Smart Reads of the Week

Buying a stock is easy. Anyone can do it. 

It should not take more than five minutes to enter your order and click buy. Nothing to it. 

But it’s the work that goes into making that “buy” decision that is hard. And after that, we have a long journey ahead, waiting patiently for the company we chose to show us what they can do. 

Along the way, there will be surprises, both good and not so good.  

Some will be positive surprises that we did not take into account when we bought the stock. On the flip side, companies can disappoint. It will happen. Even the best companies will falter along the way. 

When a company disappoints, we are faced with another decision: should we buy more, sell or simply hold? 

If you chose the company well, the answer is almost always the last one. 

Now, it doesn’t mean that holding a stock is easy to do. But if you can do it, the act of holding is likely to be the action (or if you like, inaction) that will turn a mediocre stock portfolio to one that you can be proud of. 

To be fair, some company dilemmas are harder than others. Like when the CEO of a company you own decides to leave. Abruptly, without warning. That is sure to raise an eyebrow. 

What should you do? Chin Hui Leong walks you through the matter.  

The Smart Investor Answers: What to Do When A CEO Leaves, Abruptly 

Dividend investors favour income more than anything else. 

For years, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SGX: Z74) or Singtel has been a bedrock of consistency in paying out what it earns. 

However, recently, dark clouds have started to gather around Singapore’s largest telco, ranging from problems in its Indian subsidiary to stiffer competition at home and abroad. 

Does this mean the end of Singtel’s dividend streak? Royston Yang gives his take. 

Singtel’s Share Price is Down Below $3.30. Could There be a Dividend Cut Looming?

A war is brewing in the living rooms of all Singaporeans. 

The prize? 

The attention of binge-watchers — and really, anyone who enjoys saving some money by not going to the cinema, and staying home to catch a Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) movie. 

The options are increasing with Apple TV Plus and Disney+ both making debuts recently. But which online video streaming company will survive? We tap the mind of an industry veteran to find out.  

Smart Trends: Who Will Win The Video Streaming Wars?

Woozaa! We have survived our first month at The Smart Investor. There’s far, far more that we have planned and we can’t wait to share it with you. Until next time! 

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