Bonds

Nam Cheong : A Painful Experience For Bondholders

It was just another day for me but to the bondholders of Nam Cheong, they must be having a bad day.  Yet again, another company within the marine sector hit by financial woes. Now, if I may say so in a way that does not mock, the problem with most investors is that they chase yield without looking at the underlying issuer's finances. And to tell you truthfully, my heart goes out  to those affected by Nam Cheong's Bonds.  I think, maybe, this is one of those instances that I could talk about as I have some ideas regarding the analysis of bonds. Do note that this is just a "back of the envelope" sort of analysis and we won't be going into a full on in depth credit analysis here. In fact, these sorts of "rough" calculations do shed some light on these matters. (more…)

Case Study

Kimly Limited IPO : Count Us Out On This!

Kimly Limited IPO: One of the few things that confound me as an investor is why do retail investors demand participation in a hot IPO that seems overvalued? And the answer is simple. Everyone wants the opportunity of making a quick buck. And the problem is this : IPO's are usually fairly or overvalued. Didn't you know already? IPO stands for It Is Probably Overvalued. It probably isn't the first time you have heard this and it won't be the last. But the truth of the matter is retail investors will not pay  heed to prudence in investing. Rather, they pay  heed to greed. Enticing Story (more…)

Benjamin Graham

Hong Leong Asia Ltd – Notes From My Investing Journey

Hong Leong Asia  On the 27th of November 2016, I noted an entry into my investing journal. My modus operandi is to create a master folder of companies that I am interested in. And within these folders contain the information with which I do my research. The folder may also contains annual reports, links to news articles in the media and any filings related to the company. Within 1 of these master folders contained a company called Hong Leong Asia Ltd, a holding company of various subsidiaries operating in diverse industries. It has a total of 5 core business segments. They are: (more…)

Case Study

This Is One Of The Reasons Why Chinese Billionaires Are Buying US Companies

Chinese billionaires have been on a buying binge in the US. This is partly due to slower economic growth in China and a perception that the RMB will continue to devalue.

Looking at the USD/RMB chart here, the strengthening of the  USD to RMB can be seen to have begun from 2014 or so. And so the acquisition of US companies began. Some of the acquisitions that have occurred so far are:

  • ChemChina's acquisition of Syngenta
  • HNA Group buys Ingram Micro for $6 bill
  • Blackstone to sell Strategic Hotels & Resort for $6.5 billion

and more...

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