DIARY OF PRIVATE INVESTOR

Be a master of your share portfolios

You may sometimes hear analysts say that investors are more interested in a return of their money rather than a return on their money.

DIARY OF PRIVATE INVESTOR

There really is no alternative this time

IF the performance of the stock market over the last few of months is any guide, then this nightmare of a pandemic could be over quite soon. We could all wake up one morning and wonder what all the fuss over Covid-19 has been about. After all, the stock market is reckoned to be a leading...

DIARY OF A PRIVATE INVESTOR

Have dividends had their day?

LATELY, there has been a lot written about dividends - or more precisely, the possible lack of dividends paid by companies. Questions are now being asked if income investing could still be worth pursuing.

DIARY OF PRIVATE INVESTOR

When will this nightmare end?

IT seems that some of us might have turned into amateur epidemiologists. We think we know more about the deadly Covid-19 pathogen than even medical experts do. More worryingly, there are some political leaders out there who think that they are so knowledgeable about the virus that they have...

DIARY OF PRIVATE INVESTOR

Stand back and see the big picture

IN these difficult times in the stock market, it can be hard, if not impossible, to see the woods for the trees. What's more, many of the trees look more like sawn-off stumps than living organisms, which is not encouraging for us investors. And right now, there is so much panic, so much...

DIARY OF PRIVATE INVESTOR

Days of department stores are numbered

Department stores have been around for more than 150 years. Singapore's oldest department store John Little was established in 1845. That was around the same time that Whiteleys opened in London's Bayswater, and Le Bon Marche was founded in Paris. But even though John Little was able to survive...

DIARY OF A PRIVATE INVESTOR

Snacks are not to be sniffed at

DID you know that each of us here in Singapore munches through 3.1 kg of snacks every year? That's roughly 50 bags of crisps. That puts us above the average for the rest of the world on a per capita basis. I am not entirely sure it is something we should be proud of, though. Nevertheless, our...

DIARY OF A PRIVATE INVESTOR

A great year to own shares

WHAT a year it has been. Who would have thought that stock markets in 2019 would have turned out the way they did? Instead of being on the back foot, as many had predicted, most shares around the world have ended the year higher than at the start. This is despite persistent expectations of a...

DIARY OF A PRIVATE INVESTOR

Looking for prospective pawn stars

PAWNBROKING has been around for more than a thousand years. In the early days, the practice of pawnbroking was not just the preserve of businessmen looking to make a quick buck. It was also carried out by churches to provide short-term financial assistance to members of their congregation who...

DIARY OF A PRIVATE INVESTOR

Just the ticket for stable income

GO ON, admit it. We love to complain about our public transport systems wherever we might be living. Even if they are the best of the breed, they are still never quite good enough.

THE FOOL’S EYE VIEW

Casinos: The house always wins, but the investor may not

IF YOU think of casinos as indoor theme parks for adults, then you probably won't go too far wrong. But instead of rollercoasters and spinning teacups, the thrills that casino customers are likely to experience are slot machines that could, if they are lucky, spit out buckets of change, or howls...

THE FOOL’S EYE VIEW

A spoonful of medicine to grow your wealth

I GET disappointed these days when I can't find a little pill or a gritty ointment that could be used to treat an ailment that is giving me problems. It doesn't happen that often because there seems to be a cure for all known germs.