It’s time for a review of 2018, and I have to say that I managed to protect my capital (which is great and am fortunate) but I did not capitalise aggressively on opportunities that I was aware of. But for both Wall Street and Main Street and for investors who have to be invested from … More Reviewing 2018, & what’s next?
The Japanese have a term to describe the effort of continuous improvement for the better: 改善 (pronounced ‘Kai-zen’) That’s what exactly what I need to do. Ever since I decided that I wanted to be a successful macro investor, I’ve embarked on my never-ending journey, climbed mountains and went through valleys, sought out the sages, … More 3rd Quarter 2017 Review: Time for Kaizen!
While I was serving my term of mandatory military service in the Singapore Armed Forces, I read a piece of classical Western literature that was breathtaking in its scope and entirety. ‘The Odyssey’ from the Greek poet Homer captivated my imagination of a world of brave warriors, spectacular battles, treacherous seas, and perilous journeys across … More Homer’s Odyssey: a Lesson for Investors!
The first half of 2017 is over, and my book remained almost unchanged from the end of 1Q 2017 to the end of June. I maintain my defensive stance, risking one-third of my usual sizing for any new positions and also gunning for lowly-correlated positions in terms of price structure as well as fundamental logic. … More 2nd Quarter 2017 Review & Strategy for 2H 2017
To understand the game of the financial markets, we need to understand the game masters The game masters are the central banks, as they directly influence the costs of credit in the financial and real economy, influencing the business cycles The ECB will gradually move to wind down its stimulus programme, but has to maintain … More Playing the ECB’s potential tapering?
At the height of the Industrial Revolution that started in the United Kingdom (UK), the railroads were once thought to be ‘game changers’. After the invention of the steam engine and the locomotive, railroads took off as they start to replace the traditional roads and paths of commuters. Instead of the slow and rather painful way of … More Why I Believe In Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain, but why I’m not buying now
The Brits are officially leaving the European Union (EU), following the invoking of Article 50 and British envoy Tim Barrow handling a letter to the EU Council on the 29th of March 2017. An informative book on the subject is explored by Roger Bootle of Capital Economics, and I’ve found it to be highly instrumental … More Playing Brexit: Long Euro & short Sterling
En Garde! French citizens are once again heading to the polls in what is arguably 2017’s most widely and closely-watched high key political event: the French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections! At stake? Possibly the future of the European Union (EU). That’s because one of the potential candidates for the Presidency, Madame Marine Le Pen, is calling … More En Garde! Playing the French Elections & a Frexit?
While it was a decent 3 months for both broad equity and bond markets, all my trades did not work out as expected and I cut all my initial positions that were initiated in January. Additionally, a couple of my positions that were USD-denominated also saw valuations affected by the slight weakening of the Dollar against … More Review of 1st Quarter 2017 & Portfolio Update
Foreign exchange rates are notoriously difficult to predict over the short term, because there’s a great deal of volume traded across the world by many various players (governments, corporations, individuals, etc) for all sorts of reasons. However, they are easier to see over a longer term period as they are the reflection of the interactions of … More Betting on the Czech Koruna & the Mundell-Fleming Trilemma