“Is diversification really the key to a good investment?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Is diversification really the key to a good investment?” The primary purpose of diversification is to mitigate exposure to any one section of the economy and spread the risk.  It is about risk management, and not growth.  It is not the key to good investment.  It is a hedgeContinue reading ““Is diversification really the key to a good investment?””

“What are sukuk bonds? How do they work, and how are they Islamic?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What are sukuk bonds? How do they work, and how are they Islamic?” Sukuk is not, despite its name, a bond. A bond is a fixed-income security, a debt instrument for the sole purpose of raising capital. They are a loan agreement, between the bond issuer,Continue reading ““What are sukuk bonds? How do they work, and how are they Islamic?””

Understanding Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary in Investment

If you are investing in unit trusts (or mutual funds) or Investment-linked Policies (ILP), you would notice the terms “Consumer Staples” and “Consumer Discretionary” under Sector allocations when reading the fund factsheet. What are Consumer Staples? Consumer staples are essential products that include typical products such as foods & beverage, household goods, and hygiene products;Continue reading “Understanding Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary in Investment”

“Should you add international bonds to your portfolio?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Should you add international bonds to your portfolio?” That really depends. Bonds are used to balance out a portfolio, diversify it and spread risk. When it comes to international bonds, particularly long-term bonds, you have to consider currency and political risk. You can mitigate the latterContinue reading ““Should you add international bonds to your portfolio?””

Best hedge against inflation?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Which of the following is best hedge against inflation? Land, investment, real estate, precious metals, or a mutual fund invested heavily in large capital stock market?” The best hedge against inflation is property and REITS. The price of homes and property rise with inflation because theirContinue reading “Best hedge against inflation?”

“Do high yield bonds have a high default rate during a recession?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Do high yield bonds have a high default rate during a recession?” Yes. These bonds have a lower credit rating, meaning they are not investment grade bonds. These bonds are not rated corporate papers, or sovereign bonds. Their underlying issuer either has a weak financial position,Continue reading ““Do high yield bonds have a high default rate during a recession?””

“What are the factors to consider before you invest, especially in long-term investments?”

Key takeaways: Know your risk tolerance How much liquidity do you need? When do you need it? How adventurous are you in terms of asset classes? (Risk profile and preference) What kind of returns would you like to aim for? The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What are the factors to considerContinue reading ““What are the factors to consider before you invest, especially in long-term investments?””

Investing in a volatile market

There is quite a bit of literature that the market is inherently volatile, punctuated by moments of seeming predictability. However, when viewed from a macro perspective spanning years, the market actually has predictable broad trends. That does not mean this volatility is inherently bad. In fact, these periods of volatility should be viewed as opportunities.Continue reading “Investing in a volatile market”

What is the difference between stocks and bonds?

Here I’ll briefly summarised from The difference between stocks and bonds explained. If you choose to invest in a company, there are two routes available to you: Equity (also known as stocks or shares) Debt (also known as bonds) Shares are: issued by firms priced daily listed on a stock exchange Bonds are: effectively loans,Continue reading “What is the difference between stocks and bonds?”

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