Investing in Stocks vs Property, Yale data

Investing in Stocks vs Property, Stocks Rose 7x More than Real Estate Over 125 Years of Yale Data

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I am often asked about investing in stocks vs property, as owning physical residential real estate is an understandably popular investment choice in Hong Kong and other major cities.  Urban professionals have seen apartment prices, and their rents, rise faster than inflation and almost as quickly as their salaries, and there is a level of […]

G for got it - what I hope a 10 year old child will say after buying their 10 first stocks

10 first stocks to buy a 10-year old to start investing early

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My latest article describes how to choose the 10 first stocks to buy a 10-year old, and why I think it’s important to start kids investing in individual companies rather than mutual funds from an early age. As I disclose: I bought Coca-cola for my older child and PepsiCo for my younger child because they […]

Asset Allocation Returns: Conservative, Moderate, and Aggressive, 2007-2017

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Asset allocation is and should be one of the first decisions made in planning an overall investment portfolio.  Some investors do their asset allocation accidentally, by only investing in one or two asset classes they know or are sold, or as the result of buying different individual investments one by one with no overall plan.  […]

US$100 bills - paid by the highest dividend paying stocks

60 Highest Dividend Paying Stocks as of 2017 end

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As a reference, I occasionally like to publish lists like the one below of 60 of the highest dividend paying stocks as of late November 2017.  Note that these are ranked by total dollar amount of dividends paid by the companies, not by dividend yield, as the latter would favor many smaller, higher yielding stocks. […]

largest companies in the world - usually thought of by their skyscrapers

50 largest companies in the world by market capitalization as of 2017 end

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Investors looking to replace index ETFs or more expensive stock mutual funds or closed-end funds with direct positions in blue chip stocks may want to start by owning some of the largest companies in the world by market cap.  Market cap is simply the total value of shares outstanding, and most index funds and ETFs […]

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World’s Largest Insurance Companies – Top 146 Listed Insurers by Assets

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Here is list of the world’s largest insurance companies by assets as of 2017 is based on data from public filings on the major stock exchanges we currently have access to. Earlier posts listed 35 large life and health insurers by market cap, and explained how a large percentage of Asian insurers’ assets and profits […]

Biggest Banks by Assets – Top 125 Listed Banks as of 2017

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This updated reference list of the world’s biggest banks by assets as of 2017 is based on data from banks listed on major stock exchanges where we can easily trade, with links to balance sheet data on Yahoo finance:

The 7 C's of How Tesla Stock Will Probably Crash (But Not Burn)

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One major landmark for 14-year-old Tesla Motors (TSLA) this year was surpassing the market cap of 109-year old blue chip US automaker General Motors (GM), despite having only sold 76,000 cars in 2016 vs. GM’s 10,000,000 cars sold, and despite Tesla continuing to lose almost $1,000,000,000 each year as GM has been posting annual profits of almost $10,000,000,000. Of course, […]

Book Event "The Singapore Blue Chips" in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 2nd 2017

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My friend and colleague Umesh Desai, author of “The Singapore Blue Chips: The Rewards & Risks of Investing in Singapore’s Largest Corporations” will be presenting his book in Central, Hong Kong next Wednesday on August 2nd, 2017 at 4:30pm.  I have written a brief book review earlier describing it as an easy, modular read on […]

Dividend Data for the 50 Components of the Hang Seng Index

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For ease of reference, here are links to the dividend data of the 50 components of the Hang Seng Index, based on their end of June weights in the TraHK Tracker Fund of Hong Kong (2800.HK): Ticker Name Hang Seng Weight 5.HK HSBC Holdings 10.6051 700.HK Tencent Holdings (P Chip) 10.3959 1299.HK AIA Group Ltd. […]