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Renewed Tool: Risk Manager
18 Oct 2019
In this article, I would like to share a renewed tool, Risk Manager. As an investor, understanding your portfolio risks is of paramount importance. Using this tool, you can see the changes to various portfolio risk metrics (i.e. Beta, Value At Risk and Expected Shortfall) after you buy (or sell) a specific amount (defaulted to SGD 5,000 but you can change it here) of selected stocks. Why focus on Risk? ...
Insurance is Part of Financial Planning
11 Oct 2019
Note: I am a strong believer of insurance but not insurance linked investments/savings (or however they name it). I would like to believe that I can invest my own money better :) What are your thoughts on insurance? Do you actively find out about how to best insure yourself and your loved ones? Or do your insides shrink up at the mention of "insurance", as you avert your gaze and try to find a way ...
3 Oct 2019
One relatively under-utilized feature in StocksCafe is Alerts. At this point, there are only 615 unique users using it. Recently, we have made two improvements based on suggestions by Friends of StocksCafe. Hopefully, it will make the Alerts feature more prominent and useful. 1) More accessible In the past, it is not easy to navigate to the Alerts feature. In addition, the stock must first be added ...
Start of Support for London Stock Exchange!
26 Aug 2019
The current top request (i.e. the most likes) is for StocksCafe to support the London Stock Exchange (LSE), and I am very happy to share that StocksCafe now provides limited support for LSE! What does limited mean? It means that StocksCafe only has End of Day pricing data for LSE. We were unable to secure dividend nor fundamental data. However, with this, you can enter transactions for London stocks ...
Limited Edition StocksCafe T-shirt Referral Program
19 Aug 2019
In February this year, StocksCafe started a referral program where you can get a high quality limited edition StocksCafe T-shirt if you refer people to sign up with StocksCafe and become a Friend of StocksCafe. The program was supposed to end on 9th August 2019. I have received feedback from some users who are actively referring that they really love the T-shirt. Therefore, I have decided to extend ...
10,000 Registered Users!
4 Aug 2019
Today is a special day for StocksCafe! After 1,604 days or (about 4 years and 5 months), we finally have our 10,000th registered user. That is about an average of 6.23 users/day. While this is not an amazing sign up rate, it is still an awesome achievement in my opinion considering that we have 1,265 users who have contributed to StocksCafe and 1,082 who are still contributing. A 10% active paying ...
New Feature: Edit Dividends
19 Jul 2019
(Updated: 21 Jul 2019)
Dividends - be it past, upcoming, or projected - is one of the most popular features in StocksCafe. I understand how important it is for them to be updated and accurate, and with this new feature, we are one step closer to that. Not updated and inaccurate dividends Often, users would write to me and highlight a dividend not reflected in StocksCafe even though the company has already announced it. This ...
One Less Password with Facebook Login
14 Jul 2019
StocksCafe has integrated Facebook login to allow for quicker login (bonus: you have one less password to remember)! For existing users, please go this page and click on the continue with Facebook button to associate your existing StocksCafe account with your Facebook account. Once you have done that, you will be able to login either via Facebook or StocksCafe username/email. For new users, you can ...
New Feature: Adding Miscellaneous Fees
17 Jun 2019
When StocksCafe was first built, it was built with many assumptions based on my personal (albeit limited) understanding of stock trading. It included the assumption that fees are only incurred as part of a buy or sell transaction. Clearly, that is incorrect. There are many instances when non-transaction fees are incurred such as the monthly management fees incurred by robo advisors (e.g. StashAway). ...
Slow-loading Pages and Tracking StashAway
20 May 2019
Slow-loading Pages If you have been using StocksCafe for the last few days, you might have experienced extremely slow loading of some of the pages on desktop. I apologize for the poor experience. It is likely due to the auto-completion feature (suggesting stocks as you type) that is available on some pages such as this and this. It is the combination of poor design of the auto-complete feature and ...