Sceptical About Stock Market Investment?

Are you sceptical about stock market investment? Should one rely solely on a robo-advisory wealth management platform or personally invest in the stock market to grow one’s wealth?  If you believe in integrity, would you invest in a company that display a lack of ethics?

Read what Timothy Teoh has to say about investing in the stock market in  True Meaning Of Investing which appeared in the New Straits Times on Sept 15, 2021.

This was my first article for the NST-Tradeview collaboration, which featured Timothy, a Malaysian tech whiz who had started his career as the technical director and initial web developer of Nuffnang, which was founded in 2007.

Sceptical About Stock Market Investment? Timothy Teoh

Since Sept 15 till to date, I have interviewed a total of 20 personalities.  In this post, I’m recalling the stories of Timothy, Muzahid and Adam.

“It’s normal to have profit and loss, ups and downs – as everything carry a certain degree of risk. It’s part of life. It’s important to understand why you’re investing in the first place and what kind of core values resonate with you. For example, if you believe in integrity, would you invest in a company that display a lack of ethics? I take these principles and embed it into my life and business endeavour,” said Muzahid Shah Abdul Rahman, the chief executive officer of a digital transformation company called SteerQuest Sdn Bhd.

His story A Corporate High-Flyer Turned Entrepreneur Believes In Malaysia’s Economic Potential appeared on Sept 22, 2021.

Sceptical About Stock Market Investment? Muzahid Shah Abdul Rahman

After Muzahid, the third story Treat Stocks Like Business focused on small business owner Adam Yeap.

With his annual sales of RM2.5 million dwindling to zero due to the Movement Control Order restrictions, Adam Yeap was glad he had invested some money in the stock market as it was generating some passive income.

Adam grew up in a household that did not have much faith in the stock market. His relatives and friends previously had bad experiences with investing in shares.

“Hearing all the negative stories about the stock market made me sceptical, too. I tried investing in the US stock market in small quantities but I was not an avid retail investor back then. I always believed that my own business ventures would deliver the best return on investment,” he said.

However, the pandemic reshaped his perspective. Apart from business, one should have passive investments too.

Sceptical About Stock Market Investment? Adam Yeap

Latest stats reveal that there are 801 companies listed on the Malaysian stock exchange, the Bursa Malaysia. Of these, 305 stocks are Shariah Compliant.

Stock investment lets common investors participate in the financial achievements of the companies, make profits through capital gains, and earn money through dividends—although losses are also possible.

Analyse Company Before Investing

Analyse Company Before Investing
appeared in the print version of The New Straits Times (July 12, 2021)

Analyse Company Before Investing

 

KUALA LUMPUR: It has been almost 24 years since the 1993-1997 Bull Run that the Malaysia stock market witnessed such a huge influx of retail investors.

 

Many new retail investors are turning to the stock market due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, seeing it as a way to ease their financial constraints.

 

However, this has also prompted many opportunists to emerge on social media platforms taking advantage of retail investors.

 

“Many retail investors are genuinely good, hardworking people who are just trying to live a better life. Sadly, they fall victim to those who consider them as “lambs to slaughter” and capitalise on their lack of knowledge,” said financial columnist and author Ng Zhu Hann, better known as Hann.

 

Hann is the author of Once Upon A Time in Bursa – The Money Equation.  Before writing the book, he had blogged under the pen name Tradeview and is well known among retail investors.

 

Little was known about the writer behind the moniker until the launch of the book in May 2021.

 

Hann, a lawyer by profession and formerly the Chief Strategist of a Fortune 500 Corporation, was referring to the recent viral video clip where a radio host had received a distress call from someone who was contemplating suicide after following the advice of a group of “fake gurus”.

 

The victim had purportedly lost his job due to the pandemic and was hoping to make some income from stocks.  However, he lost all his savings after allegedly following the advice of the “gurus”. The man then thought of taking his own life so that his aged parents would get the insurance payout.

 

“Many say the stock market is a zero sum game designed for the rich and powerful.  I beg to differ.  If one were to invest in well-managed companies for the long-term, one’s investment will grow along with the companies’ earnings at no one’s expense.

 

“The stock market only becomes a zero sum game when people adopt a punter’s mindset. I grew my investment portfolio by setting aside some money to invest in companies that I like every month.

 

“Of course I made plenty of mistakes and lost money as well but learning from your mistakes is crucial,” Hann said.

 

Hann explains that the stock market was originally premised on harnessing the collective strength of investors to help fund a company’s growth.  However, what started out as a good idea morphed into something that can also cause tragedies, owing to man’s greed.

 

“Often it is the common people that suffered the brunt of any stock market collapse or pump and dump schemes.

 

“In spite of all the tragedies, many retail investors still hope to “get rich quick” speculating in the stock market leading to a vicious cycle. Ignorance is not wrong but ignorance coupled with greed is a lethal combination,” he said.

 

Fake Gurus and The Real Deal

 

“These fake gurus mostly rely on social media platforms to draw in unsuspecting victims by flaunting their expensive watches, cars or mansions.

 

“Truly successful investors on the contrary are humble. Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, Dr Neoh Soon Kean and Fong Siling are good role models,” he said.

 

Hann’s Once Upon A Time In Bursa hit the bookstores on May 30, making it the only book by a Malaysian author to top the MPH Bestsellers’ List for Business Reading in June.

 

Publishing company AcePremier chief executive officer John Lim said financial education is still at its infancy stage among Malaysians, and this was a cause for concern.

 

He started AcePremier 12 years ago and started specialising in the publication of financial books two years ago.

 

“While scouting for a financial author, I came across Tradeview’s articles and I like the way Hann shares his own investment journey. He encourages people to analyse a company before investing in a stock.

 

“Instead of opting for a shortcut by going to an investment guru, why not learn how to analyse the stock yourself and make an informed decision?”

 

Meanwhile TED Optimus Sdn Bhd chief empowerment officer Warren Mak, who is former Bursa vice-president (Investor Education) said the Securities Commission is doing a good job updating the public on the latest scams and unlicensed entities.

 

“However, people always think they will never fall victims to scams.  Sometimes the people conducting investment courses may not be “fake gurus”.  They may have the theoretical but lack the practical knowledge.

 

 “Then of course there are the “syndicates”, or what we call the “Big Boys” who show up on social media platforms to offer free training only to lay market traps for unsuspecting retail investors,” Mak said.

 

With 28 years of investment experience, Mak’s advice for retail investors is not to be emotional.

 

“Do not panic when the share price goes down.  If you invest in a fundamentally strong company over the long-term, one almost always makes money,” Mak added.

 

Analyse Company Before Investing
Article appeared in Business News (July 12) of the New Straits Times
Research Stock Before Investment
Thank you NST

source: New Straits Times

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