Valentine’s Day is regarded as a romantic but expensive occasion by most couples, and this is mostly due to retail companies jacking up their prices during the celebration. As soon as February starts, one can expect the costs of flowers, chocolate arrangements and dinner plan to be more expensive than usual. With that said, you do not need to burn a hole in your wallet to celebrate the occasion well. It is possible to have an enjoyable, budget friendly Valentine’s Day with these following tips. 1. Cook The Meal There’s nothing more attractive to a woman than a man who[…]

Myth #1: Financial planning is only for the rich Misconception The general perception of having financial planning is that it is for the wealthy. The middle class and the poor do not have the surplus or the allocation in their financial state to think about financial planning and savings due to their circumstances. A person who is living from paycheck to paycheck would have to think about stretching what little income they have into paying bills and surviving from month to month. The thought about financial planning would not be their priority. Most low-income earners are mindful of the fact[…]

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[…]

Money and happiness. For most of us, we live in a make belief world of if-onlys. If only I had a better car, if only I can travel, if only I can afford better clothes…We believe that once we can afford these things, only then we can be genuinely satisfied with our lives. But is there a basis to such a belief? Researchers and experts have long debated and discussed the true factor to happiness. And along with it, is how happiness is related to money. It’s inevitable. In our society, money is important. We need money to eat. We[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

Of all the necessities in our life, it’s safe to say we put a lot of priority on food. Food is essential – it fuels our energy and it helps that they’re delicious (most of the time, at least). We physically cannot live without food which is understandable why majority of us spend a lot on it. But, should we really overspend on food alone? According to research, Malaysians who earn minimum wage spend nearly 40 per cent of their salary on groceries. So, if the minimum wage in Malaysia is RM1,100, that means these people are spending almost RM400[…]

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