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Clive Tan of 8I discusses stockholdings, investment philosophy and interest rates

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Goola Warden12/18/2017 08:00 AM GMT+08  • 9 min read
Clive Tan of 8I discusses stockholdings, investment philosophy and interest rates
SINGAPORE (Dec 18): Clive Tan, executive director of 8I Holdings, starts his presentation at The Edge Singapore’s year-end global forum with one of legendary investor Warren Buffett’s quotes: “Predicting rain doesn’t count.” Building arks does.
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SINGAPORE (Dec 18): Clive Tan, executive director of 8I Holdings, starts his presentation at The Edge Singapore’s year-end global forum with one of legendary investor Warren Buffett’s quotes: “Predicting rain doesn’t count.” Building arks does. What it means is that it is more important to be prepared for market problems than to talk about them.

Like Buffett, 8I is a proponent of value investing. “Our approach is based on value investing, buying something of value for hopefully lower than the stock’s intrinsic value,” Tan said at an interview earlier this month. “We’ve always advocated value investing, but we also look for growth. We’ve always advocated these concepts in our courses and also through our investments such as our Hidden Champions Fund.”

Value investing consists of finding stocks that are underpriced relative to peers and the market using a fundamental metric, such as the price-to-earnings ratio (PER) or price-to-book ratio. After identifying undervalued stocks, an investor expects to benefit from an increase in value. Tan and his partner, Ken Chee, who is chairman of 8I, also like to invest in companies that are under-researched but, at some point, rerated as the broader investor community discovers them.

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