Blogs

Pandemic One Year on with Vaccines, Global Recovery & Rise of Crypto...

Mar 16, 2021 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Pandemic One Year on with Vaccines & Global Recovery

All of us still breathing should give pause to mourn those who have perished during this pandemic. Going forward, we must be mindful of the immense and uneven suffering wrought by Covid-19.

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Go Digital & Gift a Squirrelsave Hongbao this “Niu” Year!

Feb 8, 2021 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

SquirrelSave portfolios

As we kick off the “Niu” Year of the Ox, SquirrelSave invites you to go digital and gift a SquirrelSave investment portfolio – instead of a cash Hongbao.

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Stay Invested & Reap Better Returns

Jan 20, 2021 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Stay Invested & Reap Better Returns

After years in investments, I realised that there was a limit to my capability. There is only so much information I can process within a given time. Yet, the world of investing was getting more complex.

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How did My Squirrelsave Portfolios Do in 2020?

Jan 4, 2021 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

SquirrelSave portfolios

As we start investing for 2021, let’s review my SquirrelSave portfolios which I set up along the way since 2019.

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As 2020 closes, what lies ahead for global investment markets?

December 10, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Four BIG worldly things to think about

Investment markets are expecting Biden to be sworn in as the next US President on 20 Jan 2020 - assuming Trump does not upset the apple cart. Investment markets do not like uncertainty.

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Blistering November Gains for Stock Markets Even As Covid Rages On

December 1, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

USA stock markets hit record highs in November 2020

Enthusiasm about vaccines drove USA stock markets to record highs in November 2020.

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Risk Management Still Critical - As It Always Has @ SquirrelSave

November 1, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Risk Management Still Critical - As It Always Has @ SquirrelSave

In the past two weeks, the stock market has become choppy. Headlines scream about the largest fall since whenever. That’s obvious, right?

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The Best Time to Invest?

October 7, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

There is no such thing as the best time to invest, unless you are a historian

Sorry to burst your bubble. There is no such thing as the best time to invest, unless you are a historian.

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Market Update – 1 Sep 2020

September 1, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Top 10 years ranked by monthly performance in Aug 2020

August 2020 has seen a recovery. While DJIA remains around 4% below its pre-Covid high, the S&P500 has finally broken through and setting new record highs.

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Anyone Can Enjoy Smart Investing – Starting From One Dollar

August 31, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Start investing with SquirrelSave even with only one dollar

A one dollar global portfolio? Yes! SquirrelSave is designed to help anyone invest with low cost, using the power of AI and global diversification.

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Time to Take Stock of Investing (no pun intended)

August 14, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Gold price continues to rise

Since our launch, we had a decent ride managing market risks using our machine learning AI engine. The Covid crash showed that our system is crash-proof.

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Glad that SquirrelSave is Navigating Smartly Amidst this Crisis

July 25, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Gold price continues to rise

Two weeks since I wrote about SquirrelSave’s bold allocation to Gold in my portfolio (and yours too, if you are a SquirrelSave client), Gold continues to rise.

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Shhh!!! My SquirrelSave Portfolio Seems to Know Something About Gold

July 10, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Gold is back to its previous peak seen in Aug 2011

5-Year chart shows that gold is suddenly doing well in June 2019. 10-Year chart shows that gold is now back to its previous peak seen in Aug 2011.

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How My SquirrelSave Portfolio Behaved Through the Covid-19 March 2020 Market Crash

May 19, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

How My SquirrelSave Portfolio Behaved Through the Covid-19 March 2020 Market Crash

We have trained our investment system to cover the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, it is interesting how it navigates a live market crash and ongoing volatility.

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Sharp Recovery Since the Covid-19 Crash

Apr 14, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Sharp Recovery Since the Covid-19 Crash

China's Shanghai Composite and Japan's Nikkei 225 closed at their highest since mid March 2020. Is this sharp recovery for real?

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Getting It Right: Realised and Unrealised Gains/Losses

Apr 7, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Getting It Right: Realised and Unrealised Gains/Losses

In typical gambling behaviour, people are mostly heading for the exits because they have lost everything (including what they won previously).

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Is Covid-19 different from the past crisis?

March 30, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Is Covid-19 different from the past crisis?

Yes, Covid-19 is different from the causes of previous crises. There is deliberate policy-induced economic contraction – unlike other crises.

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Covid-19: Defining Your Investment Experience

March 30, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Covid-19: Defining Your Investment Experience

The IMF is forecasting a global recession in 2020. On the bright side, some analysts are forecasting a recovery as early as the third quarter of 2020.

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Covid-19: Has Fear Run Ahead of Markets?

March 9, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Covid-19: Has Fear Run Ahead of Markets?

Greed and fear are the driving forces behind buying and selling decisions. We buy when there is an excessive greed. We sell when there is an excessive fear.

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Market Update Mar 2020

March 2, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Market Update March 2020

Major benchmark indices such as the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq had the worst week since the Global Financial Crisis of October 2008. The CNN Fear And Greed Index has retraced from extreme greed levels in January to deep fear levels.

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SquirrelSave portfolios are doing fine despite Covid-19

February 25, 2020 | Yi-Chen Chia, CFA CAIA FRM

SquirrelSave portfolios are doing fine despite Covid-19

Despite the world fighting the Covid-19 outbreak, SquirrelSave's portfolios are still showing positive performance. Our investments are well-diversified across global markets; mainly allocated to US REITS, US stocks, and China A-shares.

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How Covid-19
Affects Investment Strategy

January 30, 2020 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP® & Yi-Chen Chia, CFA CAIA FRM

How Covid-19 Affects Investment Strategy

As with any flu outbreak, there will likely be an acceleration in the number of infections before it peaks and slows down. In the meantime, stay away from high-risk areas, practice good personal hygiene and use common sense. But what about our investments?

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Stop Paying
for Bad Performance

November 1, 2019 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Stop Paying for Bad Performance

In the investment world, those who have more money pay the lowest fees. Those who have less money to invest - pay much more. It’s painful to see how these small investors are fleeced every day.

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Whitepaper: SquirrelSave’s F.A.M.E
[Factor Analytics Machine Learning Engine]

Victor Lye, CFA CFP®, Yi-Chen Chia, CFA CAIA FRM

Whitepaper: SquirrelSave’s Factor Analytics Machine Learning Engine

Contents
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Pivot’s Factor Modelling with Machine Learning Analytics
Section 3: Portfolio Optimization on Pivot’s Factor Model
Section 4: Personalized Solution – Dynamic Advisory and Rebalancing

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Market Update Aug 2019

Aug 10, 2019 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Market Update August 2019

The global risk outlook has risen compared to 3 months ago. Concerns over global growth remain high amidst trade war fallout fears. Gold touched fresh multiyear highs while bond yields continue to fall. Negative interest rates threaten wiggle room for policy actions.

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Smart Investing with
Global Diversification at SquirrelSave

Jun 13, 2019 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Smart Investing with Global Diversification at SquirrelSave

Internet social media has shifted the way news or facts are delivered and perceived – with profound implications for the way we should invest. I am asked by many these days about the implications for their investments because of the news frenzy about the USA-China trade war. I can understand the anxiety. Yet, I need to remind ourselves about our human short-term memories.

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Why Replace The Human
Investment Manager?

May 21, 2019 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Why Replace The Human Investment Manager?

When investors ask me what I do, I cheekily tell them that I intend to replace their human investment manager. They think I am doing a marketing pitch for them to appoint me as their investment manager. When I clarify that I am not proposing myself in place of their investment manager and add that I am not claiming to be better than their investment manager, they get puzzled and curious.

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The Good Old Days,
and The Fantastic Days Ahead...

May 7, 2019 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

The Good Old Days, and The Fantastic Days Ahead

Many years ago, when I was a stockbroker, I researched companies listed on various stock exchanges. Based on my research, I would recommend buying or selling the listed shares of specific companies to professional fund managers who typically managed unit trusts or mutual funds[1].

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Applying Serious Gaming
to Improve Risk Profiling Analytics

Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Whitepaper: Serious Gaming in Risk Profiling

In this White Paper, we share how SquirrelSave breaks new ground with gamification of risk profiling to restore some order to the muddied world of personal investing.

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What You Should Know About Unit Trusts

April 18, 2019 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

What You Should Know About Unit Trusts

If you are new to investing, it can be very intimidating. Not everyone is schooled in finance or accountancy. Even for first-timers schooled in finance or accountancy, it can be confusing. Not everyone has the same gung-ho risk attitude. Yet there is a fear of losing out when you hear boasts from people who say how much money they made from investing.

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Is Risk Profiling Just Another Questionnaire?

April 11, 2019 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Is Risk Profiling Just Another Questionnaire?

For too long, investing has lost its way. With so many financial products and hard-selling, we risk paying too much for something unsuitable. It is an uneven playing field. Yet, we are to blame.

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Psst! Are you investing, gambling or speculating?

April 5, 2019 | Victor Lye, CFA CFP®

Psst! Are you investing, gambling or speculating?

Many people say they invest. But they are really gambling or speculating! What aboout you? The difference in investing, gambling and speculating is in the underlying personal behavior which depends on attitudes towards the risks involved.

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MAR 2021

Pandemic One Year on with Vaccines, Global Recovery & Rise of Crypto...


FEB 2021

Go Digital & Gift a Squirrelsave Hongbao this “Niu” Year!


JAN 2021

Stay Invested & Reap Better Returns

How did My Squirrelsave Portfolios Do in 2020?


DEC 2020

As 2020 closes, what lies ahead for global investment markets?

Blistering November Gains for Stock Markets Even As Covid Rages On


NOV 2020

Risk Management Still Critical - As It Always Has @ SquirrelSave


OCT 2020

The Best Time to Invest?


SEP 2020

Market Update – 1 Sep 2020


AUG 2020

Anyone Can Enjoy Smart Investing – Starting From One Dollar

Time to Take Stock of Investing (no pun intended)


JUL 2020

Glad that SquirrelSave is Navigating Smartly Amidst this Crisis

Shhh!!! My SquirrelSave Portfolio Seems to Know Something About Gold


MAY 2020

How My SquirrelSave Portfolio Behaved Through the Covid-19 March 2020 Market Crash


APR 2020

Sharp Recovery Since the Covid-19 Crash

Getting It Right: Realised and Unrealised Gains/Losses


MAR 2020

Is Covid-19 different from the past crisis?

Covid-19: Defining Your Investment Experience

Covid-19: Has Fear Run Ahead of Markets?

Market Update Mar 2020


FEB 2020

SquirrelSave portfolios are doing fine despite Covid-19


JAN 2020

How Covid-19 Affects Investment Strategy


NOV 2019

Stop Paying for Bad Performance


OCT 2019

Whitepaper: SquirrelSave’s F.A.M.E
[Factor Analytics Machine Learning Engine]


AUG 2019

Market Update Aug 2019


JUN 2019

Smart Investing with Global Diversification at SquirrelSave


MAY 2019

Why Replace The Human Investment Manager?

The Good Old Days, and The Fantastic Days Ahead...


APR 2019

Whitepaper: Serious Gaming in Risk Profiling

What You Should Know About Unit Trusts

Is Risk Profiling Just Another Questionnaire?

Psst! Are you investing, gambling or speculating?