Monthly Archives: December 2013

Recollections of 2013

2013 was my first full year of retirement. It was a year when I was quite occupied despite not having to go to work. I published an e-book titled “Living Investment, Ideas on living, a collection of blog posts”.  It … Continue reading

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STI at year end 2013

STI as at 31.12.2013 was 3167.43 points. STI as at 31.12.2012 was 3167.08 points. Change over one year period was + 0.01%. Flat for this year but still positive change. Unbelievable result.

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STI on seventh day after Christmas

In my earlier post, I reviewed the Straits Times Index (STI) seven days before Christmas for 22 years and found that it rose 17 times out of 22 years. I extend the study to review the STI performance seven days … Continue reading

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Launch of Book – Living Investment

Living Investment, Ideas on living, a collection of blog posts was launched recently. This book was conceptualised to bring the best blog posts of mine since 2006. It is hoped that readers can gain valuable insights of living well without the … Continue reading

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Generous mood before Christmas for STI

Days leading up to Christmas Day are always joyous. It is also a season of giving. People tend to open their wallets to buy things. It is also the month of bonus in people’s pay packets. Did this mood of … Continue reading

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Currency-linked Investment – Aussie dollar slumps

Australian dollar was a problem for me in 2013. In February, I invested in currency-linked investment (CLI) using Singapore dollar (S$) with alternative currency of Australian dollar (A$) at strike rate of S$1.2720 to A$1. Interest earned on this CLI … Continue reading

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Will there be Santa Claus Rally?

Will there be a Santa Claus Rally before this year comes to an end and the Straits Times Index (STI) stays above water compared to the beginning of this year? The STI is currently at 3,052 points, below 3,167 at … Continue reading

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Singapore stock market investment gone negative

In just five days since I wrote on the subject, my investments in the Singapore stock market went into negative. The paper loss of my current portfolio now wiped out actual income received from these investments in 2013. Today, the … Continue reading

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Investing in Singapore Stock Market in 2013

We have another three weeks to the end of 2013. The Straits Times Index (STI) was down 1.67% from the start of the year (3,114 points at 6 December). So how is the performance of my portfolio, which was invested … Continue reading

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“Love in the Tsunami” by Ashok Ferrey – A book review

I was in Sri Lanka in November 2013 and this book by Ashok Ferrey was bought during the trip. There are 24 short stories involving Sri Lankans with settings in Sri Lanka or in other countries. Ashok brings places of … Continue reading

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