Many of us will rush towards established companies that have already proven themselves. These include the BATs and the FANGs. However, these types of companies may have pricey stocks that may be beyond the means of the average investor who is just starting out. In this case, you may swing towards shares that have a lower entry point. But how do you know whether a stock is right for you?
Anchoring is one. We’re often told to go with the first thing that pops into our minds, whether it’s the answer to a multiple choice test question or a trivial decision about which dessert to pick. It implies your first thought is pure instinct, a ‘blink’ decision (popularised by Malcom Gladwell), derived from subconscious data. Second-guessing yourself supposedly dilutes the magic.
Our approach is based on deep-dive research, and Asia has been looking particularly lucrative lately. Thanks to our partnership with Monex BOOM Securities (plus our head office in Japan), we have in-house links to ten Asian markets:
马来西亚证券市场, 日本证券市场, 香港证券市场, 台湾证券市场, 中国大陆证券市场, 菲律宾证券市场, 印度尼西亚证券市场, 新加坡证券市场, 韩国证券市场, and 泰国证券市场.
You want to invest in a company that’s doing well, but must also be mindful of their stock price so that they fit your budget. If they’re too expensive, then no matter how lucrative they are, you can’t tag along because you can’t afford to. Validea has a rating system they’ve based on Warren Buffet’s legendary approach. Aside from debt and predictable earnings, other criteria include returns (initial, capital, equity, and expected), cash flow, resale value, and use of earnings. Companies that score 80% indicate good organisational strategy, while 90% or above is a solid buy. Let’s look at some companies that tick all the right boxes.
Apple (AAPL) has appreciated 22 percent since the end of June. That makes it the second-best performer in the SPDR Technology Fund (XLK), with only Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) faring better.
To expand its reach into key foreign markets, Monex established active collaborations with TradeStation in the US and Boom in Hong Kong, both well-known brokerage agencies in their own right. TradeStation is well-established as one of the largest brokers stateside, while Boom was the first online broker in Asia and still holds a powerful position in virtual trading.