Revisit the past – Should we buy into Banks and Oil and Gas stocks?

I wrote the below posts several months to more than half year ago
warning about the banks’ NPL and O&G stocks “not yet bottoming out” during
a time when both sectors saw temporarily rebound or in a time when many think
that the O&G had floored finally since the “Oil” pain started in late 2014.
Read :
In fact aside from banking and oil problems, since last year, I had been
preaching about the problems in the economy, spending huge amount of time and
efforts researching and reading. And of course, writing and publishing here.
perhaps it was due to me unluckily being in the O&G industry. Or maybe I will
consider myself lucky to be in the distressed sector allowing me to see the
impending troubles ahead of many others.
Now everyone is talking about NPL, worst
is yet to come…..haiz….
Anyway, the biggest news last one month is definitely the collapse of
Now everyone starts to probe into Bank’s NPLs’
provisions worrying that it was insufficient. Similarly probing into Keppel and Sembcorp Sete Brasil problems only now! 

So many people only talk when
things already happened!
This week, DBS reported that profit for 2Q this year declined 6% yoy.
Provisions doubled and NPL jumped 31.1% yoy.

DBS CEO Piyush Gupta said at a briefing,

“The whole sector is under stress. Let’s start with
that. I don’t want to minimize the challenges faced by the sector. Even at the
US$40-45 oil prices, many are cancelling contracts… so the sector is
challenged and there will be some impact, “

“But there are some positives. In the last 6
weeks, a couple of the oil majors have started putting in investments. Many
people’s view is that oil prices firmed up to the US$50-60 level over the next
12 months… but that’s looking into the future, we don’t know (for sure),”

Furthermore, DBS’s oil and gas exposure up by
another S$1B
. Other banks are not so better off either although, DBS’s
S$23B exposure to the sector is bigger than UOB 14B and OCBC 12.6B!
Nobody wants to hear the truth earlier
Warnings about Banks’ NPL? Isn’t that something that was already
highlighted here in January this year?  

Nah… we only like to hear the nice stories, stock analysis that can make us rich…… 
In January when I wrote/talked about the bank’s NPL, I cannot remember a
single soul whether blog readers or friends outside that openly shared the same
sentiment as me. The only blogger reader who acknowledged was “temperament”, if
you refer back to the comments.
There are some retail investors hurt very badly. Then there are those
who preached to buy openly. They did also bought in, but later sensing the
problems much earlier than the rest, they are always the first to “sell
the shares first”!
This is similarly to me telling my colleagues in 2015 about the
impending retrenchment crisis in the O&G industry, but none wanted to hear.
I remember only one colleague out of close to ten I spoke to acknowledge the
truth and was thankful to hear. Coincidently, all the rest were retrenched
leaving only two of us still standing in the company within our department.
The ugly side of human nature
Sometimes it is really ironic in human lives. I am not specifically referring
to this example here. But in general, when somehow the truth has been told much
earlier, no one will heed the advice.

Yes no one. Neither will anyone who secretly heeds the advice, willing
to openly acknowledge the sharer, nor shares with people around them.
Credit is always myself…yeah feels good. Problem is always others…yeah
blames you.
Is that us? Is this the world today?
Perhaps we are unsure…
Perhaps we are just shy…
Perhaps it is our egos – the fear of giving credit to anyone, because we
are so afraid that “others will be deemed better than us” even when it is of no
intention of the person to think so when he/she shared…
Perhaps, it is selfishness…
Perhaps, it is human nature in today’s world…
Perhaps, it is “you are just heng” to be correct.

Mind you, this is also not about glorifying myself saying how accurate my predictions are. I seriously do not care about all these glorifies. It brings me no happiness or feels good factor. It is more sadness for me to see majority of people’s reactions today. 

effect, the Truth is always reasonable and make sense and not so difficult to
comprehend. It is really not so much about “heng or suay” speculating or
punting. It is about if we are blinded by ignorance, emotions or greed when we
are listening? If we are not blinded, it is easy to see the truth.
Oh ya… a friend of mine while we were chit chatting the other day,  just reminded me that in Christianity all those who proselytize the truth will be persecuted! Shee……. 

Not all about money like sceptics think
Finally please…. all these research, reading, writing and publishing
here is more for interest, good of readers (if they appreciate) and for my
future use to my kids. It is NEVER for greed.
Contrary to what many sceptics think that bloggers only want people to “click
their blogs” to earn ads’ money, in fact, I had today NOT MAKE A SINGLE CENT
from this blog. Instead I even wasted money in subscribing to some domain hosting
company. I do not have Google Ads, and never written an Advertisement post
(although was asked many times) and only has nuffnang which I do not even know
how to cash out the meagre amount not sufficient to even cover my hosting
So there you go the UGLY side of human beings yet again.
Feeling good
Please, I am not roaring because I am affected by some emotional issues. Again evil human thought who cannot believe there are people who like to share the good without any agenda. Anyway, it is just something straight out of my heart and for the people I cared whom I spoke to recently who are reading here. 

Anyway it is a great Saturday for me, because Joseph School just did
Singapore proud by winning an Olympic Gold Medal this morning.


I specifically wake up early to watch the race.


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26 thoughts on “Revisit the past – Should we buy into Banks and Oil and Gas stocks?

  1. Hi Rolf

    Was looking at swiber 2 years back in 2014(that was the time when the price falls tremendously), what startled me was the high bank borrowings and loans then. Then came your "oily" articles (along with lp and investment moats) which probes more into the industry, which further affirms my view. Your articles are one of the few that are contents enriching.

    I believe that there are other "silent" readers like me who had benefited very much from your articles.

    I believe if the crisis strikes, it's "back to basics" stocks again.( You still need to eat, shit and sleep ma.Haha.)

    1. Hi STI,

      I am thankful for your comment.

      The point I am trying to make is unexpected things normally we think it will not happen (like in he past) can happened nowadays if u "open ur mind n eyes!" And there is huge element of truth n not just doomsayer for the sake of doomsayer!

      So many people are talking about oil and gas debts. How about property or even the world's debts? We tend to overlook thinking that it is an unbreakable.

      oil crisis is unique this time, because this is the worst ever (longest also). Never have once so bad before if we look all the way back. I checked with those in their 60s in my industry, all acknowledged.

      For me, I m happy that learning about stock lead to another then another and eventually "life is not about stock and invest and profit." There are more to it and that is what I benefited most.

      Yes agree to back to basic, consumption, transport healthcare etc, but that is what all others know already know also. Hence valuation is still relatively high now. This we need bottom up!

      Also our overall portfolio creation, stocks, bonds, cash, metals can be more impt.

    2. Hi Rolf

      Yes I agree with you.

      Out of topic abit, I think some stocks you are "eyeing", I'm "eyeing" too. For eg: captiR China trust.

  2. Hmm… Rolf,

    Why you care so much how your readers think LOL

    About money from blog, I have Adsense, so proud of it, and if one day I can earn decent peanuts will be very happy. but sama sama. I am just hoping it will be like credit card rewards. one year money for 1 or 2 free meals? I aim low, but still cannot achieve.

    I am more of the think camp that anyone can think what they want and entitled to their views and actions, since at the end of the day, they have it good or bad …

    I say what I want, do what I want in good conscious, if anyone benefited, good, I hope to go heaven, you know. But if anyone did not believe, or got worse-off, I will only say "I am sorry"


    1. Hi SI,

      Thanks for reading.

      Yes and No.

      Yes, I care a lot because some of my close true-hearted friends and family members are visiting this blog frequently too. 🙂

      No, because aside from caring, this is a library for my children. This I repeated several times before, but most people when reading still usually will think from their own perspectives only.

      I am not a bleeding heart (borrowed from Jared), just that ever since I learn how to "do good" more often esp with lots of my friends around, lots of good things have been happening to me. So in blogosphere is only secondary.

      And personally the feel good factor is very high and never been so happy before in my life.

      As for Adsense, the truth is I m not qualified. Never try again recently. hahaha… So I envy u guys. Frankly I think for rest of u guys earning from blog is good, but for me, i have no intention here at least for now.

      This is truly individual preference….

      Happy weekend with ur family. 🙂

    2. When our blog are read by many people we personally know them e.g. colleagues, friends, close friends, relatives, and family members, our writing have to be true to our hearts and no wayang.

    3. Hi CW,


      Trufully, I am very grateful for u, temperament, SMOL, LP n many others that I have learn a great deal from here since I started blogging.

      Yes, no wayang n that is why my respect here for u guys is also no wayang!

    1. Hi STE,

      Thanks for the good phrase "一种米,养百人"

      I agree.

      Anyway please do not mistaken that this crazy RS is liken a cult "as if trying" to force people into believing something which I am not. So far, I always respect everyone's entitlement to their opinions like SI mentioned. I myself use to be in the same position.

      It may not be immediate digestion n absorption, but maybe some day, when one day in future, it struck that what was said before maybe actually useful.

      The same happened to me bcos in the past many things I do not think so, when my ex-bosses told me before from their heart n experiences.

      Now after many years later, I finally understood n remember what they said before n become useful to me now and I am extremely grateful to them.

      yes cheers!

  3. i am almost going to turn bullish on sg stocks. maybe a few weeks more. really underpriced. not undervalued like what B said but underpriced.

    1. Hi SMK,

      When u say that, then we better take note! This is because I know what u say always supported by the profound research n knowledge u have done/and have respectively.

  4. hi Rolf
    even you tell your friends or colleagues that oil crisis is here and retrehcnment may happen soon? so any help to them?

    i just wonder. paiseh.

    just like a day, i went to ask my doctor. am i going to start dialysis soon? she replied to me, not yet.

    well, my August result did show a slight improvement. and i feel i am better and healthier than the previous months.

    so sometime, i also wondering. if the truth hurt? then even we tell the trust, it also cant help anything but to create panic only. then we still do?


    1. Hi Yeh,

      U r one person, I am always worry to tell u directly the truth bcos of the circumstances. The truth hurts yes "to some", but unlike what u say, it definitely is not to create panic.

      And not like what u mention useless. It depends on how a person is receptive to it.

      There r so many things a person can do when he/she knows early.

      To be honest, I already drafted a very long reply to answer u, all the things a person can do if he/she knows early and be protected mentally and still feel happy even with the big axe.

      But after some thought, I was thinking if it is necessary bcos I can feel the emotional upheaval in u n when we are not in the most peaceful state of mind, it is difficult…

      Anyway I am sorry.

      It was definitely not meant to creat panic as in all my previous articles, I always already what we can do EARLY with actions and examples.

  5. i am not ignorance and didn know my kidney will fail one day.

    i am not ignorance and greed to want anyhow punt for oil and gas and bank stock.

    i knew what i am doing. i knew well for my health and my investment.

    so, i think it is not the people around you not to listen or not to take it seriously your advice.

    in fact, there is many reasons behind just that you may not know.

    1. Yeh, all I can say is u r not the first person I know with problems/illness…I also know many people with even more serious problems in life.

      eg my boss who was already pronounced dead if not going for operation n how he pulled through eventually not gg for operation. His wife is housewife, his 3 kids teenager, all the debts he have at that time with several hundred of employees…

      A frd of mine in brain stroke still bed-ridden with a housewife n daugther.

      And everyone has their own reasons, it is frankly not as if I do not know. I myself do have my own experience of lots of problems.

      But what I trying to convey here is the whole point is not who is more "jialat". that is not impt. It's about how we want to accept and pull ourselve thru..

      Sickness n illness as I personally experienced n I seen in many others as well, are a consequence of our own character also.

      I do respect ur opinions/comments but Sorry… I cannot lie to myself here n just admit to u that u r right!

      And u may say my heart is frozen, but it is not..

  6. by the way, it seriously does not matter to me if I know what are the reasons behind, bcos ultimately it is u urself who need to understand ur own problems/reasons n find ways to solve it.

    All I can say is u may read this article with ur own perspective. But what I can say is I wrote this for my family and friends who are reading and they have told me that they benefited from it!

    I am sorry once again for ur problems. But last n most impt advice : ultimately only u can solve ur own problems not even ur loved one around u.

  7. You remind me of my cousin. He is a boss and own his own company. Sometime he talks to us with some commanding tone just that he didn realise. As he used to talk this to his staffs also. Sorry

    Well, we respect your opinion and advises. But if you think deeply. Sometime the way you write here a bit subjective and also with a commanding tone.

    Last time I was like you, sometime I do subjective and didn think of others people shoes. I do admit I always think that I am right and want the best for my family and friends.

    Just for example, I always think my pupils who didn't get good result simply because they are lazy.

    But then in fact not they lazy and didn't study. They studied very hard but just can't remember and also can't score well.

    Many time while you said I am weak and many many. In fact in real life I work very hard. I still doing full time job and then do give little tuition and do the best for my life.

    But you just simply criticised me with commanding tone. Sorry if I sound offensive.

    I am just sharing what I feel while sometime I read your blog. But in fact, you are knowledgeable and provide a lot information for the readers. Thank you!

    1. Hi Yeh,

      I give up! Words written is not as strong as spoken.

      I am sorry. U r not offensive at all, just emotional.

      But I am sure that is bcos my article strikes the truth within many people's inner self deep down of a person which is hardly explored, hence it is emotional.

      that commanding tone of me has died long ago. people around me know is more impt, u can say whatever u want. U hardly knows me, Not fair to compare with my cousin. I did not compare u with my friends/ex-boss but just citing examples to compare the situations.

      It happens to me n wife. I told her that when a man tries to reason n logic n truth n specific to one topic, the woman will reason with emotional n when run out of reasoning will just use things totally out of focus n totally unfair to the subject matter to refute.
      today she understood.

      My comments is not strictly to u. I did not criticize u. It just waste some of time here. I m too logical to that. But when I care, I do not see it as time wasting.

      If u think that I m critical to u n only cause much hurt n does not salvage the situation, I apologized. I m sorry.

      I promise from today, I will not do it again to u as in comments. this is the last.

      However I will continue to write what I want to convey here to my peers.

      If I only want to write what many like to hear in this blog, then I see no point in continuing.

      Enjoy rest of sunday.

    2. 说者无意,听者有心?

      I dunno. Yes most time. We will always think that we are correct.

      In fact, we really correct?

    3. For investing matters, most of us will think we are correct; otherwise, why do we bother to invest, to hold or to keep more cash.

      When will we know we are correct?

      When we retire without active earned income or we decide to stop investing anymore; then we will be quite sure with fact on hand to know whether we are really correct. Tio bo?

  8. Hi CW,

    U r right! I still rem either u or SMOL says the only perspective of going up hill and going down hill is so different.

    Human beings are inherently simple, that is why we r born innocent. it is the system we lived in today with all the distractions of money n power that are complex.

    For me I m certain that I m right when we drill back to the core n fundamentals of evil or good within humans.

    Obviously crime n adultery etc is wrong. We also cannot say there is no right no wrong in this world. I rem u mentioned about the underwear eg flipped out n in….

    One thing we fail to capture is :

    The blindly chase of money is bad irregardless of what is the reason behind unless that enlightenment day came n give back so much to balance the forces of evil n good.

    I dare to challenge on any person u can name who is very rich but care only about himself who is having a good life for a long long time. Even the not so rich who only care about earning money will suffer.

    the repayment will not come in the form of money alone. Ur relationships can suffer, illness, unhappiness or payback in ur next generation if u r only about money. Just look at people around.

    I had so many examples seen of illness not truly cured by doctors but via the repenting n acknowledgement of the sicked, and due to the love of the people around that led to finally enlightened in life.

    The blinded selfishness irregardless of whether u say u never do anything evil is also bad. Bcos this world is about pple around us. Ur selfishness towards a stranger will also lead to selfishness towards ur Frds. It becomes a character n that is bad. U will suffer in other manners if not bankruptcy one day!

    There r many things I will like to comment on there is indeed a certainly of what is right or wrong. But tired of typing…

    For money fame power which is within the complex system of today, then I have no comments on right or wrong. That was created by the inherently bad n hence it is complex!

    We still need the resources (money) to counteract the complex system of today.. that is why there r still good rich people.

    hence I m still working n earning money! hahaha…

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