In Singapore, basic health insurance needs are covered under the CPF Medishield scheme, you can upgrade your basic Medishield Life to private insurers for better coverage. These plans are called private Integrated Shield Plans (IPs). In this article, I will explain what Medishield Life is and how the integrated shield plans work.
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If you follow my blog, you know I was bullish about the energy sector since a few months back when everybody’s focus was on technology stocks and bitcoins. I also reiterated my conviction in my August “Ivan’s reflection”. My thesis was simple: The economic rebound after Covid lockdowns have lifted will boost consumer demand. Lower […]
The Home Protection Scheme (HPS) is a mortgage reducing insurance that insures CPF members and their families against losing their homes in the event of death or permanent incapacity before their housing loans are paid up. HPS will give you protection up to age 65 or the end of the loan period, whichever is […]
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has released the amended MAS Notice 307 on 08 October 2020. This revision will impact investment-linked policies (ILP) issued by all insurers from 08 October 2021 onwards. I applause for the new regulation as the charges for investment-linked policies are always complicated and confusing. This gives the consumer a […]
The biggest worry in the financial market now is not the US tapering or China tech crackdown, but the possibility of default of China Evergrande Group (中国恒大集团). The report of China Evergrande’s situation is on the news every day, but many Singapore investors are not even familiar with the name. This article gives you a […]
In a low-interest-rate environment, your money might be yearning for better growth opportunities. But if you are not comfortable with investing. A short term endowment plan could be a good option. Short term endowment plans are issued by the insurance companies and I like their simple, no-trick and guaranteed return. After Aviva launched MySecureSaver, their […]
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Should you invest in the stocks of China’s biggest technology companies? The answer is a definite yes to me. But how you invest in China is the tricky part, especially the technology sector. Many clients and readers asked me about Lion Global’s new ETF, Lion-OCBC Securities Hang Seng TECH ETF. Is …
Do you want to pay less income tax and save more for the future? If so, you should pay some attention to the Supplementary Retirement Scheme (a.k.a. SRS). Unlike the popular CPF retirement scheme, many people have not even heard of SRS. In this article, I will explain What …
For a very long time, Singaporeans were deprived of investing in good financial products. Bond has always been the cornerstone of financial institutions and high net worth individuals' investment portfolio. However, most bonds in Singapore had a high entry barrier such as $250,000 which makes it …
Is Bitcoin a fad or the future? Is it worth long-term investment? Should you still buy it now at this price? These are the common questions that my clients and subscribers ask lately, and you probably want the answers too. I have wanted to write an article about Bitcoin on several occasions but I …
The recent stock market crash may have wiped out several years’ worth of your investment returns. I know you are in pain. But do you know covid-19 is not the real culprit of the stock market plunge? It is something else. I guess that your level of pain is probably negatively correlated to the …
If you were to look only at the stock market and nothing else, you’d probably have no clue that millions of people just lost their jobs, hundreds of global companies are filing bankruptcies and yes, we are still in a global coronavirus pandemic. Why do the stock markets ignore all the bad news? …
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