Interview with Blackjack

Interview with Blackjack

Postby winston » Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:56 pm

This week, we are very please to introduce Blackjack ..


Investideas: You have a very special nick. Why are you using this nick and what does it mean ?

It came naturally to me, as I have been using this nick since my school days, on top of several others. I felt it was also quite befitting for an investment forum as it denoted what I thought about blackjack – A game of observation, skill, emotions and tons of luck. Blackjack actually holds many other meanings as well.


InvestIdeas: What can you tell us about your background ?

I have a Civil engineering degree from NUS. It was my intention to become a civil engineer since my younger days. Well, fate has it that I changed my mind and I signed on as a uniformed regular after I graduated instead. I am now in the financial industry, as an operations analyst for one of our 2 local SWFs.


InvestIdeas: How long have you been investing / trading ?

Since mid 2006. I didn’t have a clue back then, so I started off with unit trusts.


InvestIdeas: What is your Investment Strategy ?

I suppose investment strategy precludes trading. My style is closer to value-based than growth. Typically dividends constitute an important part of my consideration as I believe this component provides an underrated potential outperformance in the long term.

Another thing I look at is the sentiments at any point, which one can gather quite easily. The benefits of buying in doom and gloom is really remarkable, as long as one can reign in his/her fear.


InvestIdeas: What are your favorite books on trading/investing?

I don’t have any favourite books, though I try to read up on different views as much as possible.


InvestIdeas: What are your investment vehicles ?

Only SGX counters, none others for the moment.


InvestIdeas: What has been your best investment so far?

My best investment has got to be Longcheer, when I was still new to the market. I lost quite an amount on this, considering I did not have substantial savings to start with. (I just finished my tuition fee loans from uni back then)

Why was it the best? Cos I took in the lesson and was serious with my money later on, forming many important thought processes in the later stage. I had other lessons of less severity after that, but overall I must say it was a good 4 years till now. I feel I have walked away feeling much richer. (Both in terms of experience and pocket)


InvestIdeas: What has been your worst investment?

San Teh. I have already cut loss. My investment capital kept shrinking till the day I decided to walk away. I don't think the loss commensurated with what I took away in lessons. Basically I felt as if I paid school fees to a quack chinese professor and learnt nothing much.


InvestIdeas: What advice do you have for a young / newbie who is just starting out ?

Losses are inevitable, but crucial to grow.


InvestIdeas: Are there any non-investment related books that may have influenced your outlook on life ?
My outlook on life was shaped by my interaction with others mainly.


InvestIdeas: Are you able to tell us a bit about your family ?

I’m the youngest, with 2 elder siblings.


InvestIdeas: What are some of your favourite topics in the forum ?

Anything that I may be interested in at that point of time... No favourite topics really.


InvestIdeas: What are some of your other interests ?

Working out in the gym, running, swimming, listening to music, sitting at coffee places spending slow leisure time ...
It's all about "how much you made when you were right" & "how little you lost when you were wrong"
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Re: Interview with Blackjack

Postby helios » Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:57 pm

winston wrote:This week, we are very please to introduce Blackjack ..

InvestIdeas: What are some of your other interests ?

Working out in the gym, running, swimming, listening to music, sitting at coffee places spending slow leisure time ...


Starbucks? :?:
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Re: Interview with Blackjack

Postby millionairemind » Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:57 pm

BlackJack,

Thanks for the interview. So I presume you are looking forward to the opening of the casinos? ;)

Cheers,
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Re: Interview with Blackjack

Postby Blackjack » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:33 pm

San San wrote: Starbucks? :?:


No no... I prefer kopitiam haha...
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Re: Interview with Blackjack

Postby winston » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:37 pm

Me too. I like those old fashioned thick coffee with condensed milk. A lot of kick :D
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Re: Interview with Blackjack

Postby Blackjack » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:38 pm

millionairemind wrote:BlackJack,

Thanks for the interview. So I presume you are looking forward to the opening of the casinos? ;)

Cheers,
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Nope...Zero ROE ;)
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Re: Interview with Blackjack

Postby Blackjack » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:41 pm

I prefer teh-o instead. Too much milk gives me sore throat sometimes :)
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Re: Interview with Blackjack

Postby Aspellian » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:23 pm

Hi Blackjack,

thanks for the interview!

Working in SWF? Last few iron-rice bowl in spore. At least its one organisation that wont go bankrupt. :lol:

you must endeavour to keep our hard-earned money safe! ;)

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Re: Interview with Blackjack

Postby Blackjack » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:50 pm

Thanks Aspellian!

Btw I passed by Buangkok the other day, saw Aspella, and somehow remembered your posting. Lol
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