Jun 29, 2024

Cory Diary : Dividend 1st Half 2024

REITs have been undergoing significant selling for months due to the persistent high-interest-rate environment. At this time, it seems likely that the Fed will continue to manage expectations around rate cuts to avoid crashing the market. With inflation still at 3.4%, it's evident that the rate remains too high. I've been considering whether the Fed would cut rates if the US enters a recession. The probable answer is no, which is on way to stagflation—a scenario where both inflation and unemployment are high, putting us at a disadvantage.




A one percent increase in the inflation rate over the long term can significantly impact savings or retirement sufficiency, as purchasing power will be reduced. Poor or average savers will bear the brunt of this impact. We've likely reached a stage where we must endure this path and minimize the pain of the journey, as the alternative could be far more damaging. The mitigation plan continues to involve using banks to hedge against inflation as above table shown.




To summarize, for the first half of 2024, the result stands at $34,712, bringing the cumulative total to $616k. It's likely that dividends collected for the year will be similar to those of 2023. This is because large funds have been diverted to SSB (Singapore Savings Bonds) and T-Bills, which aren't tracked in these returns, and a sizeable portion has been allocated to the US market, which has low or zero yields.



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2024-06-29

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Jun 15, 2024

Cory Diary : Emotional Management

Managing emotions in the stock market, especially during periods of market highs or when a particular stock like DBS is at an all-time high (ATH), requires a disciplined approach. Here are some considerations and strategies I can think about using this portoflio below as an example :

P/L YTD

1. Assessing DBS Investment

Current Portfolio Allocation: Evaluate how much of my portfolio is currently allocated to DBS. If it's a significant portion, consider whether this aligns with my risk tolerance and investment goals.

Risk Mitigation: DBS is sized to mitigate high-rate scenarios. Assess if increasing your DBS allocation further fits within your risk management strategy.


2. Criteria for Decision Making

When deciding whether to sell, hold, or buy more DBS shares, consider the following criteria:

Fundamentals: Evaluate DBS's financial health, growth prospects, and market position. If fundamentals are strong and justify a higher allocation, holding or buying more might be prudent.

Valuation: Assess whether DBS is overvalued or undervalued relative to its historical metrics or industry peers. High valuation might warrant caution. For this case sustainability of the dividend.

Portfolio Diversification: Ensure overall portfolio remains diversified across sectors and asset classes to mitigate risk. Limited alternative.


3. Taking Profit

Profit-Taking Strategy: If DBS has generated significant profits for the portfolio, consider taking partial profits to lock in gains and rebalance your portfolio. This can help manage risk and reduce exposure to a single stock.

Reinvestment: Reinvesting profits into other assets or sectors can help maintain diversification and potentially reduce emotional attachment to a single stock.


4. Managing Emotional Threshold

Establish Rules: Define clear rules or thresholds for when to buy, sell, or hold based on investment strategy and risk tolerance.

Stick to Strategy: Avoid making emotional decisions based on short-term market movements. Stick to  predetermined investment strategy and criteria.


5. Long-Term Perspective

Quality Investments: Focus on investing in fundamentally strong businesses with good long-term prospects. Quality investments can provide stability during market fluctuations.

Patience: Markets fluctuate, and stocks go through cycles. Having a long-term perspective can help reduce the impact of short-term emotional decisions.


Conclusion

In summary, managing emotions in the stock market, especially with a stock like DBS at ATH, involves assessing portfolio allocation, using objective criteria for decision-making, considering profit-taking to rebalance, and maintaining a disciplined approach aligned with your investment strategy. By focusing on quality investments and diversification, you can better navigate market volatility and emotional biases.

Currently, doing nothing. The logic is simple. Bank is to hedge Reit. So sell at this time seem bad idea as it may or not get worst for Reits. Adding more DBS is no too as it may exceed my mental treshold should DBS got hit.



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2024-06-15

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Jun 10, 2024

Cory Diary : Turnaround of Reits

With the current high rate and coming Fed meeting announcement soon when will it be a good time for Reits turnaround in stock price ? Looking at the Rate (below chart ) which max spike in Aug 2023 and probably well felt by end of 2022, when will rental reversion be able to catch up assuming no more rate increase ?



If we are to take Mall Reit example assuming 3 years cycle of contract, full update maybe Aug of 2026. There are variables on reit types, management ability and probably loan cost which varied with their own renew or expiry. There is no definite answer we can know unless we are insiders.

To be safe, I would think early next year 2025 will be a good timeframe to review Reits allocation increase. Anything before will need good conviction, sizing and unique Reits performance.

Will rate cut helps ? Maybe shorten the wait accordingly. This could be a slow process of unwinding. So may not help much near term.



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2024-06-10

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Jun 2, 2024

Cory Diary : Net Worth Update and Milestone Achieved

With the help of Equity and Income, Networth reached a new milestone. Just a week ago I was wondering what it takes to cross the networth line firmly. I don't have Nvidia to help elevate ( Sibei Fomo ), Tesla not moving (at least not crashing. Touchwood) and I decided not to adjust the Net Value of my property to be more conservative.

As it turns out, bank stocks, salary and some benefits pushes it over. There is no celebration or anything. I keep it quiet at home as it arrives quietly as I feel there is a need for more to support family expenses.



Still watching the Non-Productive Assets (above chart) size which has sizeable amount in Fixed Deposits. I should have them split out from regular low interest saving accounts but too lazy. Anyway not so worried because some of them is denominated in USD FD enjoying good rates.

Property may have gone up another notch $PSF in low volume. So decided to put this increase in valuation on-hold till we see a stronger number. With the cost of building new apartment costly the market somehow need to reflect them into the equation.

So what it takes to be euphoria. Maybe much higher sustainable dividend income returns.



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2024-06-02

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