Kingsmen Creatives Awarded Contracts Worth $22 Million

On 13th April 2018, I receive an email notification about Kingsmen Creatives that they have been awarded with contracts worth $22 million for National Day Parade 2018 and National History Event. Despite the good news, it seems that the market did not react positively. As you can see from the chart above, the stock price of Kingsmen Creatives remains flat below 60 cents. The stock market is really irrational.

According to the announcement, the contracts comprise the National Day Parade 2018 and the National History Event valued at S$3 million and S$19 million respectively. The contract for the National Day
Parade 2018 involves the build and fabrication of the temporary stage set infrastructure and supporting structures at The Float @ Marina Bay and is expected to be completed by 2018. Read More

4 Tips To Help You Achieve Your Sweet Retirement

Below are some of the tips I have been practicing and I hope it helps you to achieve your sweet retirement. Please feel free to share more tips with me in the comments below.

#1 Invest For Passive Income

If you have followed my blog, you know that I am a dividend investor. As a dividend investor, I collect dividends from stocks that I bought, accumulate cash and re-invest them. Occasionally, I will do a stock take of how much cash I have on hand versus the amount I invested (Seventy Four Percent Invested, Twenty Six Percent Cash). I try to maintain at least 30 percent cash versus 70 percent investment. Anything above 30 percent, I will invest them if opportunity arises. If there is no current opportunity, I will park the cash in Singapore Savings Bonds which I think is an excellent place to keep your war chest as you can redeem the bonds anytime.

I have not been investing for a few months now as I am building my cash position towards the 30 percent mark.

#2 Transfer Your Monies From CPF Ordinary Account to Special Account

As a monthly routine, I have been transferring my monies from my ordinary account to my special account. Monies in the special account earns you a higher interest p.a. For more details of the interest rates, you can refer to the CPF website.

#3 Buy What You Need Not What You Want

I learnt to buy what I need and not what I want. There are endless things that I desire and wanted. My “Wants” are never enough. Nowadays, when I wanted to buy something, I will always ask myself whether do I need that thing that I wanted to buy and after I bought it, will I use it often? This allows me to be more conscious in my spending. For these few months, most of my monthly spending is on basic necessities such as food and toiletries. This also helps to make my home less cluttered as I avoided buying things that I do not need such as a new pair of shoes (P.S. I already have 3 pairs of shoes).

#4 Contribute to Supplementary Retirement Scheme

I contribute to the Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) account. Although the interest rate is pathetic, it helps to reduce your income taxes.

5 Tips To Get You A Promotion At Work

I decided to create a new category called Personal Development in my website. The reason I am creating this new category is because I believe that not only should we invest in financial instruments such as stocks and REITs, we should also spend time investing on ourselves. With a good personal skill set and attitude, this can also help you with your job promotion which probably can equate to a higher salary. A higher salary can also means you have more cash to deploy into stocks and REITs!

Below are some of the tips that I have learnt from various self improvement books that I have read and from my experiences accumulated at work that I hope can help you in your day to day work.

#1 Speed

Learn to identify success and failures from prior investments. This enables you to get ahead fast from others. As the saying goes:

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. – Henry Ford

#2 Prioritize

Good work prioritization skills generates good work results. Generate results in the shortest time frame by learning to prioritize and manage your time. With good time management, this allows new goals to be set.

#3 Learn

Learn to take what you can directly from your competitor. If your competitor at work has already came up with an efficient way of doing things, follow him but do it better. Do not re-invent the wheel.

#4 Build Morale

Not only ourselves need to have a good morale, the team you are leading within the company should also be high in morale. Huge morale creates huge results, thus if you are leading a team, you should get your team fired up about your targets and create a sense of urgency.

#5 Responsibility

Remember that if you are holding a leadership position in any company, every leadership position confers a burden of responsibility. Everyone within your team relies upon your vision and decision making. Thus, as a leader, you should have good foresight and do not make decision hastily.