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Den of the Lion Investor Thanks You For Your Support

This blog Den of the Lion Investor was started by me back in March 2008 as an avenue for me to communicate my personal thoughts on the area of personal finance and other related items to the public.

I had a personal target of putting up one article each day (except for weekends and public holidays). Obviously, this takes up a considerable amount of my time.

Sometimes, I’m able to write longer articles of better quality. When you provide useful information, people tend to share them with their friends or on other websites. As a result, I get a fair bit of links and referral traffic. If you have been one of these people who have shared my site, I would like to thank you and hope you will continue to do so.

Obviously, writing a long article every day is not practical as I do have other commitments. So on those days when I have limited time, I make do with a short post of a newsworthy article or event. I was actually overseas for two weeks in April/May 2011 but you probably wouldn’t have known from the (same) frequency of articles during that period.

Throughout the past few years, readership has grown steadily. There are now more than 2000 readers who are either subscribed to my daily email updates or through their feedreader. A few people even asked me whether they needed to pay for the updates. The answer was no then and it continues to be no now, as well as in the future.

As of today, I have had more than 1.5 million page views in total on this site. Traffic spiked significantly during the Global Financial Crisis as I was one of the few sites provided comprehensive information on the Minibonds. The post What Will Happen to my Lehman Minibond attracted more than 60,000 page views with 900+ comments. I was also quoted a few times on the Minibond issue in the media.

Another area of considerable interest are gold related topics. These has attracted more than 100,000 views over 3000 comments. I am glad to be able to provide a common platform for people to discuss about their investments.

Some people just read the articles and do not know much about the writer (ie me). For this, you can refer to the “About” page, which is a short writeup about this site and myself.

I think it would be quite clear from that page that this site is not related to the fund management company Lion Global Investors. Probably some of you who do not invest into funds might not even have heard of them. They were formerly known as Lion Capital but changed their name to Lion Global Investors in June 2008, three months after this site was set up.

For the avoidance of doubt, I would like to state this clearly:

This site (and I) does not represent Lion Global Investors in any way. We are not officially affiliated. The only linkage I have with them is that I (as do some of my clients) invest in some of their funds.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to continue to have your support in the future.

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7 comments
Kenneth says 7 years ago

Hi LionInvestor,

Need your advise on this. In 1997, I purchased a 15 years saving endowment from a finanical institution in Singapore. [from Canada] It is the CPF Enhanced Investment Scheme [EIF]. Few weeks ago, the policy matured and there is a shortfall of $25k i.e. $25k less than what was shown in the Benefits Illustration table in 1997. I fully understand there is a non-Guarantee component but to have a deviation of $25k seems fishy. I checked the company performance since 1997 and they have been doing well until 2010 which showed a hugh loss.

I have spoken to the company’s customer service last week and presently waiting for their reply. Do you think I should just forget it and let it go?

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    Martin Lee says 7 years ago

    Dear Kenneth,

    I don’t think there is much you can do. The non-guaranteed components are all projections based on the performance of the underlying investments. You shouldn’t be checking the performance of the company, but the performance for the par funds that your endowment is vested in.

    There should be a yearly bonus (which is declared every year) as well as a terminal bonus. If you track the yearly bonus and compare it to the projections, you should roughly know whether your endowment was on track to meet the projections.

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FongFC says 8 years ago

Keep up with your blogging. I enjoyed reading them. So informational. Most importantly, my questions gets answered.

This is my favorite blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jessica says 8 years ago

Time really flies Martin! Love readin your blog for the latest financial updates and it is very educating for me as well. Three cheers for you to keep it up!

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Derek says 8 years ago

Hi Martin,

Gosh how time flies. I will like to thank you for allowing me to link to your articles and I have also learn a lot from you.

To our next milestone of 10yrs!

Cheers!

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Nuts says 8 years ago

Shades of TR? I hope you didn’t get a nice letter from the Lion-head company asking you to change your website name. Some people are rather sensitive about their 100yr-old mascot.

For those curious why “lion” is so big deal to these companies:-
LGI used to be OCBC Asset Mgmt. The bank hived off its asset mgmt arm to the lion-head insurer in 2006, in which it also has majority share ownership and historical links. Hence the “lion” in LGI.

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    lioninvestor says 8 years ago

    Just realised that TR have changed their name to TR Emeritus. ๐Ÿ˜›

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