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Dividends harvesting time again

Here comes the time of the year for harvesting dividends. Yay! I wonder if that is why people 'sell in May and go away' other than the summer holiday... A refresher on what is an ex-dividend date : http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/06/exdividenddate.asp Where can you find the ex-dividend date on SG stocks ? Here  http://www.sgx.com/wps/portal/sgxweb/home/company_disclosure/stockfacts Find the stock and click on the Dividend tab. Even though receiving dividends do excite me, I have learnt to be prudent about 'chasing' the so-called dividend stocks. Read The Dividend Trap . -- I really shouldn't have sold some of my Keppel shares so early on the rebound and now I missed collecting those dividends. Even though Keppel's dividend has been going south, it's better than nothing since my holdings are still in the red.  THAT is the problem of buying on the decline (catching a falling knife). Have to take Panadol to ease the "loss pain"

Thought processes & problem solving

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I finally discovered how to utilise pivot tables for data analysis. It looks cheem to me when I first looked it up (I only know pie charts and line graphs for the sake of presentations), until I discovered the 'woah' moment with trial-and-error and things suddenly fall into place like magic.  Not without some data chewing that was quite frustrating initially as I have 800+ lines of data with assorted information such as timing, category etc. -- When it comes to problem solving, many times we tend to fall into the trap of focusing on 'What I can do?' instead of "What is the ideal solution to this?". If there is more than one possible solutions, choose the best one. The best pick should be the ideal solution to the problem, although that may not necessarily be the most achievable.  With that in mind, we proceed to brainstorm on 'HOW to achieve it'. During which we can list down all the possible methods and pathways. When proble

Insights from interviewing candidates

Being the sai kan g Ops Manager, my new add-on duty currently is to hire for a HR generalist position for the company I am working at (before I get a new add-on duty of  the human resource manager too). Here are some interesting takeaways from the interviews I have conducted - 1) Those who don't know how to give 'model answers' for the standard questions asked, I know they have little or no experience in interviewing and recruiting people, as well as being interviewed. "What do you know about our company xxx?" *stumped*  "Thank you, exit is over there." 2) "What makes you leave your current position?" Ah, I have to watch out for complainers. Those who talk a lot of 'bad' stuff about their current work. You know? I know. Most standard answer - "I want a change of environment / industry." (The nicer way of saying I don't like my current workplace.) Ok... so what kind of environment are you looking for? Wha