What A Start To 2018!
The markets are just going crazy!
It’s only been 11 days into the new year, 8 of which are trading days, and SG TTI’s portfolio has gotten an explosive start to 2018, like Powell getting out of the starting blocks for the 100m.
(I’d use Usain Bolt, but he’s not known to be an explosive starter. He usually catches up and crosses the competition somewhere in the middle of the 100m dash)
In my last post (Ding Ding Ding! Closing Bell To 2017. Results Are In!), I put up the non-SG equity portion:
This is that same data set today, without any cash infusion:
Net liquidation value grew by almost $20k USD in the past 11 days.
And that’s only the non-SG part. Total portfolio value probably grew by something like $40k or $50k since the start of the year.
I’ve been selling a shit ton of options going into 2018, and looking at how excited and frothy the markets are, it’s time to be a bit more cautious. Thus far, everything’s going my way, investing wise. I can’t help but think that sooner or later, something is just going to show up around the corner and trip me up.
Yup. Anytime now. Something’s waiting around the corner.
There’s no such thing as “all good”, all the way.
Also, I haven’t compared to my benchmark STI ETF. It’s still early days, and with my previous experience, you can feel your ROI is great… until you compare it to a passive general market instrument. Then suddenly, it’s not so great after all.
Thus far though, 2018 has started with a bang for me.
Actually, I can’t remember when was the last time it started so well. (Investing wise, that is. Business…. is another story altogether.)
With the current optimism baked into the share prices, I’m only actively looking out for ideas with a clear, obvious catalyst in mind. It’s no longer enough to just look for under valuation.
That’s a given.
Now, I need a catalyst. A story. A plan.
There must be a clear sequence of events that will transpire in my mind. A timeline of sorts.
Something like my core positions in Kobe Steel & Shinsho Corporation:
Without which, I’d be happy to watch an “undervalued” opportunity skip, and yet continue to hold my peace.
I’m also watching, and perhaps am also rather bemused actually, with all the hype and saga surrounding bitcoins and blockchain etc.
Some great fortune is being made there, and correspondingly, some great fortune will be lost there too.
Even some of my lunch buddies are talking about it.
Perhaps it’s just my psyche, I’ve never gotten seduced by Bitcoin, never got attracted to it, and still ain’t. It doesn’t matter how high it goes, what it does.
I’m just………….. nonchalant.
My personal view is that most people are just speculating in it, most people don’t even know what they are doing, and like moths to a naked flame, eventually, they get burnt.
But for now, the stories of untold riches continue, and I’m just listening to them. Some would jump in and out quickly, and perhaps the returns would be impressive enough for the short duration, but on a big picture scale, these are always going to be speculative.
The problem with bitcoins and the like is that even the staunchest of supporters, would not dare to take a big enough position relative to their portfolios.
TTI continues to be unmoved.
But of course.
I’m infamously low tech, and an incredibly slow adopter. Perhaps, 1 day in the distant future, bitcoins will be the way to make payments worldwide, and I’d be forced to eat humble pie. Perhaps THEN, I’d think about it.
Until that time, I just absolutely hate tech stuff. It doesn’t make any sense to me.
And to think I actually have a Diploma in Computing Science. Yes. I do. Seriously. It was just something that was almost forced upon me during my younger days. Something like a CCA. Part-time too. It was more for working adults to upgrade themselves, and yet, I as a 17 year old kiddo studying in JC, joined them.
Yet, my knowledge of computing and tech related stuff, is worse than a kid’s. I’d hereby confess that my final project for the diploma, was done entirely by my teammates. Like 100% of it. I didn’t do anything except buy drinks and food each time we meet up. (And even then, they usually insisted on paying me back since they were all working adults and I was by far, the youngest, and the only full time student then)
Yet, I managed to graduate as one of the top scorers.
Cos I just memorized everything in the textbook and regurgitated everything in the exams. Word for word. Literally. Down to the page number.
Zero applicability to my future, zero usability in my career and zero understanding of what I’m regurgitating.
I once asked a techie friend of mine: “hey, I’ve an old laptop. Some days when I turn it on, it works. Some days, it just doesn’t even turn on. How is that possible? It’s a machine. If something’s broken, it should NOT work regardless of when I turn it on right? If it’s NOT broken, shouldn’t it work all the time? Isn’t it supposed to be binary? How can a machine have moods?”
And he went on and on about the various possible scenarios. But it still didn’t make sense to me.
How can the same action, elicit different responses FROM A MACHINE? Can anybody explain this to me?
If a human has say… a bone fracture. You see it on the x-ray, there’s a fracture.
You can take the same x-ray in various angles, today and tomorrow and next week (Assuming it hasn’t healed), you’d see the same fracture there.
It doesn’t disappear. It’s predictable.
You can find out the reasons for the given scenario, and you can understand how this scenario came about, and you can manage it.
Not with tech stuff. My old laptop can decide to work or not work on different days. Hell, sometimes it doesn’t work, I leave it aside and come back in an hour, press the “on” button, and it suddenly works!
It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Anyway, that’s all I have for this post.
I’d be real happy if this same rate of growth persists for the rest of 2018 (whilst the general market crashes and burns!), and I wish the same for all readers of SG TTI.
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