“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?””

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)”

“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?””

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?”

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?”

What bank will pay me to open an account?

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “What bank will pay me to open an account?” I would hardly consider this money free. Banks may give you incentives for opening accounts with them, but these extra monies come with some strings attached, such as keeping a certain minimum sum for a specific periodContinue reading “What bank will pay me to open an account?”

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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