Saturday, June 3, 2017

What would you exchange for things you like?

The title might sound misleading with what I am going to brag.  It is all about me.

I like doing presentation.
I like thinking about solution, finding objectives and call a stop if things went south.
Sounds similar to a trading plan isn't it?  Entry, Long / Short, TP and SL.

I stopped blogging here (yeah, proved by time) since I started working with an Automation Company in 2014.  It took up a lot of memory muscle, to pick up topics I ever cared about.  Some engineering stuff, some server hardware and licensing stuff.

I started a blog about the new things I learned here:
https://wm6blog.wordpress.com/
Why another blog?
That's how I keep myself moving - to make learning fun. On the topics I don't care.
I vent my opinion and learning with pen, color pencil, paper, highlighter, keyboard and a free wordpress.

In less than 3 years, I become the only person who could deliver a demo + tell our story (about the software) + explain IT architecture with my engaging style.  I also give training on a quarterly basis and sometimes ad-hoc basis.
Stop bragging...

A good read has made me rethink my position.
http://www.mr-stingy.com/5-career-lessons-5-bosses/

Over 34 months with this company, I have 2 bosses, I could be assigned to a new boss next month.
Over a casual conversation with the senior colleagues, they hinted me a career path - it seemed too obvious that I can only move into a managerial role.

What had happened this week made me think A Lot.

I can do solution consultancy for another 5-10 years, i.e. finding solutions, setting objectives, selling ideas.  I get excited and I am happy with what I do.  Managing people is not my cup of tea.

In the past I choose to sacrifice things, in order to do what I like.
I don't mind allocating 20% of my time learning things I care less.
I don't mind allocating another 20% of my time picking up engineering stuff, provide training, arrange meetings, purchasing and negotiating.

Looking back to the past 34 months, I think I know why I stopped blogging.  40% of these activities has drained my energy to look at the financial market, to blog.

What if, I need to give up another 20% time and effort to managing people, strategy setting and/or office politics?

If the path is leading to wrong direction, I reckoned to do something to fix it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Magnum (3859)

My first post after so long, didn't know I would write about Malaysian stocks.

I acquired Magnum (3859) around April - July 2016.
It was making good returns and good dividend back then.

Magnum Berhad appear on the newspaper headline this morning (23-May-2017).
While I don't really monitor my portfolio on a daily basis, I login to my eBroking platform, just to check how much damage it caused.  -17% loss.

Found the Announcement from this link: https://klse.i3investor.com/servlets/ptres/40330.jsp
Net profile fell by 56% YoY.
TP reduced from 2.35 to 1.70 (wow Public Bank! Your research could be one of the driving factor)
Read PublicInvest Research here: https://klse.i3investor.com/servlets/staticfile/304001.jsp

From the news it seems that Magnum Berhad - as a company - have few challenges, e.g. tax penalty, competition, lower ticket sales, higher payout - which caused them to under-perform, miss earning target and causing disappointment to the retail traders.  The announcement of "no dividend" hammered the market and the diving of share prices.

I do not hold much Magnum shares:
4,400 shares x RM2.25 average purchase price =  RM9,893.84 gross investment;
4,400 shares x RM1.86 current market price = unrealized loss RM1709.84 (-17.28%).

In the event it fall to RM1.70 as PublicInvest:
4,400 shares x RM1.70 forecast = potential loss RM2,413 (-24%).

That could be the worst investment in a year.