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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Free Lunch

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00


  4. Files in hand PETER is about to read them.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've to attend a Council meeting at HKUST at 2.30pm.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Exercise my mind aside, I want to exercise my body at Silverstrand Beach before that.


  8. Peter checks the clock.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I wouldn't have time to have a proper lunch.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can bring to the beach two chicken pies and one lemonade.


  12. Looking pleased, Peter studies the files.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. MALL - 11.45


  15. Walking towards a bakery, Peter checks a phone message.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I've sold a lot of shares?


  17. Recalling.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh yes, I did the order yesterday.


  19. FLASHBACK


  20. INT. STUDY - DAY (WEEKS AGO)


  21. Reading a letter, Peter looks shocked.


  22. PETER (V.O.): I don't know I've to pay an annual insurance premium.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've invested all my idle money in stocks. I don't want my wealth manager to sell me further insurance proposals to me.


  25. Pausing.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How should I overcome my cashflow problem?


  27. Peter taps his smart phone and checks his bank accounts.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't want to disrupt my other longer-term investments.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should I solve the problem from source? Just sell some of my stocks?


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But that would disrupt my buy-and-hold experiment for a year.

  33. INT. STUDY - DAY (YESTERDAY)


  34. Peter is adding a stock into his Investment Portfolio on screen.


  35. PETER (V.O.): I treat this stock as independent from my investment experiment.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But if this short-term speculation can resolve my cashflow problem, it has to appreciate at least 200% in days!


  38. Seeing a financial news on screen, Peter reads it.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The author suggests that just by buying stocks when the prices are low may not be strategic these days.


  40. Thinking.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That has been my investment habit since mid-Sept 2021. I haven't sold any stocks even when prices are high.


  42. We see Peter placing some "Sell" orders on screen.


  43. END FLASHBACK


  44. Peter checks on screen the details of a lot.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought the lot on Jan 26, 2022 at $79.1. It's about 1% of my investment. I've now sold it at $80.


  46. Calculating.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I mustn't forget all the trading expenses incurred.


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I gain a profit in this realisation, it may just be good for two chicken pies.


  50. At the bakery, Peter pays for two chicken pies.


  51. Act 3


  52. EXT. SILVERSTRAND BEACH - 13:30


  53. Leisure ground. A wet-haired Peter is enjoying chicken pies and lemonade.


  54. PETER (V.O.): I feel very happy today as I've resolved my cashflow problem in good time.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've sold stocks for the first time; and I'm having a free lunch.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Like anything, get the experience first, the money will come later.


  59. Having checked the phone time, Peter leaves.


  60. THE END


  61. FADE OUT


























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