Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 & 5 Years Review

An entire year gone by since I last posted, here are my 2017 & past 5 years results.

Year
Absolute Gains / (losses)
% Return
Styles
2013
 $   3,595.89
8.4%
Penny, intra-day, dividends play
2014
 $   4,182.00
5.9%
Insiders following, intra-day, technical analysis, candlesticks
2015
 $(2,785.44)
-2.8%
Value Catch (more like Value Traps)
2016
 $   4,244.83
3.2%
Unwinding previous holdings, divergences, dividends play
2017
 $   2,111.68
1.6%
Divergences, caught falling knives

Honestly, I am not a great trader, looking back I struggled with same mistakes as I did in 2015, 2016 & continued to today. At times, it were ok to hold on beyond cut losses, with some bounced back, other times when it don't, it became too painful to hold.

As such, I decided to top up $7,000 from my year end bonus to my CPF SA account to lower my taxable income as well. This was my first time doing so, as it is a leap of faith to lock up the monies in CPF SA and ultimately to believe in the government in maintaining prudence and prosperity of the island country Singapore until my retirement 29 years later (I am age 33 this year), presuming retirement age was still 62 then.

I also transferred my CPF OA monies to SA account and managed to hit the minimum sum of $168K in SA in Jan 18. This showed that if one is to spend prudently and worked 10 years with an below average to medium income (I started with salary $1.7K in 2008 and only earned about $4K, both gross figures), its possible to reach the minimum sum.
The big caveat is to avoid buying big expense items like house and car and delayed gratification for 10years if possible. Many peers held alternative beliefs that travel twice a year to exotic countries and luxury eating each weekends are deserved relaxations, well each to their own. As long as one spend within its means and not use debts to purchase doodads or liabilities, thats fine.

I guess my circumstances is getting common, as a bachelor single, I do go out occasionally and nearby countries for travel, hiking but I dont crave for car since the COE is so high. 

Also, I stayed with my aged parent, being the only single in my family; naturally the filial piety burden falls on me, though without having to rent or pay mortgage, it allows me to save & direct this monies to trading. 

As I plan my personal work plan in 2018, I do foresee more time to be involved in my Master studies starting in 2018 to end 2020. I also had to divert more of my disposable income now to engage a maid to care for my aged parent, I have to say currency difference is really a big advantage for affluent countries to utilize precious human resources that would otherwise been too costly to hire. Still the costs of wage & daily expenses had reduced my disposable income, I had to make my money works harder by honing my trading skills better. Each time I went on a series of wins, I became overconfident, and when loss hits, I tend to hold it for too long and stun like vegetable, unable to act.

Q4
$601.58
Q4%
0.45%
Q3
$3,769.99
Q3%
2.84%
Q2
$328.92
Q2%
0.25%
Q1
-$1,828.81
Q1%
-1.38%
My returns by quarter was actually quite good except each huge loss often took me several good wins to cover.

A = 30%+ of channel
14
40%
49%
B = 20%-30%
3
9%
C = 10%-20%
8
23%

D = 10% or less
2
6%
29%
F = Loss
8
23%
35
In fact, out of my 35 trades for the year, majority were wins that grabbed more than 20% of the channel (based on ATR+2 daily band), but the trouble is some channel lacks volatility and not enough to profit or even breakeven.

Worse still, that 8 loss trades hit me hard, with 6 trades above $1K loss and 2 trades almost $1K loss.
Had I not make those 8 losing trades, I would be $8K richer; well common fantasy in trading (similar to gambling, had I know the toto numbers... )

To end with a resolution for 2018, I hope I can be wiser in my trades and hold those uptrends longer; to move from trading divergence swings to ride on uptrends and grab 30%+ of weekly channel for longer term trades.

Happy, Healthy and Wealth 2018!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Year end 2016 - Past 4 years Review

Its been a long time since I last posted on Frasers Centrepoint which I've went in and out twice. Today's post is on year end review of 2016 & past 4 years since I started record keeping.



2015 was a bad year for me, as it was the year of loss and I was struck with many "value traps" including OUE, M1 and took losses with Wee Hur and a few unlucky trades like Apple & DXN SP500 BEAR3X.

A lesson that I kept forgetting is to cut loss when my entry reason (typically technical chart setup) no longer works! I tried to kid myself by turning it into long term play, at some points I had to recognize that fundamentals were deteriorating which happened for Wee Hur and had to cut loss and face reality.

Another was, when my technical views were right, for the case of Apple, but market shaked me out; I was unable to handle the emotional upset & re-enter, thus missing the spectacular run in May 2016.

Fortunately I managed to recover the losses, and made a gain of about $10K over the past 4 years. Bulk of the gains were through CPFIS, thus it was locked up, but this year I made a gain of about $3k which I managed to close by year-end 2016.

In 2016, I started tracking more indepth in terms of the amount of gains I managed to capture from each counter's channel, while majority were positive gains, I still had about 31% of them that were losses. That's the normal dealings that happened for trading, and I'll do well to manage it like a business and not hold on to obsoleted stocks holdings (beyond my cut loss risk limit).

A = 30%+ of channel
10
28%
B = 20%-30%
7
19%
C = 10%-20%
6
17%
D = 10% or less
2
6%
F = Loss
11
31%
Total in 2016
36
 trades

I also started to track performance quarterly beginning from 2nd quarter, as monthly was too short when most positions were still open while yearly is too long.

Q4
$2,923.62
Q4%
2.19%
Q3
-$3,073.21
Q3%
-2.30%
Q2
$2,043.01
Q2%
1.53%
In quarter 3, I made a wrong bet on S&P500 through DXN SP500 BEAR3X (SPSX), the result was a loss of -$1331.87; there were few other bigger losses such as Wee Hur which after I held for almost 10months, caused me -$2,315!

At the time of this writing, I managed to sold all my holdings on 13 Dec 16, and do not see myself going into equity markets soon. Even if I do, the positions would likely close next year thus I wrote this earlier review of my past 4 years of learning.

Going forward into 2017, I hope to beat CPF 4% risk free rate (even better & hit the professionals' rate of 10-20% return). To do this, I have to stick to a habit routine of market research & study... Hopefully become wiser and better able to differentiate change of trends & pullbacks.



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Frasers Centrepoint Limited (TQ5)

Source: LTS Scan - Weekly Bollinger band touch and rebound.
9 Steps analysis – 2.25 [C2]
Intrinsic Value (EPS) $1.78             (Cash flow) $2.46

Fundamentals (based on SGX StockFacts)
EPS 3Q16 5.27c, 3Q15 5.7c; 9M16 11.77c, 9M15 16.48c
NAV $2.19 ;  Dividend 2x 8.6; Feb 6.2c, May 2.4c
Top 2 substantial shareholders TCC Assets Limited and Thai Beverage Public Company Limited collectively own 87.62%, should they decide to delist, all they need is to secure 69,020,756 shares which cost only $105.6 million (at $1.53 per share), which is quite cheap considering PE Ratio is only 7.71.
If earning drop by say 30% (9M16/15 fell 26.5%) to EPS 15c, PE is only 10.2.

Looking at the few property stocks that have delisted in recent years, I wont be surprise if Frasers decide to do the same.

Outlook: 
- Asset enhancement works at the Centrepoint, on schedule to complete in 3Q16.
- Northpoint City expected to complete in 2018
- Minimal lease expiry for office for remainder of FY15/16
- Frasers Tower expected to complete in 2018
- Sale of units in Australia & China while not fully sold, seem to do ok
- Capital Management seem good with various notes issued at rates lesser than CPF rates for examples; on 21 Apr 16, $250 mil.issued at 4.25%, due 2026;  on 21 Jul 16, US$200 mil.issued at 2.5% due 2021, along with capital recycled from sale of 19% interest in Compass Point, One@Changi City to Ascendas REIT...
- net D/E ratio decreased to 0.71x, more leverage space to develop further if good lands secured
- Going forward, expects a tepid growth environment



















Weekly Price back at Sept 15 low, MACD-H 4th green histogram, MACD line flat, may cross above signal line in 1-2weeks;  Force index traced bullish divergence.



















Daily price making upward movement, breaking above 13 & 26d EMAs;
MACD-H green & stayed above 0.
MACD-signal line uptrending after bullish crossover on 15 July 16, first recoil from EMAs over, a meaningful uptrend is in progress.
FI went above 0.


Tactical Plan
20 Jul 16 (Wed)                                 Bought @$1.53

Cut Loss:               $1.49 (out)           $1.495 [Alert, last low]
Targets                  (1) $1.58 [daily upper Bollinger band m 26wk BB average]
(2) $1.70 [resistance & weekly upper Bollinger band]


This counter was initially spotted on 20 July 16, and that was the date I went in. Waited sometimes when it dived below, until its 3Q earning was released on 5 Aug 16 (Fri). While the recent upward moves might be due to anticipation of earning news, the slight dip in earnings should not be much of concerns since earlier highlighted its PE ratio is attractive enough for me. If the uptrend continues, then the targets should be achievable in 2-3 months time.

May the trend be with me... 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pokemon Go finally launched in Singapore!

In this post today, I am going to share on 2 things:
1) Pokemon Go, the game & company behind it
2) Pokemon Go, starter tip - how to get your favourite Pikachu as your starter pokemon
3) Pokemon Go, the lazy ethically legal way of playing it without the 5km+ travel

1) Pokemon Go, the game & company behind it
In case you are not aware, Pokemon Go (www.pokemongo.com) is one of the first Augmented Reality mobile games where the imaginary creatures called "pokemon" which derives from Pocket Monster could be "seen" from your phone's camera. And you could throw a device "pokeball" to try and capture these pokemons.

Watch the videos below, to find out more about why this game is hot!!! And you will appreciate why the craze all over the world!

Google even did a "recruitment"video for their search for talents!


Nintendo the company that co-own Niantic, the company which created Pokemon Go; its stock price went rollar coaster along the news of this Pokemon Go!

Look at how its price rose from JPY 14,380 on 6 July 16 all the way to its peak at JPY 31,770 on 19 July 16, a 220% rise in less than 2 weeks! It came half way down after company announced the super success of Pokemon Go will have no impacts on its earning for the current financial year; this led to a disappointment as investors were hopeful that Nintendo could made a comeback to its heyday of Super Marios & its other games to compete with the new generation of gaming companies.

What does this have to do with investing? If you haven't notice, as Warren Buffett often says, great companies are all around us. If you enjoy playing games, a new game is launched & you notice a fast spreading wildfire of interests catching on among your friends & colleagues, this could be one way of detecting potential great companies in the making. Pokemon Go was initially launched on 6 July, 2016 but prior to that, Niantic has already developed another game called Ingress (https://www.ingress.com) whose maps & database forms the backbone of the current Pokemon Go.

The reporter that caught & first announced the news, noticed how the number of downloads were breaking all time records, and how its daily active users fast exceeding other famous apps. like Twitter, & fast approaching other social medias like Facebook, wechat etc.

Imagine you were that reporter that spotted the trend, took a stake before it becomes common news, you can imagine how much your investments would have doubled in 2 weeks!

So the next time you are playing games, say you are researching the next explosive stocks for investment ;)

2) Pokemon Go, starter tip - how to get your favourite Pikachu as your starter pokemon
As promised, I shall now reveal the tip on how to get the Pikachu pokemon as your starter pokemon. First off, all starters will get to choose from 3 of the pokemons (Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur) below, but if you want the main character Pikachu in the movie & animation series; here is how to do:

On the map, do not touch the 3 default pokemons, keep walking away from them. When you walk some distance away, the 3 default pokemons will slowly fade away from the screen, when that happen, it will "respawn" and reappear near you again.

Keep walking away, until they respawn 4 times, from the 4th time onwards, you will notice a 4th pokemon appearing nearby, that will be the popular Pikachu [see screenshot below]

3) Pokemon Go, the lazy ethically legal way of playing it without the 5km+ travel
Now for the lazy way of playing, without the 5km+ walk... nope I am not talking about fake GPS, that is not ethical & you will risk getting banned. For those whom wish to try, go ahead but Niantic has improved their programming and will detect whether you are enabling "mock location" which is a feature that mus be enabled along with fake GPS. So, its not going to work, of course "crackers" those programmers who crack the programming could try & by pass it, but then what's the fun if you just lie down and play? It defeat, the objective of going out & meet new people.

Well, I did promise without the 5km+ walk, but it require some luck, so here is the way.
  
Most of us lived in HDB, Condo, this is where the GPS signal bouncing happens due to the high rise buildings which caused your character to move around. Eg. when you move to your balcony and stand by the window awhile, you will notice the GPS slow catch on & your character start moving some distance to one side before it then readjust back once your location is slowly "zoom in" and reflect your true location. You could repeat this, by going to the front, back or side of your houses, and see if this will help you momentarily move closer to some nearby pokestops, this way you could pick up some goodies & even fight some pokemons without leaving your comfort home.

So there you have it, one last tips to help you along your pokemon journey.
There are already sevaral pokemon groups on Facebooks;
Pokemon Go SG
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokemonGoSG/
Pokemon Go North East Singapore
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokemonGoNorthEastSingapore/

Look around, join various groups to make friends, and for those fans there's even merchandise been peddled at the various groups, for the entrepreneurial ones, who knows you might have a one-time opportunity to monetise this trend if you could identify the needs of comsumers & sell them some real life "pokeballs, pokemons soft toys etc".

Enjoy the coming National Day 8 Aug 16 holiday, have fun! & remember to watch where you are going when you play Pokemon Go ( * v * )")


Sunday, July 31, 2016

STI Bearish Divergence - More falls on the way

The recent week was bad with gloomy news all over the places...
From increasing unemployment 2Q16, to Swiber going from liquidation to judicial management (both are bad); not to mention California Fitness closing with alot of people's monies gone from those "good deal" yearly plans that were so actively sold.
No amount of Small Claims Tribunal, Lemon's Law etc. could help in this, when a business cease; unless in the rare incidents when there still cash left after paying all the bills, salaries, then there could be some refunds/return to consumers...

Some value buyers might think these are all one-time incidents only, and eager to catch some value stocks, blue chips etc.that have rose from its bottom in Feb-Mar 16, until cheap become cheaper.
Beware of falling knives!

My advice here is do not buy yet, not this week, not next week, not even the entire August.
Why?

Below is the weekly Chart that I've captured from LTS-ChartNexus software.

If you notice, our STI index rose above 2950 only to come crashing down the past week.
Some optimistic analysts celebrates, because they cited STI still posted a gain in July 16 & predicts STI will soon rise again after retracement to its EMAs.

Me? I don't think so.

If you look carefully, STI hit the resistance, where it previously hit in the week (25-29 Apr 16) but came down. While one may argue the setup is still bullish, due to the higher low twice hit in the week (9-13 May 16) and (27 Jun - 1 Jul 16), this is not a bullish trend.

2 Indicators were shown, one is Force index which measures strengths of the bull (rise) via volume and price increase; the other is MACD, its histograms measures the differences between 12 and 26 moving averages (the default settings), a rising histogram means its fast rising (thus the diverging fast 12 and slow 26 moving averages).

Basically both shows a lower peak versus the previous, thus this fall is likely to hit 2700 & possibly even lower. In a extreme bearish case, it might go close to retest Feb 16's low of 2540, but my gut feel is it will be between 2540 & 2690, a final stab before a true bull run.

It could be similar to the earlier box I've drawn, but don't expect the same; history rhyme but seldom repeats.

Good Luck Training! May the trend be with you ;)