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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

It Isn't Much; But It's Great

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 16:30


  4. Having done two screenshots, PETER attaches them to a What'sApp message.


  5. PETER (V.O.): After the closing of the stock market today, I've something concrete to report to my accountant friend.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Days ago, my friend shared with me an expert's article on how to build a stock portfolio from scratch.


  8. Peter counts the days on the smartphone calendar.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On the 20th day of my stock investment project, I had lunch with her and her husband who is also an accountant. They remarked that I dared to take risk.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today is my 24th day of my project execution. I didn't have a plan. I just do it. Today, the stock market is down.


  12. Act 2


  13. FLASHBACK


  14. INT. SITTING ROOM - 10:00 (Earlier)


  15. Smartphone in hand, Peter is checking his Watch List and Investment List.


  16. PETER (V.O.): My portfolio is a diversified one, from yield stocks to growth ones. I've also bought stocks based on my sentiment.


  17. Pausing.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Days ago, I bought shares of KMB. My late Dad was its employee. And today, I've ordered to buy a lot of Star Ferry shares.


  19. Hearing Ding! Peter checks the message.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Done! As an elderly, I've been taking free ferry rides.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If the market is rising, my day's gain will increase automatically. As I mean to invest, I won't to take my profits until the bear market has turned to a bull one.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If the market is falling, I'll buy more shares at lower prices than I previously paid, averaging down the overall prices of my purchase of the relevant stocks.


  25. Pausing.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's how I turn a threat into an opportunity. I did that with Alibaba. I didn't know how low it could go in the volatile market.


  27. Recalling.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife was smart to sell her Alibaba lots yesterday. She'd use the profit to pay for a new iPad Mini.


  29. Checking screen mini-graphs.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The market is rising now. Let me go swimming and see how much I'd gain in about an hour.


  31. EXT. CLUB SWIMMING POOL - 11:30-12:30 (Earlier)


  32. Cloudy. A few souls. Peter swims leisurely.


  33. PETER (V.O.): Swimming in a pool is so safe.


  34. Later, Peter enters a bathroom.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Days ago, while bathing in the beach bathroom, I stepped on a loosened metal drain grill and cut my foot.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I recall, at home, I opened a small box of Band-Aids and used one adhesive bandage. But when I needed a replacement, I couldn't find the box.


  38. Getting his smartphone, Peter checks the Yahoo! Finance App.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, my daily gain has become negative. The rising market has taken a downturn.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But my half-day loss decrease just a little on my total gain.


  42. INT. STUDY/KITCHEN - LATER (Earlier)


  43. Peter is searching for something.


  44. PETER (V.O.): I still can't find the Band-Aid. Let me have some pineapple to cheer me up.


  45. Opening the fridge, Peter sees the Band-Aid box inside.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh dear, I've become obsessed with my stock investing project.


  47. Having applied the adhesive bandage to his foot wound, Peter checks his What'sApp messages.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, my accountant friend shared with me something. It was last week! I've been so preoccupied with my stock project.

  49. RETURN TO PRESENT


  50. Act 3


  51. INT. STUDY - 17:00


  52. Peter checks the Hang Seng index on his smartphone screen.


  53. PETER (V.O.): Today, it's 118.49 points (0.45%) down.


  54. Recalling.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've learned to accept huge losses that financial advisers and fund managers had done for me.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since my retirement, I've hated to see the balance of my bank accounts, as they keep going down.


  58. Peter checks his investment summary.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My today's gain is 0.09%. It isn't much; but it's great.


  60. Peter smiles.


  61. FADE OUT


  62. THE END







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