“Why do insurance salespeople pitch life insurance as an investment?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Why do insurance salespeople pitch life insurance as an investment?” Whole life insurance is not an investment. A fully paid-up policy may function as a financial instrument, or as a form of leverage, but that does not make it an investment. A way that high netContinue reading ““Why do insurance salespeople pitch life insurance as an investment?””

“Is diversification really the key to a good investment?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Is diversification really the key to a good investment?” The primary purpose of diversification is to mitigate exposure to any one section of the economy and spread the risk.  It is about risk management, and not growth.  It is not the key to good investment.  It is a hedgeContinue reading ““Is diversification really the key to a good investment?””

“What are sukuk bonds? How do they work, and how are they Islamic?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What are sukuk bonds? How do they work, and how are they Islamic?” Sukuk is not, despite its name, a bond. A bond is a fixed-income security, a debt instrument for the sole purpose of raising capital. They are a loan agreement, between the bond issuer,Continue reading ““What are sukuk bonds? How do they work, and how are they Islamic?””

Understanding Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary in Investment

If you are investing in unit trusts (or mutual funds) or Investment-linked Policies (ILP), you would notice the terms “Consumer Staples” and “Consumer Discretionary” under Sector allocations when reading the fund factsheet. What are Consumer Staples? Consumer staples are essential products that include typical products such as foods & beverage, household goods, and hygiene products;Continue reading “Understanding Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary in Investment”

Some pointers to avoid being pushed or mis-sold an insurance product… (part 1)

It seems I have become a magnet for people enquiring on being pushed or mid-sold insurance products, occasionally getting such enquiries. So I thought perhaps I should write some pointers for customers out there: 1. Savings plans may not be for you Savings plans, though seemingly safe, may not be for you. “But savings isContinue reading “Some pointers to avoid being pushed or mis-sold an insurance product… (part 1)”

What is a hedge feature in a fund?

When investing in unit trusts or investment-linked policies (ILP), you would find in the list of fund choices fund names with the term “SGD-H” or “Hedged SGD”. What does this mean? A hedge is an investment to reduce the risk of adverse price movements in an asset. Normally, a hedge consists of taking an offsettingContinue reading “What is a hedge feature in a fund?”

“How can life insurance pay out more than the person has put in?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “How can life insurance pay out more than the person has put in?” From an individual perspective, the insurer has paid out more than the premium if the claim was early. From the insurer’s perspective, they have paid out one claim for a single policy, butContinue reading ““How can life insurance pay out more than the person has put in?””

“Should you add international bonds to your portfolio?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Should you add international bonds to your portfolio?” That really depends. Bonds are used to balance out a portfolio, diversify it and spread risk. When it comes to international bonds, particularly long-term bonds, you have to consider currency and political risk. You can mitigate the latterContinue reading ““Should you add international bonds to your portfolio?””

Best hedge against inflation?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Which of the following is best hedge against inflation? Land, investment, real estate, precious metals, or a mutual fund invested heavily in large capital stock market?” The best hedge against inflation is property and REITS. The price of homes and property rise with inflation because theirContinue reading “Best hedge against inflation?”

“Do high yield bonds have a high default rate during a recession?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Do high yield bonds have a high default rate during a recession?” Yes. These bonds have a lower credit rating, meaning they are not investment grade bonds. These bonds are not rated corporate papers, or sovereign bonds. Their underlying issuer either has a weak financial position,Continue reading ““Do high yield bonds have a high default rate during a recession?””

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