Is the principle of banking in Islam possible?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “Is the principle of banking in Islam possible?” Islamic banking has two primary principles: the equitable sharing of profit and loss in any venture, and the prohibition of riba’, usury. In principle, these are equitable considerations, and praiseworthy. The contentions of Islamic banking is not theContinue reading “Is the principle of banking in Islam possible?”

What is the Difference between a Bond Mutual Fund versus a Bond ETF?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What is the difference between a bond mutual fund versus a bond ETF, and which is a better investment?” A bond fund, also known as a debt fund, is simply a fund that invests in bonds, or other debt securities. Bond ETFs are simply exchange-traded fundsContinue reading “What is the Difference between a Bond Mutual Fund versus a Bond ETF?”

“My mortgage is late. Should I call my bank and explain why?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “My mortgage is late. Should I call my bank and explain why?” Yes. When it comes to taking loans from any financial institution, it is always important to be in constant communication and update them. A bank can tolerate late payment if they understand the reasonContinue reading ““My mortgage is late. Should I call my bank and explain why?””

“What are the advantages of investing in a money market mutual fund over a savings account?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What are the advantages of investing in a money market mutual fund over a savings account?” A savings account has a low risk, and that corresponds to a lower return. A money market fund is also low risk, but it is still of a higher riskContinue reading ““What are the advantages of investing in a money market mutual fund over a savings account?””

“At what age should I buy life insurance?”

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “At what age should I buy life insurance?” You should get it as early as possible. There are two primary reasons. The first is that you want to lock in your coverage when you are healthy, before the documented development of any medical condition. Once aContinue reading ““At what age should I buy life insurance?””

Fun(ds) Investing was born…

Yesterday, my team conducted our first webinar on investment, a private session. I used to be lost and clueless when it comes to investments, as I listened to monthly updates from Sani Hamid and Victor Wong back in Financial Alliance. I only started to focus on investment in late 2018, reading and understanding. Moving toContinue reading “Fun(ds) Investing was born…”

“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?””

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?”

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?”

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