Universal life insurance is one of the best solutions for legacy planning and retirement planning. It provides guaranteed returns and liquidity in a volatile time like now. But universal life insurance is a very complexed and highly customizable product too. That is why it is often poorly advised, if not mis-sold. As a licensed independent […]
For most Singaporeans, unit trust is the best investment instrument to start with. But why so many people lost money in unit trust investment? Because most people chose the wrong funds. If you want to make money, you need to know how to choose the right unit trust for yourself. It is unlikely that you […]
We all dream about financial freedom. We all want to keep up our lifestyle after or even before we retire, and to continue enjoying the things we are passionate about without worry about money. But for many people, that often stays a dream. What are the steps to turn that dream into reality? On contrary […]
Dividend-paying stocks are the most popular investment products among Singaporeans to plan for retirement. After I published this article last week, many readers want to know what are the tools available to choose dividend stocks efficiently. Gone with the days when you have to fork out big bucks before you can jump onto the wagon of stock […]
Real Estate Investment Trust, a.k.a. REIT, is a popular income generating investment nowadays. It is also one of the 5 core Income Generating Assets that I recommend for retirement planning. But the risks of investing in REITs are not well understood. In the course of my work, I realize many people have these common misconceptions: I […]
When it comes to retirement planning, you cannot ignore the Central Provident Fund (CPF). CPF is the default retirement solution for every Singaporean. Most people have some vague ideas about the system, but few people bother to dive deeper. A lot of people feel that since they have no authority over it, why bother? As […]
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If you want to build a portfolio and invest for retirement, should you buy more stocks during a financial crisis? To many novice and professional investors alike, it sounds like a good idea. After all, stocks always go up higher in the long term, right? So buying stocks at a hugely discounted …
On 27 December 2019, the Ministry of Health Singapore announced changes to MediShield Life claim limits for surgical procedures, which will take effect from 1 January 2020. The following table shows the revised MediShield Life structure and claim limits for surgical procedures. …
Is 2.5% guaranteed return per year good or bad? It is subjective. The interest rate has been declining globally for more than a decade, and it has a tremendous impact on our daily lives. We are in an environment where savers lose and gamblers win. Skyrocket property price and Hong Kong unrest can …
You may have heard of the Supplementary Retirement Scheme (a.k.a. SRS). It is a deferred tax scheme to help you save more for your retirement and reduce your taxable income. It plays a complementary role to CPF Life for your retirement year. You can top up $15,300 if you are a Singaporean or …
When it comes to retirement planning, you cannot ignore the Central Provident Fund (CPF). CPF is the default retirement solution for every Singaporean. Most people have some vague ideas about the system, but few people bother to dive deeper. A lot of people feel that since they have no authority …
Do you want to pay less income tax and save more for the future? If so, you should pay some attention to Supplementary Retirement Scheme (a.k.a. SRS). Unlike popular CPF retirement scheme, many people have not even heard of SRS. In this article, I will explain What is SRS and what are …
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