Was wondering if I should let readers know my stock selection, and I realized many bloggers have it, so here goes.
I invest mainly for yield, and is willing to hold for the long term. I do not consider an investment a bad investment simply because the current price is lower than my average purchase price. I consider it a bad investment if the "story" I have about the company changes for the worse and I made a judgement mistake either in the business assumptions or valuations.
Lee metals is a small company that give higher yield, but also come with higher risk, since it's business is cyclical and it balance sheet is not actually rock solid. I expect at least 7% yield till 2014.
Nam Lee is in net cash position with projected yield of 5.8%, I will review this counter and might sell this if the next quarter confirms that it is still burning cash, and is earnings deteriorates further.
SPH is a stalwart with dividend yield of around 5%
If lippo-malls and Sabana fundamentals do not change, it should yield above 8% till 2015 at least.
Yangzijiang would probably yield 4-5%, but with golden agri, I invested in them more for capital gain. YZJ is one of my favorite, both a yield and growth play, but not a long term counter due to the cyclical business.
Noticed I mentioned that I invest for yield, I deliberately left out the word "passive income". This is because with the exception of SPH, I do not intent to hold any of the counters for the long run, e.g. more than 5 years. I have a horizon of 2-3 years for most counters. I will review them as and when the "story" changes, if the story is getting better, it might be longer than 3 years, if not, it might be less than that. I am not dogmatic in my approach.
Do note that this is not a buy or sell call, you need to do your own research.
I have money set aside for investing in bear market, I have several insurance; H&S, life, endowment plans, Critical illness term plan for myself and my family before I invest in the stock market. I have a stable job, and has also set aside money for my kid school needs, and other expenses before I invest. Prudence is encouraged. Take care of risk, before taking care of rewards.
I do not use my CPF for investment, I treat them as compounding bonds purchases, although I do transfer money from OA to SA. I might use it for investment only during ultra-bear market. (e.g. more than 50% fall in market, and will most probably do it tranches, even then)
Comments are welcomed.