About

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The Fifth Person believes in spreading a message. A message that sound investment knowledge, financial literacy and intelligent money habits can help millions of people around the world achieve financial security, freedom and lead better lives for themselves, their family and their loved ones.

Our website and the knowledge we share here is born of that mission.

So take a tour around the site and go read about. There’s a lot of free and very useful content you can use right now to become a better investor. And we hope that the good stuff we have here will lead to smarter, more profitable investment decisions for you and the world at large.

Our Results So Far

As investors ourselves, here are some of the winning stock investments we’ve made over the last three years. (Yes, like every other investor, we’ve made our losses too). You can find some our analyses for these investments (both good and bad) on this website and on our online investment courses The Investment Quadrant and Dividend Machines.

  • Japan Food – 176% in 3 years
  • Armstrong Industrial – 47% in 2 years
  • Nera Telecommunications – 32% in 1 year
  • Boustead – 121% in 4 years
  • BreadTalk – 178% in 2 years
  • Soup Restaurant – 63% in 3 years
  • ARA Asset Management – 47% in 2 years
  • LippoMall – 27% in 2.2 years
  • Super Group – 243% in 2 years
  • Yahoo – 106% in 2 years

The Five Blokes Behind This

Victor Chng & Rusmin Ang

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Rusmin (left) and Victor are equity investors and co-founders of The Fifth Person. Their investment articles have been published on The Business Times BTInvest section and Business Insider. They have also been featured multiple times on national radio on 938LIVE for their views and opinions on how to invest successfully in the stock market. Rusmin is also on the speaking circuit for CIMB Securities (Malaysia) and has spoken at events in Penang, Sibu, Miri, and Kuala Lumpur.

Victor and Rusmin are also the authors of Value Investing in Growth Companies published by Wiley, Inc. The book can be found in all major book stores worldwide and on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Apple’s iBooks.

On a personal note, Victor represented Singapore in the 2008 TAFISA World Games in Busan, South Korea and was the 2008 IFMA World Muay Thai Championship bronze medalist, kicking some serious ass along the way, while Rusmin was actually a former SIAEC scholar who gave up his scholarship and a cushy career to follow his itch of learning how to be a be a better investor and ultimately lead a life of financial independence. He believes that anyone, even with a regular job, can achieve more financial peace-of-mind by investing intelligently and safely for the long term.

Adam Wong

Adam is the editor-in-chief of The Fifth Person. He is also the author of the national bestseller Lucky Bastard! which made the Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller’s List in 2009 and Value Investing Made Easy, which made the Kinokuniya Business Bestseller’s List in 2013. He also appeared on US national television on The Balancing Act in 2010. An avid investor himself, Adam shares his personal thoughts and opinions as he journals his investing journey online.

Our other team members Kenji Tay and Murphy Ong prefer to remain behind the scenes and let the three of us soak up all the unbearable limelight. But if you happen to spot either one of them like how you might stumble across an endangered striped hyena chuckling in the distance, just go over and say ‘hi!’, we pretty much think they more than happy not to run away.

The Fifth Person Perspective

You might think that we named this The Fifth Person because there are five all-too-handsome blokes in the team.

Well, you’re partly right. But the real reason why we chose that name is because we believe in bringing multiple perspectives to the table. And when it comes to investing, we think that having more than one fair and educated opinion makes us all better investors. 

By allowing our investment ideas and analyses to be challenged and pitted against multiple points of view only means that what comes out of it is simply a winner. And don’t we all want winners for our investments?

It’s just like the age-old story of the blind men and the elephant; you sometimes need to respect multiple different perspectives to finally gain a full and complete picture.

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As you can see, we’re big fans of having multiple perspectives, and if you’re the type that likes to geek out on academic writing and research, go Google “fifth person perspective” or read this delightfully complicated paper on fifth person perspectives by Clint Fuhs. (Knock yourself out, you’ll thank me later.)

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How we decided on our name based on this super awesome graph from a paper that only really smart people can understand. (An Integral Map of Perspective-Taking by Clint Fuhs)

Alright, enough about us! Go check the stuff we have on the site and enjoy the read! :)