3 ways to short sell a stock and make money on the way down

3 ways to short sell a stock and make money on the way down

Most investors are used to buying long – you buy low and sell high (or that’s the plan anyway!). Short sellers, on the other hand, sell high and then buy low – they sell a stock first believing that its price will drop, and then buy it back at a lower price once it does. Short selling is an art that is rarely successfully practised in the investing world because it is riskier and more dangerous. Of the many successful investors that have gotten incredibly wealthy, successful long/short or short-only investors represent just about a fraction…

800 Super in Focus

800 Super in Focus

800 Super (20 July 2017) close: S$1.300 Mean Target price: S$1.570 1.) Sector: Environment/Sanitation 2.) Core business structure: Waste disposal and cleaning services 3.) Segment that generates the highest revenue: Waste Management 4.) Countries that the business operates: Singapore, Batam 5.) Challenges: Increase of costs due to the rise in foreign worker levies, and maintenance of added motor vehicles due to the rise in commercial activities (Financial Performance) 6.) Strengths: Expenditures were resourcefully managed through various production initiatives- namely, refining their resources management, and service team education with relevant equipment….

Why many Singapore entrepreneurs fail to think big

Why many Singapore entrepreneurs fail to think big

By Christopher Quek “What is the total addressable market (TAM) of your product?” I asked. Joe (not his real name) was pitching to fund his new idea under our Tri5 Angels fund. He wanted to create a marketplace for home bakers to market and fulfill their orders via a mobile app. “There are potentially 6,000 home bakers in Singapore,” he replied. I found out from HCook, a similar competitor, that a home baker takes home around US$354 a month. That translates to about a US$25 million GMV per year. If the…

3 Methods For Idea Sourcing

3 Methods For Idea Sourcing

How do we search for ideas? I believe this is the million dollar question everyone frets about when first starting out investing. How do we find potential investments to research on? How do we know if this is a good enough idea? And the list goes on. In the search, we adopt the same attitude one might find appropriate in looking for a spouse:  It pays to be active, interested and open-minded, but it does not pay to be in a hurry. Warren Buffett We all prefer some characteristics we wish to see…

3Cnergy in Focus

3Cnergy in Focus

3Cnergy in focus (502.SI) (14 July 2017) close: S$0.052 Mean Target price: S$- (No research houses covering; No consensus estimates are available) 1.) Sector: Investment holding. 2.) Core business structure: Property development. 3.) Segment that generates the highest revenue: Real estate and property development consultancy. 4.) Countries that the business operates: Singapore and Malaysia. 5.) Challenges: Lacklustre property demand in Johor; high supply of properties in the last 2 to 3 years; tightening of mortgage loan approvals. 6.) Strengths: Affordably priced and unique property products that cater to market segments…

Your startup is not a democracy, so stop running it like one

Your startup is not a democracy, so stop running it like one

By Christopher Quek I’ve advised over 700 early-stage startups in one-to-one free advisory sessions in the last six years, and one issue that always crops up is founder shares. Many times, all founders have equal shares in the company and are all part of the board, regardless of their role. This really irks me. Our firm, TRi5 Ventures, often deals with early-stage startups and regularly encounters first-time entrepreneurs who are uncomfortable talking about shareholdings amongst their co-founders. This often results in an equal split between all founders on the directorship. In these…