3 Ways to Use ROE in Assessing Stocks

Return on Equity (ROE) is one of the most widely-used indicators to assess the quality of a stock. It is calculated by dividing a company’s shareholders’ earnings with its shareholders’ equity. ROE tells investors how effective the company is in using capital to make more money to shareholders. Usually, high ROE companies would contribute positively…

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3 Unusual Methods to Find Growing Stocks that Everyone Misses

Today, many invest in shares for capital appreciation. Growth investing is a widely used technique to find stocks that grow in value. Companies that achieve consistent growth in sales and profits are the ones that grow its shareholders’ wealth over the mid-to-long term. The reason is simple. Shares of these companies are demanded in both…

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How Can You Live With RM2,000 of Salary Without Getting Into Debt?

We have received a very interesting email from our reader, Voon who plans his spending based on his current income. Voon kindly shares his strategy in surviving daily life with the rising cost of living. We would recommend reading his systematic way of spending money. Voon & His Ang Pow I’m 23 years old and…

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How Dividends Can Impact Your Returns in the Stock Market

There are 2 main reasons why people invest in shares, dividends & capital gains. After compiling financial data of 700 – 800 stocks listed in Bursa Malaysia, I bumped into 2 interesting discoveries when relating capital gains and dividends. To grasp their relationship, we need to first understand what dividend pay-out ratio (DPR) is. Here’s…

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Growth In Government Debts – Can The Financial Institutions Be Bailed Out This Time?

Bank Negara Malaysia reported that the turmoil in the US financial system arising from the deteriorating quality of sub-prime assets began in mid-2007 and escalated into a major and severe global financial crisis in the second half of 2008, [Bank Negara, 2009]. In the other side of the world, KfW Bankengruppe made a boo-boo in…

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It Is His Life. Not Mine!!!

This morning, my boy woke up, crawled over to my bed and climbed up to me as I was still sleeping. As usual, he laid on my chest quietly for a while before I would lazily and reluctantly open my eyes. He greeted me with a big smile and I gave him a big kiss…

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How Well Do You Know Yourself???

I believe it was more than 15 years ago, when I came across a quote by Bruce Lee. He once said that all forms of knowledge are ultimately self-knowledge. It is only fairly recently that I, well into my forties, have begun to not only see but feel the significance of his quote and the…

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Financial Blindness? It Is time To Take Action

Today, we have a reader, Farouq who would like to share his story which he called ‘financial blindness’. He hopes he could do the impossible possible, turn back the clock and learn about financial management at early age and would have achieved financial freedom by now. But better late than never, although a lot tougher…

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Making it in ASEAN: The Story of Ser Shaw Hong

Met up with Assistant Professor Shawhong Ser at his office in Chulalongkorn University on 5 May 2015. It was one of the most interesting interviews I have had. We talked about Shawhong’s career and his love for teaching, the importance of arts and culture in our lives, the Malaysian-ness that we have taken for granted…

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A Poem For The Son – Dilemma of A Father

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