So instead of “high risk / high return,” a better description of how investing works – in my view – would be “low risk / high return.” The following’s a real-life example of how this works. Back in 10 October 2007, when the Singapore stock market reached a peak prior to the Great Financial Crisis, Singapore’s largest bank, DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX: D05), was priced at 1.72 times its book value. That’s a high valuation – and hence it was a risky time to invest. Today, DBS Group’s stock price is still down by 14% from where it was back then. On the other hand, in early March 2009, when Singapore’s stock market had reached its bottom during the Great Financial Crisis, DBS Group had a price-to-book (PB) ratio of just 0.49. That’s a really low valuation – which meant it was a low-risk time to invest. From then to today, DBS Group’s stock has increased by nearly 200%. On why sound investing principles will always work
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Real People. Real Story on DBS!
This ex-colleague who was some time also Uncle8888's lunch kaki. During GFC 2008/2009; he was very keen to invest bigger on DBS; but in Mar 2009 he was still waiting for DBS to reach $6 before accumulating slowly! When the market recovered he regretted big time; but; he did learn important lesson on investing! This time in Jan 2016; when DBS went below $15; he started to accumulate slowly using his CPF fund as he has already reached 55 (Feeling rich with his bigger War Chest? How often can we beat CPF OA 2.5% with blue chip yield?) In Investing; Your Account Size Really Matters! - CW8888 When DBS has crossed $19; he began to divest slowly. Uncle8888 last heard that he has fully divested all his DBS.
Last updated : 14 Sep 2020
I am 64 yrs old uncle living in HDB heartland who has achieved financial independence @ 56 and finally retired @ 60 from full-time job as employee on 1 Oct 2016.
Single household income since 1995 with three children.
Currently, two sons and one daughter are working.
I have been doing 21 years of long-term investing and short-term trading in Singapore stock market only since Jan 2000 so I am that so-called Panda or Koala in the investment world.
I am currently executing my Three Taps solution model to maintain sustainable retirement income for life till 2041 @ 85 yrs old.
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