According to Investopedia, Venture Capitalists (VCs) are investors who provide capital to support small companies or to aid startup ventures. They strategically invest on businesses that will generate significant profit and experience extensive growth.
When you craft a business model or proposal, obtaining a VC backing shall be on your mind.
USING TWO STRATEGIES
1. By Giving A Robust Presentation
You are on a mission to market your business’ ideas and full potential by giving a robust presentation. A robust case study presentation must contain all the possible challenges that can arise and how to address them. Modify this presentation as you go along to reach a level of satisfaction that will impress your investors.
2. By Offering A Timely Opportunity
The truth is, investors take the leap of faith once they allocate their wealth on a startup or a small business. VCs must brave the overwhelming risks of getting relatively slimmer rewards than investing on established companies. This is why most VCs are cautious. They cannot afford to bet it all on opportunities that will not have large payoffs.
Attract the VCs by offering a timely opportunity. Large payoffs can occur if the market recognizes that there is an existing demand for your product or service. Dwell upon this.
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VENTURE CAPITALIST FIRMS IN THE LOCAL SCENE
More and more venture capitalist firms (VCF) have entered the shores of Singapore in the recent years. Exhaust your resources to familiarize yourself with the available firms, which are in lined with what your company represents. Let me help you by enumerating five VCF that have marked their presence last year.
a. FAR EAST VENTURES (Far East Organization’s investment arm)
b. 500 STARTUPS (a seed fund and startup accelerator)
c. SPH MEDIA FUND (Singapore Press Holdings’s investment arm)
d. HATCHER (focuses on B2B startups)
e. DMP (focuses on emerging digital markets)
Once you narrowed down your options into a realistic list of VCF, you must aim to impress them with your innovative idea. Start by pouring your effort into these five crucial points:
a. It is necessary to have an irresistible niche, competitive edge, or unique selling proposition.
b. You must stress on your business’ ability to produce huge profit margins.
c. It is important to exude a significant potential to grow.
d. You shall display legitimate barriers to competition such as having a patent or copyright.
e. It is highly advantageous to have a current demand for your service or product.
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Is your business proposal sufficient to fulfill these crucial points?
Good for you!
If so, I wish you all the best in your upcoming endeavors.
To kick start the year 2024, Webull, a leading online brokerage platform, is rewarding its customers with attractive offers. This time round, Webull is rewarding both their new and existing users with stackable rewards from now till 31 January 2024. While most of us may be familiar with their generous Welcome Rewards, Webull is taking it further to another level by throwing in other attractive offers.
First, register an account with Webull via this link. Then, download the Webull app on Apple Store, Google Play or the Webull Desktop. Once you are done, you can refer to the table below and stack the rewards and get as much as you can.
You can easily stack [Offer A] + [Offer B1] + [Offer C1] without much outlay
Offer A – Pick The Lowest Hanging Fruit First
For those who are new, you can start off by signing up an account with them via this link and fund any amount from as little as $0.01. You will receive 5 free shares worth between US$3 – US$500 each randomly. That also means you are guaranteed to receive a minimum of 5 x US$3 worth of fractional sharesor US$15 by simply signing up without doing any trading. If you are super risk adverse, you can stop at this step.
Offer B – Get Up to USD3,000
Let’s say you are a little bit more risk tolerant, you can choose to take it up a notch further and earn even more rewards with Moneybull. What is Moneybull if you may ask? Well, to put it simply, it is a wealth management tool for the lazy investor. It is designed for margin accounts to earn a yield on idle cash while maintaining liquidity and low risk. These low-risk cash funds are effectively mutual funds. As of time of writing, Moneybull USD and SGD has a 7-day annualized yield of 5.4162%* and 3.8208%* respectively.
*T&Cs apply. Figures shown are based on 7-Day Yield (P.A.) of the USD Cash Fund and SGD Cash Fund in Moneybull as of 11 Jan 2024. Principal is not guaranteed. Returns are not guaranteed and not an indication of future performance. All investments involve risks and are not suitable for every investor. This advertisement has not been reviewed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
The yield is on top of the offers given by the Moneybull promotion so you are actually earning both the interest yield plus the rewards. While money market funds are considered relatively safe and low risk, however, like all investment, there may be negative return on certain days. Carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing.
You can start small and subscribe US$500+ on Moneybull and get a minimum of US$75 worth of fractional shares up to this step.
Offer C – Highest Transfer In Rewards
Webull is offering the highest transfer-in rewards*, and we definitely want to give you a heads-up! From now till 31 January 24, Webull is giving both new and existing customers up to USD2,000 worth of Tesla Shares for free when you make an initial transfer of your stocks from another broker.
For seasoned investors who have positions with other brokers, this offer is worth considering as you can receive the highest transfer-in rewards*. For example, if you have positions under TD Ameritrade Singapore (who no longer serve non-Accredited Investors) or with other online brokers, you can transfer in US$5,000+ of US Stocks over and receive US$1,000 worth of TSLA Shares from Webull as a reward. You will then need to maintain it for a holding period of between 90 days to 360 days to receive the rewards.
You will then need to maintain it for a holding period of between 90 days to 360 days to receive the rewards.
If you transfer US$25,000+ from another broker, you will receive double the rewards with the same holding period.
*T&Cs apply. For details, please refer to Webull’s Website at https://www.webull.com.sg/. This advertisement has not been reviewed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Here are the steps provided by Webull on how to initiate a transfer in.
Subsequently, please contact your respective broker and provide them with the following details to initiate a transfer-out request. (You can Google “How to transfer out shares from [name of broker]”)
*Please note that only Stocks and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) listed on US Exchanges are supported for Share Transfer-In.
Note that there will may be fees involved from transferring out from another broker. Webull is aware of this and will subsidise the fee up to US$150. Simply submit the proof of payment and Webull will reimburse it!
That’s about it! We hope you can stack as many rewards like we did! We recommend that you try and obtain [Offer A, B1, B2 & C1] and get at least US$1,155 in reward* as they do not require a large sum of money and do not require you to undertake too much risk.
Is Webull Safe?
Webull is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and holds a Capital Markets Services (CMS) Licence under the Securities and Futures Act 2001. As such, Webull must comply with the “Customer’s Moneys” regulations; Webull is only allowed to utilise these monies as per the customers’ instructions, for example, settling your trades, or to defray costs that was agreed or as stated, for example, taxation and brokerage fees, if any.
Under the same regulation, the trust account must be opened with specified financial institutions, for example, a bank licensed by the MAS under the Banking Act 1970. Webull has appointed DBS Bank Limited as the custodian of their customers’ monies, a licensed bank under the Banking Act. The bank is not allowed to exercise any right of set-off against the moneys in this trust account for any debt owed by Webull. Monies belonging to customers must be kept in this trust account for safekeeping, separate from all other monies belonging to Webull or for other purposes.
With the above safeguards in place, your money placed in Webull is safe.
*Terms and conditions apply. Principal is not guaranteed. Returns are not guaranteed and not an indication of future performance. All investments involve risks and are not suitable for every investor. This advertisement has not been reviewed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm, and Singapore is no exception. Although the worldwide cryptocurrency ownership rates were around 4.2% in 2022, Singapore and Thailand are leading the way in Southeast Asia with significantly higher adoption rates of 11.05% and 6.47%, respectively. These numbers are mainly attributed to the digital savviness of their populations and the supportive regulatory environment in both countries. While investing in cryptocurrencies can be attractive and lucrative, it is also not without risks.
Firstly, let’s discuss the rewards. Cryptocurrency is decentralized, meaning it is not controlled by any government or financial institution. This makes it a popular investment option for those looking to diversify their portfolio and reduce their reliance on traditional banking systems. Cryptocurrencies can also provide quick and easy access to liquidity, making it an attractive option for those looking to make quick profits. For example, digital artists can easily sell their artwork using cryptocurrencies and still own its copyrights.
Furthermore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued guidelines for the trading and exchange of cryptocurrencies, making it easier for investors to enter the market. To address money laundering and illegal activities, MAS issued Notice PSN02, also known as the detailed Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) guidelines for Digital Payment Token service providers.
However, investing in cryptocurrency also comes with its own set of risks. One of the biggest risks is volatility. Despite Singapore’s ambitions to become a global crypto hub, it has been cracking down on the industry after many retail investors lost their life savings to crypto trading. The country has repeatedly warned that cryptocurrency trading is “highly risky and not suitable for the general public” due to its volatile and speculative nature.
The general public must know that cryptocurrencies are subject to unpredictable price fluctuations. As they are less regulated, their value is influenced by other factors, such as psychological hype. For example, in 2017, Bitcoin’s price reached an all-time high of nearly $20,000, only to crash to $3,000 the following year. Another example is the rise of the first meme coin called Dogecoin.
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Another risk is security. Cryptocurrencies are stored in digital wallets, which can be vulnerable to hacking and cyber-attacks. If a hacker gains access to an investor’s wallet, they can steal their digital assets, resulting in significant losses. Can you imagine betting your life savings on cryptocurrencies and losing it all in a day?
Lastly, to thrive in the cryptocurrency scene, a certain level of technical knowledge is required. Don’t fall victim to frauds and scams by lacking technical knowledge. Investors need to understand how the blockchain works, how to manage digital wallets, and how to navigate cryptocurrency exchanges.
Despite the risks, the interest in cryptocurrency investment remains high among investors in Singapore. To minimize these risks, it is essential for investors to conduct comprehensive research before investing, keep their digital assets in secure wallets, and only invest a reasonable amount they can afford to lose. With prudence and caution, investing in cryptocurrency can be a fulfilling experience for Singaporean investors.
Another low-cost online broker is taking the Singapore brokerage trading market by its horns! Webull is a broker dealer registered with the SEC and headquartered in New York. To entice users to try out is zero-fee brokerage services, Webull is offering up to US$500 worth of blue-chip shares as long as a new user funds his/her account. The definition of funding means new user can top up as little as just 1 Singapore cent to get up to US$500 in this super amazing promotion!
Webull’s Amaaaazing Promotion
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to receive free US$500 worth of shares from Webull.
Step 1: Download the Webull mobile app from the Apple/Google Play store or access its desktop version
Step 3: Register and open an account. You can key in your personal details or allow Singpass MyInfo to populate them.
Step 4: Once you have completed your account opening, simply wait for the approval from Webull. It usually takes just 1 business day.
Step 5: Simply fund your account upon account opening via FAST or DDA. Any deposit is fine, even $0.01! Upon successful funding, go to dashboard to redeem your well-deserved rewards.
Simply click “My Rewards” icon to redeem your fractional shares! You will receive 3 blue-chip, fractional shares comprising of either Alphabet, Microsoft, Apple or Tesla. Each of these shares will be worth a minimum of US$10 to a maximum of US$100.
But wait, that’s not all yet.
If your account continues to stay funded for another 30 days, you will receive 2 bonus chances to redeem 2 more free shares. It will stay funded as long as your initial deposit of 1 cent has not been withdrawn. Thereafter, sell the 5 free shares and cash out. That is how you walk away with up to US$500 after just 30 days of doing almost nothing!
Even without the sign-up promotions, Webull is amazing for its ZERO platform fees and commission charges on US Stocks. This is the lowest cost that you can possibly find in the Singapore brokerage scene right now.
It is evident that the “effort-reward” ratio is remarkably high and that is why you should not pass up on this amazing promotion from Webull!
All of us will likely end up making an investment decision that we will regret in the future. Despite how calculated your moves are, no investor is perfect. However, there are some errors that people have made in the past that you can learn from and avoid.
On that note, here are five critical investing mistakes to avoid at all costs.
#1: INVESTING WITHOUT ESTABLISHING AN EMERGENCY FUND
Having a sense of financial security in case your investment and other life choices go awry is important. Before you begin investing, ensure that you have established an emergency fund. To get an idea of how much you should set aside, you should first calculate your monthly expenses.
If you are single and primarily responsible for your own well-being, you can have at least three months of expenses saved up. If you have a family, you must aim to have at least six months’ worth saved up to be on the safer side.
#2: PUTTING ALL YOUR SAVINGS INTO CRYPTO
The buzz about cryptocurrency can attract both aggressive and conservative investors. Reports of incredible gains in the crypto sector dominate the financial news, with uniquely named tokens such as Shiba Inu posting returns of forty-three million percent in 2021 alone. Hearing these types of returns can tempt the investors who are looking for a quick buck and are drawn to cryptocurrency.
While there is nothing wrong with investing a portion of your wealth in cryptocurrency, putting your savings into a single investment comes with elevated levels of risk. What will happen to you if cryptocurrency plunges down?
#3: TRYING TO TIME THE MARKET
Timing the market consistently over the long run is close to impossible. Investors may think that they can always time the market, but you must be realistic. As the saying goes: “Time in the market is more important than timing the market.” Instead of timing the market, you can take a dollar-cost averaging approach.
The dollar-cost averaging approach will enable you to invest at set, regular intervals regardless of the prices of your stocks at the time. You can take emotions out of the situation and stick to your schedule with this investment approach.
#4: FOLLOWING THE FAD
Keeping up with the investment trends can be a dangerous investment “strategy”, but it can be even riskier as we head towards the end of 2022. For instance, many investors were drawn to cryptocurrency as they were the most prominent highflyers in 2021. You must assume that others will continue to buy and push the prices up even higher, but it is difficult to decide when to sell.
Be cautious when it comes to investment trends. If you feel the need to follow the fad, just invest a small percentage of your overall portfolio.
#5: INVESTING WITHOUT A WRITTEN PLAN
Step towards 2023 with a plan on hand! As an investor, it is easy to think that investing resembles a casino. In reality, the long-term returns of the stock market are relatively reliable. To attain reliable returns, however, you will need to develop and follow an investment strategy.
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Investors are wired to be in the market when it is making new highs, but no one wants to buy if it is dropping to new lows. Having a written investment plan can help you prevent investing based on your emotions. Sticking to the written investment strategy will help you guide your decisions and follow the path of long-term financial success.