If you are considering various ways of investing for retirement, you will often come across investment advice telling you to invest in the STI ETF (Straits Times Index Exchange Traded Funds). The typical pitch goes like these: You should buy the STI ETF because passive investing beats active investing in the long run. You should […]
I hate to say this, but we live in one of the richest countries on the planet and yet most of us don’t feel rich. We are living in a world where “rich become richer” and “middle class are sandwiched”. On my journey to pursue the best investment strategies and the smartest money management tips, […]
The only way to retire in Singapore is to own Incoming 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 purchasing physical properties, the ultra-rich from the […]
I always have my reservation of investing bonds using a Bond ETF. The bond market is a big boys game, it is dominated by large financial institutional players, which means retail investors like you and I have nearly no “edge” when playing the same game. When Astrea IV bond was launched last month, I knew […]
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 […]
For many Singaporeans, the idea of an early retirement is pure fantasy. If you recall your everyday hearing about expensive housing, car and even food, you will be convinced that you will never be able to retire at all. But what if early retirement isn’t quite as an impossible task as you think? Today I […]
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Despite the seemingly endless US-China trade war, the market prices of REITs have increased sharply since the beginning of the year. If you have substantial holdings of Real Estate Investment Trusts, you need to be careful. This may sound counter-intuitive, but if you are investing in REIT as …
The latest buzz in Singapore's financial market is the launch of Astrea V PE Bond, a retail private equity bond by a Temasek unit. If you have not heard about it, you do not have much to lose. But if you are contemplating to subscribe to it, you should continue to read. Just google "Astrea V …
The single premium endowment plan has gained popularity over the recent years. With the successful launch of NTUC Income’s Capital Plus and China Taiping’s i-Save, Aviva decided to jump on the bandwagon by offering a similar three-year endowment plan called MySecureSaver. The plan offers 2.25% …
To most people, the US-China Trade War is a disaster. If you believe in the mainstream media, the trade war is a lose-lose situation. Stock market crashes, economic downturns and next financial crises are going to erode your wealth. But for a smart investor, it is a golden opportunity. Volatility …
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 …
If you want to invest for retirement, you are facing an uphill task. Most investment strategies will never help you reach your retirement goals. The reason is simple, they are investment strategies, not retirement strategies. You need to understand that investing for wealth and investing for …
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