Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interview With The Owner Of "The Independent Abecedarian"

After almost a month's gap, finally, I've gotten my 19th interviewee for my "Interview With The Fellow Investor" series. He is non-other than the owner of The Independent Abecedarian.  

I get to know the owner of The Independent Abecedarian (let's call him CS) only a couple of weeks ago. We first interacted through each other's blog and with my skin that is growing thicker, I asked whether he is interested to be featured in my blog series and what happens next is as per the following. So, there is always advantage for being thick skin ;-)

Without further ado, let's check out CS' investing journey through his own words! 


Q1 : Can you give us a brief introduction about yourself?
A1 : Having studied Finance during my polytechnic days, this subject immediately pulled me in to study deep on how to obtain Financial Independence. I am an ambitious dreamer who wants to be a Web Developer, Financial Advisor and an Inspiring Writer. But most importantly, I vision to be Financially Independent one day.

Q2 : Are you a full-time or part-time investor at the moment?
A2 : Having just started real investing just a couple of months ago, I am currently still a part-time investor. On the other hand, I have been trading the Foreign Exchange for around a year now and I am still observing if this could be made into a full-time job in near future!

Q3 : When (at what age) did you start investing in shares and who has influenced you the most?
A3 : For shares, I started only around July this year through OCBC’s Blue Chip Investment Plan. The person who influenced me most to start investing is definitely my father. He currently trades options, commodities, Funds such as ETFs, as well as foreign and local shares. In addition, I got further persuaded by various local financial bloggers who influenced teens to start investing early (you know who you are).

Q4 : Do you view yourself as long-term (holding shares in years), short-term investor (holding shares in days/months) or mixture?
A4 : For shares, currently I am looking more of long term investment, such as my current portfolio where I will be holding the shares for 3-5years. However in a couple of years’ time, I would like to try trading with CFDs which allows me to leverage on my investment skills and capital.

Q5 : What is your basis of selecting the shares to invest (e.g. basing on fundamental analysis, technical analysis or other methods/sources [share a little bit more details if it is the latter])?
A5 : For long term investment, fundamental analysis is definitely the way to go. As for myself, I believe in investing in companies that provides products or services with solid demand even in financial crisis. I will be explaining my take for my current investment in near future (I’m already drafting it out)! 

Q6 : What is your targeted and achieved annual rate of returns (%) so far? 
A6 : My targeted rate of returns : 12 % p.a.
My achieved rate of returns : “0 to 5%”

Q7 : What is your most recommended online investing resource (site or blog) to share with our readers? 
A7 : My most recommended information rich Financial sites that I can guarantee that you’ll learn something out of each of them are here. It would be updated as I go whilst keeping and adding only the most valuable sites.

Q8 : Besides shares, what other investment are you involved in (e.g. Real Estates, Bonds or REITs etc)?
A8 : As above, I am currently trading Forex with Oanda Forex Account too. I would also like to invest in REITs and bonds in near future! :)

Q9 : What is your current Shares Investment portfolio size (in range, no need specific)? 
A9 : My current investment portfolio is $7,000 excluding my emergency funds, where $4,000 are invested in 4 Singapore Blue-Chips and $1,000 in my Forex trading account.

Q10 : If the readers want to get in touch with you, how to get hold of you? (Sharing of your website/blog/social media profile etc..)
A10 : I can always be contacted via my website’s contact page

By the way, if you are a retail investor and would like to be featured in my "Interview With The Fellow Investors" blog series, please feel free to email me at

Also, for the complete list of my interviewees and their posts, check it out here.



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