Dare To Be Different

Dare To Be Different

Dare to be different because everybody wants you to be the same. To start off this article, let me share with you two stories to illustrate this point. A Crab in a Bucket1 Once there was a young man on a beach, watching people catch crabs. A young man put a crab in a bucket, with a tiny bit of water on the bottom. The crab promptly scurried out of the bucket and jumped back into the ocean. He caught another crab and put that crab in a bucket and…

Have You Been Buying High Dividend Stocks For The Wrong Reasons?

Have You Been Buying High Dividend Stocks For The Wrong Reasons?

High dividend stocks are commonly viewed as investments that provide regular income to the stock holder regardless whether the market is bullish or bearish. Many investment gurus also frequently recommend stocks with high dividend yields to their clients. To most investors, dividends are like “free money” given to them for just owning the stocks of a listed company. However, most investors fail to realize that dividend payout is NOT FREE MONEY. It is NOT a regular real income that goes to shareholders for just owning the stocks of a company….

The Cost Benefits of Using a Virtual Office for Your Business

The Cost Benefits of Using a Virtual Office for Your Business

Every year, more businesses take the leap towards remote setups and start incorporating virtual offices into their corporate routine.   Some are older companies trying to find ways to cut costs. Others are fledgeling ventures with no fear of being unconventional and taking the whole team out of the traditional workspace. Whatever your reason for considering virtual offices, you’ve probably thought about their impact on your overheads. Serviced facilities like the one available from Servcorp Singapore are extremely cost effective. For a low monthly (sometimes weekly) premium, you can claim…

Everything That An Investor Should Know About Stocks

Everything That An Investor Should Know About Stocks

Many investors in Singapore would have heard of The Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI). Founded in 1966, the STI has since been used as a benchmark index tracking the performance of Singapore stock market. There are 30 constituents under the STI, and they belong to the following sectors (non-exhaustive): telecommunications, banks, real estate, food & beverage, oil & gas, and financial services. The STI uses a capitalisation-weighted weighing method; this means that the constituents with a higher market value confer more influence on the index. At the time of this…

How To Use LinkedIn To Promote Your Business

How To Use LinkedIn To Promote Your Business

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network online, with more than 467 million members. It’s mainly where professionals put their CVs up online, to network within one’s industry and share mostly work-related stories and ideas.   A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that LinkedIn is social media but it really isn’t. Before you rush into setting up an account and start connecting with everyone you know à la Facebook, there are some considerations to be made.   What is LinkedIn? LinkedIn is a powerful tool to build…

7 Sources of Competitive Advantage

7 Sources of Competitive Advantage

Investors love quality stocks that deliver high returns and low capital intensity. Having a sustainable competitive advantage is the only way a company can maintain high returns over a long period of time. But competitive advantage comes in many different forms. To help you recognize them, here are 7 different sources of competitive advantage. Customer Loyalty Customer loyalty is the result of consistently positive emotional experience, physical attribute-based satisfaction and perceived value of an experience. Products with high customer loyalty will have more consistent sales and potentially higher customer profitability/…