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?”

Understanding Term life insurance

When buying personal life insurance, you’d be introduced to Term life insurance, Whole life insurance, Endowment/savings plans, as well as Investment-linked policies. Each product type has its purpose, advantages and disadvantages. So what is Term life insurance? Term insurance is life insurance that provides insurance coverage only for a fixed period of time. An exampleContinue reading “Understanding Term life insurance”

Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Economy – 2nd Half 2020 Market Outlook

According to World Meter tracking of coronavirus, we have passed 5 million cases of the infection, with over 350,000 death. Even then, we know these numbers are massively under-reported since many countries do not have the means to test much of their population. When we consider the expected deaths of select countries against actual deaths,Continue reading “Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Economy – 2nd Half 2020 Market Outlook”

How old should your children be before you name them executors of your estate?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “How old should your children be before you name them executors of your estate?” They may become executors of your estate once they have reached the age of legal majority, which varies from place to place, from as low as 16 years to as old asContinue reading “How old should your children be before you name them executors of your estate?”

Building an Emergency Fund

Why do you need an Emergency Fund? An emergency fund is a sum of money set aside for accidents, sudden injury, or an unexpected loss of income. It’s essentially what you keep aside “for a rainy day”. Unpredictable events can be life-altering as well as expensive, resulting in financial emergencies. An emergency fund gives youContinue reading “Building an Emergency Fund”

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?”

What is the best long term advice for newly-wed couple?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What is the best long term financial advice for a newly-wed couple?” A lot of marriages flounder because of fights about money. Therefore, have a financial plan, make budgets and keep to them. Put money aside in a separate account for investment, and wealth creation. ThatContinue reading “What is the best long term advice for newly-wed couple?”

How do people shop for life insurance?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “How do people shop for life insurance?” Depending on where you are, there should be web sites that allow you to compare between different policies of similar type and coverage. For policy portfolio, you need to shop around for a good financial services consultant, instead ofContinue reading “How do people shop for life insurance?”

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