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A Beginner's Guide to Investing in Stocks.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The internet is full of free and good resources. We are lucky to be in a country where we can get lots of information we need easily online. Of course, there will always be complaints about the lack of freedom but I personally don't feel that freedom is lacking.

Anyway, the purpose of this blog post is to share useful information on investing in stocks in Singapore for beginners. Yes, you might have guessed it. I receive emails sporadically from readers regarding what to do in order to start trading in the Singapore stock market.

An old photo taken with my old Samsung phone. Nice?
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As this information (and more) has been provided by the SIAS on their Q&A page, I would like to provide the link here in my blog for easy reference:

SIAS: A Beginner's Guide to Investing in Stocks.

Shan't duplicate the good work done by SIAS.

What? I am just being lazy?

OK, you saw through me. Bad AK! Bad AK!

However, I will add that before we take that step into the world of investing and trading in stocks, we should get ourselves educated in FA and/or TA first. There are lots of resources available out there and good books to help us too. To this end, have some "Food for Thought" found in my blog's right sidebar.

Also, make sure that we have our emergency fund in place and the necessary insurance coverage to help us to be financially secure first. You might want to read related post #4 by Solace, a regular guest blogger.

Happy reading and I hope you enjoy the experience.

Related posts:
1. Risks and rewards: FA and TA.
2. Recommended books for FA and TA.
3. Free e-book by AK.
4. Getting ready for investment.
5. Getting started in stock investing (Illustrated).
"The book is obviously written with the beginner in mind. However, any seasoned stock market participant who is in the FA or TA camp would find this book a worthwhile read if he is willing to keep an open mind."

4 comments:

Solace said...

Hi Ak,

Thanks for mentioning my humble blog post. lol :)

Add one more thing, as we moving towards the 2nd half of the year, thinking about contributing to the "CPF Minimum Sum (MS) Topping-Up Scheme"

http://mycpf.cpf.gov.sg/Members/Top-Up_LO.htm

Enjoy Tax relief up to 14K if contribute to self and loved ones Special or Retirement Account.

At the same time let the money compound at 4-5% in SA over the years.

I always study my tax bracket. If going into a tax rate of 7% or higher, a contribution of just a few thousands or hundreds can bring one down to a lower tax bracket.

AK71 said...

Hi Solace,

Well, you know I am a firm believer of helping the government to help ourselves. ;p

Maxing out the tax relief for voluntary contribution to our CPF-SA and letting the funds compound at a minimum of 4% per annum is going to make a big difference! :)

Related posts:
1. Double your income but not your income tax.
2. Build a bigger retirement fund with CPF-SA.

The Observer said...

Dear AK,

Thank you for your helpful posts, which I have read and learnt much. I hope you can help me in this beginning of stock investment journal: how to you start screening or looking for stocks/companies that interest you? Do you look for stocks with high ROE (and where to get this information)? Or companies with products you like (eg. Peter Lynch) or "start from the 'A's" like Buffett and go through all the stocks in the market??

Appreciate your advice and warmest regards.

AK71 said...

Hi Observer,

I am happy you have found my blog helpful. :)

There are so many schools of thought when it comes to investing in the stock market. I don't really subscribe to any one school per se. I just do what seems to make sense to me.

To me, looking for undervalued assets to buy makes sense. Looking for stocks which are fundamentally strong and which pay meaningful and sustainable dividends makes sense. I think if you read more of my blog, you will get this impression too. Buy cheap and buy safe. :)

I have my circle of competence and I should try to keep within it. Sometimes, I wander out of this circle and get lucky. Sometimes, I fall into a hole. -.-"

I am not going to give any advice as to how you should embark on your own journey. You will discover for yourself what works for you. :)

However, I will say that you want to be clear about your motivations and find the methods which fit. You will find your way soon enough.

Related posts:
1. Motivations and methods.
2. Wealth creation in the stock market.
3. 5 rules for successful stock investing. If you want a structure and don't know how to create one, this book could be a good resource.

This is going to be an adventure. Enjoy the journey. :)

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