It is often said that the financial market is like a battlefield between David and Goliath, it is a war between the small-time retail investors (the “dumb money”) and the mighty institutional investors (the “smart money”). The retail investors did lose money most of the time because unlike David, they underestimate their opponents. Thanks to […]
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We were on the verge of the greatest retirement crisis in history and COVID-19 just triggered it. In the decades to come, globally, we will witness hundreds of millions of people slipping into poverty in their retirement years, not because they lost money in the stock market, but because they saved. Why? If you are […]
If you want to receive Guaranteed Return without locking in your capital for long, you should consider a short-term endowment plan. An endowment plan is the simplest form of investment. You pay a premium to the insurer who promises you a guaranteed return in a fixed number of years. In the past couple of years, […]
Are we drawing down the national reserves too fast? With President Halimah’s assent, Singapore is withdrawing another eye-popping $31 billion from its reserves to fund Covid-19 support packages, you may justifiably wonder: “Is there a limit to this?” By now, Singapore has used close to $100 billion from its reserves to fight the “deepest economic crisis […]
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? Are we […]
With the global recession triggered by COVID-19, we have seen that the Singapore REITs index has suffered a massive 20% loss. You may be asking, “What would be the impact of COVID-19 on REITs? Is it a good time to buy REITs now?” In this article, I want to help you understand three questions. Why […]
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
The global stock market has just had an amazing rally in April despite a looming recession ahead. Do you feel puzzled and frustrated by this? Did you sell your stocks in March or were you waiting on the sidelines? The further we get into this global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the …
If you are worried about recession in your retirement years, you should read this. In the course of my work as an independent financial adviser, I have done retirement planning for many people. In our initial discussion, most people tend to plan their retirement using very optimistic assumptions. …
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