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I couldn't have chosen a better time to start my blog on investing (April 2020). For my readers, you’ve already taken the first step towards your goal of financial freedom.
After almost a decade in finance across advisory and investment management, I’ve decided to set up my own blog to explore stock investing in more detail. On a personal level, I look forward to improve my skills in investing, share great investment ideas and past experiences in investing.
My first investing experience
My journey in investing began when I was researching for my next phone. The year was 2007, interestingly, it was also the year Steve Jobs and his team launched the first ever iPhone. I took the road less travelled. In the end, it was a neck-to-neck battle between the Nokia N95 and the BlackBerry Curve 8300. I pondered before reaching the grand decision that a physical QWERTY keyboard was going to change my life, or so I thought.
This also coincided with the time I started learning about investing and Peter Lynch’s “invest in what you know” mantra left a deep impression on me.
Having read several reviews and articles on BlackBerry and feeling encourage by its user growth, I made my first stock purchase in RIM (Research in Motion, as it was formerly known) shares. To quote Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO of RIM, after the launch of the first ever iPhone: “It’s ok – we’ll be fine” – which was exactly how I felt at that time.
I bought the shares around $80 per share and felt sky-high when it hit an all-time high of just under $150 – almost a 100% gain. We all know what happen next and the 2008 Financial Crisis certainly did not help. I cut my losses in 2011, realising a loss of close to -75%. Retrospectively, it was a wise decision given that the shares are trading at close 20% of my selling price back in 2011!
This experience led to me to change my approach to investing significantly. Read more here.
Fast forward to today, I'm still as passionate about investing as when I started. Having first-hand experience managing institutional funds, I realised that it’s a common fallacy that professional investors would always outperform individual investors. Hence, the birth of ZagInvestor.