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How many of you trying your best to avoid ATM that’s different from your bank card so that you won’t be charged RM1 for a withdrawal? Being Malaysians, we always find a way to pay less or perhaps not paying at all. Then why don’t you do the same with taxes? In Malaysia, there are ways to reduce the amount of payable tax by maximising your income tax refund. Perhaps most of you are already familiar with tax reliefs. But there are also tax deduction, tax exemption and tax rebates which function differently but serve the same purpose which is[…]

So you’re thinking of applying for a mortgage loan to make the biggest purchase of your life. But at some point, you are afraid of rejection. Well, who doesn’t? Being rejected by a bank can be daunting and frustrating. It is common for banks to avoid high-risk borrowers since it won’t do them good in case you default on your loan. Everyone has a different risk profile and some may be riskier than others. But what exactly makes you appear risky to the banks? How do you know if you are a high-risk borrower? Here are a few attributes that[…]

Experiencing setbacks is part and parcel of life and it’s no different when it comes to our finances. Be it a major financial setback like a layoff or a minor setback like an unexpected car repair, both can hit us emotionally and psychologically if you’re not financially well-prepared. If you find yourself dealing with any financial setback, consider following these steps below to get you back on track.  Assess your current situation Having an emergency fund worth at least 6 months of your expenses will be a big help during this dire time. But what if your savings is not[…]

Money can be an uncomfortable topic to talk about even among couples. There is a fine balance to keep when discussing financial matters as it can make or break your relationship. As unpleasant as it is for some couples to discuss their finances, managing your money as a couple is important – especially if you are planning for the future that involves children, college funds, and retirement plans. 1. Set A Time and Occasion to ‘Have the Talk’ It is easy to keep putting off uncomfortable discussions, especially when both parties would much rather avoid having the conversation. This could[…]

Keen to turn your hobby into a money-making venture? There are ways to do it if you can spare some extra effort and time to turn your pastime activities into generating some extra money. Monetizing a hobby is quite popular in this era of digital marketing and online businesses. Etsy is a prime example of a successful platform that helps individuals monetize their hobbies. If you have been thinking about turning your hobbies into a second income, then these tips might be able to help you. 1. Plan Do your research and set up a business plan. Find out how[…]

Upon receiving your monthly salary, you will notice a small deduction on your payslip for SOCSO. Unlike EPF which is known to ease your retirement day, SOCSO seems to be less familiar among employees. We’ve seen the amount deducted on our monthly paycheck but how many of us actually know what are the benefits of SOCSO? What is SOCSO? The Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) or also known as Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO) is a Malaysian agency governed under the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969. It was established in 1971 under the Ministry of Human Resources to provide social security protection[…]

They said that building wealth is pretty straightforward. You just have to earn more, save more or invest more. But if growing wealth is that simple, why are many of us still living from paycheck to paycheck? If you notice that in every movie, there will always be that one antagonist who tries to mess everything up. In our world of finance, there are several common enemies that are eating up a chunk of our wealth much faster than we can imagine. These enemies will stop your money from growing even after all the hard work. Here are the 6[…]

A credit card is a great credit facility to have, and it can be especially helpful during emergencies. But when using this facility goes unchecked, it can become dangerously addictive to the user. It is nice to have such a spending tool at your disposal, but most users are under the impression that the credit limit on the card is free cash; it is not. The credit limit provided by the bank is basically how much you are allowed to “borrow” on the card. Here are five signs to identify a credit card addiction. 1. Hiding Their Credit Card Bills[…]

We start budgeting to ensure that we always have enough money in advance for the things we need or would like to do. However, once in a while, have you ever find yourself running out of money even though you’ve created a budget plan? Many people do not realise that they’re making crucial mistakes in their spending plan which eventually ended up costing them more. These mistakes often seem small and perhaps not even seem like one which leads you to overlook. Are you on a budget? Let’s identify if you possess any one of these common budgeting mistakes. Being unrealistic People[…]

Covid-19 is a worldwide concern, and on a national scale it is no exception. Since Malaysia has implemented the Movement Control Order, #StayAtHome has become a trending hashtag among social media users. This order has left some of us with unpaid or half-paid leave and that is something to be worried about especially for those who have been living from paycheck to paycheck. How can you afford to pay bills or stock up your kitchen with 2-weeks worth of food supply in this dire time? Be it a movement control order or any other unexpected circumstances, you won’t have to[…]

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