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2020 - the year I start investing proper. Sold SATS, Tesla going strong and earning $970 from stocks

Back in late Oct, I blogged about my reflections on building a 6 digits portfolio. It took me 7 years to finally starting investing proper as I've always been trying to accumulate cash and park it in savings account giving me ~2-3% interest. It was with sheer diligence and discipline that I amassed $300k  in Aug. My cash savings has since gone down as I started deploying cash into the market. Covid as an impetus to invest When Covid hit and the market started to turn south, I attempted to "invest". I bought SATS back in Mar when things were  starting  to get shaky. Not very smart since things went downhill after I bought it. I bought SIA during then too, at a high of $7+ 😉interesting lessons Long story short, I've since sold my SATS stocks after it hit a 6 mths high. Sold it at $4.35 earning around $230. Not a bad 5% dividend considering I held it for less than a year. I couldn't fathom why the stock went up when situation still seem bleak. Good that I sold it as

11.11 itchy fingers and Alibaba stock

I didn't plan to buy anything on 11.11 because I didn't have anything to buy. I did jot down a few items but didn't plan it like how I did one year ago .  Back in 2019 11.11, I actually saved around $750 bucks but also blew $5.5k in a single day. HAHA! But at least that was for my new house. Despite having "nothing much to buy", I still browsed through taobao and carted a few items. Suddenly it turned midnight. With a swipe/refresh, my cart items were now heavily discount  🤑 I just couldn't resist to press BUY. With 4 items in cart, I saved around 120 rmb (equivalent SGD$24). Beyond this savings, equivalent items sold in Singapore were probably x2-x3 more expensive. And that's why I love taobao #cheapdeals Despite Ant IPO falling through, I couldn't resist buying Alibaba stocks during the dip. Look at this record for 2020 11.11! Glad to be part of this although my purchases were meagre $ compared to others 😂 And, I'm officially a shareholder of

Reflections on building my own 6 digits stocks portfolio

In this current economic crisis, the stock market offers attractive picks. As you know, I had $300k cash, but in a span of 2 months, I've held lesser cash and pumped in ~$50k into the stock markets - particularly in HK and US markets. The thing is, I only had a ~$50k portfolio value for the past 6 years (from 2014-Jul 2020).  So what made me daringly pumped $50k into the stock market in a span of 2 months? Entrance of Tiger Broker  I'm not paid to say this, but Tiger Brokers opened my eyes to look beyond local shores. I've always been thinking about investing in foreign market. But I've only been thinking . 🤔 I was set back by the commissions and fees charged to buy and hold foreign stocks and has been procrastinating. When Tiger Brokers entered the market, it took me some time* i.e in Aug  (see my link for the beginner's guide), before I jumped onto the bandwagon. I was attracted by the ease of sign-up and the low fees. The app was also pretty user-friendly, maki

$500-$900/month passive income (May - Sep 2020) and $50k pumped in stocks since Aug 2020

I've previously shared about my 8 sources to get a decent passive income here . Broadly, it's due to: Stock dividends Savings accounts such as Etiqa and Singlife Surveys Selling items I shall not repeat my sharing as you can head over to my link  😉 Since May till Sep, I've been getting $500-$900 passive income. Though I must add that it has been long since I cash out my survey ( check out milieu app - see point 6 ) as I need a sizeable point + I dont have much to sell on carousell now. Given the current economic situation, interest rates have been dropping. On one side, it's good news for my housing loan as I've changed to a bank loan; but on the other hand, as I'm cash-heavy, I don't have much platforms to park my cash. So earlier, I've only park $10k in Singlife to earn 2.5% interest. I decided to up it to $100k to enjoy 1% on the next $90k. Unfortunately, even the 2.5% will now be nerfed to 2%. Sigh This is the last month where I'd see 2.5% inter

USD110 profit from Tesla in 5 days and Standing by $100k for stocks deployment

As mentioned in my previous posts, I am now diversifying out to foreign stocks via Tiger Brokers.  My beginner's guide to setting up Tiger Brokers Tiger Brokers National Day Promo and virgin purchase of foreign stocks Pumping SGD$28k in HKEX and SGX the past 10 days and Fee comparison between DBS Vickers and Tiger Brokers  Within 1-2 months of account opening, I had pumped in SGD$40k in HK, US and local stocks. As I mentioned in my previous post, there are some merits of using Tiger Brokers to buy SG stocks due to the lower fees - the only thing is it's not stored in my CDP, which I'm fine with. On HK stocks, within just 1 week of my purchase (yup, I pumped money within a span of 2 days), the value has fallen and I'm sitting on ~SGD$3k losses. USD110 profit from Tesla in 5 days For US stocks, the volatility of their market makes trading exciting and scary. When I bought Tesla at $395, it went down to $340. And the following day, it rose up to $428. I wanted to test out