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 […]
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 […]
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 exclusive to the wealthy. When retail investors battling in stock […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 retirement are not the same thing. I wish I […]
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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 …
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 …
Recently, Charles Schwab has decided to leave Singapore for good. Over the next few months, Charles Schwab Singapore will cease to provide services and will close its office in Singapore. Here is what you need to do. …
NTUC Capital Plus is a very popular short-term savings plan in Singapore with Guaranteed interest. The insurer NTUC INCOME has just launched a new tranche CSN2 with a 2.3% yield. 3-year single premium endowment plan Non-participating - meaning no bonus, all returns are guaranteed. …
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