Summary of $90,000 Charity Courses for Tzu Chi (慈济) with High Dividend Stocks

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Dr Tee, Ein55 Mentor & Graduates have together organised 5 charity investment courses (REITs/Business Trusts in Nov 2015 and May 2017, High Dividend stocks in Mar 2016 and Oct 2017, and Discounted NAV stocks in Sep 2016) in the past 2 years, donating net income of around $90,500 to Tzu Chi 慈济 (Singapore). We hope to inspire more Ein55 Graduates to reach out the society, helping others who are in need.  More importantly, they have also learned the secrets of making money through investment. When more Ein55 Graduates are successful financially, they could also contribute back to the society to help more people in future.

Here are key learning points from the recent Charity Course on High Dividend Stocks:

1) Five Characteristics of High Dividend Yield Stocks

1.1) Mature Company that have already growth to sizable scale, meaning Equity > US$1B, Market Cap >US$1B, with stable Revenue >US$1B

1.2) Dividend pay-out ratio of at least 50% or more

1.3) Fundamentally remain strong and robust for many years to come because company have certain economy moat.

1.4) Low CAPEX business

1.5) Able to generate stable Free Cash Flow


2) Seven Myths about Dividend Investing

Myth:  Stock prices are adjusted downward when dividends are paid.

Truth: Stock prices are adjusted on XD date, not on dividend payment date.


Myth:   Dividend stocks are always safe

Truth:  A company can stop payout of dividend when business is declining, may not be always safe.


Myth:  Companies that pay dividends limit growth

Truth: The growth depends on business concept / innovation, leading to consistent profit and cash flow to pay for dividend. A company could have both dividend payment and high business growth at the same time.


Myth:  The highest yielding stocks are the best

Truth: It can be risky because high yield stocks could have weak business with falling share prices.


Myth:  Dividends are guaranteed upon company announcement

Truth:  Company can cancel the dividend payout even after announcement


Myth:  Investors should buy the cheapest dividend stocks

Truth:  Dividend investor intention is to have low risk investment, better pick up healthy dividend stock


Myth:  Dividend stocks are boring

Truth: Dividend stocks are still investment that could rise and drop at any time, requiring investors to pay close attention to monitor and follow up the stocks.  An investor should not feel boring when receiving consistent dividend payment to their bank accounts as passive incomes.


We should drive the money (helping others when you are successful), not driven by the money (making money only for own gain).  Investors should learn the unique Optimism Strategies with FA (Fundamental Analysis) + TA (Technical Analysis) + PA (Personal Analysis) developed by Dr Tee to choose strong global stocks, buying them at low price, then holding for consistent dividend payout or selling for high capital gains.  High-quality free stock investment courses are provided by Dr Tee to the public.


Short-term or Long-term Investing? Choose the One that Works for You!

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As much as I love investing, I believe that most of us invest with a similar goal in mind, i.e. to make money, to get our money to work for us, and to attain financial freedom. However, considering how different investors can be when it comes to styles and personalities, there is really no one rule that applies to all. Perhaps, that also explains why the stock market is so confusing and unpredictable in the first place.

There is no way to know what every single person thinks, but we can make our lives easier by knowing our own investing personalities and what floats our boats. Boiling down to the basics, you need to know whether you are a short-term trader or a long-term investor (though in real life, many of us are a mix of both).


Short-term Trading

You will like short-term trading if:

  • You are comfortable with keeping an investment for only a short period of a few weeks, or even days.
  • Your goal is to make quick bucks to reach a shorter-term goal, e.g. purchasing a car, funding a vacation, etc.
  • You are not a fan of doing extensive fundamental research on the businesses that you have invested in, but you are able/ willing to commit a significant amount of time to trading and checking stocks.
  • You are ok with taking risks and dealing with profits and losses due to short-term price fluctuations.
  • You can accept high transaction costs as a result of frequent trades, which reduces your income in a bigger proportion as compared to long-term investing.


Misperceptions of Short-term Trading

  1. Short-term trading does not require patience.

Truth: Even for a short-term trader, not every day is a trading day. We need to wait patiently for the best opportunity to long or short.


  1. Short-term trading is always about buying low then selling high.

Truth: Short-selling (profit from falling in share prices) is equally if not more important. Most people only know how to long the market, and therefore they lose money or end up doing nothing when the market is bearish.

Currently, there is still upside in the last phase of the bull market for short-term traders, possible to buy high sell higher but shorter term position should follow shorter term market signals.

In my free 4hr investment course, I will share with you high-probability trading techniques for short-term traders to profit from the rising and falling stock market.


  1. There is no need to read up on anything if I am trading short-term.

Truth: Short-term trading, being more speculative and volatile in nature, requires one to react quickly to market news and sentiments. In order to profit in both bearish and bullish markets, one would still need to read up to understand the impact of market-changing factors such as the US Federal Reserve interest rate hike, Donald Trump’s national policies, oil & gas crises, and global quantitative easing (QE), etc. It is important to know the impact of global economy on stock market.


Long Term Investing

On the other hand, you may like long-term investing if

  • You are okay with holding an investment for a long period of time, and buy or sell only once every few years.
  • You have a longer-term goal in mind, e.g. building resources for your retirement, and you are expecting your investment to increase in value over the long run, and/or also provide income in the form of dividends.
  • You prefer fundamental analysis to technical analysis.
  • You like value investing.


Misperceptions of Long-term Investing

  1. You do not have to hold a lot of cash if you are buying at a discount.

Truth: Even if you have met the “golden opportunity” where blue chips have more than a 50 percent discount in stock prices, you as an investor have to accumulate bullets (cash) to be able to make substantial profits when you buy low and sell high.


  1. If you are investing long-term, you can just sit on your stocks and not care about them for a long time.

Truth: While it may be true that you do not have to react to stock market changes immediately like short-term traders do, you still need to review and reevaluate your stock portfolio from time to time. Even in long-term investing, you would need to do spring cleaning regularly, classifying your stocks into different categories and treat them differently, for e.g. fundamentally-strong stocks for long-term holding, cyclical stocks to sell at a high, and junk stocks to sell at the right time, etc.


Time flies, and before we realise it, half of 2017 has already passed. On a global level, stock markets have performed superbly for 1H2017, rewarding investors with attractive returns that have not been seen for quite a few years. How sustainable is the stock market rally then? Will there be a market correction?  Take actions now to position yourself for investment.


2 Simple Steps of Investment

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Many people thought investment is very complicated, only for smart people. Actually, there are only 2 simple steps of investment to bridge between knowledge and fortune.  Let’s learn together here.


1) Set the Right Direction

Knowing the right direction to go is very important for any investment. One could be very hardworking but running in opposite direction, will be further away from the goal.

In investment, we need to know what are the good businesses which are profitable, sustainable for a long term.  We could simply buy their stocks to have a share of this wonderful business.  If one knows how to buy a portfolio of giant stocks, the undervalued or growing business with help to support the uptrend share price over the time.  However, if one partners with a losing business, buying their stock, the direction will be wrong, share prices will be declining as well.

Share prices could be emotional but they follow the mega trend of businesses.  If we could understand the fundamental of business, we could control the wild horse of share prices.


2) Take Action

Knowing the direction but if one does not take action to move, the goal cannot be reached.  Some may take smaller steps, some may walk faster, so the pace will vary for each person to achieve the goal, just sooner or later.

In investment, we need to learn to take one of the actions: Buy, Hold, Sell, Wait or Shorting, eg. for stocks.  Ideally, the choice of actions could be aligned with investment clock and personalities for best results.

However, even the simple action of “Buy” stock now and hold permanently could make money, if one knows how to set the direction correctly, buying a portfolio of giant stocks which could overcome all the cyclic stock market.  If one still hesitates without any action, despite hundreds of excellent plans with so much investment knowledge learned, there will be no fortune.

Still considering?  Don’t be just a knowledge collector.  Practice these 2 simple steps of investment: set the right direction and start your investment journey now!

Power of Compound Interest

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Albert Einstein is my idol, his scientific mindsets could be applied in investing world (inspiring me to establish Ein55 Styles of investing). He said “Compound Interest is the 8th Wonder of the World”.  It is important for an investor to know which role to play, receiving or paying the compound interest.  The results can be very different.


1) Receiving Compound Interest

Growth stocks receive compound interest with growing business and share price.  An investor could become richer at faster rate because the growth stock may not pay dividend. Instead, the earning is invested back to the business to enlarge the market share, revenue and income.  Even after a business has reached its maturity, the excess income could be redistributed as dividend to shareholders who could invest in other growth companies.


2) Paying Compound Interest

Junk stocks pay compounding interest with declining business and share price.  An investor could become poorer at faster rate because the company business could be in crisis, not making money but still need to pay high interest of debt yearly. The worst is the company may still pay dividend to the shareholders with past saving while the company is still losing money, need to borrow more money externally at highest interest rate.  This is a process of burning money.  Eventually, the company could go bankrupt and the investors could lose all the money invested in a short time.


Compounding interest is a double-edged sword, if we use it correctly, the business could grow faster, an investor could benefit from larger capital gains and passive incomes from dividends.  If this weapon is generalized, it is not limited to “interest” literally, it could be any method which could give the special edge to an investor or trader, eg:

1) Optimism Strategy – Reward/Risk ratio

2) Fundamental Analysis (FA) – Business Strength

3) Technical Analysis (TA) – Momentum / Trend Following

4) Personal Analysis (PA) – Contrarian to Herd Mentality

Ideally, we could integrate all the 4 weapons of (Optimism = FA + TA + PA), into a mega compound “interest” to accelerate the growth in investment.

Poker Game vs Investing

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There are many similarities between Poker Game and Investing. In fact, we could have more special edges or unfair advantage in investing but most people do not know.

1) Technical Analysis (TA) – Reward / Risk, Following Trend

For both poker and investing, we bid or invest more when the reward/risk is higher.  If we play Black Jack (total = 21 points), if you have 12 points, likely you will take the risk to add 1 more card because your chance (a card with 9 or less points, so that not exceeding 21 points) is high. Similarly, for trading or investing, eg. when stock price is near to the support, we would start to enter as the reward (upside) is more than the risk (downside).

Similarly, when a poker player has smooth win (good trend in winning), eg. facing a weak opponent, may add more position to maximize the gains.  This is similar to a trader who follows the market trend which is an edge.


2) Personal Analysis (PA) – Manage your emotions

A good poker player is calm, even holding lousy cards, will show confidence, so that opponents could not tell.  There is a poker game Bluff, the player could have lousy cards but pretend to have perfect cards. Opponent who challenges the truth could suffer as sometimes the player will purposely tell the truth. Similarly, a good investor will use the market greed and fear as a weapon, doing differently from the majority.


3) Fundamental Analysis (FA)

This is the main difference between Poker game and Investing.   Poker is a pure probability game, therefore TA & PA are the main edges. For investing, we could be selective to only consider strong business as they are more likely to grow in share price.


4) Optimism Strategies = FA + TA +PA (integration of all into strategies)

Strategies formation is important, integrating all the critical factors. Each poker player and trader / investor has own unique strategy, aligning to own personality, based on learning from positive experiences.  The strategies could change when the opponents (market) may be different, could be weaker (bear market) or stronger (bull market) opponents, which one would adjust the strategies accordingly.


So, knowing the similarities and differences of poker game and investing (stock, property, etc), we understand that we could have the special edges or unfair advantage like Casino (more than 51% winning rate) if we know how to position Optimism + FA + TA + PA, aligning with own unique personality.

Make Friend with Billionaires in Investment

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A multi-billionaire could become super rich mostly because they they have a profitable business or they invest in other people’s profitable business.  Their wealth is growing over the years, some could be as rich as the wealth of a small country.

We may not be able to establish the same business as them but we could make friends with these multi-billionaires by becoming a shareholder of their business.  Alternatively, we could also study their stock portfolio because they also invest in other businesses.

So, what are the billionaire stocks to buy?  The Billionaire Index is a compilation of stocks owned by global billionaire investors

Based on a homework done by Ein55 Graduate, many (but not all) of these stocks by billionaires are strong business. So, it it is critical for us to know what are the truly giant stocks which make these billionaires richer over the time. Even we may not become a billionaire, we could share a profit by becoming a millionaire one day, if we know their investing mindset.  More importantly, many of these stocks are at high price due to high optimism of US market.

We only make friends with these billionaires when their net worth is reduced by more than 20% one day during global financial crisis due to falling down in share prices but the strong business still make money consistently yearly for them and for us.

Dr Tee: Successful Trading & Investing with FTP Analysis in Optimism Strategies

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First things first, what kind of investor would you describe yourself as? Conventionally, we classify investors into two groups—long-term and short-term.

Long-term investors also tend to identify as value investors, who typically base their decisions on Fundamental Analysis (FA). In other words, they are not so into day-to-day trading, or watching stock charts closely as stock prices go up and down. Instead, they prefer to read company reports and seek stocks which they believe are trading for less than their intrinsic values.

Short-term investors…well, it is still debatable whether short-term trading can be called investing, but we know that it’s a much faster game with less waiting time, but more technicalities or Technical Analysis (TA) involved.

So, quick, choose one between the two, which type are you? It’s hard to stick completely to one choice, isn’t it?

Each side has its limitations!

I too would find it hard to just pick one and leave the other one out entirely, because I don’t believe that the two investing styles should be mutually exclusive.

In fact, each style comes with its own set of blind spots and shortcomings.

For instance, one could still lose money by buying a fundamentally-strong stock at a sky-high price.

In the case of short-term trading, it might easily turn into over trading, i.e. excessive buying and selling to increase the probability of successful trades. Such gambling behaviour, coupled with a lack of discipline, could cost investors heavy losses.

Therefore, I think it is advisable and even important to make use of both FA and TA, to enjoy the “best of both worlds”, and in other words, buying giant stocks at cheap prices and at the right time.

On top of that, the investor would also need to develop a kind of inner discipline. Thus, I would like to add another school of thought—personal analysis (PA) as well.

I have integrated 3 schools of thought: FA+TA+PA (FTP analysis) through the unique Optimism Strategies.


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More about FTP Analysis

People who are new to investment may ask the question, “So what is FA, TA, or PA? What can I expect to learn under each category?”

This is how I look at it.

When it comes to Fundamental Analysis (FA), it is more than just assessing a company’s business performance or intrinsic value (though that will be covered as well). We should also have an understanding of the macro economy (e.g. how countries/ economies are doing on the whole) as well as microeconomics concepts (e.g. demand and supply). I believe that the stock market and the economy are related like how the teeth are related to the lips—without the lips, the teeth will feel chilly.

As for Technical Analysis (TA), ideally we want to buy low and sell high, but it is not that straightforward. In order to enter and exit markets at the right timings, we need to look into trade volumes, values, patterns, trends, etc. I will also be sharing key points that include: relative and absolute technical analysis, as well as bull and bear market interpretation.

Personal Analysis (PA) is essentially a study of 4P: Investor Psychology, Political Economy, Winning Probability and Personal Indicators. It might be the most overlooked part, though I feel that it can even be more important than FA and TA sometimes. Market forces may be uncontrollable and unpredictable, but we can overcome our own emotions and also form personalized investing strategies.

How do we connect these three schools of thought together then? Having been an investor for 20 years myself, I think it can be summed up in one sentence: Identify strong FA stocks, and buy/sell at a time aligned with TA indicators, as confirmed by PA.

The unique Optimism Strategy developed by Dr Tee provides a special advantage to know which investment (stock, forex, property, commodity, bond, etc) to buy safely, when to buy, when to sell, including option of long term holding.  So far over 10,000 audience have benefited from Dr Tee high quality free courses to the public.  Take action now to invest in your financial knowledge, starting your journey towards financial freedom.


How to Capture Falling Knife Safely for Stocks in Crisis?

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Every crisis is an opportunity.  We have learned to be greedy when others are fearful.  However, not everyone is mentally prepared to buy low and sell high following one’s personality.  When a business is in crisis, the stock price is like a falling knife, one could get hurt when enters too early, buy low and may get lower, emotionally affected with the endless falling prices.

For example, over the last 2 years of crude oil crisis, stock prices of global oil & gas stocks are significantly corrected. Singapore oil & gas stock index is at 9% optimism (see chart below), a very attractive price level over the last 10 years, upside is much higher than downside from a long term perspective.  However, whenever there is a technical rebound due to good news (eg. recovery of crude oil price), there could be another negative news who correct it down further (eg. Swiber plans to wind up the business recently).

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Here are a few important considerations for us to safely capture the falling knife of a stock in crisis:

1) Fundamental Analysis

Some weaker stocks may not survive through the crisis. It is critical to always consider giant stocks with strong fundamentals.  Based on the survival of the fittest, after the winter is over, these strong stocks will grow stronger, especially there are less competitors with higher demand then.  For more conservative investors, one could wait patiently for signs of reversal in the business performance.


2) Technical Analysis

While long term view of a stock could be at attractive low price, the intermediate price trend usually is bearish for a stock or sector in crisis, eg. commodity, shipping, casino, etc.  It is important to follow the trend before entry, waiting for the falling knife to drop the floor first, before pick it up safely.  Confirmation of uptrend is required, aligning Level 1 (individual stock), Level 2 (sector / industry), Level 3 (country / region) and Level 4 (whole world).


3) Personal Analysis

One should know own’s personality before deciding whether short term trading or long term investing is a more suitable approach.  It is hard to force a trader to buy low and wait for several years to have tremendous capital gains.  At the same time, a true investor could grab an opportunity even with counter trend in prices, ignoring the daily market news, using strong holding power to reverse the trend eventually, buy low sell high.


Temasek Acquisition of Eu Yan Sang at Low Optimism

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We have learned from Dr Tee to buy giant stocks at low optimism for investing. However, nowadays fund managers have become competitors for retail investors for such investing opportunities.  Recently a consortium including Temasek, has offered to acquire Eu Yan Sang.  Let’s analyse further based on optimism strategies.

The earning ability of Eu Yan Sang has declined over the past few years due to slowdown in local and regional economy but still it is profitable. Net Asset Value (NAV) of Eu Yan Sang has increased consistently over the past 10 years since IPO (see chart below).  Temasek and partners made the offer when Eu Yan Sang share price is still at low optimism (<25%). Even at current share price of $0.63 (slightly higher than offer price of $0.60), the Optimism is only 26%.

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This implies that Temasek and partners have acquired a valuable business at a relatively low price with consideration of its value.  Although the current stock price is 3 times compared to IPO price 16 years ago, it is still relatively cheap for a growing business. We could not compare with only the historical low price based on technical analysis, the fundamental of the business has to be considered as well.


Personal Investment Plans vs Singapore Budget 2016

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Lao Zi: “Govern a Great Nation as You would Cook a Small Fish.”

老子: “治大国若烹小鲜

Singapore government just announced the national budget 2016 with surplus of $3.45 billion.  In fact, without inclusion of investment return from Temasek, this could be a budget deficit.  This shows the importance of investment in all levels: from national level, company level to personal level.

A nation sometimes is like a mega corporation with many departments (ministries).  At the level of personal finance, we could also learn from planning of national budget:

1) Budget Surplus

Our total personal income of the year should always be more than total yearly expenses to generate a positive net yearly income. If the projected income is unstable, personal expenses should be reduced accordingly based on the priorities, aligning with personal goals.  Alternatively, we need to find ways to increase the income by keeping the same level of expenses.  A life with budget deficit could not last long, personal saving will be depleted eventually.  When we buy a stock, also look for business with sound financial planning to generate positive net income and positive cashflow.

2) Bonus

Government has to redistribute the wealth, helping more for those needy people or motivating certain practices with financial reward.  Company pays bonus or dividend to share the earning with shareholders during good time.  At personal level, we could also pay bonus to ourselves, eg. going for an overseas vacation, buying a luxury handbag, dining in a high-class restaurant, etc.  Similar to a nation and company, bonus can be paid only if there is a surplus, either there is positive net income or positive free cashflow, meaning your personal bank account $ figure in year end should be higher than in beginning of the year.  If a person, a company or even a nation, paying bonus while making loss, this is a danger signal.  Do not assume a company or stock which pays dividend yearly is a good company, this could be a value trap.

3) Investment

Although we may not be able to control our own profession to have consistent income, we could look for investment partners who could make money consistently.  These partners could be found by carefully buying stocks of excellent businesses.  The passive income from investment will help to supplement the possible budget deficit at personal level, especially when our own jobs could not earn enough or consistent active income.  Even after retirement, the return from investment will help to grow our wealth, we could continue to enjoy our lives by paying bonus to ourselves.