I grew up in a middle-class income family. Money was certainly not something my mother would coin as easy. If there’s anything I remember about money as a child, it would be her favourite phrase – “You think money grow on trees ah??” in a typical Asian mum fashion. With two working parents, we had enough growing up. It wasn’t luxurious, but we weren’t entirely deprived either. There were enough to eat, we had a decent roof over our heads and the privilege of going to school. There were occasions where my parents gave in when I relentlessly wanted something,[…]

How can you relate a soccer analogy with investments? Easy. You can relate it for your asset allocation.  Successful asset allocation accounts up to 91% of a person’s financial success. What is asset allocation? It’s basically how you put your asset strategically into the different asset classes. This way you can optimize your return and minimize your risk. Using the Soccer Analogy, we’ve broken down the best way for you to allocate your assets. Whether you’re a retail or enlightened investor, you definitely need to check this out! Retail Investor As a retail investor, your Goalkeeper is your insurance or[…]

Finally ready to start investing in Singapore? Congratulations! That’s great news because if you’re seriously considering investing that means you’re also serious about achieving your financial freedom. We couldn’t be more ecstatic and happier for you! But at last, where should you start? Your first step to investments is opening up a brokerage account in Singapore. This process is fairly easy and nothing you should be intimidated about but we understand why it can be intimidating. Therefore, we’re here to guide you. Without further ado, let’s begin!  CPD Account There are basically two accounts that you need before you can[…]

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago Warren Buffet Perhaps, this quote from Warren Buffet has finally convinced you to start investing. At this point, you are aware that saving money alone will never get you far enough, at least, not without doing some investments on the side. You understand that wealth is a combination of effort, patience, and strategy, and you want to get a head start. Good for you! Your initiative now means financial freedom later! What’s left is simply preparing you for your first time investing.  Getting started on[…]

Getting a side job as a freelancer or a part-timer has been the norm for the longest time.  Some do it as more people struggle to keep up with inflation and need to conjure up cash as soon as possible. Others just refuse to adhere to the 9-to-5 working hours and would prefer to be their own boss.  Regardless of the reason, the freelancing market in Malaysia is slowly expanding as a third of Malaysia’s workforce is involved in freelancing! There is no shortage of online or offline job opportunities in the market these days but if you’re too overwhelmed,[…]

Have you ever sat down and wondered, how are insurance quotes calculated? Perhaps you had a discussion with a friend and discovered that their life insurance quote is lower than yours even though their policy covers the exact same thing yours does. You’re confused. Are there certain aspects in your life that resulted in such high insurance quotes? Knowing what goes into the cost of life insurance is valuable information. This little bit of knowledge could help you understand how life insurance quotes work and give you insight into some factors that could save you more money down the line.[…]

Overspending. Why do people still do it, if it’s so detrimental to our financial health? Could it be that temporary high, that euphoric moment and the rush of adrenaline? How many of us are familiar with these feelings whenever we purchase something? But oops, bummer. It all dies down the moment the parcel arrives. That 3rd bag goes into the closet – never seeing daylight again, and you convince yourself you’ll need it – “just in case”. Is this behaviour more common than we think? A study done in 2014 shows that we make 40-80% of our purchases on impulse,[…]

If this is the first time you’re stepping into investments, you’re probably aware that you’ve got a lot of ground to cover, especially in stock investments. It’s a whirlwind of information and concepts, so we understand why it can be immensely confusing. Hence, here’s a list of basic stock concepts that you need to know! What is a stock? A stock is also known as a share, or equity. It is a financial instrument that symbolizes the company’s ownership. For investors, buying stocks increases their wealth. This is because they will be subjected to a proportionate claim of assets and[…]

Investment-linked products – what are the pros and cons? Is it true that consumers get the best of both worlds by having their life insurance coverage and investments managed for them? Or, is it better to invest separately and stick to regular life insurance? As consumers, we have to consider the pros and cons before committing to a plan. Before we delve deeper, we have to first understand what are investment-linked products or in short, ILPs. Investment-linked products are the hybrid of life insurance and investment plan. In other words, it means you’re protected under insurance coverage, and at the[…]

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