Author: Investment Income for Life

Healthcare Stocks Are Resilient In Earnings? Fact or Myth?

There is an old saying that gets repeated like a broken old record that healthcare-related stocks are defensive in nature and are recession proof. This is mainly because of (i) the aging population which leads to more demand for medical services or medical drugs as well as (ii) inelastic demand as in if one falls sick, one will still need to visit a doctor for treatment regardless of whether the state of the economy is good or in the doldrums. I think that the above beliefs are mere fallacies.  I have always subscribed to the belief that what the eyes...

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The Enigmatic Case of Sing Medical Group- More Money Earned Lead to Lower Share Price.

Singapore Medical Group (“SMG”) share prices has fallen by a whopping 44.1% from its peak of S$0.715 on 17 July 2017 to only S$0.400 as at 8 January 2019. This is despite Q3 2018 YTD revenue growth of 27.8% and net profit after tax growth of 66.7% relative to FY2017 Q3 YTD. What is even more astonishing is that the share price has languished albeit the explosive growth of revenue and net profit attributable to shareholders over the past 3 years. Taking into account the previous rights issue at S$0.48 on 4 July 2018, investors who bought in at...

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The Art Of Bootlicking- Are You Thick Skinned Enough To Do It?

I am a bean counter by profession. Many people think that most bean counters are introvert in nature and do not like interacting with others. So bean counters generally lose out in terms of knowing how to please their boss. Since ancient China time, all court officials swamped around the Emperor like bees to honey. Even wise Emperors such as Qian Long (1711-1799) from the Qing Dynasty, also favored those bootlickers such as He Shen who was notorious for being the most corrupted official in China history. Even in modern times, such practices are still in abundance. You will see...

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Investment Portfolio Updates- 31 Dec 2018 (Dawn before Global Recession 2019?)

As I have mentioned previously, I am having a strangely familiar vibe similar to the one before the 2008 Global Financial Crisis with the frequent dead cat bounce at the stock market. Investors and consumers sentiment in the economic situation can change very fast and lead to drying up of economic activities with the blink of an eye. Other worrying signs such as low oil prices and narrowing of the 2 year US Treasuries bond yield against long-term 10 year US Treasuries bond yield (indicating the formation of the infamous “Inverse Yield” curve) signs have appeared. Once we entered into...

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Parc Botannia Review- The Condo Next To Jalan Kayu Food Heaven

Everyone in Singapore would have heard of the food heaven at Jalan Kayu which is home to the famous Thasevi roti prata. A branch of Blanco Prawn Noodle House is also located there and full of queuing customers. Have you guys heard of the famous Beach Road Prawn Noodle? Blanco and Beach Road Prawn Noodles are actually restaurants that are set up by the same Lee family (please read the history here by Dr Leslie Tay-Ï Eat I Shoot I Post”). The prawn noodle at Jalan Kayu is really superb and is a must try for all foodie! Ok, back...

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SPH REIT Still No Fate To Be Together With The Seletar Mall- But Suprised All With Australian Shopping Mall Acquisition

Many shareholders of SPH REIT have lamented over the lack of M&A for expansion. Ever since its maiden IPO, SPH REIT only had Paragon and The Clementi Mall in its portfolio. During the last AGM held on November 30, 2018, the question of why only a tiny strip of Mall, namely, The Rail Mall was acquired during the current financial year was raised. The answers given as per below screenshot on the usual rhetoric response that the asset acquired must be good quality, well located with a minimum 6% yield similar to the existing 2 malls. You can imagine the disappointment...

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Jui Residences Review- Inspired by Heritage, Designed for Quality Living

Jui Residences is a freehold development that sits on the former National Aerated Water Company site. I used to study in a school at Geylang Bahru and as I walked to the bus stop home along Serangoon Road, it became a daily ritual to always do a stopover at National Aearatd Plant and buy Kickapoo from a vending machine near its main gate. It dispensed Kickapoo cheaply at a mere 10 cents per cup and was very popular with a lot of school kids then. As a result, this development held very fond memories for me. Strangely, the show flat...

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Jui Residences Review- Inspired by Heritage, Designed for Quality Living

Jui Residences is a freehold development that sits on the former National Aerated Water Company site. I used to study in a school at Geylang Bahru and as I walked to the bus stop home along Serangoon Road, it became a daily ritual to always do a stopover at National Aerated Plant and buy Kickapoo from a vending machine near its main gate. It dispensed Kickapoo cheaply at a mere 10 cents per cup and was very popular with a lot of school kids then. As a result, this development held very fond memories for me.   Strangely, the show flat...

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Asian Pay TV Trust Meltdown- Is It A Good Buy At Current Price And Is It A Good Business?

Asian Pay TV Trust (APTT) unit price plummeted this week upon the announcement by their management team that they will be cutting dividends by 80%. This was a rude shock to many of their investors who were anticipating the dividend to be cut by half only. As a result, the unit price had a meltdown and dropped to S$0.15 during an all-time low on 14 November 2018 from the previous day closing price of S$0.315. Obviously, a lot of dividend yield-seeking investors are cursing and swearing at APTT. I also know of a case of an investor who bought...

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Asian Pay TV Trust Meltdown- Is It A Good Buy At Current Price And Is It A Good Business?

Asian Pay TV Trust (APTT) unit price plummeted this week upon the announcement by their management team that they will be cutting dividends by 80%. This was a rude shock to many of their investors who were anticipating the dividend to be cut by half only. As a result, the unit price had a meltdown and dropped to S$0.15 during an all-time low on 14 November 2018 from the previous day closing price of S$0.315. Obviously, a lot of dividend yield-seeking investors are cursing and swearing at APTT. I also know of a case of an investor who bought...

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Singtel 1st Half 2018 Results Review And Interim Dividends Payout (6.8cents per share)

Singtel just announced its first-half results ended 30 September 2018. I actually think that it is a fairly good results being announced considering the intense competition faced by its overseas associate companies and Optus. Operating revenue surprisingly remained resilient and even grow 3% to S$8.4 billion. Margin eroded by over 21% (after normalisation from one-off gain from disposal of Netlink Trust in the previous year) mainly due to lower contributions from Airtel and Telkomsel as well as foreign currency translation losses from the effects of stronger Sing dollars against other currencies.The only concern I have is that Singtel still has not stemmed...

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Risk of Higher Interest Rates Effect On Stocks and Properties Amidst Trade War Between US And China

The stock market has been going on a see-saw ride for many months now. Just a few days ago, stock market worldwide rallied thinking that Trump will end the standoff in trade spat with China. But then on Monday, Asian markets tumbled immediately after White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow gave a clarification that the US is not likely to deal. In view of the great uncertainty over the resolution of the ongoing trade row, economic activities will continue to slow down albeit the full impact not being felt in Singapore yet. We remain in a perilous situation. The relentless increase in...

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Dead Cat Bounce and Bear Coming Out? Are We In A Recession Already?

Recent turmoil and bloodbath in the stock market are giving me a Deja Vu feel to the 2008 pre-global financial crisis. The stock market will recover with many analysts chanting just a normal correction. Then stock prices will pick up as if poised for a major rally but within a few days commence tapering off again. This dead cat bounce will happen a few times but the market never seems to be able to break out. Our government also warned of the effects of the US-China trade war beginning to hit our economy over the next few months.  Keeping...

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Singapore Press Holdings- Review of FY2018 Results and Cut In Special Dividends

SPH had announced their full year results for FY2018 on 15 October 2018. The media segment had continued its decline. Good news here is that the rate of decline had slowed down. However, the decline is serious enough on its free cash flow to warrant SPH to cut down on their year-end special dividends. In its results announcement, SPH mentioned that the Media segment continued to be highly profitable. I actually think otherwise. Operating GP margin for Media segment is only at 14.1% based on annual revenue generated of S$655.8Mil and profit margin of S$92.3Mil. I would think that...

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Treating People With Respect- The World is Round (Survival Guide Pre-Financial Independence)

It always never fail to amaze me by how nasty some people can be when dealing with other people in the service line. These group of people have the notion that the old adage of “customer is king” gave them a superior right to be rude and to ill-treat others servicing them. Hence they are entitled to verbally abuse service staff serving them and make them feel like clowns. Such obnoxious behavior can also happen within the same company by a supervisor or senior manager against their own staff under them. The mentality here is that since they are...

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