My readers always ask me if there are any free platforms for stock research and portfolio monitoring. As you can imagine, the free ones always have limited features unless you are a paid subscriber. However, people tend to overlook that they can get useful data for free via their stock trading platform. But if you […]
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Lately, stock markets have been getting jittery. Asian markets continued trading sideways while the US and European stock markets struggled to move higher in a zigzag manner. It seems to me that the stock markets have less concern over the resurgence of the number of Covid cases globally than the recent US policy initiatives. “Ivan’s […]
The global pandemic has changed how we live and invest in many ways. But we need to be clear that what we are experiencing is not the first crisis, nor will it be the last in your lifetime. Life goes on. As an investor, there are lessons to learn and yet to be learned. The […]
Your CPF is one of your most important assets for retirement planning in Singapore. However, it is often under-invested. Many people have bought into the idea that since the CPF board pays them an almost guaranteed interest rate, there is no need to invest their CPF savings. It makes sense to some, but not everybody. Think […]
On March 8, I have alerted readers of the latest Astrea VI Bond issuance through my blog and Telegram Channel. Astrea has just announced its Astrea VI allocation result today. The final coupon for the retail S$ tranche is 3%. It is not fantastic, but good enough for many, especially the retirement income seekers. But […]
I wrote an article in 2019 when Astrea V was launched, I was not thrilled with PE bond offering such a low yield of 3.8% back then. But since the pandemic last year, the broad market interest rate has dropped to an even more ridiculous level. So PE-Backed Astrea Bond does appeal to some investors […]
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A low-cost income investment portfolio is crucial for retirement planning. Without a portfolio of income-generating assets for passive income, you will never achieve financial freedom. But there are some practical issues to consider. As an independent financial adviser, I spend a lot of time …
With the global recession triggered by COVID-19, we have seen that the Singapore REITs index has suffered a massive 20% loss. You may be asking, “What would be the impact of COVID-19 on REITs? Is it a good time to buy REITs now?” In this article, I want to help you understand three …
We were on the verge of the greatest retirement crisis in history and COVID-19 just triggered it. In the decades to come, globally, we will witness hundreds of millions of people slipping into poverty in their retirement years, not because they lost money in the stock market, but because they are …
Property investment was a model to be rich and wealthy since ancient time. As it is said in the famous Jewish quote A person should always divide his money into three: one third in land (property), one third in commerce (invest), and one third at hand (cash) This is testified in the tiny island of …
The only way to retire in Singapore is to own Income Generating Assets. I have discussed how you can use optimally leveraged and discounted property to generate good income for your retirement. However, there is a problem. While Asian investors are still trying to catch the last train of …
ETF Investing is one of the most misunderstood investment strategies. It was created with good intentions but was misused by many people to sell their products and services. At the surface level, they give you some investment advice that seemed to make sense. The typical pitch goes like these: …
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