Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Leveraging by Pledging My Existing Investment Portfolio

Over the past 2~3 years, I have built up a "sizeable" unit trust investment portfolio with a bank. The funds I invested are mostly of moderate risk. While the prices did not appreciate very much, I have collected good dividend amounting to 4~5% steadily.

Two weeks ago, my RM from the bank asked one of the financial consultant to run a "crisis simulation test" on my existing portfolio. The test was to see how my investment would have been affected by "Sub-prime crisis", "SARS crisis" and "Global Financial Crisis". It turned out that my portfolio was quite resilient and would have withstood the various crisis. In all 3 tests, the value would have dropped less than the benchmark, and recovered quickly after the crisis. In the worst case the portfolio dropped by 25% but soon recovered after 6 months.

My RM then told me that I could let my money work harder. Noticing that I am quite a "passive" investor and prefer to hold my investment in longer term, she suggested that I could "pledge" a portion of my portfolio to the bank and get a loan to buy more funds. The current interest rate for such a loan is 1.2~1.5% p.a. So if my investment can get my 4~5% dividend, I would have a net profit of 2.5~3.8%. There are no other admin or handling charges besides the interest.

The loan is a kind of flexible type which I only pay interest when I draw down the loan. And any time I could sell the unit trust and pay back the loan, without any penalty. To buffer the risk of price fluctuations, I should only pledge part of my portfolio and not drawdown the full sum. So there would be little risk of margin call.

Sounds good with most of the thinkable risk mitigated. Should I get into this?

Monday, June 30, 2014

30 June 2014

School holidays plus football world cup, the result is a sleepy market. STI retreated in quiet market for the month, due to tensions in Iraq and Eastern Europe. STI ended for the first half of the year at 3255.67, dropped 1.22% or 40.18 points compared to last month.

Surprisingly, my portfolio performed much better than the STI. Its value dropped only 0.04% in the month, thanks to some defensive counters.

I did not make any purchase from open market this month, but received some shares from MapletreeLog Trust, Mapletree Industrial Trust, Cambridge Trust, DBS and OCBC Bank via Scrip Dividend Scheme. I sold all my Pteris this month. This has been one of the non-performing stocks in my portfolio without dividend. So when they announced the consolidation of the shares, I decided to part with the shares.  As a result of the sales there was a negative investment this month.

For the first half of the year, STI rose 2.79%. My portfolio value rose 3.92% (portfolio value minus fund injected last 6 months), slightly better.

Total dividend collected this month was S$6,866.00 from shares and UT. Below are the top 30 holdings as at 30 June 2014. There isn't much change in the list, lest some position swops, which reflects the quietness of the stock market.

1. SPH
2. ComfortDelGro
3. DBS
4. SP Ausnet
5. OCBC
6. SembCorp Ind
7. ST Engineering
8. Starhub
9. Metro
10. Frasers Comm Tr
11. SGX
12. CapitaLand
13. CapitaComm Tr
14. CitySpring Tr
15 AIMSAMP Cap Reit
16 SembCorp Marine
17. Nikko AM STI ETF 100
18. United Engineers
19. Lippo Malls Tr
20. Keppel Corp
21. Ascendas Reit
22. Sing Inv & Fin
23. Mapletree Log Tr
24. Global Inv
25. SATS
26 YZJ Shipbldg SGD
27 Pan United
28. SingTel
29 Sabana Reit
30 SIA

Thursday, June 5, 2014

30 May 2014

It was that magic month "May" again. STI stayed in negative territory in the first half of the month, suggesting that the market was going to fulfil the saying "Sell in May and stay away". But no! STI recovered in the second half of the month and ended above 3300 today (month end). That is 0.88% (28.8points) higher than last month.

Market seemed to have digested all the bad news i.e. Ukraine crisis, China slow down, tension in South China Sea, etc. Though these problems are all unresolved, equity market moved up, thanks to perhaps the corporate results which met the expectations.

On the last day of trading, news that Yangzijiang's boss was under investigation finally caused the sell down of the counter. The share price dropped more than 10% in one day. This sent the counter all the way to the tail end of my top holding list.

I did not make any purchase directly from the market, but participated in the Scrip Div Scheme offered by a few companies. I received the bonus warrants from TIH.

May is the "dividend" month. I received a total S$20,000 dividend (including though which will pay me scripts instead of cash). Below are the top 30 holdings as at 30 May.

1. SPH
2. ComfortDelGro
3. SP AusNet
4. DBS
5. OCBC
6. SembCorp Ind
7. ST Engineering
8. Starhub
9. Metro
10. Frasers Comm Tr
11. SGX
12. CapitaLand
13. CapitaComm Tr
14. CitySpring Tr
15. AIMSAMP Cap Reit
16. SembCorp Marine
17. Nikko AM STI ETF 100
18. United Engineers
19. Ascendas Reit
20. Lippo Malls Tr
21. Keppel Corp
22. Sing Inv & Fin
23. Mapletree Log Tr
24. Global Inv
25. SATS
26. SingTel
27. Sabana Reit
28. PanUnited
29 SIA
30. YZJ Shipbldg SGD