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I increased term + critical illness coverage further with Manulife

I recently increased my term and critical illness coverage by another $1M and $300k respectively. I checked around with many providers and ended up with Manulife as it’s what I need, without all the bells and whistles. AIA offered total […]

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2 steps to optimize your CPF account

Your CPF account consists of 3 accounts: Ordinary Account (OA), Special Account (SA), and your Medisave Account (MA). The OA is primarily used for providing housing, while SA is used for retirement. MA is used to pay for healthcare. The […]

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Topping Up $7,000 into my CPF Special Account (SA) for tax deductions

Last month, I decided to top up my CPF Special Account since that account gives me 4% yield risk free. My calculations showed that I can reduce my tax bill by $7k x 15% = $1050, without even taking into […]

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Endowment policy vs investing it yourself

Many bankers and insurance agents tried to sell me endowment policies.  I have never believed in this type of policy. It has got to be the worst payback vehicle ever, i think worse than Singapore savings bonds!  They sell it […]

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I stayed in my parents’ rental property for too long

I stayed in my parent’s rental property for too long. It was near the office, hence everything was so convenient, walking distance in fact.  I stayed for 7 years, and I missed out on 7 years of extra dividend income. […]

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Purchasing life insurance

I recently re-balanced the family’s insurance schemes. I remember just when i was just starting out, my cousin once told me to buy only Term + Critical illness insurance. I didn’t listen and bought an investment linked plan from one […]

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Having a high savings rate right early on

The day I received my first paycheck was memorable.  At 23, I remember feeling I was financially independent, and I didn’t need to spend my parents money anymore.  So I spent about 80% of my salary for the first 3 […]

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Why I won’t ‘gamble’ in Creative stock

Over the past few days, we’ve seen Creative shares (SGX: C76) rocket from $1 to $9+, and drop back down to $7+.  To those employees of Creative, better sell now while you can. To those who managed to catch this […]

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