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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.



  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.


  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.


  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


  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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