Time machine investing

Imagine you had a time machine. It allows you to go back in time and change 1 thing about the past.

What would you do?

I bet plenty of us WANT to say something like:


  • Put everything in cash before 2007-2008 economic crisis
  • Convert your Ringgit to USD by end 2014
  • Tell Tun M not to resign back in 2003 so we can achieve Wawasan 2020


The truth is, we’d all probably want to go back in time and give ourselves advice — probably on the best way to invest money and time – and in doing so, you could impact your current life in a million positive ways.


Too bad time machines don’t exist…




That’s right. Little do you readers know, I’ve been hard at work constructing an advanced piece of machinery that allows you to actually know exactly what you should invest since 2000. Hop inside, and I’ll show you how.


1. Invest in financial know-hows

Ok, not quite the time machine, but most of my clients are successful people in their 40’s or 50’s, so that makes me like travelling thru time, glimpsing into their success stories and screw-ups.

…and still emerged..’victorious’.

Here’s an analogy – if you run a restaurant business, you should know how to cook as good as your chief chef.

Doesn’t mean you should be the chef because you should be doing biz dev + marketing instead…but knowing how get hands-on in your business/career means other people can’t cheat you or bullshit you.

Whatever personal financial improvement courses you enroll in would compensate for what schools never taught us. And that should get your feet wet in investing – hitting bull’s eye and making mistakes are part of journey to build confidence cum experience.


2. Invest in your ‘ikigai’


Time machine investing by CF Lieu - Certified Financial Planner Malaysia

You’ll be very lucky to be in the ikigai area, but even if you aren’t, falling into 3 out of the 4 quadrants aren’t too bad.

Fact is, if your career/biz is going well, no amount of stocks investment is going to get you as much ROI if you were to invest time + money for say, career development or biz expansion.


3. Invest for long term

If you have a flourishing career/biz (and are still actively involved in it), particularly if you are married with/without children, chances are – you would have very little time left to actually manage your own investment or do research on your own.

Take property investing for example. A successful property investor who’s still actively involved in his main-income-generating activity seldom have time to go property hunting himself.

So what he do? He pays real estate agents extra incentive so he will be the first one to know whenever good deals surface in the market.

That’s effective and efficient.

Some people are still stuck in doing technical or fundamental analysis for value investing in stocks – am not saying they shouldn’t, but they should ‘been there, done that’ in stage #1.

Some people still try so hard to ‘reinvent the wheel’ in their 40’s while what they are doing are already being done (faster) by stocks analyst and fund managers.

Yet some people argue they have trust issues by letting other people manage their funds…

…my opinion is…you don’t stop driving just because you had a car accident.

And I might add, if you can achieve the same desirable outcome (ROI) consistently over the past 15-20 years, doing your own investing without spending too much time in it…

….that is the only indicator you should continue doing what you are doing.

As an example, one of the AsiaPac portfolio I am managing for clients have achieved real world 15% net positive YTD since 2002 – counting in the 2007-2008 economic crisis too…a gem in this part of the world which has even beaten Berkshire Hathaway returns over the same period.

value partners dividend fund vs berkshire hathaway

Value Partner High Dividend Fund

The portfolio with the track record of ROI above is a U$3.3 bil unrestrained, absolute-return equity fund available in MYR/SGD/USD/AUD currencies, with usage of leverage to boost returns.

Not your typical funds; historical performance can be verified via Bloomberg & Morningstar.

Fund is only for “sophisticated investor”, as defined in Capital Markets and Services Act 2007, among others – annual gross income exceeding RM 300k for the past 12 months.

If you are are sophisticated investor, and need to know more, post a comment below.

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