Benjamin Graham

The Case For Cosmosteel Holdings Ltd

  Feeling a sense of peace and calm in my life currently, I felt it was time for another article. The hustle of life does get to one sometimes . The chaos, the noise, the incessant flow of the river of life and meaningless, unnecessary unproductive going on's drain my limited life force. Until I find my centre again. And this is my centre. This is it right here. I am living the life I want. Oh! The annual reports. The daily chatter in my mind of earnings, assets, balance sheets and dividends. I start to love my life again immediately. I was born to do this! I love counting and the deepest echoes of my soul tell me this : That I Am Aware Once Again. (more…)

Issues On Debt

EZRA EZRA , No Longer The Bella Of Dreams

Ezra Holdings 

Ezra Holdings! When inspiration hits me and the juices flow and I feel an explosion of information welling up, my outlet is to share and tell. It may be amongst good friends and confidantes or it could be a humble blog as such. And with a feeling of perkiness, I entitled this article Ezra Ezra, No Longer The Bella Of Dreams. I was reading the newspapers recently. The headlines. " Winding Up Application Filed Against Ezra" . Another headline . "Ezra Receives A Statutory Demand From Forland for $25.5 Million". The thing is this. Before it even makes the headlines, the smart investors have already scooted off elsewhere, leaving thousands of ignorant investors in a trail of financial destruction.

Many retail investors have been bruised financially as a result.  In investing , being formally educated is wise and cheap. Being an ignoramus is bloody expensive. Let not your negative experiences be your tuition fee. Let the prominent investors of our time guide you! Read their books. Digest them! Assimilate them! Educate yourself through the eyes of another I say to you. And you shall surely find your way! Slowly but surely!

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Issues On Debt

Swiber Holdings : Case Study Of A Failure

The whole fiasco surrounding Swiber reminds of a slow contrast effect, not visible to human perception. People, investors, bankers, creditors do not notice extremely slow changes taking place until *wham* - A slap in the face takes place. This was pretty much what happened to Swiber Holdings.  That slap in the face happened to be an inability to pay off its bondholders in terms of coupon payment and eventual redemption. And on hindsight, I am glad to say that we were just bystanders on the sidelines looking on with compassion for the many investors and bondholders who got burnt as a result. This reminds me of the frog in boiling water syndrome. If one were to put a live frog in boiling water, it feels the pain and danger to itself immediately and leaps out of the boiling water. But if one were to put a live frog into a pot of water and begin boiling it, the frog would just go along with what was happening, not noticing the small changes that are taking place to its surroundings. Eventually, the frog is boiled alive and dies. This is a great metaphor of explaining our inability to adjust and be aware of changes occurring in our world today. That awareness, incidentally, is what we need as investors. (more…)