Saturday, December 31, 2022

2022 Review, 2023 Preview And Bob

2023 is coming in soon! In this post, I will share my views for the past year, my opinions of the coming year, and give an update on Bob’s portfolio.

2022 Review


2022 will be remembered as the year where the good times came to an end.


First up, we had the massive crypto meltdown. Taking Bitcoin as a barometer, from the highs of USD 47.7K at the beginning of the year, it fell to a low of USD 16.6K by 30 Dec 2022, a 65% drop, and this is not the worst. We had seen the collapse of several coins and entities related to cryptosphere: Terra-Luna, Three Arrows, FTX, to name a few, and these events shook the confidence of cryptos, even amongst their die-hard supporters (for now).


Next, we have the 2 “INs” wreaking havoc in the markets: INflation and INterest rates, and their rise had resulted in much increase in prices, and queue numbers in banks, finance companies and T-Bill applications. Though at this stage the interest rate returns are no match for the inflation numbers, they seem to be existing on two separate worlds when it comes to their approaches.


However, we still have some bad times coming to an end, too.


The opening up of countries from the pandemic lockdown had brought about the phenomenon of “revenge travel”, and this is very pronounced with the large numbers of tourists coming into Singapore (and Singaporeans going out), bringing in much needed revenue to our local economy, with hospitality and retail REITs benefitting significantly. And not forgetting the world’s second largest economy, China, is opening as well, after relaxing from their zero-COVID stance, and they would contribute more stuff than just tourists.


On the markets front, the S&P 500 index was down almost 20% YTD, while our local STI was (surprise surprise) up by around 3.7%. 


Finally, we look at the year-to-date performance of HACK, IPAY and ICLN ETFs, which represented my next big things cybersecurity, electronic payments and clean energy respectively:


HACK: -28.16%1

IPAY: -32.31%1

ICLN: -5.35%1


The results were expected, as equities (especially in the technology sector) were hammered throughout the year. The silver lining from all these is that I have the option of adding more of them (i.e., averaging down), and since they are ETFs, bankruptcy risk of a single company is almost non-existent (save for a fund house blowout, which is low, too).


2023 Preview


Looking back at my 2022 preview, I was (almost) dead right on the inflation-interest rate issue, a bit late on the China one (for now), and my metaverse forecast is literally a non-event (for now). This meant that there is a huge disclaimer on what I was about to say, because (as always repeated) I do not really know what the future holds.


For 2023, I will only address one item and that is what a lot of people are talking and worried about: recession. Whether is it really coming, and if so, how short or long it will be, are questions on everybody’s minds, and there are no quick answers for these. The only things which we can do is to stay calm, stay invested and stay diversified.




As at 31 Dec 2022, Bob’s Bedokian Portfolio had grown to slightly above SGD 85K in value (excluding the cash component which is not shown) and gained a dividend amount of SGD 2,481.67. Overall, Bob’s portfolio was down 6.83% YTD, which is not too bad given other indices and companies suffering double digits. Bob will rebalance on 3 Jan 2023 with another SGD 5,000 injection, so stay tuned to his portfolio.


Happy 2023!




The Bedokian is vested in HACK, IPAY and ICLN.




1 –, YTD as at 29 Dec 2022 (accessed 31 Dec 2022)


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

The Case For Dividend Investing

Dividend investing remains at the very heart of the Bedokian Portfolio investment methodology; after all, the mantra at the top of the blog read “Passive Income Through Dividend and Index Investing”.

Before I delve into the intricacies, I would like to state that this is not a “this is good, others are not good” type of post. As seasoned readers of this blog had noticed, I am open and go into index, value and growth as well.


Part Of Returns


It is universally understood that returns of an investment are consisted of two parts: capital gain plus income. What could be easily missed by investors is that, unlike the capital gains part where it is obtained with the liquidation of the investment, you can earn the income and hold the investment simultaneously. In other words, capital gains are unrealized gains, whereas income is realized. In this way, you can continually hold the investment and benefit from the payout, which could be put into good use.


Powder For Reinvestment


Speaking of good use, reinvesting the income into the same counter or other counters will amplify the compounding effect which is so exalted in investment circles. Buying into other dividend-generating instruments will create more of the returns = capital gain + income models, and the income parts of these instruments will have more opportunities of reinvesting, and so on.


Passive Income


Another good use is that in the event of retirement (conventional or early), dividends form a major component of passive income (we shall reserve the semantics of “passive” for another day? ), without the need for capital disposal, from an investment portfolio. If managed properly and given your preference, dividends can continually fund your lifestyle and the portfolio can remain intact for your eventual beneficiaries.


Inflation Hedge…Somehow


There is a general understanding that there is a positive relationship between inflation and dividends from equities. The rationale behind this notion is that during inflationary periods, prices rise and this translates to a rise in company profits, resulting in a rise in dividends. For this, I would say my favourite phrase: it depends. Some sectors/industries and companies are positively correlated to inflation, like those that deal with energy, commodities, etc. 




As with all methodologies, there are bound to have caveats and disadvantages of dividend investing. The obvious one is dividends are not guaranteed, in terms of the amount and the payout. Companies can cut down or even suspend dividend payments due to change of dividend policies, economic conditions and/or regulatory requirements. Another disadvantage is dividend counters are deemed to be low growth, i.e., not much capital gains. This is in line with the stable and matured characteristics of dividend-producing companies.



Despite the caveat, I am still all for dividend investing. If you are comfortable, include some growth1 and/or index2 counters to alleviate the low capital gains issue. On top of this investment style and methodology, it is also prudent to keep a diversified portfolio of various asset classes and rebalance accordingly. Do not forget that there are other income-producing instruments such as bonds, treasury bills and bank deposits.


1 – The Bedokian Portfolio (2nd Edition), p149

2 – ibid, p135 – 137 

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Mad About Fixed Deposits, SSBs And T-Bills…How About The Others?

I believe now it is super obvious that a lot of investors are mad on fixed deposits, Singapore Savings Bonds (SSBs) and treasury bills (T-bills). There will always be a moment where these things are mentioned, from informal conversations to family groups on chat apps. This is akin to a mania, which is usually associated as something bad. But unlike manias of the past (tulips) and present (meme stocks), this is a good one, for these financial instruments and their returns are reliable and almost guaranteed.

While people are clamoring for these products, other asset classes such as equities and REITs are being forgotten, and rightfully so, since they are currently experiencing a volatile period in a southerly direction. Though it may sound counter-intuitive at this moment, I believe it is the right time to look at them now. As per the principles of diversification (and rebalancing), we should not be overweight on a particular asset class.


While it is very tempting to capitalise on the high interest and coupon rates, we can consider capitalising on the equities and REITs fronts, too, since they are quite battered. With good selection criteria, for growth investors this means a potential capital gain; for dividend investors there might be a higher yield on cost at play; and for index investors the indices may go to yet another all-time high after recovery.


Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Inside The Bedokian’s Portfolio: YHI International Limited

Inside The Bedokian’s Portfolio is an intermittent series where I will reveal what we have in our investment portfolio, one company/bond/REIT/ETF at a time. In each post I will briefly give an overview of the counter, why I had selected it and what possibly lies ahead in its future.

For this issue, I will discuss about the locally listed company YHI International Limited (YHI) (ticker: BPF).




Listed on the SGX since 2003, YHI is in the business of distributing automotive products such as tyres, alloy wheels, buggy and utility vehicles, energy solutions, etc. It is also an original design manufacturer of alloy wheels, with factories located in China, Taiwan and Malaysia.


Some of the known brands and products distributed include Pirelli and Yokohama tyres, and Enkei and Sparco alloy wheels, names which are familiar to car drivers and enthusiasts. 


Why YHI?


I had “discovered” YHI back in 2018 during one of my counter prospecting exercises using online screeners, and I took a look at its ratios using Yahoo Finance. As I did not record my then findings on paper, I would use figures from the 2017 annual report instead1 (using my entry share price of SGD 0.38 as basis):

  • P/E Ratio: 0.38 / 0.0299 = 12.7
  • P/B Ratio: 0.38 / 0.8488 = 0.45
  • D/E Ratio: 126,667 / 260,807 = 0.49
  • Current Ratio: 267,057 / 109,046 = 2.45
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: 50%
  • Dividend Yield: 0.015 / 0.38 = 3.95%

Using the selection guidelines listed in my eBook2, the P/E ratio was lower than that of the other listed company in a similar business, while the P/B, D/E, Current and Dividend Payout ratios checked out. The past three years’ dividend yields (using SGD 0.38 as base) were 1.68%, 3.74% and 3.16% for the years 2016, 2015 and 2014 respectively, which I find it acceptable given that the then 10-year average inflation rate (2008 – 2017) was about 1.84%3.


YHI’s business can be seen in two major parts: distribution and manufacturing. For distribution, their key markets were at ASEAN, northeast Asia and Oceania, whereas the customers for their manufacturing business were mainly from Europe and North America. Thus, YHI’s target markets can be considered global.


Despite falling revenues over the years leading to 2017, the net profit attributable to equity holders remained fairly constant (save for 2016) and their liabilities were reducing. Moving forward along 2018 to 2021, net profit attributable to equity holders soared, culminating at a high at 2021, and with a slight rise in its liabilities4.


The main gist of selecting YHI, besides its better ratios and numbers, is this: Using associative investing methodology5, the conclusion I inferred was that regardless of what the vehicle runs on, whether on petrol, batteries, hydrogen or hybrid, tyres and alloy wheels are must-haves on all, if not, most of them. In other words, YHI’s business is there and ready to take advantage of the rise of popularity in green vehicles.


What’s Next?


Going forward, I see further potential in YHI. They are ramping up their production capacity and further develop their product innovation. Their established foothold in the ASEAN region would enjoy the positive spillover effects from the growth of India and the re-awakening of the China economy with the loosening of COVID-19 curbs.




Bought YHI at:


SGD 0.38 at Oct 2018

SGD 0.385 at Oct 2018

SGD 0.335 at Aug 2019




1 – YHI International Limited Annual Report 2017, p8-9


2 – The Bedokian Portfolio (2nd Ed), p103-105


3 – MAS Core Inflation (Yearly). MAS Core Inflation and Notes to Selected CPI Categories. Monetary Authority of Singapore. (accessed 8 Dec 2022)


4 – YHI International Limited Annual Report 2021, p8-9


5 – The Bedokian Portfolio (2nd Ed), p137-138


Monday, December 5, 2022

Your Financial Portfolio Is Bigger Than You Think

Whenever we talk about portfolios, the most common thing that comes to our minds is the stocks, REITs, bonds and commodities that was bought with our cold hard cash. What some investors did not realise is their financial portfolio is bigger than they think it is. Addressing the elephant in the room (or stating the obvious) there is another big pool of monies that is generating yield passively, and most (if not all) Singaporeans have it: the Central Provident Fund (CPF) accounts. With a monthly contribution from one’s salary and at least 2.5% annual interest, the CPF preps one for eventual retirement and healthcare needs, and to fund property mortgages and kids’ education along the way.

The other pool of monies, though may not apply to everyone, is the Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) account, which is a form of tax deferred plan. Contributions to it provide tax reliefs for the individual and 50% of the withdrawals after the official retirement age would invite taxation.


After a period of regular contributions, these two accounts would grow to substantial amounts, in particular CPF accounts due to the compounding of minimally 2.5%. For SRS, the compounding effect is not that pronounced as the returns are typically the prevailing savings interest rates (0.0x%). An alternative is to invest these two accounts, but that will be a topic for another day.


An additional source of funds which one might have is a savings or endowment plan with an insurer. During my younger days, my parents had initiated for me a couple of endowment funds, and I took over paying the premiums when I started working (and that was when I knew of their existence). Related to this are the investment-linked products which serve as an insurance-investment hybrid.


Finally is the region of potential monetization of one’s assets and if realised, would increase one’s financial portfolio further. Assets could mean time, where the domain of freelance side hustles come in. Assets could also mean something physical, such as a renting out a spare room in one’s home. Assets could mean both time and physical, and a fine example is using one’s vehicle for passenger rides or goods transport.


Regardless of if one has only CPF accounts in his/her portfolio, or having a multitude of stuff mentioned above, it is important to sit back and detail out all these portfolios and plan out where and how these different pools of funds will work out together, despite their differing objectives and regulations of their uses. This is where the concept of the Portfolio Multiverse comes in to try to make a coherent map. Hence the idea of differentiating the various portfolios, then integrate them as one to suit one’s overall financial objectives.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Expanding Your Circle Of Competence

“Circle of competence” is a phrase which is often used in the investment circles (pun intended). Basically, one should invest in companies and organizations that he/she knows, and by knowing very well how they are structured, operate, sustain and of course, be profitable.

While the term “circle of competence” is easily bandied about, it is not so simple while trying to put it into practice. For everyday retail investors like you and me, the main (or probably only) company/organization that we may have competence is at where we work. Problem is, even though we may be in a company that deals with a certain sector or industry, we do not have the full picture of what is going on, since we are not C-suite employees of the said companies. Also, if we are working at a sunset industry, it is not that wise to invest in it knowing that its growth (and dividends) may be dwindling as time goes by.


Institutional investors, on the other hand, have a large circle of competence; they have an army of analysts who are experts in their own fields to provide inputs, and they have the channels to speak with C-suite executives directly to get a sensing of the goings-on at their respective sectors/industries.


So, does that mean we cannot expand our own circle?


I will provide you four ways on how to expand your circle.


Way #1: Read More


There are tons of resources conveniently available online (business and financial news sites, investment forums, etc.) and offline (business books, periodicals, etc.), so I would think this is the easiest way to start off improving your circle of competence. 


Way #2: The Inside Scoop


The next source of information would come from your family members, friends and acquaintances, or rather, their line of work. Although there is no harm in asking about their jobs and the sectors/industries they are in, but this way may seem too mercenary and make your relationships “business-like”. The key thing here is not to ask too much of it in a session and be moderate. If you are not comfortable with it, then just skip this way altogether.


Way #3: Observation


Observation can be done in many forms. One form is to see what products and services that you and others are using. Another is to ask questions on why certain people like to use a product or service, like a personal survey of sorts. After these, continued research is necessary to look at your answers further. Though this may seem incomplete without the whole picture, the ultimate result of any company/organization is to get its customers use their products and services, and these are the people that you are observing/asking in the first place.


Way #4: Go Broad


This is more of a counter-way (and a spoiler) to improve one’s circle of competence, and it is to invest in a broadly diversified market index fund. If you have the whole market in your portfolio, then there are less worries on whether you know a sector/industry sufficiently. However, going broad is likely going to provide average returns, as compared to entering individual sectors/industries.


You can mix-and-match the above ways, such as getting into sector/industry specific funds or adopt a core-satellite approach (Way #4 + Way #1/2/3), or combine ways #1, #2 and #3 together for more holistic research. If you have found a new area in your circle to invest in, do not go all-in and always diversify your portfolio.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Are Tech Stocks Doomed?

The news of the technology (or tech) sector getting a big hit is everywhere, and so is the subsequent layoff news that followed: Meta had laid off some 11,000 jobs; Twitter had axed around 3,700 (though some may had left due to their own volition)1 and our locally based Sea Ltd had cut around 10% of its workforce for the past six months2

Even earlier in late 2020, China had begun its tough regulatory measures such as antitrust and data security on its own technology firms e.g., Alibaba and Tencent3. Though signs of easing were seen since June 2022, the continued Covid-related lockdowns dampened the recovery.


Flashback to the onset of the pandemic around two and a half years ago, tech stocks were seen as the darlings and the “new world order” in the post-pandemic world, in which even myself had held that opinion (and still has). Prices of technology and its related shares soared, with pandemic-friendly counters such as Netflix and Zoom went uphill and plateaued between 2020 and 2021, before coming back down again starting this year.


There were several reasons, both actual and deemed, for this. The main one would be rising interest rates, and the other was the return of the pre-Covid normalcy. From a valuation point, the prices of these stocks were overvalued due to the hype, and the two aforementioned factors caused them to go back to Earth. Some even attributed it to the fall of cryptosphere. Whatever the cause and/or effect, in my opinion, there is no single big variable but a multitude of them that resulted in this tech bust.


In the long run, the tech sector will still see growth in the form of new products and services. Innovation is an infinite resource and this applies well in the world of tech. Sounds inspirational? Well, making these statements are the easy part, and operationalizing them is the more difficult aspect. 


First, the tech sector is huge and often interconnected with other sectors and industries. For instance, Apple is a tech company but also a lifestyle one; Tesla is a tech company but also into electric cars; Netflix is a tech company but also provides entertainment content, and so on.


Second, selecting a potential successful tech company is difficult, especially when there are so many players around in almost the same field. Going back to the pre-Dot Com bust period of the late 1990s, there were a few listed internet search firms (Excite, Lycos, Yahoo, Infoseek, etc.), and did we know then that Yahoo would prevail (at least till the mid/late noughties)?


If individual picking is hard for you, then perhaps we can go the exchange traded fund (ETF) way. There are a number of tech ETFs, and thematic ETFs that touched on tech-related stuff (green energy, electric cars, cybersecurity, etc.). Investing in ETFs would bring about slower growth as compared to (hopefully) picking the winning company, but at least it is diversified enough to provide a buffer.


The last word: tech is still a sector/industry (although is broad-based), and I would advise diversifying into other sectors/industries and asset classes to give a broader exposure to the financial markets in general. A tech-concentrated portfolio would be more doomed than a diversified portfolio with different asset classes, regions/countries and sectors/industries, in the event of a market downturn.


1 – Wamsley, Laurel. It’s the end of the boom times in tech, as layoffs keep mounting. NPR. 16 Nov 2022. (accessed 17 Nov 2022)


2 – Reuters Staff. Sea Ltd laid off 10% of workforce over past six months – The Information. Reuters. 15 Nov 2022. (accessed 17 Nov 2022)


3 – Zheping, Huang. In Just One Year, Beijing’s Crackdown Has Changed Corporate China Forever. Bloomberg. 2 Nov 2022. 17 Nov 2022)

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Are REITs Doomed?

Begging the question, are REITs doomed? It is fitting to have this in our minds recently, with a number of Singapore-listed REITs (or S-REITs) going to the very lows for, at least, the past two years. According to the iEdge S-REIT Index1, the freefall started sometime in August 2022, after a period of zigzagging that occupied much of the period from June 2020.

Yet, if we look back a little further in the same index, the elephant in the room is the massive drop between February and March 2020. We knew what happened during this time, but very few people were harking that REITs are doomed (on the contrary, the famous panic line uttered was “everything is doomed”, or some variations of it). The difference between then and now is attributed to two of the common investment biases at play, which are recency and anchoring, and the main fuel is, of course, interest rates.


Interest rates, as I had written a few times (here and here, to name a couple) have a profound effect on the entire market and economy. The ripple effects of rising interest rates, ceteris paribus, will lead to higher cost of debt and, in a more long-winded fashion, preference for short-term bonds and bank deposits as the go-to choice of parking one’s capital (which I will go into later). This would result in REITs getting hammered (or doomed) as the asset class is associated with being sensitive to interest rates, since they are usually geared and their seemingly-so high yields are challenged by very safer instruments.


Which is why the recency and anchoring biases are at play here. 


Headlines and topics from financial media, blogs, forums, etc., were constantly harping on REITs and their generic inverse relationship with interest rates in the past few months. Obviously, being bombarded with this news and information, it would be occupying our brains for a while. This is recency bias. Closely following is anchoring bias, where investors would (usually) base on the assumption of higher interest rates equates to bad omen for REITs.


A Business Times report on 15 March 20222 stated that close to 75% of S-REITs’ current debts are either on fixed rates or hedged through floating-to-fixed interest rate swaps. This meant, in general, that high interest rates do not really impact much on the debt profile, at least in the short term. Provided high interest rates do not prevail for the next three years or more, this aspect is somewhat mitigated by the S-REITs.


Speaking of the narrowing REIT risk premium (i.e., the difference of yield between REITs and a safe-haven asset) due to rising short-term bond and bank deposit rates, from some investors’ viewpoints, for REITs to be competitive with a current yield rate akin to short-term bonds and bank deposits, REIT prices would need to go down, and very low down. Though we know going to zero is almost impossible, but for some REITs they represent a very huge discount to their respective book values.


Although such safe instruments are in vogue, one must remember that only a few years ago, their yield and rates were considered low by many investors, and (you guessed it) people flocked to REITs. The lesson here is obvious: for any financial instrument, every day is not a Sunday.


Frankly speaking, REITs looked appetizing now.


Now the big counter question cometh: what am I going to do?


A few things that you need to know and do. On the “know” part, as I had stated above, there are no “forever Sundays” financial instruments (and asset classes/regions and countries/sectors and industries). On a related note, there are no “forever Mondays” in economic conditions, too, as we all know at the back of our brains that things will get better, sooner or later. For this, “do” diversify; going into your investment portfolio on a well-diversified basis would at least provide lesser losses than a concentrated one.


On interest rate hedging employed by the S-REITs, while it is done on a whole front, it pays to read further each REIT’s debt profiles, which are available from their annual reports and presentation slides, and factor into your fundamental analysis. If this is not your investment style (i.e., passive), then consider going into one of the five REIT ETFs available (which I had shared a bit here).


While writing this, I had read about the hints on lowering future rate hike numbers. This may spell good news for REITs in general. So, they may not be doomed at all?

1 – iEdge S-REIT Index. SGX. (accessed 22 Oct 2022).


2 – Li, Candace. S-Reits hedge against rising interest rates. The Business Times. 15 Mar 2022. (accessed 22 Oct 2022). 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

An Open Letter To New Investors

Dear new investors,

If you had started your investment journey within the last two to three years, it is a bumpy ride to begin with. When things were starting to get rosy, COVID-19 had shaken the world, not just on the physical health front, but also on mental and economic fronts, too. Yet, there is a silver lining amongst this period of gloom, with work from home, or WFH, related counters experiencing a boom (especially the technology sector).


Just when we thought things were going back to normal, we were inundated with a series of unfortunate events and happenings: the global supply chain squeeze; inflation soaring with spiking of interest rates trying to combat it; rising energy and commodities prices; geopolitical situations, and so on, which directly and indirectly caused the financial markets tumbling back to COVID-19 times, and some alluding it may get worse.


When your first step into the investing world was this tumultuous, it was natural to feel fear, panic and confusion. You might have had a sort of mismatching of expectations: “investing was supposed to be smooth sailing, as what my family members/friends/peers had experienced before, but it was not to be when I started”. You may be wondering what you had done wrong, or whether your luck with investing is out of sync. The stock that you had just bought gone down X percent, and the REIT that you had recently entered had made you lost Y dollars. Yes, I had seen these lamentations going on around me, in real life and on virtual platforms. It is understandable to have such reactions, which could range from mild pessimism to outright despair. 


However, as with all things, markets and economies go through a cycle. Right now it is on the downhill route. When will it bottom out, or resume going up, is anybody’s guess, but they are going to happen someday. In the meanwhile, remain calm, continue to invest (either through periodic contributions or to seek out opportunities in such times) and ride out the storm.


As investors, we should not be concerned about returns over one day, one week, one month or even one year. Investing is a long journey, which I had always reiterated, and it should last at least ten years. This period, although trying, will represent only a short event in your investment path. Therefore, do not let the general situation hamper your thoughts and well-being. 


As cliché it may sound, and difficult to carry out in practice than in advice, but it works most of the time: keep calm and carry on.


Yours truly,


The Bedokian.

Monday, October 3, 2022

What And Where Am I Looking At Now?

Granted that I do not write about individual counters frequently (save for the “Inside The Bedokian’s Portfolio” series), I had decided to pen down what and where I am looking at now, as a form of airing and sharing my thoughts. A huge disclosure and disclaimer here that we are presently owning these counters and doing an averaging up/down. Do your own due diligence and research before entering.

The recent hammering of the equities and REITs asset classes, plus the preference of depositing capital in short-term bills and bank deposits due to the shrinking risk premium and rising interest rates, had seen prices of erstwhile favoured counters plummeting. It is at such times that we can find some buying opportunities, given the perceived cheap prices they are now.


I will share three counters, plus two bonuses, on where we are likely to deploy our capital next as part of our active rebalancing management.


What And Where #1: Apple (listed in NASDAQ)


As with most other counters in the technology sector in 2022, Apple’s plunge was no exception; its price had dropped around 24.1% year-to-date (YTD). Reasons attributed to this fall are many, among them the impending recession that is coming, the slowing down of iPhone production, etc.


Despite the negativity, Apple is still in a strong financial position for the past three to four years: it has an increasing free cash flow (FCF) position; its earnings before interest, taxes depreciation and amortization (better known as EBITDA) is increasing, albeit slower within the last two years; and its total liabilities were constantly within the same range (see Figure 1 below).


Selected Financial Figures















Total Liabilities






Fig.1: Selected financial figures of Apple. Figures in millions. Apple’s year end date is 30 Sep (Source: Yahoo Finance, Seeking Alpha).


Going into price movement, Apple’s decreasing YTD was not really in a straight line, but rather in an up-down fashion. If a YTD figure was to be taken at January, March and August, it would not have been as low as -24.1%, but rather -1.7% at best.


Traditionally, Apple’s best quarterly EBITDA numbers in a calendar year were at the quarter ending in December, a trend which I had observed since 2010, as this period is associated with year-end holiday shopping. Based on guesstimates, the trend should follow through for 2022, and this may spell yet another jump for Apple’s share price by that time.


Bedokian’s Apple Average Price/Share: approx. USD 75.39


What And Where #2 & #3: Frasers Centrepoint Trust & SPH REIT (listed in SGX)


The relaxation of COVID-19 rules meant that in-person shopping and dining (and tourists) were back in vogue and revenge. In other words, the retail segment is back. However, rising interest rates meant higher cost of loans, and the narrowing margin of risk premium meant investors would want to be compensated with a higher yield for the extra risk taken. In my opinion, these two major factors contributed to a fall in REIT prices throughout.


Taking into consideration the raised points above, I would use three major metrics for the selection of favourable retail REITs in our portfolio to add: low price-to-book ratio (P/B), low gearing and respectable yield. Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) and SPH REIT came into my spotlight (see Figure 2 below).



P/B Ratio


Yield (trailing)










Fig. 2: Selected figures of FCT and SPH REIT (Source:, with P/B ratio calculated from available figures).


These two were selected based on their locations of their properties (FCT primarily in heartlands, and SPH REIT possessed Paragon in the Orchard Road shopping belt). Furthermore, for FCT, it is an uncommon occurrence for its price to go below the net asset value, hence it is a good opportune time to load further.


Bedokian’s FCT Average Price/Share: approx. SGD 2.04

Bedokian’s SPH REIT Average Price/Share: approx. SGD 1.02


Bonus #1: Russell 2000 Covered Call ETF (listed in NYSEARCA)


The Russell 2000 Covered Call ETF (RYLD) is a dividend-generating counter that uses covered call strategies to generate income. As I had shared here before, the compromise of covered call ETFs is the limited upside of the share price, in exchange for relatively higher dividend yields, so this style of investing may not be for everyone (thus, being categorized as “bonus” here). Think of it as a high interest account with no capital guarantee.


Anyway, the YTD price had gone down 23.8%; even with a trailing dividend yield of 12.41%, it is still suffering from a loss of 23.8 – 12.4 = 11.4% or thereabouts. In my opinion, it is feasible to add into this counter as this is much better covered call ETF compared to the rest (I will write more on this ETF in a later article).


Note that RYLD is sitting inside our trading portfolio and not our investment portfolio, due to its options characteristic.


Bedokian’s RYLD Average Price/Share: approx. USD 21.63


Bonus #2: iShares FTSE China A50 ETF (listed in HKEX)


In my 2022 preview (here), I had talked about venturing into China, and my selected proxy is the iShares FTSE China A50 ETF (2823.HK).


2022 had not been kind to the Middle Kingdom: extended lockdowns due to a zero-COVID-19 policy, the big property developer busts, geopolitical tensions, etc. Regardless, my guesstimate for the next decade would see China as continually growing as it is going to become a more complete economy with its still manufacturing base available, a rising middle class to sustain consumerism, and their seemingly autarkic technology sector.


I had selected the 2823.HK due to the A-Share holdings and the diverse sectors. I will write more on this ETF in a later date.


Bedokian’s 2823.HK Average Price/Share: approx. HKD 18.08




When the markets open later today, we are not sure how these counters’ prices would go. Internally I had set different levels of entry prices to commit different tranches of our capital (hint: the 10-30 rule1) over the course of next few months, but when prices are recovering above my entry price, we would hold back and probably divert the funds to the others, or just stay put.


All data and information stated above are as at 30 Sep 2022.




1 – The Bedokian Portfolio (2nd Ed), p131-133

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Keep Calm And Carry On

Equities are tumbling, REITs are falling, long term bonds are battered, commodities prices are inching up and, despite the inflation, cash is king.

In other words, your Bedokian Portfolio might have turned on its axis.


In the current economic situation where there is an armed conflict, a commodities crunch, supply chain issues, inflation, interest rate hikes, threat of a huge recession, etc. It is kind of scary. On the other hand, it kind of felt surreal as well. Never mind that our investment portfolio value is going down, maybe by 5%, 10%, 20%, or so on.


I had explained earlier that it is not a surprise where one's diversified portfolio is suffering a downturn, because that is how it is, at least for the short term. To me, an investment portfolio's runway should be at least a decade long, so (as I had always said) such moments are nothing but kinks in a long journey.


For passive Bedokian Portfolio investors (like Bob currently), you may have not even noticed all these things going on, for your rebalancing could be done probably once every quarter, half-year or annually, where you would transact according to the weightage of the portfolio and the price as at that time.


For active Bedokian Portfolio investors (like myself), you would probably look out for opportunities in the markets, buying up sustainable securities belonging to different asset classes that had fallen from their mean/value and/or selling those which had risen above their averages, while rebalancing your portfolio at the same time


Giving in to panic and fear is the last thing on an investor's mind. We should instead look for chances and sensible bargains. Notwithstanding the different macro, geo-political and socio-economic situations and scenarios, are you feeling the same thing back in February – April 2020? And with it, did you remember what happened after that?


Short of a nuclear doomsday event or an alien invasion (or both), the markets will pick up and continue churning after a period of downness


Keep calm and carry on.