Entries by Sam Lee

The Presidential Road to Wealth

Donald Trump.  Regardless of the controversy caused just by the mention of his name these days, one thing is undeniable – Donald Trump is the wealthiest US President to date, with an estimated net worth of over USD 3.1 billion as of March 2019 by Forbes.  Surely, it’s not his political greatness that made Donald so rich. Far […]

The Paradox of Capitalism

You’re selfish. Self-serving. Self-interested. Self-motivated. Self-centered. Self-preserving. You didn’t like reading that sentence very much, did you? Yet it’s true. Despite the negative undertone associated with being self-interested, it’s actually a good thing. Self-interest is what drives capitalism and what turns the lights on at night. People innovate for self-interest. Start businesses. Produce goods and […]

How to Beat Kasparov in Chess

While listening to the latest podcast episode of The Tim Ferriss Show featuring Safi Bahcall, I heard something that is so simple yet fundamental that I knew it would change my life if I applied it correctly. In the interview, Safi Bahcall mentions reading a book by the chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov called “How Life […]

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The Business Story That Changed My Life

Everyone likes a story. It’s a timeless way to learn and remember a concept, and this is a concept that you’ll want to remember. I want to share with you one of my favourite business stories, which has completely changed my life and how I view business. It illustrates the concept of “Working smart, not hard”. […]

Bruce Lee’s Best Real Estate Advice

In one of his most cited quotes, the iconic and sometimes enigmatic Bruce Lee said: “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. […]

Is ‘Technical Analysis’​ Possible in Real Estate Investing?

There is a perpetual food-fight going on in the world of stock investing. Proponents of ‘fundamental analysis’ attempt to ascertain the ‘intrinsic value’ of a company’s stock through looking at its financial statements and the larger macroeconomic and political environment. Their investment approach is to capitalise on discrepancies between the intrinsic value and the market […]

How to De-Risk Your Property Portfolio

The work ‘risk’ conjures up a different beast in the mind of every investor. If you are a speculator, you might tremble at the thought of it. If you are an opportunist, you might redefine ‘risk’ as ‘volatility’ and jump straight into it. If you are a veteran, you have probably developed emotional immunity to […]