Today's post is No. 156, which makes it the 3rd birthday for this weekly blog. Usually, the post at this time of the year is on reflection and also some shameless self-promotion. Regular readers can skip this post without missing much. The topic for this year's post is the value of (The) Boring Investor blog.
The most direct measure of the value of this blog is the amount of advertising revenue received. For 3 years of efforts, the grand total of advertising revenue is... $78.20! This works out to be $26 per year or $0.50 per post! Applying a Price/ Earnings multiple of 12 times, the value of this blog works out to be $312!
There is another way to measure the value of this blog, which is the value that it brings to readers. Besides writing it, I also refer to my own blog from time to time, to remind myself of the actions that I have to take or the rationale for taking certain actions. Generally, the driving force behind this blog is about applicability. It attempts to answer, for example, whether a particular investment is a good one for investors. To this end, this blog has several themes running through it.
To determine whether an investment or a strategy is a good one, sometimes you need a lot of data and research to back it up. For example, do you wonder how the Dogs of Dow strategy would perform in Singapore's context? The answers to this and some other questions are addressed in posts such as the following:
- Portfolio Management: The Dogs and Puppies of STI for 2016
- Stocks: Case Studies of Unsuccessful Privatisations
- REITs: Do REITs Overpay for Their Acquisitions?
- Properties: Properties, the Population White Paper and the Land Use Plan
- Bonds: Benchmarks for Retail Bond Pricing
There are a lot of finance books that talk about how to pick and trade stocks. However, they do not discuss what investment strategy should you choose, or what do you do when the stock market goes into a bear market, etc. This is another area where this blog attempts to fill some of the gaps with posts such as:
- Investment Experience: The Evolution of An Investor
- Investment Planning: Experimenting with Investment Strategies
- Investment Planning: How Much Does One's Financial Independence Depend on One's Health?
- Investment Planning: The Big Picture During Bear Markets
- Stocks: How to Get a Multi-Bagger?
- Savings: The OCBC360 or UOB One Calculator (Basic)
- Savings: The OCBC360 or UOB One Calculator (Advanced)
If you know of any ideas that can be solved using similar features, please feel free to leave a comment below.
Navigating Unchartered Territories
The world and our own circumstances are constantly evolving and we sometimes enter into uncharted territories. There are no experience to call upon to navigate these unchartered terrorities. For example, we now have negative interest rates that we thought were impossible only a few years ago. In such cases, we can only rely on understanding the facts, analying the second- and third-order implications and come up with an appropriate answer or solution. Some of the posts that address these issues include:
That's all for my once-a-year rumblings. I hope this blog has brought value to all readers. To those who read through this post even though you know that there is no new information, I thank you for being willing to read whatever I write. Thank you.