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When it comes to financial planning, there’s no such thing as too late or too early as everyone at their age could start planning their finances. The way to manage it might not be the same for everyone, as not all of us are at the same financial stage in life. Let’s take a look at how you can plan your finances at different life stages. The 20s (Building Foundation) Investing at a young age is not as easy as you are just starting to build your life and career. But remember, even though it is not easy, that 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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Malaysia has tonnes of insurance policies that you might not be aware of. But before that, let’s ask ourselves. Why do we get insured for? People opt for health insurance to pay for hospital bills, life insurance to ensure their loved ones are financially secure after their demise and car insurance to protect their wallets in case accidents happen. Those are the common types of insurance that most Malaysian choose. Technically, insurance is a wealth preservation tool that gives you a peace of mind against unprecedented accidents. However, there are other insurance in Malaysia that you wouldn’t think is necessary[…]

Have you ever noticed that in a restaurant, a bowl of caesar salad would cost you around RM19, whereas a plate of nasi lemak is only RM6 and keeps you full till evening? Have you ever wondered why it costs you so much to stay fit? Some people are eager to live a healthy lifestyle but since it cuts a hole in their pocket, they opt for roti canai and teh tarik instead. That’s what people find more budget-friendly. Is living a healthy lifestyle a privilege? No, it’s actually not Eating clean and staying fit is not a privilege. Health[…]

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[…]

As parents, what are your biggest concerns? It’s not too far fetch to say that your children are one of your greatest priorities in life. We all want the best for our little ones – right from the very first time we hold them in our arms, to the time they can finally stand on their own feet. Everything about them matters to us. Whether they have enough to eat, to wear, a good school to go to and if they can get into a choice higher institution and carve a career for themselves. And as parents, that would mean[…]

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[…]

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