Of mice and DJ’s Wednesday, Dec 19 2007 

Paris 

How time has flown. I checked TOHTMYM today and realized it’s been 2 months since my last post!! But where did November go? And now even December is finishing quicker than I can say “ratatouille”!

Speaking of Ratatouille, I was just in Paris (yes as in Paris, France) last week for a work visit. (more…)

Music to soothe your soul Sunday, Oct 21 2007 

Susheela Raman 

For those of you who have been wondering what’s happened to my book of the month — sorry, I don’t seem to be able to finish a whole book these days…there are a number of work-in-progress’s…but they are not quite investment books anyway. I am back to flirting with Astrology…three major planets in retrograde (Uranus, Mercury, Saturn) is action aplenty on that front…which also means lots to research.  (more…)

PSYCHO-logy of investing – whatever!! Sunday, Oct 21 2007 

KLCI 2007 

If like me, you have been a little bewildered and perplexed by the helluva ride that the KLCI has taken us over the past year, then maybe it helps to try to review the year in passing to try to come up with some strategies for investing in these highly uncertain times.

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Latest unit trust funds launched Sunday, Oct 21 2007 

Funds Launch Date Type of Funds Approved Fund Size (million units)
Alliance Global Diversified Property 09 Aug 2007 Equity Sect Real Est. Global-Non-Islamic 300
Funds Launch Date Type of Funds Approved Fund Size (million units)
AmDual Opportunities – Capital rotected 03 Sep 2007 Protected-Non-Islamic 300

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Budget 2008 – Monthly EPF withdrawals allowed for housing loan repayments Wednesday, Sep 12 2007 

After all the hype about the possibility of a 1% cut in personal tax rates not materialising, Budget 2008 was a bit of a letdown for me. Still, one of the best things for me this year is the government now allowing the monthly housing loan repayments to be made from our EPF account 2. At long last!!

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Why you shouldn’t listen to your Ma or Pa when investing…(part 2) Saturday, Aug 11 2007 

It has not been a good couple of weeks…the work stress has definitely eaten up 90% of my brain cells. I found myself schlepping around the KLCC carpark at least twice in as many weeks looking for my “lost” elantra. Two days ago my dopod crashed with all my important info in it…(not such a bad thing actually…I now have an excuse not to be constantly contactable J ). They told me it would take two weeks to fix! Two weeks! A business phone! (Do not buy a dopod!!) Today I found myself at a Shell station wondering what my pin was for my Shell card…6562? 6752? 6578? I gave up after numerous permutations starting with 6! Thankfully the car got me home in one piece…but will have to figure out how to get the card working tomorrow…or fork out the dosh. And you thought you had it bad didn’t you??!!

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Why you shouldn’t listen to your Ma or Pa when investing… Wednesday, Jun 13 2007 

The following are typical life lessons that we are often taught by our parents while growing up.  (List paraphrased from the Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing):

1. Don’t settle for average. Strive to be the best

2. Listen to your gut. What you feel in your gut is usually right

3. If you don’t know how to do something, ask. Talk to an expert or hire one. Saves time and frustration

4. You get what you pay for. Good help isn’t cheap and cheap help isn’t good.

5. If there’s a crisis, take action! Do something to fix it.

6. History repeats itself. The best predictor of future performance is past performance.

But guess what, they really DO NOT work for investing! Quite the opposite really. More in my next post. Ta da.

Have you invested in one of these dodgy sites? Wednesday, Jun 13 2007 

At long last, the authorities are cracking down on dodgy investment websites that have been luring unsuspecting investors to their financial downfall. According to a Star report dated 13 June 2007,  the Securities Commission has blocked the websites of the following 6 “cyber scams”:

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Book Recommendation – Books by Suze Orman Tuesday, Jun 12 2007 

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Now you can own a stake in Malaysian Top 30 listed cos Tuesday, Jun 12 2007 

Passage Thru India Penang

Malaysia’s first equity exchange traded fund (ETF), FBM30etf is slated for launch in early July 07. According to a Star report on June 7 2007, the ETF is similar in nature to an unit trust fund in that it comprises investments in a basket of stocks. However, the difference is that the fund will be listed on the KLCI, and its price will fluctuate according to fluctuations in the underlying basket of stocks. In comparison, traditional unit trust funds are not listed. 

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