus threatens to derail global air travel growth. At the point of writing, thousands of people in China had been infected and death toll reached 106. In Singapore, there were five reported cases of people being infected.

Looking back, SIA share price had certainly come a long way since 2003. That was when the aviation world grappled with United States’ war with Iraq and the outbreak of SARS. In that episode, SIA had been significantly impacted but the business recovery had been unexpectedly swift. Thus, if this latest event turned out to be as serious as the 2003 version, there should be a V-shape turnaround in the carrier’s business.

SIA share price

Obviously, it is still early days and it is unknown whether the authorities will mete out further measures to strengthen the battle against the deadly virus. But one thing for sure is that it will be a challenging road ahead for SIA share price in the coming months.

2020 had barely started when Iran had a conflict with United States over the slaughter of an Iran top military …

Wilmar share price to hit the roof in 2020?

Wilmar share price

World-class investor, Jim Rogers, once remarked that “nobody wants to be farmers anymore” because of changing lifestyle and rapid affluence among agricultural countries. Due to this global trend, there is a market distortion in the commodity supply and demand. Against the backdrop of rising demand and decreasing supply, commodity stocks are expected to do well in the long-run. In view of this, will Wilmar share price hit the roof in 2020?

All eyes are on the upcoming mega listing of its Chinese subsidiary in China and this catalyst had led to a buoyant Wilmar share price for the past few months. Question now is: will Wilmar share price hit the peak of $7.00 in 2010? That was when crude palm oil price was peaking due to oil price hitting USD100 per barrel. Fast forward ten years later, Wilmar share price had lost plenty of steam due to the lacklustre crude palm oil price. But the listing of its Chinese unit could possibly shake things up.

Wilmar share price

Indeed, the reason for the business diversification in recent years is because Wilmar share price has always been proxy to the crude palm oil. However, as compared to Golden Agri share price, Wilmar share price …

CPF accrued interest may lead to HDB negative sale?

CPF accrued interest

In Singapore, many people use their CPF Ordinary Account (OA) savings to pay for their property loan instalments. Fundamentally, there is nothing wrong with this approach. I have been doing this since I bought my first property in 2010. Then again, it is important to be mindful of the amount of CPF accrued interest because it may lead to negative sale when you disposed your property.

Due to the HDB lease decay issue, the prospect of facing HDB negative sale is very real for some HDB owners in recent years. This is especially so for those who owned ageing HDB flats. What is HDB negative sale and how does CPF accrued interest play a part in it? In this article, I will explain why it is important to factor in the CPF accrued interest when you buy and sell properties.

CPF accrued interest

CPF accrued interest and its dark side

CPF’s rule is that whatever amount of CPF savings you take out for housing or education purposes, you must refund the amount with compound interest. The rationale is that our CPF savings is primarily meant to fund our retirement needs. This is akin to borrowing money from your own retirement fund and paying …

Singtel share price in double trouble

Singtel share price

Toward the end of 2019, I was seriously contemplating to invest in Singtel share using my SRS fund. Eventually, I opted to invest in OCBC instead. Obviously, the Indian Supreme Court’s hefty fine on its associate (Airtel) played a part in my investment decision. To contain the fall out, Singtel had to set aside a staggering provision of $1.93 billion (pre-tax) for the mind-boggling penalty. In the process, Singtel share price shattered like falling glass.

The massive provision resulted in Singtel recording its first ever quarterly loss ($674 million). The latest result also came on the back of an eighth consecutive quarter of declining profits/losses. Against this backdrop, Singtel share price corrected to $3.18 and only climbed back to $3.30 level recently.

Singtel share price

Analysts had argued that the Airtel provision is likely to be ‘one-off’. To this, I do not disagree. But in my previous article, I have also highlighted that Singtel share price could be volatile due to its various legal disputes with foreign stakeholders. Apart from Airtel, the financial result also revealed that Singtel’s joint venture in Thailand, AIS, is locked in a legal dispute amounting to an estimated total of $7 billion.

It should also be highlighted …

Parkway Life REIT walloped Raffles Medical share price

Parkway Life REIT

While Temasek-linked REITs had been hogging the limelight amid the current bull run in the sector, Parkway Life REIT had been under the radar of many investors. The 3-month average trading volume amounted to a mere 8.29mm! Despite the extremely poor liquidity, the unit price of Parkway Life REIT had been on a roll and even stormed to a record high of $3.36 recently.

The stunning form of Parkway Life REIT unit price completely knocked the wind out of Raffles Medical share price, which had been in goofy form in recent years. I know, I know. It is not fair to compare price performance of a REIT to a share. But let’s face it. Both Raffles Medical and Parkway Life REIT operate in the same sector (private hospital) and both entities share basically the same challenges. But their destinies are remarkably different.

Parkway Life REIT

With a market capitalization of $2 billion, Parkway Life REIT is the largest healthcare REIT in Singapore. The other healthcare REIT is First REIT, which pale in comparison to Parkway Life in terms of scale. The latter has a diversified healthcare businesses sprawling across Singapore (59.8%), Japan (39.8%) and Malaysia (0.4%).

Listed on SGX in 2007, Parkway Life …

My NTUC Incomeshield experience

NTUC Incomeshield

A very belated Happy New Year to all readers! My family had a bad start for 2020 and things only settled down for the past few days. Now that things had pretty much gotten back to normal, I am taking this opportunity to pen down some thoughts and reflections about what had happened to my family. In addition, I have also decided to share my positive experiences with NTUC Incomeshield. Hopefully this sharing will benefit readers when crisis struck home.

For sure, nobody is ever prepared for crisis. But when disaster strikes, make sure you are ready.

This is the second time that my family had activated NTUC Incomeshield. In both instances, the claiming experiences were very positive. Many people like to joke that NTUC stands for “No Trouble Until Claim”. But our claiming experiences turned out to be otherwise!

NTUC Incomeshield

Note that this is not a sponsored post by NTUC Income nor am I promoting NTUC Incomeshield. In addition to this, the information contained in this article is not meant to be a form of financial advice. If you have any queries pertaining to NTUC Incomeshield, please seek financial advice from a licensed financial consultant.

Enhanced Incomeshield Preferred

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT share price) into the unknown

CCT share price

Amid the rally in the S-REIT sector, CapitaLand Commercial Trust share price is also enjoying a bullish run. The counter surged from $1.80 in January 2019 to a high of $2.30 in July 2019. Since then, CCT share price had cooled off a bit and maintained around the $2.00 level. Is the run of CCT share price sustainable?

Hands down, I like this counter and could not find much fault on the management. However, certain aspect of the Group’s financial cashflow made me wonder if the bullish run of CCT share price is sustainable in the long run.

CCT share price

Being Singapore’s first and largest listed commercial REIT, CCT is considered a blue chip among the S-REITs. Currently, the market capitalization stands at $7.8 billion. The portfolio consists of eight prime commercial properties in Singapore and two properties in Frankfurt, Germany. The assets are valued about $11.6 billion as of $11.6 billion. In addition to this, CCT also owns approximately 10.9% of MRCB-Quill REIT, a commercial real estate investment trust listed in Malaysia.

Despite the quality assets of CCT, the biggest concern of investors must be the seven-year lease, commencing in early 2Q 2021 with WeWork Singapore for the entire building of …

Genting Singapore turns to Japan for royal flush

Genting Singapore

Will it be a royal flush or royal rumble for Genting Singapore? Investors’ patience are wearing thin as Genting Singapore continued its bid to enter the Japan market, one of the last untapped markets in the world. Considering the fact that Japan is the world’s third largest economy, the pay-off could be tremendous for Genting Singapore. In view of this, it is no wonder that investors are fervently hoping that management would hit the jackpot (no pun intended).

Currently, Genting Singapore is making two bids for integrated resorts in Japan – Osaka and Yokohama. What is the chance of Genting Singapore winning the bids? In my point of view, the Group stands a high chance of winning at least one bid. It is only a matter of when, and not if, that Genting Singapore win at least one of the Japan IR bids. In this article, I will share my views on this counter.

Genting Singapore

Note that this is an opinion article and not meant to be a financial advice. Please do your due diligence or engage financial advisors before investing in the stock market. Furthermore, I am not vested and have never invested in Genting Singapore share before. Whether Genting …

DBS Group share to sink or swim with Grab IPO?

Wilmar share price

Is this the beginning of the end for DBS Group share? One of the biggest Singapore financial news that set tongues wagging should be the joint application of a digital bank license by Singtel and Grab. Many investors are wondering if digital banks could pose a serious threat to the incumbent banks in the long run.

In my point of view, the move by Grab should be a desperate bid to enhance bottom-line to pave the way for the coming Grab IPO in 2023. I honestly doubt that Grab or Singtel would want to compete directly with DBS Group because all three entities are backed by Temasek Holdings. It will not be the interest of the investment firm to see DBS Group share collapsing like StarHub.

DBS Group share

Of course it is still early days for the digital banks but it will be too far-fetched to claim this could signal a slippery slope for DBS Group share price.

The key reason why Grab IPO is on the cards is due to the acquisition of Uber assets in Southeast Asia in 2018. According to Uber IPO prospectus, Grab paid Uber 409 million stocks issued at USD5.54 in exchange for the assets. One of …

Gold price hit six-year high

gold price

As 2019 comes to an end, wealth builders will surely look back and marvel at how gold price had stormed back in style. Since the beginning of the year, gold price had surged 17% to reach a six-year high. The last time that gold price was in such bullish form was 2009 – 2011. That was the tumultuous period in the aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis and European debt crisis.

Since 2011, global loose monetary policies and low interest rate environment caused gold price to fall from a record high of USD1900 to a low of USD1068 per ounce in 2015. The crash of gold price was the result of recovering US economy and strengthening of US dollar.

gold price

Question now is whether gold price will reach another high in 2020? In this regard, I don’t see why not. This is because the world has not seen another alternative safe haven for financial assets. And gold has always been used as a form of hedge against uncertainties and volatility in the financial markets.

In 2016, the crash of China stock market, UK Brexit and the US Presidential Election saw gold price surging from USD1100 to USD1300 per ounce. Based on …

SingPost share price see light at end of tunnel?

SingPost share price

Lo and behold! Is this really the light at end of tunnel for SingPost share price? Investors got massively hyped up over announcement of bankruptcy protections for its ill-fated United States subsidiaries, Jagged Peak and TradeGlobal. Under the scheme, SingPost will no longer recognise profit or loss from the toxic subsidiaries. In view of this, is SingPost share price out of the woods?

The latest development marked the end of a dark chapter that started way back in December 2015. Jagged Peak and TradeGlobal were the two major assets acquired under former CEO Wolfgang’s tenure. Within months after the acquisitions, Wolfgang resigned. I do not know what transpired behind the scene. But since the acquisitions, the eCommerce segment had been consistently loss-making and the management struggled to turn the business unit. SingPost share price also plunged from a high of $2.00 to the current $0.93.

SingPost share price

Of course, it is not fair to solely attribute the ailing SingPost share price to the two United States subsidiaries. There was also a special audit ordered by regulators in 2015 to look into a possible lack of interest disclosure by one of its former directors, Keith Tay. That saga concerned the acquisition of FS …

A Comprehensive Property Buying Checklist

property buying

Below is a guest post on property buying in Singapore. It is written by Stuart Chng, Senior Associate Executive Director of OrangeTee & Tie, a renowned leader, real estate broker and personality in the real estate industry.

He is a licensed real estate agent, team leader, industry trainer and speaker, columnist for several property newsletters and blogs and is often quoted in media interviews on 938FM, Channel 5, PropertyReport, PropertyGuru and other publications.

Throughout his career, he has also coached many top million dollar producing agents from different real estate agencies in Singapore. You can find out more about him at www.StuartChng.com.

A Comprehensive Property Buying Checklist

Congratulations on starting your search for a new home or investment property!

Whether you’re a soon-to-be parent, a first time property buyer or investing in your Xth property, it helps to have a comprehensive guide & checklist to follow when deciding on a property.

Apart from the criteria cited in my earlier article, Important Entry Signals for Property Investors, here’s a checklist of stuff you would do well to check for when committing to possibly the largest purchase in your lifetime!

Some are basics, some take a little more …

DBS CEO can still laugh his way to the bank

DBS CEO

As 2019 draws to a close, it is timely to review the performance of the largest bank in Singapore – DBS Group. In a year which many analysts predicted to be a challenging year for DBS Group, the Singapore bank stunned many critics by posting a series of solid financial results. For nine months, net profit rose 13% to $4.88 billion. Total income grew 12% to $11.1 billion. Against this backdrop, DBS CEO can laugh all the way to the bank.

Piyush Gupta joined the bank in November 2009. In the blink of an eye, ten years had passed. Under the helm of the current DBS CEO, the Singapore bank has enjoyed a decade of tremendous growth.

Of course, there were challenges along the way, such as the European debt crisis (2011-2012), the oil slump (2014-2016) and the unfolding trade war between USA and China. Somehow, the DBS CEO managed to steer the bank to safe harbor and grew the bank to an even bigger scale than what it was ten years ago. Very impressive indeed.

DBS CEO

According to SGX filing, DBS CEO Piyush Gupta held 1.84 million of DBS shares as at 25 February 2019. Most of the shares were …

OUE share price emerged from nightmare

OUE share price

On 29 October 2018, I wrote that OUE share price plunged to a record 14-year low of $1.37. Since that fateful day, the counter confounded all critics by staging a magnificent run to reach a high of $1.80 on 12 April 2019. It certainly seemed like OUE share price is out to prove me wrong. Well, I have no problem with that as long as shareholders made money out of the rebound!

After that minor bull run, OUE share price tamed off quite a fair bit to reach the current level of $1.50. At current OUE share price, the Price/Book Value amounts to a mere 0.33. Is OUE share price undervalued or is it a value trap?

OUE share price

For sure, OUE is not in the league of CapitaLand, City Development or UOL. But this stock is no pushover either. With a market capitalization of $1.46 billion, OUE share is considered a large cap among SGX property counters. Furthermore, OUE boasts many premium grade assets under its stable, among them are OUE Bayfront, One Raffles Place, Lippo Plaza, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Marina Mandarin Singapore and Mandarin Gallery.

Given the pedigree of OUE, the Group is in strong …

Mapletree Logistics Trust in amazing form

Mapletree Logistics Trust

Can anything stop Mapletree Logistics Trust? Since my last coverage on this counter in September 2019, the unit price had been on an incredible bullish form. The surging unit price of Mapletree Logistics Trust had created plenty of wealth for unitholders. Christmas certainly comes early for these investors!

To be frank, I had underestimated the potential of this S-REIT. Amid the rally in the S-REIT sector, 2019 turns out to be a fantastic year for Mapletree Logistics Trust as its unit price rocketed from $1.30 in January to the current $1.68. The increase of almost 30% within a year is certainly very impressive for an S-REIT!

Mapletree Logistics Trust

It appears to me that the management is riding on the current industry upturn and seizing opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. In November 2019, Mapletree Logistics Trust had raised $250 million through private placement of 154.6 million unit to fund the acquisition of 50% interest in four properties in China, 100% interest in two properties in Vietnam and 100% interest in one property in Malaysia.

Despite the equity financing, the unit price of Mapletree Logistics Trust remained resilient. Question now is: will this S-REIT takes its swashbuckling run right into 2020? On …

Lost my wedding expenses to stock market

wedding expenses

2019 come and go. In the blink of an eye, it has been 10 years since the Great Financial Crisis took place. As I look back, I can’t help but feel intrigued at the transformation of my wealth building journey. This blog was borne in an era of great financial upheaval and also at a time when I was struggling financially. Specifically, 2009-10 was the period in which I lost a substantial portion of my wedding expenses to the stock market.

The loss was attributed to a poor strategy executed for one of the penny stocks – China Enersave. I have always maintained that there is no good or bad stocks. In investing, there are only good or bad strategies. When the share price of a stock dived, you can always choose to cut loss or short-sell. In my case, I did neither. The loss of my wedding expenses culminated in one of the biggest challenges that I had to face in the course of my financial journey.

wedding expenses

Losing money to the stock market is not the end of the world. But being on the receiving end, it did feel like the end of the world. This is especially so …

OCBC share price led to my first investment in decade

OCBC share price

On 13 December, OCBC share price turned bullish upon the announcement of Bangkok Bank winning the bid for Bank Permata acquisition. Previously, it was reported that OCBC had mulled over the acquisition of the Indonesian bank. On the basis of the mild recovery of OCBC share price, it seems that shareholders are glad that OCBC pulled out of the deal.

Incidentally, the latest development came at a time when I opened my Supplementary Retirement Sum (SRS) and looking at investing in a blue chip to generate reasonable returns. After much consideration, I opted to invest in OCBC share. In this article, I will share my view on why I chose to enter at current OCBC share price.

OCBC share price

Strictly speaking, my last stock investment was in 2010 when I bought K1 Venture, an investment holding company of Keppel Group. Back then, the intent was not really to grow wealth but to divert a portion of my CPF monies from the Ordinary Account before HDB wiped out the monies for the settlement of my HDB flat purchase. I wanted this investment to be a buffer in case I got retrenched from my job and still need to service my housing loan. In …

Gallant Venture transformed into fallen angel

Gallant Venture

How Gallant Venture had fallen. This listed company used to have a track record of making good profits and even counted Sembcorp Industries as one of its major shareholders. But in the aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis of 2009, Gallant Venture share price free fall from the sky to become a perennial penny stock. This counter would have been placed under SGX Watch List for failing to meet the Minimum Trading Price (MTP), if not for its $619 million market capitalization.

In the latest turn of events, investors of Gallant Venture should brace themselves for a roller coaster ride following the exit of Sembcorp Industries’ exit. On 11 June 2019, it was announced that Sembcorp Industries disposed its entire shareholdings in Gallant Venture and ceased to be a substantial shareholder.

Gallant Venture

Perhaps Sembcorp Industries had lost patience with Gallant Venture. For the past five years, revenue had declined from $2.33 billion in 2014 to $1.8 billion in 2018. Profits had become erratic and inconsistent as well. In 2014, full-year profit was $7.5 million while 2016 saw profit of $72 million. But in 2015, the Group suffered losses of $145 million. Subsequently, since 2017, Gallant Venture had been in the red.…

CapitaLand share price flying with Liang Court redevelopment

CapitaLand share price

Since my last coverage on 1st October 2019, CapitaLand share price had turned on the style, surging from $3.40 to $3.70. The driving factors for the bullish form of CapitaLand share price stem from the recent asset recycling activities and sale of new launches.

As of 20 November 2019, CapitaLand had divested close to $5.7 billion worth of assets, exceeding their annual target divestment of $3 billion. The most notable recent divestment was the divestment of The Star Vista for $296 million to Rock Productions. According to the management, the deal is expected to yield net proceeds of about $145 million and a net gain of about $32 million. The slew of divestments had led to the buoyant CapitaLand share price in 2019.

CapitaLand share price

Another catalyst for CapitaLand share price was the strong sale performance for its residential units in Singapore and China. One Pearl Bank has sold 235 of the 280 launched units while Sengkang Grand Residences sold 216 of the 280 available units. In China, the Group sold 3,694 units in the first nine months of 2019 with a value of RMB8.5 billion, and expects to launch an estimated further 1,700 units in 4QFY2019.

Against the backdrop of …

Golden Agri share price to lose shine after STI exit?

Goldern Agri share price

On 5 December, it was announced that Golden Agri share will be booted out of the prestigious Straits Times Index (STI). Taking over its place will be Mapletree Logistics Trust. With this latest development, I fear the worst for Golden Agri share price. In my previous article, I have mentioned that I am pretty bearish on Golden Agri share price in the medium term. This latest episode vindicated my point and also marked a sorry end to Golden Agri’s journey in the STI.

StarHub and SIAEC were booted out of STI in 2018 and 2017 respectively. Since then, the share prices of the two companies had plunged to abysmal levels. On this basis, I don’t see how Golden Agri share price can fight its destiny. Included in the STI since September 2008, Golden Agri share price had been in the limelight for the past decade and this counter enjoys much liquidity. The average three-month trading volume is actually 1.1 billion!

Goldern Agri share price

Since 2014, Golden Agri share price had plunged from $0.44 to the current $0.22, representing a massive decline of 50%. The huge fall of Golden Agri share price had caused much wealth destruction for shareholders. Thus, understandably, many shareholders must …