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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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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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