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APPLY A BALANCED SCORECARD TO YOUR INVESTMENTS

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The balanced scorecard (BSC) is used to attain objectives, measurements, initiatives and goals that result from these four primary functions of a business. With the balanced scorecard, Top Management looks at the company as a whole when viewing company objectives. An organization may use the balanced scorecard to implement strategy mapping to see where value is added within an organization.[i]

Developing your own Balanced Investment Scorecard

It is no surprise the basic idea behind the BSC has been applied to investments. Imagine your portfolio. For each investment object you have four updateable chapters:

  1. Financial information: balance sheet & the usual KPI’s
  2. Customer satisfaction: existing & new products; customer service excellence
  3. State of the business processes: state-of-the-art operations
  4. Organizational Development: talent retention

To reinforce good behaviors in an organization by isolating four separate areas those need to be analyzed. These four areas, involve learning and growth, business processes, customers, and finance.

Having it encourages you to collect relevant and up-to-date information about your investment object. It helps you to analyse your investment object.  It helps you to ensure a positive outcome. It also helps you to keep track of your investment developments, as you can now compare the four areas of one investment object with your other investment objects, withclearly defined risks and reliable ROI’s.

Getting the big picture

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We all know the stories about champion investors like Warren Buffet. He is said to read at least eight hours a day. If you wonder what he’s reading, the four areas of the BSC will give you a clue. Companies arefar more than their balance sheet. They are living organisms. Growth in financial value depends on a total performance. But it also depends on

  • the ongoing interaction between company and market,
  • the continuing growth of managers and staff,
  • getting new and keeping existing customers.

The masters of investment like Mr. Buffet are critical readers. They want to know details about the health of his investment objects and their future potential. They look at the whole picture, and never stop analysing what they observe, starting by examining the source: is it/he/she reliable? When that is settled, what information is relevant? What isn’t? After having selected relevant information, is there anything that raises questions? When comparing past and present data, do I see any patterns?

This is where “lessons learned” and experience come in.  Successful investors diligently do their study of their investment objects and come up with wise and profitable decisions.

The number one BSC lesson

When you go to see your medical doctor for a thorough check-up, he’ll do a “Balanced Scorecard” job, which is more than measuring your blood pressure. He will advise you to do healthy things, and quit doing unhealthy things. When you invest in a company, you “pump energy” into it so it can generate a surplus of energy – profit. This process will only work when the company is healthy, does healthy things and avoids unhealthy things. Your Balanced Investment Scorecards are your patient files: they help you keep a close eye on your investment object’s health. Your response time sometimes needs to be fast. At other times, you need to be patient.

“How about Brexit?” Don’t act in panic. Collect your own information. Check your own sources. Do your own math. And as a good doctor: be patient with your patient. But act fast when all signs point to red alert.

Your strategic BSC business partner

FE CREDIT is the leading player in the consumer finance market. The company has constantly improved its procedures and infrastructure to bring about better products and services to customers, yet ensured a stringent risk management framework and created powerful human resources in order to secure its sustainable growth.

This enables FE CREDIT to focus on prevention of bad debt and reducing risk. Across the emerging markets, FE CREDIT has proven to be among the best in risk reduction. Qualification criteria are constantly updated and developed. Learning about the customers’ developing buying needs and financial habits is simply a must. At FE CREDIT, benchmarking with the world’s best practices is a refined, fact-based balancing act to create profitable portfolios.

FE CREDIT offers two classic, yet completely rejuvenated fund mobilization products: Certificate of Deposit (CD), and Term Deposit (TD). These two products come in many shapes and sizes, as close as possible to what customers are looking for. Both are intended to attract investors who like to invest a moderate amount. The minimum deposit is VND 50,000,000. The tenor is flexible: from 1 up to 60 months.

Within the limits of the law, any organization – Vietnamese or international – can purchase these products, come with a signed contract. Exceptions: credit institutions, its subsidiaries, and branches of foreign banks.

According to the State Bank of Viet Nam’s (SBV’s), finance companies raised up to VND23 trillion (about US$1 billion) through deposit certificate issuances during the first half of 2016.This was 64% higher than the amount they mobilized last year.

With Certificates of Deposit and Term Deposits you simply can’t go wrong. These products have withstood the test of time. They are noted for sustained profitability, with a considerably minimized risk.

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About FE CREDIT

Over the past six years, FE CREDIT has served nearly 3 million Vietnamese customers across Vietnam who is often neglected by banks, in providing the advanced products,from personal loans, two-wheeler loans and consumer durables loans to credit cards.

FE CREDIT was awarded by the Global Banking & Finance Review (GBAF – United Kingdom) the title of “Best Consumer Finance Company Vietnam 2015”.

Seize the sound win-win growth opportunities with FE CREDIT. Visit our website at: www.fecredit.com.vn or call (08) 39 115 212 or email: [email protected] for further enquiries.

Source: FE CREDIT

[i] Source: Investopedia.com

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Wall Street Week Ahead: Investors weigh new stock leadership as broader market wobbles

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By Lewis Krauskopf

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A shakeup in stocks accelerated by the past week’s surge in Treasury yields has investors weighing how far a recent leadership rotation in the U.S. equity market can run, and its implications for the broader S&P 500 index.

Moves this week further spurred a shift that has seen months-long outperformance for energy, financial and other shares expected to benefit from an economic recovery, while a climb in Treasury yields weighed on the technology stocks that have led markets higher for years.

The two-track market left the benchmark S&P 500 down for the week, and sparked questions about whether it could sustain gains going forward if the tech and growth stocks that account for the biggest weights in the index struggle.

So far this year, the S&P 500, which gives more influence to stocks with larger market values, is up 1.5%, while a version of the index that weights stocks equally is up 5%.

“That just tells us the gains are less narrow, more companies are participating, and I think that’s healthy,” said James Ragan, director of wealth management research at D.A. Davidson.

The focus on market leadership comes as investors are weighing whether the S&P 500 is due for a significant pullback after a 70% run since March, with the rise in long-dormant yields the latest sign of trouble for equities as it means bonds are more serious investment competition. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note this week jumped to a one-year peak of 1.6% before pulling back.

Economic improvement will be in focus in the coming weeks, including the monthly U.S. jobs report due next Friday, as will the country’s ability to ensure widespread coronavirus vaccinations, especially as new variants emerge.

Tech and momentum stocks helped drive returns in 2020 “when everyone was locked down and all they had was their computer,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Capital Management. “Now it seems with the vaccines, the stimulus and the prospect of reopening that we are looking out toward a recovery phase.”

The shift in the market this week is building on one that was fueled in early November, when Pfizer’s breakthrough COVID-19 vaccine news generated broad bets on an economic rebound in 2021.

Among the moves since that point: the S&P 500 financial and energy sectors are up 29% and 65%, respectively, against a nearly 9% rise for the benchmark index and 7% rise for the tech sector. The Russell 1000 value index has gained 16.5% against a 4.3% climb for its growth counterpart, while the smallcap Russell 2000 is up 34%.

“You definitely are seeing the reopening trade that has pretty much come alive here,” said Gary Bradshaw, portfolio manager of Hodges Capital Management.

Despite the gains, there remains “plenty of room for the reflation trade to run from a valuation perspective,” Lori Calvasina, head of U.S. equity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, said in a report this week. RBC is “overweight” the financials, materials and energy sectors.

Rising rates tend to be favorable for more cyclical sectors, David Lefkowitz, head of Americas equities at UBS Global Wealth Management, said in a note, with financials, energy, industrials and materials showing the strongest positive correlations among sectors with 10-year Treasury yields.

Still, how long the market’s reopening trade lasts remains to be seen. Investors may be reluctant to stray from tech and growth stocks, especially with many of the companies expected to put up strong profits for years.

Any setbacks with the economy or with efforts to quell the coronavirus could revive the stay-at-home stocks that thrived for most of 2020.

And with a GameStop-fueled retail-trading frenzy taking hold this year, banks and other stocks in the reopening trade may fail to draw the same attention from amateur investors as stocks such as Tesla, said Rick Meckler, partner at Cherry Lane Investments.

“There isn’t the pizzazz to those stocks,” Meckler said. “There rarely is a potential for stocks to make the kind of moves that big tech growth stocks have made.”

(Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; editing by Richard Pullin)

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Exclusive: European officials urge World Bank to exclude fossil-fuel investments

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By Kate Abnett and Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior officials from Europe have urged the World Bank’s management to expand its climate change strategy to exclude investments in oil- and coal-related projects around the world, and gradually phase out investment in natural gas projects, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

In the six-page letter dated Wednesday, World Bank executive directors representing major European shareholder countries and Canada, welcomed moves by the Bank to ensure its lending supports efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

But they urged the Bank – the biggest provider of climate finance to the developing world – to go even further.

“We … think the Bank should now go further and also exclude all coal- and oil-related investments, and further outline a policy on gradually phasing out gas power generation to only invest in gas in exceptional circumstances,” the European officials wrote in the letter, excerpts of which were seen by Reuters.

The officials took note of the World Bank’s $620 million investment in a multibillion-dollar liquified natural gas project in Mozambique approved by the Bank’s board in January, but did not call for its cancellation, one of the sources said.

The World Bank confirmed receipt of the letter but did not disclose all its contents. It noted that the World Bank and its sister organizations had provided $83 billion for climate action over the past five years.

“Many of the initiatives called for in the letter from our shareholders are already planned or in discussion for our draft Climate Change Action Plan for 2021-2025, which management is working to finalize in the coming month,” the Bank told Reuters in an emailed statement.

The Bank’s first climate action plan began in fiscal year 2016.

The United States, the largest shareholder in the World Bank, this month rejoined the 2015 Paris climate accord, and has vowed to move multilateral institutions and U.S. public lending institutions toward “climate-aligned investments and away from high-carbon investments.”

World Bank President David Malpass told finance officials from the Group of 20 economies on Friday that the Bank would make record investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation for a second consecutive year in 2021.

“Inequality, poverty, and climate change will be the defining issues of our age,” Malpass told the officials. “It is time to think big and act big in finding solutions,”

He said it was also launching new reviews to integrate climate into all its country diagnostics and strategies, a step initiated before the letter from the European officials, said one of the sources.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal in Washington and Kate Abnett in Brussels; Additional reporting by Valerie Volcovici in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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GameStop rally fizzles; shares still register 151% weekly gain

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By Aaron Saldanha and David Randall

(Reuters) – GameStop Corp closed 6% lower on Friday as an early rally fizzled but the stock finished the week 151% higher in a renewed surge that left analysts puzzled.

The video game retailer’s shares closed at $101.74 after retreating from a session high of $142.90. The weekly rocket ride higher came despite a broader market selloff that sent the benchmark S&P 500 <.SPX> down 2.5% over the same time.

Analysts have struggled to find a clear explanation, and some were skeptical the rally would have legs.

“You might be able to make some quick trading money and it could be a lot of money, but in the end, it’s the greater fool theory,” said Eric Diton, president and managing director at The Wealth Alliance in New York. The theory refers to buying stocks that are over-valued, anticipating a “greater fool” will buy them later at a higher price.

Analysts mostly ruled out a short squeeze like the one that fueled GameStop’s rally in January, when individual investors using Robinhood and other apps punished hedge funds that had bet against the stock, forcing them to unwind short positions. Many GameStop buyers took their cues from online investment forums on Reddit and elsewhere.

Short interest accounted for 28.4% of the float on Thursday, compared with a peak of 142% in early January, according to S3 Partners.

Options market activity in GameStop, which has returned to the top of the list in a social media-driven retail trading frenzy, suggested investors were betting on higher prices, higher volatility, or both.

Refinitiv data showed retail investors have been buying deep out-of-the-money call options, which have contract prices to buy far higher than the current stock price.

Many of those option contracts were set to expire on Friday, meaning handsome gains for those who bet on a further rise in GameStop’s stock price.

Call options, profitable for holders if GameStop shares hit $200 and $800 this week, have been particularly heavily traded, the data showed. GameStop’s stock traded this week as high as $184.54 on Thursday, far below the $483 intraday high it hit in January.

“The actors are looking to take advantage of everything they can to maximize their impact and the timing is important,” said David Trainer, chief executive officer of investment research firm New Constructs. “The options expiration will contribute to their strategy on how to push the stock as much as they can and maximize their profits.”

Bots on major social media websites have been hyping GameStop and other “meme stocks,” although the extent to which they influenced prices was unclear, according to analysis by Massachusetts-based cyber security company PiiQ Media.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday suspended trading in 15 companies because of “questionable trading and social media activity.” GameStop was not among them.

The 15 companies were in addition to six stocks it recently suspended due to suspicious social media activity.

Robinhood said it has received inquiries from regulators about temporary trading curbs it imposed during a wild rally in shorted stocks earlier this year.

Other Reddit favorites were also lower on Friday, with cinema operator AMC Entertainment down 3.4%, headphone maker Koss off 22.4% and marijuana company Sundial Growers down 2.9%.

(Reporting by Aaron Saldanha in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch in New York, and Devik Jain and Sruthi Shankar; Writing by David Randall; Editing by Alden Bentley, Shinjini Ganguli, Anil D’Silva, Dan Grebler and David Gregorio)

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