Bracing For August

Today is the last weekend before the start of August, a month that is traditionally known as the most treacherous month for the Malaysian stock market. In my monthly-updated Market Pulse column (see link), it is observed that the month of August has seen some of the greater monthly declines historically.

KLCI – what is next?

As mentioned in earlier posting, if it ever breaches the support zone of around 1,728, I personally feel that we may potentially see further downside bias. If it ever breaks the 1,800 resistance point, the index may be on an upside trajectory.

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How should one deal with August?

There are numerous options that may be considered…

  • Focus on swing trading strategies with appropriate reward-to-risk ratio / risk management strategies
  • Bargain hunting for beaten-down value stocks / mid-large cap stocks (for purpose of long term investing)
  • Increase cash position (in money market funds)
  • Maintain status quo

Tracking Volatility

Short term volatility is greatest at turning points and diminishes as a trend becomes established.

George Soros

 

As shown below, the current volatility of FBMKLCI continues to remain low. If the volatility increases, this may indicate that a potential trend reversal is imminent.

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Long Term Investing

I am always fixated with swing trading because I do not have patience with most things in life. Whenever there is a 15% unrealised gain in a position, I will be very tempted to monetise the gain. I believe that I am in the category of “sell winners too fast, hold on to the losers”. To some extent, I truly believe that we live in a world that is filled with ‘black swans’. Hence, the bird in the hand theory matters. Swing trading provides wealth creation opportunities in the shortest possible time frame. On a serious note, one should seriously consider long term investing in order to balance out a portfolio that is filled by a combination of short-medium and long term trading / investment positions. It is usually the case that multi-baggers come from long term investing. To qualify for long term investing, one should truly look beyond an investment horizon of more than 2-3 years.

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The Five Factors Equity Rating Scorecard

Strictly for educational and illustrative purposes

In an earlier posting, I have developed a preliminary equity rating scorecard. In this subsequent posting, I intend to refine this scorecard and continue to test & refine it over the next 12-18 months. It is very important to reiterate the point that an equity rating scorecard does not “predict” the future target price of a security. It is merely a simple high-level tool / framework / weightage system which serves to harmonise different perspectives / factors that may potentially affect the share price of a security. The end final score / rating does not mean anything (seriously). I personally look at the final score / rating as higher probability of the security hitting my target price or stop loss.

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Equity Rating Scorecard

My view on trading or investing is that it should always be discretionary to large extent. Trading or investing involves significant amount of judgement call. There should not always be one standardised single way of looking at a particular trade or investing idea.

Trading or investing should always be considered from a multi-aspect angle and shall be as dynamic as possible. In this posting, I am trying to develop an equity rating scorecard. The purpose of this scorecard is not to remove the discretion from trading or investing but to nicely link up factors of fundamental, technical, risk management and other critical factors.

It is about placing weightage on what matters when comes to investing or trading. In this scorecard, there is more weightage being anchored towards fundamentals, of which I believe that it is the fundamentals that will drive the long term value of a security. The proposed weightage is as follows: 60% on fundamentals, 30% on technical & risk management and 10% on other critical factors (e.g insider transations, analysts’ target price).

What does the final scoring mean?

This is entirely up to us and it is purely arbitrary. Strictly for illustration, I rank my scoring as follows (seriously, it is purely arbitrary):

4.5 – 5.0                Higher probability to be positive return

4.0 – 4.49              Expected to be positive return

3.5-3.99                Manageable Risk + Possibly Directionless / Breakeven

2.5-3.49                Higher probability of not positive return

<2.5                       Possibly high risk

 

Strictly for illustration – WTK Holdings

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Strictly for illustration – Comfort Gloves (from an earlier posting: see this )

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The effectiveness of the scorecard has not been assessed based on historical financial & market data. Nevertheless, it may be a good starting point in harmonising both Fundamental and Technical analysis. This Equity Rating Scorecard is a dynamic piece of document and shall be continuously refined over time.

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A Not So Convicted Trade Idea

Have you ever come across a trading idea that you are not 100% convicted about it? I do feel it this time. Nevertheless, I choose to share this simple trade idea in order to give a more balanced and realistic view of the world of trading / investment. It is a world filled with contradiction, unpredictability and randomness.

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Digging Deeper

In one of the earlier posts (see this ), Malaysian-listed printing specialist, Tien Wah Press Holdings Berhad was one of the illustrative “buy signal” results extracted based on rules-based algorithmic screening process. Let’s dig deeper into this security. Continue reading “Digging Deeper”