2020 what a year.
In the past 12 months, we’ve experienced a pandemic, lockdowns, a global effort to resolve social issues, a devastated stock market, a euphoric stock market…and countless memes.
Although we’ve been working from home since the Circuit Breaker, we’ve published 323 articles in 2020. Up from the 188 that we wrote in 2019.
Of those 323 articles, here are your Top 10:
Covid-19 began brewing back in Dec 2019. Countries started to close their borders in late Feb.
In March, the markets tanked (albeit for a very short period) and fear gripped investors hearts and tore down portfolios.
We wrote about 11 Singapore Blue Chip stocks that experienced at least 20% drop from Jan to Mar 2020 and it has been read at least 52,017 times since.
At the point of writing, none of the 11 blue chip stocks have recovered to their pre-2020 prices.
Opportunity or not, you decide.
Title says it all, but the winner definitely took us by surprise in this one.
This article was read 53,763 times, Alvin has also included a Full table of CEO / Key Director remunerations in 2019 at the end. Interesting facts to wow your relatives for the upcoming Chinese New Year (if you get to meet them).
Here’s a pictorial summary:
As the world came to a halt early this year, certain industries were more affected than others.
Companies were raising money from shareholders in order to survive the crisis, and Rights Issues became a common occurrence.
The downside is that the less savvy investors do not know what they should do in such exercises. Hence, Alvin summarised 4 possible course of actions in this article. I think it serves as a clear guide for future rights issues.
That said, this won’t be the last Rights Issue article to make our 2020 list. In fact, another Singapore Blue Chip stock’s rights issue made it to 1st!
This article was read 54,631 times.
Data allows companies to understand and optimise their business. With the ease of data collection these days, companies rely on data storage solutions to
horde store their data.
In October, Keppel DC REIT made it into the Straits Times Index. What you probably missed is that Keppel DC REIT has been increasing its dividends since its IPO in 2015, and its share price has ~135% in the past 5 years.
It is not alone.
If you were one of the 56,084 readers of this article, you’d have discovered 5 other Data Centre REITs who has had equally, if not better performance!
“I personally believe this is going to be the fastest growing REIT segment for years to come due to the importance of data in our daily lives.”Alvin
The STI bottomed out between 11 to 18 March 2020, during which these 18 REITs that had incurred 50% or more loses. Of the 64,357 readers, I think dividend investors who relied heavily on REIT probably felt the greatest impact.
The good news is, most of these REITs have started to recover with Soilbuild (SGX:SV3U) experiencing a complete recovery due to an offer from a PE fund and the founder. It has surpassed its pre-2020 price at the point of writing.
However, there are always exceptions.
Drawn up using his combination of trendlines, price actions and trading volume, Robin makes his trade calls with reference to his trade plan.
Amid the fear in the markets during March, Robin revealed his trade plans publicly;
The STI bottomed out at 2233.48 on 23 Mar 2020 and have recovered since then. This article has been read 65,415 times.
SIA has delivered an important investing lesson this year.
You’ll only feel the pain of losing money if you were aware of its existence.
What caught really our eye was the fact that 67 million rights shares were not taken up. They remained in the CDP account of retail investors island-wide. On the 28th May 2020 at 5pm, a silent cry went across the country as every single one of the 67 million rights expired worthless.
At the last traded price of 55 cents, the rights would have been worth $37 million. In one fell swoop, retail investors have dumped $37 million dollars in perfectly good working condition into the aircraft toilet, pressed the blue button and flushed every single one of them into oblivion.Jon
We hope all 75,682 readers were enlightened by the lessons from SIA, and that few or none of you were in that aircraft toilet.
Two sides to a coin – while some are fearful about the market ‘crash’ during March, others were out looking for opportunities.
Louis shared his analysis of three local banks, DBS, OCBC and UOB using 5 criteria (written in Mar 20!)
Singapore investors have a thing for local banks, Louis’ analysis was read 111,857 times!
Are you invested in local banks?
Covid-19 has taken away 1.74 million lives and wiped out these 63+ businesses (at the time of writing).
Along with 154,132 readers, we salute these entrepreneurs who have taken the risks to build something for our society.
SIA, our national carrier and pride. This article has topped our list and has been read 167,530 times!
In Jon’s words, “airlines operate on notoriously bad economics and wafer thin margins. COVID19 has made the dynamics behind the airline business even worse.” It’s no surprise that they had to raise money this year.
If you were confused by SIA’s convoluted Rights and MCB Issue, fret not, you are not alone. Alvin attempted to explain the issue in this article, it comes with an accompanying video:
If aliens tried to decipher the stock market’s performance in 2020 using this article, they’d probably never guessed that while all the above is true, 2020 was also the year where:
As we continue the fight against Covid-19, remember that opportunities will always exist, even when the prospect seems bleak.
Thank you for reading our articles this year.
Here’s to a better 2021!