My SRS Portfolio June 2021

My SRS Portfolio and Thoughts [June 2021]

My SRS Portfolio June 2021
My SRS Portfolio June 2021

It is scary how time flies. It was 3 months since the last updates. Here are some of my thoughts on the SRS portfolio.

The Standard Disclaimer: This is not and should not be taken as a buy/sell recommendation.

Before looking into using SRS to invest, these are some links you should read first before continuing.

Start Here: The $1 SRS Strategy

Basic Knowledge: 5 things you need to know about SRS when you are 40 and older

Your SRS Overseas Retirement Guide: 3 things you need to know about SRS if you plan to leave Singapore

For 40s and above: 10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older

Income Tax and SRS: How Much Is My Income Taxes [2021 Edition]

SRS Portfolio March 2021.

 

My Thoughts and Consideration

My SRS Portfolio June 2021 Data
My SRS Portfolio June 2021 Data

The price for SGX: HST is an ETF which tracks the biggest technology stocks in China seems to be under pressure possibly due to the USA-China trade tensions and also regulatory risk in China. However, business fundamentals have not change. This will remain as a core position in the portfolio. Unfortunately, the portfolio is lagging the US market due to a heavy exposure into this ETF.

Manulife REITS BTOU Q12021 Highlights
Manulife REITS BTOU Q12021 Highlights

SGX: BTOU fundamental numbers to be be quite stable. In the AGM, the management mentioned that tenants are gradually bringing their employees back to office, with the physical occupancy of 13% in Jan 2021 to 20% as of May 2021. Management are also opened to reviewing potential acquisitions across sectors. This could be good news for shareholders if the property is yield accretive. This will continue to be a core position in the portfolio.

New injections into my SRS might happen at the end of 2021. The injection depends on the potential taxable income in 2021. I’m currently looking into a product that is offered by an insurance company. The investment engine sounds great as it focus on value and growth companies which is the objective of my SRS portfolio.

 

Final Thoughts

Disclaimer: this is not and should not be taken as a buy/sell recommendation. Like what Charlie Munger famously said: the big money is not in the buying or selling.. but in the waiting.

Are you investing your SRS well?

Chengkok is a licensed Financial Services Consultant since 2012. He is an Investment and Critical Illness Specialist. Wealthdojo was created in 2019 to educate and debunk “free financial advice” that was given without context.  

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Wealthdojo Annual Report 2021

Wealthdojo Annual Report 2021

To our partners, clients and readers:

Wealthdojo passed many milestones in 2020. Some of which personal, some of which professional and some of which are hearing stories of how Wealthdojo has impacted your lives.

Wealthdojo was created to serve you as an knowledge base, an inspiration and also a place to make informed actions for your financial journey. I have thought deep and at length of how to impact the personal finance scene in Singapore before creating “The Daily Learning” from Telegram.

But this is still Day #1 for personal finance in Singapore. I aspire to be the thought leader of personal finance in Singapore and partner you through your financial journey.

It is all about the long term:

I think that people underestimate – until they get older – they underestimate just how important habits are, and how difficult they are to change when you are forty-five or fifty, and how important it is to form the right ones when you are young.

Quote from Warren Buffett.

I believe that habits are the building blocks for success. My own personal finance started when I first controlled the desire to buy a playstation 3, the ongoing urge to drink bubble tea and temptation to mindlessly watch youtube during my free time. I don’t not have a playstation 3. I confess I do drink bubble tea (maybe twice a year). I make extra effort to ingest as much financial information during my free time (though I spend a lot of time reading manga).

I believe that heading in the right direction in a simple, sensible and consistent pace is more important than optimizing and being extreme. Those rarely work in the long run.

In Wealthdojo, I aim to make it AS SIMPLE AND AS TIME EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE for you to work on your financial journey.

Working on your financial journey is not a “one-time off” like a house renovation. It is a like a grass patch that requires you to work on it constantly to create a beautiful garden full of flowers. It is my aim to help you create the bed of roses. Here, we start with habits.

By many measures, we came a long way:

Here are some key metrics (unaudited) that I take pride in my journey in 2020.

  • Protected the wealth of 37 families through their insurance program
  • > $100,000 paid out in claims through their insurance program
  • 31 new families embarked on investment or insurance program
  • 82 articles written (2020 till 21Jun21)
  • Read 6 new books (I believe there was more)
  • 6 Online Webinars
  • Awarded Top 75 Singapore Investment Blog
  • Featured on Singapore’s Finest
  • Awarded MDRT (Top 5% Financial Consultants World Wide)
  • Top Article: 5 things you need to know about SRS when you are 40 and older
  • 100th article milestone

Goals of 2021:

I believe Wealthdojo (and myself) are still at the early stages of learning how to create more value to our partners, clients and readers. I want to thank the many of you who have given invaluable feedback on how to make it better and it will be done.

To improve the quality and value to you, these will be a few projects, goals and certifications I will be embarking this year.

  • The Institute of Banking & Finance: IBF (Advance) Level 2
  • The Institute of Banking & Finance: IBF (Qualified)
  • 10 new books (Only books worth reading will be introduced)
  • Inspire 50 new families to work on their financial journey
  • 12 High Quality articles (one longer article a month)
  • 3 High Quality Webinars
  • Continue being MDRT in 2021

One Final Story:

In 2019, I met Joyce (the name has been changed). She was not working at that moment of time. She has been feeling lost in her financial journey and also in life. At that time, she was spending more than she earns, accumulating credit card debts and also relatively close to retirement age. The financial scene is a very noisy scene. She always felt handling money was very complicated and she was too busy to handle them.

When she first read articles, it felt like an epiphany came upon her. She contacted me and the rest was history. In a simple, sensible and consistent manner, we worked on her financial portfolio from scratch (she started with $20,000 in her bank not including credit card debts). I’m glad to say that she is currently credit card debt-free, have a solid insurance portfolio and also managing a 6 digit investment portfolio.

She wants to impact the younger generation of her mistakes that she made over the years. She now spends her free time impacting youth in church. We still remain close in contact till today.

Joyce is an example that is not too late to start. I look forward to impact the lives of more “joyces”.

 

2020 was indeed an incredible year. I’m extremely grateful to my partner, clients and readers for your business and trust. I look forward to writing this annual report in 2022.

Wealthdojo Annual Report 2021
Wealthdojo Annual Report 2021*Photos Taken Pre-COVID19

Chengkok is a licensed Financial Services Consultant since 2012. He is an Investment and Critical Illness Specialist. Wealthdojo was created in 2019 to educate and debunk “free financial advice” that was given without context.  

Feel Free To Reach Out To Share Your Thoughts.

Contact: 94316449 (Whatsapp) chengkokoh@gmail.com (Email)
Telegram: Wealthdojo [Continuous Learning Channel]
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The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organisation, employer or company. Assumptions made in the analysis are not reflective of the position of any entity other than the author.

3 pieces of money advice no one ever wants to hear

I’m a financial planner and these are 3 pieces of money advice no one ever wants to hear

I remember my mom telling me to eat more vegetables when I was younger. At that time, I absolutely hated broccoli and only ate it because I can only play with my playstation after that. Years later, I can only assume eating broccoli was a great decision because I don’t really fall sick as often as my peers. I did not appreciate my mom’s nagging advice (I mean who did at that time) until years later.

Turns out that nagging found its’ way into adulthood. As a financial planner, I’m constantly giving money advice that no one wants to hear. But those who listened and applied the concepts tend to have better cashflow, protection and investment portfolio.

You might not like it, but it is for your own good.

3 pieces of money advice no one ever wants to hear
3 pieces of money advice no one ever wants to hear

 

#1: You Got To Save To Have Money To Invest

“I want to invest but investing more than $100/month is too much because…”

To set the context, these are people with good monthly income of around $3000 to $6000. I find it scary to have so many conversations with people who have issues setting aside money every single month BUT wants to invest. It is like wanting to bake a chocolate cake with no chocolate. Often, not having a Level #2: Abundant Surplus Creator set up is one of the main cause of failure.

Saving more than you need will buy you opportunity and freedom in the future. The usual guideline is to set aside at least 25% of your take home salary. This 25% will buy you opportunity and also freedom that you desire.

 

#2: Have A Backup Plan

“You will fail in life 33% of the time. Do you have a backup plan?”

Cancer hits 1 out of 3 people in Singapore. Each and every of us have a 33% chance of our income source robbed away when we are unable to work when we are ill. If you are lucky and detected it early, the effects may be temporary. However, if it is a major critical illness, the effects will be longer term in nature.

With COVID-19 still looming over our heads, I think it is clear that the next war we will be fighting is a Health War. No one likes to imagine the worst cause situation but if something really happens, you will be glad that you have a backup plan Level 4: Aegis Of War aka insurance especially medical and critical illness coverage.

Other forms of backup includes having adequate emergency funds.

 

#3: Don’t Time The Market. Invest For The Long Term

“I want to wait until the market crash (like in March 2020) and invest.”

You will be waiting for a long time. Before March 2020, it was Sept 2008. Before Sept 2008, it was April 2000. From 2000 to 2021, S&P500 is up roughly 189% with a CAGR of around 6%. It is certainly very easy to look back in 2008 or 2020 to say that it is the best time to invest BECAUSE it has already happened.

It is virtually impossible to predict the market. Investing may be all sunshine in 2020. However, it is not as fun and sexy as you think it is. The recent pull back has shattered some confidence in the market and you might be wondering what to do next.

Build a strategic investment plan and stick to it. We want to invest in companies that is of value and growing and hold it until it rewards us. You can take a look at some of the largest companies now that is rewarding investors. Companies such as Apple and Facebook are rewarding investors with price appreciation and also dividends over the last 10 years whether it is market crash or not.

 

Final Thoughts By Wealthdojo

Eat your veggies. Trust me, it is good for you.

 

Chengkok is a licensed Financial Services Consultant since 2012. He is an Investment and Critical Illness Specialist. Wealthdojo was created in 2019 to educate and debunk “free financial advice” that was given without context.  

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Contact: 94316449 (Whatsapp) chengkokoh@gmail.com (Email)
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Sell In May and Go Away

Is Sell In May and Go Away Still Relevant?

It is May. Singapore just entered phase 2 “heighten alert”. I’m also at “heighten alert” right now. Some Gurus that I know have started to preach about “Sell In May and Go Away.” It is hilarious to think that such an age old advice wasn’t taken into context. Not taking advice into context is often the worse possible advice/bullshit in your financial journey.

Sell In May and Go Away
Sell In May and Go Away

Is Sell In May and Go Away still relevant?

Let’s take a look at history on how this sentence came into existence.

In the UK, aristocrats, merchants, and bankers usually would leave the city of London and escape to the countryside because summer was too hot. Summer in this case typically starts in May when the weather warms up. They will sell away their shares in May and enjoy their holiday in the countryside. As a result, there will be less volume in the market due to lower activity. In those times, it is not easy to monitor share price from far away. Hence, I believe that’s why they sold it in May.

In the US, investor also mimic the same behavior as they spend more time for vacation.

Fast forward to 2021, with the entire world mostly in a lockdown, semi lockdown state, there isn’t really a countryside to escape to. With digitalization, I believe that it is more easy than ever to monitor your positions in any countryside.

Hence, I really don’t think it is relevant in this age and time anymore

 

Final Thoughts By Wealthdojo

People will always rationalize things that happen with logic (could be flawed logic). In the current correction, it is easy to point conveniently to an existing phenomenon.

In my opinion, a correction is not due to low volume (as suggested above) but a high volume of selling activities. Hence, the suggestion of “Sell in May and Go Away” is false in explaining the current correction now.

Hope that this sets some context into investing.

May you invest with a strategic theme. Take care.

 

Chengkok is a licensed Financial Services Consultant since 2012. He is an Investment and Critical Illness Specialist. Wealthdojo was created in 2019 to educate and debunk “free financial advice” that was given without context.  

Feel Free To Reach Out To Share Your Thoughts.

Contact: 94316449 (Whatsapp) chengkokoh@gmail.com (Email)
Telegram: Wealthdojo [Continuous Learning Channel]
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The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organisation, employer or company. Assumptions made in the analysis are not reflective of the position of any entity other than the author.

 

How To Identify Bullshit Investors Say

How To Identify Bullshit Investors Say

This might be an uncomfortable read for some. If you might take umbrage at what you are going to read, I suggest heading to other friendlier parts of my website such as “what’s holding us back in our wealth management journey”.

The market don’t really make sense on a day to day basis. Benjamin Graham, father of value investing famously said this. “In the short run, the market is a voting machine. In the long run, the market is a weighing machine.” Personally, I agree with this and that you should really invest in the companies you want to see grow in the long run.

Alas, in real life we have plenty of distraction coming from our friends, “Gurus“, Gamestop, Bitcoin, Elon Musk (just to name a few).

On the ground, here is a story of bullshit that I hear one investor says and here’s how to identify them.

How To Identify Bullshit Investors Say
How To Identify Bullshit Investors Say: Hulk Says BULLSHIT!

 

There are 4 stages of Bullshit that you get to hear. It follows very closely to the market cycle.

4 Stages Of Market Cycle
4 Stages Of Market Cycle

The most noise happens typically at stage 3. One recent example would be the market crash of March/April 2020. Let’s start here.

Stage 3: This time is different. Wait for confirmation.

As Sir John Templeton puts it, this time is different is the 4 most dangerous words in investing. During March/April 2020, the stock market crashed. People were pulling money out of the market because they felt that COVID19 was going to have a significant impact of the economy.

During a crash, the best thing to do is to keep calm and learn how to endure the correction. As easy as it may sound, it is not easy to do. I know of people who are pulling out or adopting the stay at the side saying “this time is different”. The crash will be longer than usual and this is the first time (not really) that a virus has made it’s way worldwide. Every sensible country is in a lockdown. The entire economy is in a standstill. This situation will drag on. It is better to keep some in cash.

Most people don’t do anything (if they have the capital) or they may take losses to protect their capital because “this time is different”. This is bullshit because this is the best time to invest in companies you always wanted to.

Stage 4: Some leverage is good debt. Let’s 10X our capital.

Things are recovering right now. People are starting to enter the market. At this stage, most people would be making money from the stock market easily. If you know someone who have invested from May 2020 to Dec 2020, they will be bragging how they can be financially free in no time. They are looking into leverage instruments because they are looking to 10X their capital!!

This is the time to go long because economies are recovering. Some sectors have benefited and it is obvious (in hindsight) that they are benefiting (WFH stocks like zoom). You are a little late but there is still some time to enter. People all around somehow are making money and you don’t want to left out.

More bullshit because greed is now fueling the stock market. This is the easiest time to make money no doubt. Talk is cheap, people are showing off their results on Facebook. Almost everyone is making money here.

Stage 1: Value Investing is Dead. You got to pay more for quality.

This the most scary part of the cycle (in my opinion). The market is over-heated and valuation are rich. The narration here is “you got to pay more for quality”. As more and more people starts to pay more, the price of the stocks starts to go higher and higher. Cathie Woods starts taking central stage here in 2020 with her ARK funds outperforming all major indices. People starts to buy into the idea and invest with higher prices.

The ultimate bullshit because prices are going to the moon now. No one is concern about fundamentals. Everyone is waiting for the stock to gap up and celebrate until…

Stage 2: You need to have diamond hands. Valuation is everything.

For some reason, earning beats don’t increase the stock price anymore. Although the results are fantastic, stock prices are dropping. Stock prices drops and people start to think that there is a “sector rotation”. Here, you will need to have diamond hands as you have bought the stocks are “good prices” already.

However, stock prices continue to drop. Warren Buffett takes central stage again. Gurus are saying valuation is everything. Prices continue to go down and people gets worried. People begin to sell in companies that they have less conviction in.

Bullshit because it is too late to notice that valuation was too rich before.

 

Final Thoughts By Wealthdojo

The cycle continues on. I heard this bullshit in the last one year all from the same investor. I cannot imagine how inconsistent his/her investment strategy is and how many people have lost money because of him/her.

To put things into context, the above advice are good advices except that it is adapted conveniently to sound smart in the market. Investment is not all rosy and sunshine. It comes with rains and storms. We need to learn when is the best time to plan the seeds, when is the best time to wait and when is the best time to celebrate. A far sighted plan is needed to prepare oneself in their investment journey. Average investors learn from their own mistakes over time. The best ones learn from other people’s mistake using their time and experience. Investment is not complicated. You just need to learn from the best and apply it.

All the best to everyone enduring this correction.

 

Chengkok is a licensed Financial Services Consultant since 2012. He is an Investment and Critical Illness Specialist. Wealthdojo was created in 2019 to educate and debunk “free financial advice” that was given without context.  

Feel Free To Reach Out To Share Your Thoughts.

Contact: 94316449 (Whatsapp) chengkokoh@gmail.com (Email)
Telegram: Wealthdojo [Continuous Learning Channel]
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The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organisation, employer or company. Assumptions made in the analysis are not reflective of the position of any entity other than the author.