Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Jun 2020 - Portfolio & Transaction Updates

No. of Shares
Market Price (SGD)
Total Value (SGD) based on market price
Allocation %
Lendlease Reit
Jardine C&C
CDL Hospitality Trust
GA Pack (HK)
Ho Bee Land



What a month of difference it has been.

From what looks like a very despair month in Mar and beginning of April, the market rallied back in the latter part of Apr and throughout the entire month of May as stocks begin to reverse out the losses that are due to Covid-19.

Most of investors who have some stakes in the market will have profited from it one way or another from the rebound and it is a good testament of what the market is capable of if you are one who keeps waiting until the coast is clear. 

Still, we can never be sure of anything.

The economies are only starting to reopen and there are still riots everywhere around HK and US so the markets may be ignoring these noises of what could potentially be a game changer.

My strategy is to keep buying when there's fear in the market and start to slowly selling (keyword is slowly) when there's some form of greed in the market. At the moment, I think we're somewhere in between two halves so there's no panic to take on extreme positions at both ends.

From the last portfolio updates, I further added Jardine C&C into my position at the price of $19.9 on the 22nd May. I believe they were still cheap back then as they were trading at a normalized yield of 6% and earnings yield of 12%. It has subsided now that the share price has rebounded some close to 15% but I think there's still some room so I'm keeping them slightly longer. I'm also interested in the dividend payout that the company will go xd by next Monday so I'll have to see what happens beyond that.

On divestment, I sold off my small position in Valuetronics at 66 cents on the 13th May after they managed to run up in May. This yields me a small 10% gain.

During the month, I've also managed to do some quick trading activities.

I bought DBS on the 13th May for 600 shares (think 2 days after xd) at a price of $19.30 and managed to sell it off on the 3rd Jun at $20.77. This has yielded me a small gain of 8%.

I also traded CNOOC from the HK exchange after buying 6000 shares at HKD8.58 on the 25th May on the back of the national security law from Beijing which rattles the HK market and managed to sell them at HKD9.42 on the 3rd Jun. This has yielded me a small gain of 9.7%.

These small gains are not moving the big needle in the portfolio but a small contribution to the increase each month.

Apart from that, I'm still keeping my core portfolio intact for this month.

2020 Networth Update

I've started the year with an equity equivalent of $106k (Link Here) when the STI indices was at 3,252. My goal back then was to achieve an equity equivalent of $200k at the end of the year and it was incredibly difficult given that I was out of job in January and only started my new work towards the end of February so there's very little capital injection I can work on. The market wasn't also cheap to begin accumulating in large amounts.

The unprecedented crisis in Covid gave plenty of opportunities to investors to begin accumulating assets at distressed levels and I am glad that I stick to the plan which have paid off. Based on all the other updates I see in the finance community blogosphere, it seems like many are doing reasonably well too now that the stock market has rebounded off from its low.

I've taken a step off the pedal a little bit by taking some profits off the table by divesting some companies so I could keep some warchest in hand as part of the overall rebalancing. My portfolio is still 98% invested so it is likely that this portion will go down further as the market continues to go up.

The portfolio is now worth at $216,155 with the STI being at around 2,650. I believe it is still fair level so I'm keeping most of my positions as it is.

Current warchest is at 2% equivalent.

Personal Update - 2H FY2020

Some personal updates on the back of preparing for what is going to be a very difficult second half of the year.

My company has announced a company-wide 30% paycut for all employees from Jun onwards until things get better from a financial standpoint so what this means is that it will hit me very badly as my financial conditions will also deteriorate as a result of that.

Already, with schools restarting (school fees) and most expenses maintaining its course, the day to day spending isn't easy to cope. With the paycut, it is going to be extremely difficult. 

To make matters worse, the company isn't giving an option either to take unpaid leave or pay cut, so work will remain at 100% of my capacity.

What this means is I am likely to work harder beyond my 100% capacity in the next few months as I begin to look for avenues of other side income, such as writing more or looking for more sponsored deals so please bear with me on that.

If there's any silver lining to that, it is that I am likely to continue working from home even after the phase opens so that would save me a lot of transportation hassle. I really hate commuting back and forth to work with crowds that begin forming.

It also helps that the government is giving another $300 to $600 in Jun and there's also utility rebates of $100 and things like that. All these small items will add up to be a massive cost savings at my end.

On the other cost savings, I was also delighted that the banks are reducing my mortgage interest rates from 1.7% to 0.7% comes Jun onwards. That is a huge massive savings for me when it comes to the absolute amount. I do think that interests will continue to remain low for the foreseeable future so it makes more sense to take floating rather than fixed right now.

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That's all the update I have for now, please stay safe and rocking on to financial healthiness.

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  1. Hi Brian, i'm surprised you sold off valutronics. (at least in my opinion), there is more room for capital appreciation.

    1. Hi Boonhow

      Yeah I did, was thinking it's a small position for me so I wanted to make my focus into something of a larger position.

      Anyway Valuetronics announced their fy results yesterday, what's your take on it?

  2. Thank you for the thoughtful post!

    May I know why did you sell off DBS? Do you see DBS as a good counter to accumulate this period?
    Appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Hi Elaine

      Yeah definitely DBS is our fore front blue chips so it's definitely good to own them. As you can see, I am already regretting my sell as dbs went to shoot up even further. I think it's a good long term portfolio to have for banks. I'm just rotating around my plays.

  3. uncle168,

    the sti is trying to touch 2800

    the 2nd covid wave will push it below 2500

    interest rate is so low as nobody wants to borrow money

    nobody knows when this would ever end it could be like this #covidforever

    value investor thrives in such uncertain times buying companies with no debt and plenty of cash to last a long long time and unique economic moat

    even without covid businesses were saddled with trillions of debt

    over time even when interest rate were low the financing cost adds up slowing global growth

    covid just prick the bubble and everyone woke up buried in mountain of debt and no incoming cashflow to ride the long storm

    the gov kick the can down the road

    but we all know the principal debt will only grow while the value of the property would fall as retrenchment and vacancy level rises

    i expect another $100b budget in july as a larger 2nd wave hits us with higher mortality of 10% from the european mutated covid

    just be mentally prepared covid is the beginning of the extinction of the human race


    there is no cure

    even when you recover the virus is still dormant in your body waiting to kill you when your immunity level drops

    this would lead to lower life expectancy globally


  4. Wow, doubled your money in a few months even in a very challenging market. That's why I thought it was a mistake for you to plunk all your money in the property market instead of continuing to invest in equity given your skill in this. You would have been better off renting rather than taking a second mortgage and could have made millions. Now all your equity earnings will go towards paying off the losses as your properties depreciate with the market as the glut hits over the next few years. Already we see the first fire sales at Jervois.

    1. Hi Anonymous

      Thanks for your comment and concerns. Yeah, I saw the sale for 38 Jervois I think the developer was trying to dispose them quickly to avoid hit by the absd so they did a big fire sale. Still, I believe the psf that I purchased for my property was decent, in the low $1200, and with us renting it out a few months out our average should be even lower, I think the base is there. With new properties, I am not so sure as you have correctly pointed out most companies are in need of cashflow as well during these periods.

  5. Hi B

    this is so impressive, being able to double the value during this period.

    (Thumbs up!)

    1. Hi MIM

      Thank you. Being at the right place at the right time, I guess I was lucky :)

  6. Hi B,

    Congratulations on your good achievement.

    May i know out of the increment of about $110k since beginning of this year, how much is your capital injection? Many thanks.



    1. Hi Peter

      I didn't exactly count but I was out of job in Jan and I only started my work on the 17th Feb and only got paid the following month, and I will have a paycut of 30% from Jun onwards so that should give a rough figure approximately.

  7. Hi B,
    Have been your silent reader for years, and thanks for always sharing candidly on your blog! Can you share which stock screener do you use to identify stocks that fit your investment criteria?

    1. Hi Felicia

      I don't typically do top down screening for stocks. I usually go on macro big theme and industry and then do a bottoms up on companies from the selection of industries.

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