Monday, May 26, 2014

Tokio Marine Never Cuts Bonus: Participating Fund Update 2014 - Things We Can Learn From

Just received Tokio Marine's Participating Fund 2014 update from my whole life policy with them.  As expected, they are maintaining the bonus rate for their participating policies.

For info, Tokio Marine is one of the few companies that maintains its bonus rate for its whole life policies pretty consistently over the years.  In fact, the report states that they are the ONLY life insurer in Singapore to have honoured all their bonus rates for the last 66 years!

This is probably testament to their sound investing policy for their participating fund.  Even though they acknowledged the volatile investment climate of 2013, they are still maintaining the par fund bonus even though the returns came in lower than expectations.

Some interesting stats from their par fund:

Market Value (measured by total assets in $million)

  • 2011:  $2,142
  • 2012:  $2,677
  • 2013:  $3,073

Asset Mix of Fund for 2013

  • Equity : 37%
  • Fixed Income: 52%
  • Cash: 7%
  • Property: 3%
  • Others: 1%

Breakdown of Fixed Income S$1,589million

  • Singapore Government Securities = S$288million (18%)
  • Quasi-Govt/Investment Grade Bonds = S$857 million (54%)
  • Other Bonds = S$444 million (28%)
Top 10 Equity Holdings (the most interesting part to me...) S$1,126 million
  • Tokio Marine Fund - Far East Equity Portfolio
  • TMA Umbrella Fund - TMAI Asian Equity Fund
  • SingTel
  • DBS 
  • UOB
  • OCBC
  • Keppel Corp Ltd
  • Singapore Press Holdings (SPH)
  • StarHub
  • Singapore Technologies Engineering

Disclaimer:  I am not a Tokio Marine insurance agent and am not making any recommendations whatsoever about Tokio Marine and its insurance or investment products.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Peter Lim - New Owner of Valencia

Peter Lim has done Singapore proud.  He is now the owner of Valencia football club.  I know that this is probably already stale news but it is a moment to be savoured nonetheless.  How many Singaporeans do you know that actually own football clubs?

I think it is rather good publicity for Singapore since many Europeans probably do not even know where Singapore is.  And what better way to gain some publicity than to own one of their very own football clubs.

Anyway, Peter Lim had previously made a bid for Liverpool.  That deal did not come to pass so I was thinking that this deal might also not come through.  Glad that it did come through in the end.

For those who don't know Peter Lim, he used to be a stock remisier who made it big in the Singapore stock market.  He married an ex-actress, Cherie Lim.  Believe he also has a daughter, Kim Lim, who is 22 years old and is currently studying in Singapore Institute of Management.  Recall reading in the news that his family stays in an entire 11 storey condominium tower around the Orchard area.

For those who don't know, Peter Lim is also said to be quite active in charity work.  His involvement in the local football scene also saw the SOF-Peter Lim Charity Cup (an exhibition fundraiser match) held in 2013.

Wishing him the very best of success in his ownership of Valencia.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Recieving Cash in mailbox Every Month

Most people probably dread opening up their mailbox because they know that only bills await them. However, I am probably one of a few people who actually enjoys opening my mailbox to check for mail. The reason? I receive monthly cheques in my mail so I am always excited to open them up and add it together with other dividends that might have been directly credited into my bank account.

Those of you who have been following my blog over the years probably know that I am a dividends kind of investor. My timing into stocks are quite bad. But dividends have always been my kind of thing. I like the certainty of investing into businesses that provide shareholders with cash in their pockets. Over the years, I have lost count of the dividends I have received.

My favourite kind of dividends are those that are paid regularly. Some of my holdings even pay monthly dividends. That is amazing from my point of view. In short, I have been able to supplement my very average salary with passive income without actually moonlighting.

Foreign holdings in U.S. Etfs and monthly dividend stocks are those cheques which end up in my mailbox. And it is always nice to reach home at the end of a long hard day at work to find a cheque or sometimes piles of cheques in my mailbox. Trust me, the feeling is quite surreal when you get the first cheque but after sometime, it still feels awesome!

Just this month alone, I have received 3 cheques. And the month isn't over yet :)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dividends for April 2014

Finally took time to compile the cheques that have been coming in through my mailbox and calculated the dividends received for the month of April 2014.

Received a total of S$237.

This comprises dividends from Armour Residential REIT, Gamco Global Gold, Linn Energy and a host of other unit trusts like FAHY, Schroder, John Hancock.

The interests from my bank account (DBS multiplier) also contributed quite a fair bit and I have set up the OCBC 360 account for a similar purpose since it offers higher interest rates compared to a normal savings account.

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