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ISOTeam HY 2017 Results

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Results overview *Operating profit derived after deducting COGS, Marketing and Distribution Expenses, General and Admin Expenses, Finance Costs Bright spots Increase revenue in A&A, C&P and other business segments by 77%, 67% and 41% that picked up the slack for the fall in R&R segment First contract for HDB Improvement programme of $17.5m– higher profit margin job with … [Read more...]

Housing Finances – How Much Will Your First BTO Cost You?

Although we’ve yet to apply for our BTO, I’ve been asked to share my plans and financial calculations, so here goes! Hopefully this will help those of you who need a guide on how to plan your finances for your housing needs. I previously wrote about waiting for the February 2017 BTO launch, but unfortunately neither Bukit Batok nor Sengkang appealed to my fiancé and I as we prefer to stay … [Read more...]

Couple Talk: EC or Resale

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I've dated my partner for close to 5 years. I always joke that I gave him my youth (that's true). 5 years is a long time. I also joked about how if we're fortunate enough, we would already have a baby (好命的话,我的baby可能1岁咯). Unfortunately, we have been sorely unsuccessful in getting a flat. I probably am more anxious than him because I feel like I've an expiry date, and my biological clock is … [Read more...]

A Suitable Valentine’s Day Gift

When it comes to a suitable Valentine’s Day gift, Heartland Girl has certain OB markers. A HDB BTO surprise application on Valentine’s Day is a uniquely Singapore phenomenon. However, she would certainly disapprove of any guy who bids for a HDB BTO without first proposing to the girl. This simply drains all the romance out of the relationship. Therefore, any guy harbouring such thoughts for the … [Read more...]

Take home loan from bank and buy unit trusts!

Hi AK, I'm new to your site, saw quite a few interesting post from you.. Wonder if I can get some advise and directions to investment... Have $50k spare cash, now searching for what to invest... I have a $500k HDB housing loan. Some financial advisors asked me to switch to bank loan. Instead of using my spare cash to clear my housing loan, look for an investment product which is stable … [Read more...]

A tale of two HDB flats by Darles Chickens.

Chinese New Year is a time of family bonding, catching up with friends and also gossiping. What? Gossiping is not a Chinese New Year tradition? Alamak.  Oh, it is something we do daily? OK lor. Since this is the Year of the Chicken (What? Not Chicken? Is Rooster? Rooster is not a Chicken meh?), I present to you "A tale of two HDB flats" by Darles Chickens. Gossip Tale … [Read more...]

1st guest post from Ted of Redbrick

I receive no rewards/ compensation of whatsoever from this blog post. My intention is simple, someone ask me for help, I help. Red brick, is talking about HdB loans options. I do not see how providing convenient to Ted in this case can anyway turn out detrimental to my readers and I believe the info might be quite useful. Again, I emphasized, I do not endorse anything and receive nothing in … [Read more...]

Chip Eng Seng – What really matters in a Stock

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as I continue to find the next company for my $2k Construction & Engineering | Founded in 1998 | Build HDB (Pinnacle -famous one)/Condo , Woodlands driving centre Comparison will be done with Low Keng Huat [LKH] (Closest market cap) 1)  IDENTIFICATION OF COMPANIES THAT ARE UNDERVALUED. Price to book ratio : 0.542 (45.8% below its fair value) – (LKH at 0.648) Price to earning … [Read more...]

Choosing A Longer HDB Loan

A comment by Andy from Tacomob in a previous post on HDB loans led to this post. I was sufficiently intrigued to try and dig out my calculations from 5 years ago. Unfortunately, they are nowhere to be found. Heck, so I made new ones! This time, I cheated by using a financial calculator app, though. Sidetrack a little for now – I saw this post yesterday on buying a first home and the … [Read more...]

Infographic – All You Need To Know About HDB Loan And Bank Loan (Guest Post)

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Buying a HDB flat for the first time can be an intimidating experience. It’s probably the first big ticket purchase in your life that will take the next couple of decades to pay off, so you’d definitely want to rake in as much savings as you can. Perhaps you have not really thought about what kind of loan to take up. If you don’t already know, you have a choice between taking up a HDB or bank … [Read more...]

CPF Home Loan or Bank Loan?

Buying a HDB flat for the first time can be an intimidating experience. It is probably the first big ticket purchase in your life that will take the next couple of decades to pay off, so you would definitely want to rake in as much savings as you can. Perhaps you have not really thought about what kind of loan to take up. If you do not already know, you have a choice between taking up a HDB loan … [Read more...]

Income Review 2016

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Not many streams of income left in 2016 that will bring me into 2017, having liquidate most of my positions to purchase a second home. Passive income: As can be seen... my passive income dropped from 2016 as compared to previous years. Liquidated most of my assets to get another house which i am currently staying in. So it will be like a fresh start in 2017 when i try to build up my … [Read more...]

Why I think reducing the Starting Land Lease of HDB flats from 99 to 60 years won’t help much

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I bumped into a good friend not too long ago while I was on my way to a seminar. The conversation shifted again to one of the topics that we like to complain incessantly about, which is housing in Singapore is expensive. I made a resolution this year not to get into too many debates that lead nowhere but I do have a takeaway that some frightful things such as the fear of not being able to … [Read more...]

CPF Money That Keeps Growing (2017)

Not so long ago, my brother-in-law applied for the latest HDB launch of flats, and selected a 4-room apartment to ballot for. My brother-in-law had quite a few questions for me, but my memory is failing me as the process happened so long ago. Red Brick has an awesome infographic that answered a lot of his financing questions. Located right beside Woodleigh MRT, the apartment had a decent location … [Read more...]

50 Year old Lady’s Vagabond Life Living in Changi Airport for 8 Years – What I Learned

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We depend a lot on our take home pay to fund our lifestyle. When you have a problem with your cash flow from your take home pay, what would you do? Many would: Try to borrow from friends and relatives. This is difficult because its not often that people are in a better financial situation then yourself and are likely unable to lend you the money Find a job that pays better, or pay at … [Read more...]

One Of The Financial Goals You Should Stop Aiming For In 2017???

After reading somewhere in the Cyber world; huh! So far; Uncle8888 hasn't met any retail investors who are still in the stock market and have admitted that they can't beat CPF OA interest rate of 2.5% CAGR. For his generation of seniors in their late 50s and 60s who have admitted; they have chopped their fingers and move on and never touch the stock market again. Real People. Real … [Read more...]

Buy 99 years leasehold or freehold property in Singapore?

For home buyers in Singapore, most would qualify for a BTO HDB flat. It gives the best value for money. Even a resale HDB flat is a good deal compared to the sky high asking prices of private condominiums. However, regular readers know that I would caution against buying very old HDB flats. "It's OK lah. I like the location and there is 60 years left to the lease." And how long are you … [Read more...]

CPF’s Home Protection Scheme (HPS).

The most significant big-ticket item for my family in 2016 was the purchase of our Executive Condominium (EC), The Terrace, at Punggol Waterway. Like many Singaporeans, being able to upgrade to an EC is our Singapore Dream. Arising from this purchase, we had taken a quite a big mortgage loan from one of the local banks and in the course of doing so, I did some research on mortgage loans. In this … [Read more...]

Mentally and financially prepared for retrenchment.

This is part of an email a reader wrote to me after reading an updated blog post. (They invested in multiple properties and are now retrenched.) Reader: "Their experience is getting more common. I am in my late 50s and I see many friends and relatives in my age group being asked to go. I am sure it will be my turn soon as the company has not been doing well.  "I have been reading your … [Read more...]

They chose financial independence over home ownership.

This is somewhat extreme but watch how this Canadian couple chose financial independence over home ownership. They are in their 30s and, well, they are retired. If we qualified for a BTO HDB 5 room flat which costs, maybe, $500,000 today, why do we need to buy a condominium which costs $1.5 million, for example? If we didn't need so much living space, would a BTO HDB 3 room flat in Choa Chu … [Read more...]