Summary of February 2020 Transactions

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

Today is a special day (29th February 2020). Instead of the usual 28 days, we have 29 days in this month of February 2020, which is also called the leap year. We are also in the second month of the COVID-19 outbreak where it causes disruptions or instability to the current economy.

Earlier this month, the stock market seemed to have ignored the impact of the COVID-19 to the economy. This is based on my observation on the Straits Time Index (Read more: Impact of COVID-19 to Straits Time Index) However, just a few days ago, I observed that the stock market started to react to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is hard to tell whether the downtrend is short term or long term. The Straits Times Index (STI) closed at 3,011.08 yesterday.

The current situation has proven that we should always have some form of emergency funds that can tide us over 6 months or more should we get retrenched due to financial crisis. Thus, I continued to purchase Singapore Savings Bonds monthly even though the interest rate has fallen. The average interest rate of March Singapore Savings Bond is 1.71% if you hold it for 10 years. Singapore Savings Bonds currently makes up 17% of my entire investment portfolio.

I did not make any stock purchases this month but definitely I am looking around as the stock prices of many counters in my watchlist has fallen this week and they provide an attractive dividend yield in the long run. Some examples are Singtel, SPH REIT, Suntec REIT, Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust.

Singtel

Closing Price: S$3.00, Current Dividend Yield: 5.83%

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

SPH REIT

Closing Price: S$1.01, Current Dividend Yield: 5.54%

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

Suntec REIT

Closing Price: S$1.70, Current Dividend Yield: 5.59%

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust

Closing Price: S$1.10, Current Dividend Yield: 6.57%

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

 

Last but not least, here is a quote from Warren Buffet.

“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful”

– Warren Buffet

Warren Buffett

 

Screening For Dividend Stocks In February 2020

Screening For Dividend Stocks In February 2020

We all know that the recent COVID 19 outbreak situation has impacted the stocks market in a way or other. I have previously done a post on how virus outbreak impact the Straits Time Index. At crisis like this, investors usually have a watch list whereby they start looking out for companies that share prices have fallen and this poses an opportunity for them to buy their favorite companies at cheap prices. If you have not have a watch list yet, how do you get started? One way is to use a stock screener. Earlier this week, I have done my review on the Yahoo Finance Stock Screener but it doesn’t suit my liking. You can also try out FSMOne Stock Screener. But I am sticking to Stocks Café Stock Screener.

The stock screener offered by Stocks Café allows me to save the conditions that I can pre-set. You can check out my review here on the Stocks Café Dividend Stocks Screener (Read more: Screening For Dividend Stocks Using Stocks Cafe Stock Screener).

Below are the top dividend yielding stocks as of 22nd February 2020.

NameCurrent Yield %P/EP/BMarket Cap
Haw Par9.16314.620.9162.8B
HPH Trust USD9.159200.4041.3B
Mapletree NAC Trust7.2586.090.8383.8B
AIMS APAC REIT7.06912.791.0551B
CapitaRetail China Trust6.5569.750.9741.8B
OUE Commercial REIT6.42718.130.8362.8B
Cromwell REIT SGD6.41212.51.1332.2B
SPH5.9716.050.9413.2B
CDL Hospitality Trust5.89516.451.0041.9B
Yanlord Land5.8127.520.4642.3B
Ascendas-iTrust5.737.971.6352B
Hong Leong Finance5.669.950.6281.2B
Frasers Commercial Trust5.61410.41.0441.6B
TCIL HK$5.6111.750.3714.1B
Frasers Logistics and Industrial Trust5.34412.821.383B
SPH REIT5.32116.881.1232.9B
Suntec REIT5.25212.920.8485.1B

Last, I just want to mention again that the above list is for reference only and we should do our homework before buying into the stock simply for the dividend yield.