“I still need growth on my investment for retirement. Should I avoid bonds?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “I still need growth on my investments for retirement. Should I avoid bonds?” That really depends. As you age, and seek growth, you may give greater weightage to equity instead of debt instruments in your portfolio. This should have the involvement of your financial planner toContinue reading ““I still need growth on my investment for retirement. Should I avoid bonds?””

Investing in a volatile market

There is quite a bit of literature that the market is inherently volatile, punctuated by moments of seeming predictability. However, when viewed from a macro perspective spanning years, the market actually has predictable broad trends. That does not mean this volatility is inherently bad. In fact, these periods of volatility should be viewed as opportunities.Continue reading “Investing in a volatile market”

What are the biggest lessons you have learned in the insurance industry?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What are the biggest lessons you have learned in the insurance industry?” I have learned, over the years, that it is not just about the policies you buy, but how you structure them. I have learned that the wealthy and the masses buy the same policies,Continue reading “What are the biggest lessons you have learned in the insurance industry?”

What is the difference between stocks and bonds?

Here I’ll briefly summarised from The difference between stocks and bonds explained. If you choose to invest in a company, there are two routes available to you: Equity (also known as stocks or shares) Debt (also known as bonds) Shares are: issued by firms priced daily listed on a stock exchange Bonds are: effectively loans,Continue reading “What is the difference between stocks and bonds?”

Saving $100k by 30 years old?

Perhaps you’ve read Saving $100K by 30 Years Old… Is It Even Possible? A lengthy read but worthy to know that it’s possible. But here are my thoughts: In all honesty, one would probably save like this when he plans to get married. Bootstrap to save 50% of take-home income. And most of that savingsContinue reading “Saving $100k by 30 years old?”

Who invented investing?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Who invented investing?” When the first hominid set aside some food for the next day instead of eating everything in that one meal, so that it could be traded for favours in scarcity, that was investing. Investing is putting aside assets for later use, or greaterContinue reading “Who invented investing?”

Of Shariah-compliant investments

[This post was originally shared on my FB profile on 27 December 2019.] When asked about shariah-compliant investments, I personally would steer towards realm of permissibility as it would widen a client’s option. I personally do not view investments for Muslims to be too rigid as how some would portray it under the claim ofContinue reading “Of Shariah-compliant investments”

Dollar-cost Averaging or Periodic Investing?

So you probably read DCA is not what you think it is and wonder, was my agent/broker wrong? Did he confuse two different investing strategies? Wide variety of readings in this instance would help you better understand, and not rely on one source of reference. The author at The Simple Sum argues that people useContinue reading “Dollar-cost Averaging or Periodic Investing?”

Budgeting your expenses

Quite often, when we mention “budgeting”, we’d often be told to differentiate our needs and our wants. This 50/30/20 rule reminds us that on top of needs/necessities and wants, we should also set aside a portion of our budget for financial goals. Personally, I prefer the 4321 rule shared by Alfred Chia (CEO, SingCapital) whichContinue reading “Budgeting your expenses”

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