Personal Suggested Starting Points for Newbies (PSSPN)

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The intended purpose of this post is to provide information, motivation and debate material to cultivate a better understanding of the stock markets .
Full study of its contents (inclusive of listed books and books in lists) can provide a newbie with a lot of what is needed to start on his/her journey into participating in the stock markets.



Layman Start -
Local Flavour SGX Channel -
SGX Channel Playlist for Beginners -
What Type of Market Participant are You? -
Want more? - MITOpencourseware - Introduction, Financial Terms and Concepts -

Fundamental-analysis (FA)

William Ackman: Everything You Need to Know About Finance and Investing in Under an Hour -
Peter Lynch On How To Pick Stocks -
Financial Ratios -
How to Analyze your Business using Financial Ratios -
How to Analyze Profitability -
Getting started on picking and analysing stocks: Part 2 (SG flavour) -
For FA, if we have read the Intelligent Investor, Seth Klarman, Peter Lynch, Security Analysis, Philip Fisher, Howard Marks,
it is a low chance we are going to find anything spectacularly impressive in courses.
If our books are not very much underlined, highlighted or reread a few times,
there is a chance that either we haven't been doing much actual investing so
we didn't go back to recheck against what the books said.

Technical-analysis (TA)

Intro to TA and why -
Short Video Intro to TA -
Basics of TA -
Short video intro to Risk Reward and Stop loss -
Trend Identification -
Trend Following -
Which Timeframes to use? -
Traders: Discretionary vs Mechanical -

Charting/Trading Guides & Intro to IN's charting function

and some tips
Basic Guide to plotting Moving Averages -
Advanced Guide to IN charting platform -
InvestingNote Tutorials -
Intro to Candlesticks Patterns -
Tips on Patterns -
RSI and Trendlines/Channels -
Intro to Fibonacci Retracements and Extensions -
Wyckoff Method -
Tape Reading (Time Sales + Market Depth) -
What is MarketDepth? -
Market Depth Webinar slides -
Newbie's Guide to Market Depth -
Bullish and Bearish Divergences -
Andrew's Pitchfork (an example, you are welcome) -
Power of Confluence -
Rayner's guides -

Videos channels and Videos

- not an endorsement just seems legit as of now.
some channels/playlists you can try out to see which style fits you the most.
Preston Pysh on Investing & FA -
Adam Khoo on Trading -
Rayner Teo on Trading -
Sasha Evdakov on Trading -
Listen to Investing Greats -

Suggested Reading List

I believe that books are the cheapest way to acquire knowledge.
They are invented precisely for that purpose and the betterment of society.
Full - Goldman Sachs’ Recommended Reading List -
& others at
~FA Literature~
Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman -
The Intelligent Investor (Chap 8 & 20 recommended by Buffett) by Benjamin Graham -
One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch -
Beating the Street by Peter Lynch -
Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits by Fisher -
The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks -
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Charles Munger -
Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Letters -
Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham -
~TA Literature~
Quick Start at with following examples:
Storybook - Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
Gist of it - Trading for a Living by Dr Alexander Elder
Shorter Gist - Step by Step Trading by Dr Elder in
Textbook I - Technical Analysis of Stock Trends, 10th Edition by Edwards Magee
Textbook 2 - Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets by John J. Murphy
Research - Trend Following (Updated Edition): Learn to Make Millions in Up or Down Markets
How to Make Money in Stocks by William J. O'Neil
Michael Burry Case Studies MSN Money Articles

How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market by Nicolas Darvas


IN's invest academy and bookstore

Dos & Don'ts for newbies

If you have lost a lot, you should either quit or really put in the effort.
- Do study the books, they contain a lot of research and carefully phrased knowledge that went through a lot of editorial work.
- Do use and continue to find time saving tools e.g. Investingnote, Tradingview, Googlescreener, Finviz, StocksCafe.
- don't day trade further if you keep losing money, try an alternative, maybe daily/weekly timeframes?
- don't trade big $ to win a small return, trade smaller amounts of money for higher returns.
- don't leverage, no CFDs, no options until you are already profitable with your normal trades.
- don't contra with sum of total positions greater than your capital, start making money with existing capital first.
- don't trade and forget. journal your trades. for what to journal, visit a word of caution section below.
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Tools to get started
InvestingNote -
TradingView - - Learn:
Stockcharts -
Traderwave -
BigCharts -
ChartNexus -
ShareInvestor Station -
Your brokerage's charting tools
Visualization -
Portfolio Management -
Screener -
Following, we have some online resources with an SG twist:

Online Resources with an SG twist

Help me! I'm *super noob!* - read and post in IN (here!) for help.
Understanding Financial Products -
BullytheBear's Newbies FAQ - (
SIAS Know the Products -
How to Apply for IPO shares -
Guide for IPOs -
How to buy SSBs -
Selling Odd Lots -
Rights Issues and Special Offers (Shareinvestor) -
Preferential Offerings -
Dealing with Rights and Options -
A sample rights exercise -
SGX Announcements -
Research at SGX StockFacts -
SGX's guide to reading annual reports -
SG Stocks Reports & Journalism -
SGX Short sell report -
Understanding REITs -
REITs vs Business Trusts -
ReitData -
Poems videos -
SGX Top Gainers (%) Counters -
Top Gainers ($) Counters -
Helpful online communities
InvestingNote - of course!
ASAC (a plus for strong moderation) -

Sharings & Discussions and Q&As in InvestingNote

Matching orders in SGX (LGS) -
Buying SG listed stocks denominated in foreign currency (LGS) -
Treating Paper Losses (bgting) -
Bid Sizes in SGX (bgting) -
Maximise Returns from CDP shares through lending out shares -
Rights Trading during rights announcement and rights trading (LGS) -
Warnings against Averaging Down -
Purpose of registering an Investment holding company -
No use of Investment holding company for retail investors (part 1) -
No use of Investment holding company for retail investors (part 2) -
IRAS material for Investment holding company (not investment dealing company) -
Berkshire Hathaway's repurchase policy -
Winning probabilities in the Market – A Case Study with AEM Holdings -
Hunting for Best Brokerage Rate (added 29 Mar 2017) -
Buy/Sell Stocks on CD/XD -
Counterparty (Funds transactions) -
Berkshire Hathaway (if you can't beat it, join in) -
Risk Management Strategies for your portfolio -
Basic Position Sizing, Risk Management and R-multiple -
Scaling (average in, average out) -
Measurement of Returns and/or Investment Performance -
Shifting Shares to Investment Holding Company -
Analyst Report and their usages -
DIY children endowment using Funds -
Higher sales charges from buying funds through banks -
Consideration for Lending out Shares -
How long would you hold a value stock? (discuss value investing) -
Why are some counters illiquid? and are they good for trading or keeping in portfolio? -
Biggest realized loss and reason? -
Understanding paper loss -
Discuss hedging -
May I know where should I open an account for trading stocks? -
How to calculate the amount you need to buy and pay for the shares? -
How much usually you invest in the shares? (min & max) -
how does queuing to buy/sell work? -
How to set stop loss? -
Why do 100 shares transactions ( appear in Time and Sales? -
Interesting price-altering action by 100 shares orders -
What can I do with my 50 shares(odd lot)? -
How can I transact on shares in my CDP with more than 1 trading account? -
Where to get free Technical Analysis TA software? -
Should I short sell? Is shorting risky? -
Are UTs and Funds worthwhile? -
Should I buy at 52 weeks high or 52 weeks low? -
Is STI ETF an index stock? what is it? -
Possible to arbitrage price difference between SingTel 10(Z77) & SingTel(Z74)? -
How do I find counterparty for my transaction? (a poems example) -
Ex dividend dates and payable dates, how to collect dividends? -
Investigating a company's cashflow -
I want to invest in a bond, any advice? -
how to measure performance? -
Why all of them want to sell it at the IPO cost price? -
Short selling - what to watch out for? -
How to generate report of all SGX companies XD date? -
What is Stabilization Announcement? -
how to manage emotions when price reverses after exit? -
Why wasn't huge transactions reflected in chart? -
what is 'mixed' trade type? -


Word of Caution

Follow someone's ideas or methods but never put the same positions until you are ready to make it your own.
Because you don't fully know their
- Motivations, Perspectives, Personal Circumstances, Investing/Trading style
- Targets, Stoplosses, Timeframes, Timehorizons
- Signals and Triggers, Processes
- Position size, Portfolio Composition, Risk Management
- Risk Profile/Appetite, Emotional Control
and so on.
Stock Manipulation & other scams
Uni-Asia and the ABL penny stock saga -
Masterminds Behind the Manipulation of Blumont, Asiasons and LionGold Shares Charged -
SGX flags risk of Death Spiral Bonds -
ISR - is stock caught in death spiral bond? -
Stocks manipulation compilation -
Other scams -
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added TA literature review by CMT in buried link in reading list section


Reply to @zeeq : still reading... Very generous post here with all important notes for newbie like me :)
thanks to @wellhandy :)


new content to be updated:

How to Short the SG market -

How to use the Short Sell Volume indicator -

How your Asset to be Distributed After Death without a Will? -

Interesting how disclosure can be avoided ... -

Basics of Demand and Supply pt 1 -
Basics of Demand and Supply pt 2 -
Basics of Demand and Supply pt 3 -

Does Dividends go into CDP or bank? -

Why $IBKR? -


@sysy under charting guides


Reply to @wellhandy : many thanks :)


there was actually a url many missed in the post -


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new book recommendation

How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market by Nicolas Darvas

Hungarian by birth, Nicolas Darvas trained as an economist at the University of Budapest. Reluctant to remain in Hungary until either the Nazis or the Soviets took over, he fled at the age of 23 with a forged exit visa and fifty pounds sterling to stave off hunger in Istanbul, Turkey. During his off hours as a dancer, he read some 200 books on the market and the great speculators, spending as much as eight hours a day studying.Darvas invested his money into a couple of stocks that had been hitting their 52-week high. He was utterly surprised that the stocks continued to rise and subsequently sold them to make a large profit. His main source of stock selection was Barron's Magazine. At the age of 39, after accumulating his fortune, Darvas documented his techniques in the book, How I Made 2,000,000 in the Stock Market. The book describes his unique "Box System", which he used to buy and sell stocks. Darvas' book remains a classic stock market text to this day.

Darvas Box Theory: -

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Reply to @wellhandy : Can find YouTube summary

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@wellhandy is there any indicator for buy and sell volume in a day?

sry, don't mind me keep asking question and post updates here right?


Reply to @wellhandy : something like that. cause i want to track those old volume transition to know whether it's a dumping of shares or buying up. cause sometimes it is just 2 person selling huge chunks of stocks to each other.

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This should really be a sticky!!


wondering if i summaries the book and put online. will it be illegal?


William Ackman: Everything You Need to Know About Finance and Investing in Under an Hour -

1. Basic understanding of assets, equity, owner's equity
• lemonade story

2. 9 keys of successful story
1. Invest in public companies
2. Invest in companies you understand
3. Invest at a reasonable price
4. Invest in a company that last forever
5. Find a company with limited debt
6. Look for business with high entry barrier
7. Invest in companies immune to extrinsic factors
8. Invest in a company with low reinvestment costs
9. Avoid companies with controlling shareholders

Peter Lynch On How To Pick Stocks -

1. Treat company like telling stories.
•Selling stock is a comparison of stories, if story A is better than story B. Sell story B and buy more story A.

2. Advantages in picking good stocks
• Direct experience with company as a consumer
• On your job as a professional
• Or as a neighbour (local company in area you live in)

3. Keep the noise OUT
• Behind every stock is a company.
• The stock is lousy when the company is lousy.
• That is all you are betting on.

4. Storytelling - Break stock into categories
• Fast growers (25% growth)
• Slow growers (3-15% growth)
• Cyclical
• Assets plays (hidden assets)
• Turnarounds (fall for a long time)

5. Price - Earnings Ratio
• Compare the company P/E to the industry
• Compare the company to its historical P/E.
• PE = the expected annual growth rate over the next 3-5 yrs

6. Balance Sheet - The way to complete a story
• Long term debt, short term debt, cash

7. Income Statement - Tell you how the company got there
• Reduce cost
• Increase net revenue

8. Use your story to pick the right time to buy
• Low risk = story is optimistic solid and well researched
• High risk = Not too sure of the story will turn out
• 1st to build the story
• 2nd to find the right time to add or reduce your position
• 3rd keep your story up-to-date
• 4th Preparation

9. Short stories about stocks
• A story is what's happening inside a company and signs that point to what's likely to happen in the future. It is simplify to be able to put down in two paragraph.

Key organ for investing is not the brain, is the stomach. The stomach for this, the patience for this. What am I going to do when the market go down?

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