TTI’s 2021 Market Outlook And Review Of Tiger Brokers

Let me start 2021 off on SG TTI with something fun.

On the 1st trading day of 2021, I fired off a mini proton cannon shot at 1 listed company in SGX. Long-time readers would know that prior to that, I don’t own anything on SGX. Not directly in the personal portfolio at least. (Own some shares of FCT indirectly via a holding company, that’s about it)

I intend to add a little more to this position before I’m done.

See if you can guess what company this is.

Here’s the solitary clue:

Ah. Now that I look at it, this sure is a dead giveaway.

But maybe cos I know the answer… so everything looks damn obvious. LOL.

Let’s see how many folks get it right.

In my last post, I used the Rose of Jericho as a reference to year 2020. So what lies ahead after a year of resurrection?


I think there’s no debate that the world’s economies were temporarily saved by the loose monetary policies we saw all around the world. Money printing papered over several cracks that were threatening to destroy economies in the blink of an eye.

Yet, like an aspirin taken for a hangover, it gets worse when the effects wear off. When exactly would this happen, is a guess for everyone to make, myself included.

IMO, the effects of loose monetary policies continue for a tad longer into 2021. Democrats now have firm control in the US, and their policies all revolve around money printing. In fact, if anything, they’re more socialist than most other governments that I can think of.

And the thing is, they can do so… until they can’t. Right now, I can’t see anything on the horizon that’d put a limit to wanton money printing and continued bubble inflating. So expect to see that continue for the bulk of the year.

This doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing, and things go up in 1 straight line.

Even in periods of economic booms, whether it’s fuelled by real economic activity or like in this case, fuelled by money flooding into the system, we will see periods of sharp corrections.

IMO, that sets the tone for 2021. More capital swooshing around in the system, with bouts of sharp corrections, with equally sharp recoveries.

This party continues unabated until… and here’s the irony……… until the pandemic subsides and things return to a semblance of normalcy. It doesn’t even need to be back to pre-Covid days. It won’t.

Pandemic just has to be controlled, numbers start coming down, and this, in TTI’s view, becomes the danger zone.

The rationale is that sooner or later, the punch bowl has to be taken away. It may take some time, but the Fed will have to tighten, and depending on how it’s done, it could be a real dampener on returns.

Returns are always a function of the base price. At such elevated levels, even the absence of more liquidity flooding into the system, never mind the lack of real growth etc, will be a real risk to future returns.

Of course, “lack of returns” usually just refers to market returns.

For the nimble, sharp and insightful investor, there’s always market beating returns to be achieved, regardless of how the markets perform.

Anyway, this is just TTI’s view of how the macro picture looks like for 2021, and that’s notoriously inaccurate.

It also actually doesn’t affect too much of my investing thought processes… except when deciding on the liquidity levels to maintain. That’s all.

With that, let me move on to the main reason for this post: To introduce Tiger Brokers.

Tiger Brokers

By now, Tiger should not be an unfamiliar name to many.

They offer market access to the US, HK, SG, China, and Australia stocks. Not extensive but it’s a good start for many retail investors.

What is most attractive to TTI is perhaps the rates that Tiger Brokers offers at the moment. For SG market, they currently waive the minimum fee and only charge a 0.08% trading fee. This drastically reduces your cost as the minimum fee (ranging from SGD8 such as FSMOne and SCB to SGD25 for local brokerages such as DBS Vickers) does add up and can eat into your returns.

By the way, do you know that if you trade on Tiger Brokers from now till 30th April 2021, you need not pay the minimum charge (used to be S$2.88 per trade)? Check out the promotion here for the minimum fee waiver for SG stocks:

Deep Dive into the Tiger App

TTI explored Tiger Brokers and had a look at the features and the tools.

The Tiger team incorporates social features into the app, which gives the users a social experience. This is a differentiator from the usual brokerage platforms where users merely use the app for monitoring their stocks and performing transactions.

This can be found in the ‘Community’ Tab, though I think more can be done to increase engagement.  

One feature worth mentioning is perhaps ‘News’. These are aggregated from multiple data sources such as Yahoo Finance, Street Insider, Dow Jones, Reuters, etc.

You can also take a look at the ‘Discover’ tab, where it shows stock activities (hot stocks with top buys and sells of the day).

For illustration purposes, I will be using one of the top generals, i.e. GME, for the walkthrough below. This walkthrough will include screen grabs from both the desktop app and the mobile app.

Mobile App & Desktop App Walkthrough

For serious investors or traders looking to deepen one’s analysis, it’s worth downloading the desktop application to enjoy Tiger’s extensive tools and resources. Here, I will share a few that caught my attention and those I use in my assessment.

Market Data

Tiger provides the following market data types for the respective markets:

  • US and SG: Level 1 (live market data)
  • HK and CN: Level 0 (stock market information needs to be manually refreshed by scrolling)
  • LON and AU: Delay (LON delayed by 15 mins and AU by 20 mins)

For a trial, I explored only the US, HK, and SG markets (in order of frequency). For the US market, the real-time, live market data stands out since you will need to pay a fee to access such market data on other brokerage platforms. For HK market, you’ll have to manually refresh every time to obtain the live prices, such as by scrolling the page. A bit more clicking and scrolling to do, but if it could potentially save you some dollars, why not – unless you trade the HK market actively, that is.

Tip: I just found out that Tiger Brokers offers free 30 days Level 2 US market data for signing up (refreshable by claiming in rewards centre).

Level 1 market data grants you access to the order book where you can see the best real-time bid-ask volume quotes. For longer-term investors who are not bothered by the slight change in stock prices, Level 1 quotes are more than sufficient. For more active traders looking to perform scalping or who are more sensitive to smaller price changes, they should consider Level 2 quotes as these will provide more information, such as market depth chart and big trades notice.

Fundamental Analysis

  1. Tiger’s fundamental analysis information is pretty comprehensive. It includes basic information such as the company’s profile, your finance 101 (e.g. income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement), valuation analysis, and stock diagnosis, among other data.

Other interesting analyses that can be found include short interest, capital flow, and large orders.

Oh, by the way, does all this sound oddly familiar: short interest and GME? TTI once dived into the analysis of short interest here after GME rallied 44% in a single day. Certainly an indicator I would pay attention to.

Technical Analysis

Nothing much on technical analysis except wanting to highlight something that caught my eye: the Distribution of Chips (CYQ). Yes, the red-green graph on the right. Here’s a brief definition of Distribution of Chips from Tiger:

Here’s how the CYQ looks like from the mobile app:

Fairly interesting. Something fun TTI would add to part of the analysis to complement the chart reading.

Extension of Tiger Brokers’ Promotions

These are the two main promotions that Tiger is currently running:

  1. No minimum charge for SG stocks till 30th April 2021.
  1. Welcome gifts and referral promotions till 31st December 2021.

Once you open an account or if you manage to get a referral who signs up using your link, you get to enjoy the following promotions that Tiger is currently running.

Once you successfully open an account, you will get 5 commission-free trades for US and HK stocks.

If you get your referral to sign up, you will get free 30-days level 2 market data for US stocks.

Here comes the interesting part. Just for fun. I did some math and notice you will make the highest return on your capital if you deposit only SGD2000 and pocket the SGD30 stock voucher (that’s a whopping 1.5% return!). The return drops to 1%, 0.7%, and 0.33% for deposits of SGD5,000, SGD10,000 and SGD30,000 respectively.

If you are keen to give the Tiger Brokers platform a try, you can sign up here and get the rewards that I shared above.

Written by: Team ThumbTack, in collaboration with Tiger Brokers.



  1. Hi May I know if the sgx stock is Wilmar ?

    thanks ht

    On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 8:03 AM SG ThumbTack investor wrote:

    > ThumbTackInvestor posted: ” Let me start 2021 off on SG TTI with something > fun. On the 1st trading day of 2021, I fired off a mini proton cannon shot > at 1 listed company in SGX. Long-time readers would know that prior to > that, I don’t own anything on SGX. Not directly in the per” >


  2. OMG TTI, GME is up so much. Feeling very sad for u who actually got a position in it. Feel sad for myself too for not getting in


    1. I don’t feel sad at all.

      I made something like a 500% roi within less than a yr from GME.
      Yes, it could’ve been 50,000%, but a lot of things in life “could’ve been”.

      A lot of folks out there would wish they “could’ve been” like TTI.



  3. Looking forward to your analysis of Medtecs International ($1.07 currently).
    For now, to my mind, it’s surely a stock worth at least $2.00. Why? Its 4Q results will surely be phenomenal. And it should give a positive outlook for 2021.


    1. “Phenomenal” Q4 results alone will prob not provide a big boost to the share price…
      Thats a known known, everybodys expecting that, which is why its dangerous.
      Instead, management has to provide other surprises for eg. distribute bumper profits to shareholders, either raise div or give a 1 off special div, buy back shares aggressively and provide an updated n positive guidance.
      They can certainly do that
      Based on my DD, they raised prices by 10%, TWICE in the past 2 mths.
      For eg. A box of gloves was $6.60, and they raised that to $7.30 effective 12 Jan 2021
      Theyve now further raised that to $8 effective 9Feb 2021.
      Thats a 23% increase from Dec to Feb!
      Without any corresponding increase in COGS or operating expenses!
      So that flows straight down to their bottomline.
      My thesis is that markets have tried to b forward looking, and perhaps, too forward looking.
      If they can keep raising prices like this, u can be sure its a supply constrain and not a lack of demand.
      Longer term though, Im not sure I want to be holding onto medtecs.
      The products are commodities afterall, and when the pandemic eventually disappears, its almost certain that we’d have excess capacity.



  4. Hey TTI

    Just chanced upon your post for the first time when i am sourcing for a brokerage. I like the identity and the style you have utilized in your blog so far,

    Through the years, I have only been investing in blue chips in SGX (with bare minimum trading knowledge) and chancing upon that you hold 0 stocks in SGX, I have a sudden inclination to pick up trading on a more serious note

    What are some of the key skills and knowledge for one to *thrive* in this rich people backyard

    Meanwhile i will be exploring Tiger’s extension tools and resources based on your recommendation


    1. Hi Kenny

      I don’t think the geographic status of where you invest in is all that important.
      There are folks who do very well investing in blue chips in SGX, and there are also folks who lose it all in the US and HK markets.

      Personally, I’m mostly in US and HK markets because my competitive edge lies in finding and capitalizing on unique situations where there is a temporary dislocation between price and value. This requires a large enough market, with enough participants. It may not work for everybody, you may jolly well decide to go down another path
      It’s way more important to find out your own competitive edge and work on it, than to debate on whether going to foreign markets or staying in SGX is better.
      Burry himself said that he tried to model his style after Buffett, but quickly realized that it didn’t work as well for him. That’s what I think too. It takes some time and effort, roll around a bit, round pegs find round holes as they say, and you’d find your personal style aka your edge. We all have to start somewhere, so trying to understand replicate other people’s successes is a good way to start… but ultimately, it won’t work for yourself without you developing your own style.

      US is not necessary a “rich people backyard” as you put it. U can buy fractional shares with low quantums too.

      Personally, my opinion is that if one is vested in SGX listed equities, it’s best to focus on large, stable dividend paying companies aka the blue chips that you mentioned about. SG is all about dividends. Sure, you can get the occasional outlier, but you can’t base an entire investing philosophy on something that requires a huge dose of luck.

      Have fun hunting!



      1. Hey TTI

        Thank you for the swift response and the explanation of why you invest in US and HK market!
        Your mindset regarding GME is definitely 1 to replicate!



  5. Hi TTI, regarding Medtech, I have concerns with their low ROA and ROE, what is your view on that? Thanks!

    In general less than 3 per cent for ROE year on year and less than 1.2% for ROA.


    1. Hi Han Hsiang

      IMO, ROE and ROA are not important parameters to look at here. They have minimal debt, and if they wanted to improve ROE and ROA, they can just simply pile on debt and expand production and these parameters would immediately improve.
      Also, when you are talking about ROEs and ROAs, remember that these are backward looking. Basically if things remain in a steady state, you are trying to look at how effective productive the management has been, and extrapolating that to the future. The basic assumption is that the parameter would be stable if nothing much changes.
      But obviously, something has changed and the company isn’t in the same situation as it was a year ago.
      Instead, I’d say that in the short to mid term, what’s more important is the market’s expectations and how they perform in relation to that.
      Obviously the market is pricing in a future whereby demand for their products tapers off and we go back to pre covid days.
      Hence they’d continue to trade at a low valuation despite record earnings.
      Any blockbuster earnings numbers would be priced in already, cos everybody knows and expects that.
      I’m hoping they do a capital distribution in the upcoming earnings release



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