Let’s be honest. Chinese New Year is a time where more expenses incur for those who are celebrating. This is especially true for 2020, where Chinese New Year is just a short, one month from Christmas last year. It’s not surprising if some of us are still recovering from the damage done to our wallets. However, is it necessary to go all out with our expenses to have a joyous and prosperous celebration? Some people might agree – quoting that it’s a ‘once a year thing’, or it’s customary to do so. From new furniture, new clothes to even new[…]

It’s that time of the year, bring out the pen and paper for new year resolutions. If you are planning on making new year resolutions that are financially relevant in 2020, then stay on board and let’s look at the options. Thinking about improving your financial state and to have good financial health for 2020 is a great mindset to have for the new year. On your own, reflect on 2019. Are you happy with how it went? If you could do things differently about your finances and lifestyle in the previous year, what would they be? Now it’s a[…]

Here’s the question. What do you think is the best investment for your money? For all it’s worth, you invest in all the different investment instruments known in the market. From conventional fixed deposit accounts to unit trusts, REITS and shares – to more recent tech-led investments such as robo-advisory and bitcoins. And no, you’re not stopping there. You’re also looking at alternative investments such as gold, art works, expensive watches and designer bags. Ah, and how can we forget what we Asians love best – properties! In fact, investors all over the world are in pursuit of THAT investment[…]

A couple of months ago, someone asked this question on one of the Personal Finance groups on social media, “Do you need money to be good with money?” And it made me think… Do I really need money to be good with money? Or should it be the other way round? Is it because I have no money, therefore I should learn to be good with money? Could it be, because I have money and therefore I know how make even more money? Or maybe because I don’t have money, and therefore I am bad with money. OR is this[…]

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[…]

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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