Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Share valuations of the four biggest medical glove makers in Malaysia - in the world, in fact - have soared to historic highs, but not because of the MERS outbreak.
The median forward 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of Top Glove (TPGC.KL), Supermax (SUPM.KL), Kossan Rubber Industries (KRIB.KL) and Hartalega (HTHB.KL) has risen to 18, the highest ever, according to Thomson Reuters data. The figures also show their combined revenue is expected to grow 20 percent in 2015, the most in five years.
(For a graphic on sales growth, click: link.reuters.com/pym94w)
The chief driver of sales is the ringgit's slump to nine-year lows against the dollar, making exports more competitive. Low raw material prices will also help widen profit margins. Analysts advocate a selective stock-picking strategy. Among the four, they see Top Glove as their top pick. Shares of the world's biggest glove maker, which commands a 25 percent share of the market, have jumped some 11 percent in Kuala Lumpur since the company released earnings on June 17 that beat expectations.
"I think given the strong rally in Kossan prices, value has emerged more in players such as Top Glove and Supermax," said Chris Eng, head of research at Etiqa Insurance & Takaful, which manages more than 23 billion ringgit ($6.12 billion) of assets. "Probably Top Glove presents the most value as we expect oil prices to gradually rise in coming months putting upward pressure on nitrile as well, which will disadvantage Hartalega and Kossan."
The recent outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea has also helped spark investor interest in the stocks, though analysts do not expect MERS to translate into a jump in glove demand with a material impact on earnings. Malaysia-based RHB Research attributed this to the success of South Korea in containing MERS. South Korea has reported a total of 180 MERS infections as of Thursday morning, with 29 deaths. In contrast, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 infected 8,096 people and killed 774, and driving up demand for medical gloves. As for Ebola, which has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa in the past year, cases have declined sharply in recent months.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
This small book is divided into eighteen chapters, each ten to twenty pages long, that spells out piece by piece the ideas behind the philosophy that one should do their investing in low-cost index funds.
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
When you think of great investors, the name at the top of the list is Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha's insights and ideas can guide you in your own efforts to build wealth. As you consider your retirement future, here are five takeaways from the Oracle of Omaha:
1. Invest for the long term. Many of us are short-sighted. We panic at every market crash or try to chase a quick buck. However, Buffett teaches us to invest for the long term. When Buffett buys a company, he thinks of the long-term value. He doesn't look for something that offers splashy returns in the short term. He looks for something with staying power.
When investing for retirement, you need to think the same way. You won't be able to buy up whole companies, but you can invest for the long term by buying the market through index funds, and then staying in for the long haul. Your future self will thank you.
2. Have a purpose. Buffett has talked about the importance of having a purpose. You need to have an idea of what you want to do that gives meaning to your life. Studies show that retirees often lose their health shortly after quitting, when they don't have something to look forward to each day. Think about what you want to do with your life during retirement, and make it a new stage, rather than an end.
3. Learn from the mistakes of others. There is no reason to repeat the mistakes of others. Instead, learn from them. Many people sold at the bottom of the market in early 2009. Those folks locked in their losses. If they had been willing to wait a few years, they would have seen tremendous gains instead. Don't panic just because everyone else is panicking, and pay attention to the mistakes that bring others down. When you learn from the mistakes of others, you are less likely to fall victim to them.
4. Don't invest in the exotic. Buffett has talked about how he keeps enough cash on hand to meet his upcoming needs, but other than that, he keeps his money working for him. But that doesn't mean that he's investing in exotic assets. Buffett stays away from gold and currencies, and he also avoided the complicated credit default swaps that he famously referred to as instruments of mass financial destruction.
You can be the same boring investor. Focus on stocks, using index funds, and you will be likely to build wealth over time, without the stomach-churning volatility and risk that comes with more exotic assets.
5. Don't worry too much about leaving wealth to your children. While Buffett has said publicly that he wants his children and grandchildren to live fulfilling lives, he isn't taking care of everything for them. Indeed, a large portion of his wealth is going to charity, not his posterity, when he dies.
You can learn a similar lesson. Don't be so worried about providing everything for your children that you neglect your own retirement. And don't be so concerned about leaving them a pile of money that you don't enjoy your retirement when it comes.
Jeff Rose is a certified financial planner, U.S. combat veteran and the founder of GoodFinancialCents.com .
Chinese stocks sank the most in five months, leaving the benchmark index on the cusp of a bear market, after leveraged investors cut holdings and Morgan Stanley joined a chorus of analysts warning that valuations have climbed too far.
The Shanghai Composite Index fell 7.4 percent to 4,192.87 at the close, bringing its drop from this year’s high to 19 percent. Chinese stock-index futures tumbled by the 10 percent daily limit as investors rushed to hedge their positions, while the benchmark index in China’s smaller exchange in Shenzhen sank 20 percent from this year’s peak. A gauge of equity volatility jumped to the highest level since 2009.
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China’s $8.8 trillion stock market has plunged from first to worst on global performance rankings, threatening to bring an end to the longest bull market since the ruling Communist Party introduced equity trading to the world’s largest population in 1990. Morgan Stanley advised clients to refrain from purchasing mainland shares in a report on Friday, saying the Shanghai Composite’s June 12 high likely marked the top of the rally.
“This is probably not a dip to buy,” wrote Jonathan Garner, the head of Asia and emerging-market strategy at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong. “In fact, we think the balance of probabilities is that the top for the cycle on Shanghai, Shenzhen and the ChiNext has now taken place.”
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The Shanghai gauge has surged 106 percent over the past year as margin debt climbed to a record and investors speculated monetary stimulus will revive the weakest economic expansion in more than two decades. The bull market, which turned 935 days old Friday, is more than five times the average lifespan of previous rallies.Black Friday
Friday’s rout was led by technology and smaller companies, the leaders of China’s world-beating rally through mid-June. The ChiNext index slid 8.9 percent, extending losses to 27 percent since hitting a high on June 3. The Shenzhen Composite Index also entered a bear market after falling a further 7.9 percent.
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The Shanghai Composite’s losses were broad-based with 44 stocks falling for every one that gained. The index slid 6.4 percent this week, adding to a 13 percent plunge last week that was the steepest since the global financial crisis.
The CSI 300 Index of China’s largest companies slumped 7.9 percent on Friday. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of mainland companies in Hong Kong fell 2.8 percent and the Hang Seng Index lost 1.8 percent.
With little in the way of economic data or corporate announcements to spark the plunge on Friday, some investors pointed to signs of a pullback by leveraged traders. Outstanding margin debt on the Shanghai Stock Exchange dropped for a fourth day on Thursday to 1.42 trillion yuan ($229 billion).
“The correction is basically margin selling,” said Francis Lun, the chief executive officer at Geo Securities Ltd. in Hong Kong.Heading Lower
The stocks favored most by margin traders at the height of China’s boom in mid-June have since tumbled 26 percent. The benchmark index has had nine straight sessions of intraday swings exceeding 2 percent.
PetroChina Co., the biggest stock in the mainland, slumped 7 percent on Friday. East Money Information Co., the most heavily weighted stock in the ChiNext, dropped by the 10 percent daily limit. Poly Real Estate Group and Gemdale Corp. led declines for developers, tumbling 10 percent.Bubble Warnings
The stock market is experiencing a “self-correction,” Zhang Xiaojun, a spokesman at the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said at a weekly briefing after the market close. The benefits of reforms haven’t changed and liquidity will remain ample, Zhang said.
Concern over a shortage of liquidity has helped fuel losses this week as investor funds got tied up in new share sales and the People’s Bank of China refrained from easing monetary policy, disappointing some analysts who had anticipated a cut in interest rates or banks’ reserve requirement ratios.
Guotai Junan Securities Co., China’s largest brokerage by revenue, surged 44 percent on its first day of trading in Shanghai on Friday after it completed the nation’s biggest domestic initial share sale since 2010.
“The Shanghai Composite may fall to the 4,000 level in the next five to eight weeks as the government tightens margin lending, new share sales sap liquidity and concern grows the central bank won’t cut lenders’ reserve-requirement ratios,” said Hou Yingmin, an analyst at AJ Securities in Shanghai.
Morgan Stanley cited increased equity supply, weak earnings growth, high valuations and the surge in margin debt for its pessimistic stance, saying the Shanghai Composite may fall as much as 30 percent through mid-2016.
Strategists at BlackRock Inc., Credit Suisse Group AG and Bank of America Corp. all said last week that Chinese equities are in a bubble, while the median stock on mainland exchanges is valued at 85 times earnings -- higher than when the market peaked in October 2007.
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Friday, June 26, 2015
"The 4 Diseases" of Investing - Evenitis (holding to losers), Taking profits (selling winners), Over-trading and FOMO
- Read the annual reports
- Read all the analysts reports
- Visit the stores or use their products and services
If you find that at the end of the day, the performance of the portfolio is not that good, or mediocre at best, in many cases there are various reasons.
They often have not taken into account behavioural biases, the sort of fuzzy thinking that is automatically in their mind that blocks out their rational decision.
These are the 4 behavioural biases, which we refer to them as:
- Get even-itus
The disease of hanging onto a stock when the price has gone down until you can get even. "Don't worry dear, it is going to come up back again." The problem is, if the stock has gone down, the chances are it is going to continue to go down and best it is going to be a mediocre investment. It is much better to face the fact that you have a loser, you lost money and to move on.
This is the opposite to get even-itus. This is the disease of always taking a profit when the price goes up. It looks great and you can tell your friend at the dinner party that your stock went up 20%, 40% or 50% and you sold it. The problem is what you are going to do with that money. Studies have shown, on average, people who sell just to take a profit end up putting their money back into the market in a stock that underperforms the one they got out of. #
Get even-itus and Consolidatus-profitus are two sides of the one coin; generally hang on to losers and sell winners. The opposite would be better, that is, sell your losers and hold on to your winners. They water the weeds and cut the flowers. It would be better they water the flowers and cut the weeds.
This is the disease of just loving to trade. Most people who would never dream of going to casino betting on roulette or any of the casino games or machines,yet when they are on their internet and looking at their stocks, they trade far too often. It is so simple to trade on the internet and they get drawn into it. But studies have shown that on average, the more a person trades they worse they do. I am not referring to their transaction costs but actually their performance diminishes. Instead of looking for great companies that are going to make you money year after year, they think they can get a short term profit. In the short term, the share prices are much more random than most people believe. So this is a disease of trading too often. In this regard, women are better investors than men, because overall, women trade less than men.
This is the 4th disease, the FEAR OF MISSING OUT. You read about a particular stock and its price is going up and you think, if I don't get in now, I am going to miss out, instead of taking your time and evaluating the stock properly.
These 4 diseases really work together and at best give you a mediocre performance that is far far below you optimal performance.
You should work to eliminate these 4 investing biases or diseases, consciously. Use tight filters to filter out the best companies to concentrate in.
Be alert that you are not slipping into these investment biases. Eliminate these investing biases and your performance will be much better.
# Reinvestment risk.
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Today I will share with you how to identify the perfect moment to buy a stock, and it's probably different from what you expect. Why? Because it has little to do with timing, and more to do with the stock price in relation to the intrinsic value of a company. Let me explain.
"Price is what you pay, value is what you get."
There is a crucial difference between price and value, and the above quote by Warren Buffett captures this perfectly. If you want to sell your desk chair on eBay, you can ask any price for it you like. However, the value the buyer receives in return, a desk chair, remains exactly the same, regardless of the price you decide to ask.
It's the same with stocks. A stock price says little about how much a stock, which is essentially a tiny slice of a business, is actually worth. Investors can ask any price they like, but this doesn't change the underlying business. This means it is possible for stock prices to deviate significantly from their intrinsic value, which is great, because exploiting mispriced stocks is what value investing is all about!
So what is the perfect time to buy a stock?
Well, you first have to determine whether you are dealing with a financially healthy company. Secondly, using conservative inputs, you need to estimate the intrinsic value of a company to determine what a stock should realistically be worth. Is the stock trading at a price way below the intrinsic value you calculated? Sweet! Then this is the perfect time to buy. If not, put it on your watch list until it is finally cheap enough to get in.
Timing the market, or trying to predict when a stock will move up or down in the short run, is impossible. You might get lucky a few times, but this strategy is doomed to fail in the long run, since prices can be extremely volatile, highly irrational and therefore 100% unpredictable. The only sound way to determine when to buy is to look at the stock price in relation to the intrinsic value of the underlying company.
Don't worry if the price declines further after your initial investment, because now you can buy more of a wonderful company at an even lower price! You don't have to buy at the absolute bottom. You just have to buy it for a cheap enough price to make a more than handsome return.
Now that you know when to buy a stock, you might be interested in learning when to sell. In episode #18 of my value investing podcast I cover the only three reasons to ever sell a stock. Here is a link for you below:
Cheers, and all the best to you!
First Quarter Trading Statement
Tesco PLC’s First Quarter Trading Statement 2015/16 was announced today at. To view the full announcement, please go to: www.tescoplc.com/1Q2015.
- UK like-for-like sales performance improved to (1.3)% despite significant deflation and the impact of reduced couponing
- UK like-for-like volumes up 1.4%; transactions up 1.3%; 180,000 more customers shopping with us*
- Like-for-like sales growth in Central Europe and Turkey; Central European restructure largely complete
- Some improvement in performance in Asia, in challenging market conditions
- Short-term volatility remains; transformation programme progressing
Dave Lewis – Chief Executive
“We set out to serve our customers a little better every day and the improvements we are making are starting to have an effect. We are fixing the fundamentals of shopping to win back customers and relying less on short-term couponing. Customers are experiencing better service, better availability and lower, more stable prices and are buying more things, more often, at Tesco.
These improvements have come during the restructuring of our office and store management teams, which testifies to the focus, skill and commitment of colleagues across the business. We have also seen an improved performance in our international markets, as we continue to focus on serving customers better.
Whilst the market is still challenging and volatility is likely to remain a feature of short-term performance, these first quarter results represent another step in the right direction.”
To view the full announcement, please go to: www.tescoplc.com/1Q2015.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015