Monday, October 20, 2014

Just my thought after impress by Tan Teng Boo speech!











Recently just attended for the 2014 Investor Day organize by icapital.biz Berhad, and I'm enjoying the last 2 session on the 12th October where Capital Dynamics MD Mr. Tan Teng Boo giving his speech and the Q&A session.

Most of the concern by the iCap shareholder and other potential shareholder is why iCap share price is trading at about 21% of it Net Asset Value (NAV) at the time of writing, and high cash holding in this close end fund which shareholder feel the cash is not fully utilized.

Actually when we see the purpose of setting up the iCap close end fund and the value investing stretching by Mr. Tan, we should be don't have much question on why the fund is keeping high level of cash.

Talking about value investing, the team of iCap is working in looking for any undervalue stock in Bursa Malaysia for a long term investment purpose, since the team found there are no such target in the market, keeping the cash should be the best option.

Traders may feel there are still such opportunity to trade in the market, as everyday market also have it top loser and top gainer, which provide the trade opportunity, but it just not the purpose of iCap.

And for a person who like to be an investor, the biggest enemy may not be the the lack of knowledge in the market, but most probably "patience" is the biggest hurdle. By looking at the iCap portfolio with all the stock entry level during that period, let say we all have the same entry level like iCap, how many of us will keep the portfolio as like iCap do? May be most of us will sell out the share with little profit cause by lack of patience.

On the day Mr. Tan show many statistic in both in global and local economy which actually giving the fact that why we should not too optimistic on the Bursa, if you as a consumer walking down to the street, and found many retailers in all kind of field telling that business is not too good and some may struggle to survive, why should we think listed company can enjoy the profit like the pass few years.

So considering the fact shown by Mr. Tan, I'm totally convince by what he had telling us on that day.


Monday, February 17, 2014

How Much Is Really Needed to Buy Affordable Housing

Breakdown of entry costs by property price

How Much Is Really Needed to Buy Affordable Housing

You may find it hard to believe. Just 4-5 years ago (Date of writing: Feb 2014), it was actually possible to own a decent-sized and decent quality condominium unit in urban centers like KL / Petaling Jaya / Johor Baru / Penang for RM200,000. They were in fact, quite common. From 2010 up till 2012, the government had considered the price bracket of RM220,000 to be within the “affordable” housing range. This was evident when they first launched the My First Home / Skim Rumah Pertamaku (SRP) for houses up to RM220,000.
However, towards the tail end of 2012, it was becoming increasingly evident that houses for that price were becoming more of a rarity. Genuine first time house buyers were gradually finding themselves priced out of the market. Recognizing the changing property price landscape, the government in 2013 bumped the maximum price range for qualifying for SRP up to RM400,000.
The move garnered ridicule from both sides of the spectrum for different reasons. On one end, lower income groups found it laughable that a price tag of RM400,000 for a house could even be considered “affordable” as it was far beyond their reach. On the other hand, the younger and more urbane groups who were striving towards their first home derided the ceiling price of RM400,000 as being out of touch. Their contention was that prices for an acceptable standard of housing was already priced beyond RM400,000.
If anything, the government’s efforts at trying to determine what is “affordable” shows us that it should be assessed to our personal situation. And what might be affordable to you today may no longer provide as comparable a standard of living compared to what was affordable to you 5 years ago.
Regardless of what is affordable to you, how much is really needed to purchase an “Affordable” house? We examine house prices ranging from RM100,000 to RM600,000.
Affordability of Initial Entry Costs
Firstly, are the entry costs of purchasing a house. The table above illustrates the kind of up-front cash one must have to purchase a house in a given price range. There is the standard 10% down payment, along with the rest of the Legal Fees and Stamp Duties which follows a scheduled fee structure. (Fee structures can be viewed at http://loanstreet.com.my/learning-centre/entry-costs-buying-property)
If the entry costs above look discouraging, fret not! There is hope yet. If you are a first time buyer, there are certain schemes and methods that you can take advantage of to ease your burden of saving up enough cash. These include:
  1. 50% Stamp Duty Discount on Sale and Purchase Agreement for properties up to RM400,000
  2. Skim Rumah Pertamaku, which allows you to take a 100% loan for properties up to RM400,000, negating the need to pay the initial 10% down payment
Even if one does not qualify for the above schemes, there is still KWSP’s scheme that allows you to withdraw money from your EPF Account II to help pay for the down payment of the house.
Affordability of Loan
Even if one can afford the initial cash outlay to purchase the house, one must still be able to qualify for a mortgage loan to proceed with the purchase. When assessing whether a housing loan is affordable, there are 2 criteria that must be considered.
Firstly, do you meet the minimum acceptable level of income you must have before a bank would even give you a housing loan. Secondly, even if you do qualify for the home loan, after paying off your monthly installments, realistically, could you get by on the remaining amount?
It would be unwise to enter into a home purchase if your answer to either of the above is “No”.
The table above indicates the estimated minimum level of household income one must have to qualify for a loan of the given amount in the year 2014. It also shows clearly the estimated monthly installments one must pay. These calculations have not even taken into consideration any other commitments that you may have!
Conclusion
While your personal financial situation may be unique, the costs associated with the purchase of a home are somewhat set according to price. The best way to know what you can afford is to measure your personal finances against the required costs.
Finally, whether or not you are a first time home purchaser, remember to take advantage of Loanstreet’s online resources and expertise to help you through your purchase and home loan application.
Loanstreet.com.my is a website for Malaysians to compare and apply for loans online absolutely free of charge
- See more at: http://loanstreet.com.my/learning-centre/how-much-is-really-needed-to-buy-affordable-housing#sthash.xfGWLVNA.dpuf

Saturday, January 11, 2014

How Money is created?



Found an interesting video to share with, their original website may try to promote the buying gold or silver, please ignore those promotion point, just what they talk about how money is created is worth thought.