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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Cash Is King

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 10:30


  4. Smartphone in hand, PETER does his stock-buying orders.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Contrary to my prediction, the stock market continues to slide.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I first began my entrepreneurial fund in mid Sept this year, I've positive gains within a fortnight.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't cash in as I meant to invest in the long-term.


  10. Opening some letters, Peter sees dividend statements.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The little cash receipts are encouraging.


  12. Peter types on his smartphone.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've got to buy low.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. GOLDEN COAST BEACH - 13:30


  16. Sunny. Carrying his swimming gear, Peter checks a lifeguard tower.


  17. PETER (V.O.): I don't know if lifeguards are on duty in December.


  18. Seeing a LIFEGUARD on duty, Peter looks pleased.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me put him on alert.


  20. Towing a green buoy, Peter in a wetsuit swims at the edge of the swimming area.


  21. PETER (V.O.): The water is cold. The wetsuit insulate me from hypothermia.


  22. Peter turns around to check the buoy.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I'm not sure if I've kicked away my buoy.


  24. Peter swims breaststrokes and freestyle in turn.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can swim non-stop for over half an hour in cold water as well. Good!


  26. Later, Peter returns to the beach and deflates his buoy.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is the first time I swim in the sea with my wetsuit on. I can't afford to take unnecessary risk now.


  28. Car park. Sitting inside his car, Peter checks his entrepreneurship fund.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the stock market drops further. The prices can be rock bottom. Let me turn threats into opportunities.


  30. Peter amends his buying orders with his smartphone. Soon, we hear Ding! Ding!


  31. INT. LAKESIDE RESTAURANT - 15:30


  32. Enjoying his pork-chop croissant and sipping his ice coffee, Peter's eyes are glued to his smartphone screen.


  33. PETER (V.O.): Oh, the stock market continues to dip. Let me buy more stocks before the market closes.


  34. Apart from amending his orders, Peter adds more. We hear: Ding! Ding! Ding!

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ha! Ha! All my orders are fully executed - the first time since I've begun this business!


  36. Wondering.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That means I've exhausted my buying power...


  38. Peter pays at the cashier with his Octopus card.


  39. INT. ATM SPACE - 16::00


  40. Inserting his bank card in one ATM, Peter presses the account-enquiry icon to check.


  41. PETER (V.O.): Oh! I've just got only $500 left in my account from which I pull money electronically.


  42. Mind counting.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In less than three months' of stock investment, I've exhausted my idle cash to support my entrepreneurship fund.


  44. Thinking.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've got to strategize to turn my negative cashflow into a positive one.


  46. Thinking.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But now isn't the right time to sell my profit-earning stocks.


  48. Peter leaves, looking lost.


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. STUDY - 22:00


  51. Peter puts hand on head.


  52. PETER (V.O.): Without working capital, I can't take more risks and hope for more profits.


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm fortunate that as a pensioner, I don't have to calculate my investment savings and any investment returns.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Staying healthy is my primary goal. Making profit is only secondary.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Still, cash is king...


  59. Peter is in deep thoughts.


  60. FADE OUT


  61. THE END






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