How Investing In Foreign Property Destroyed My Family Wealth

When Heartland Boy applied for a role at a real estate developer after graduation, the hiring manager asked during the interview, “you graduated with a degree in Business Management, why do you want to work in the property sector?” Heartland Boy replied, “My experience with the real estate sector started when I was only very young, probably at 6 years old. I understand that many households in … [Read more...]

Why You Should Get The Unlimited Cashback Credit Card

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Having recently experienced an interest rate reduction on his deposits, there is finally some good news coming from the banking industry. A competitor, Standard Chartered Bank (‘SCB’), just released a very attractive credit card- the Unlimited Cashback Credit Card. We all know that cashback is all the rage these days. By targeting right at the primitive desires of consumers, it will not be … [Read more...]

Why Heartland Boy Switched To UOB One Account

The OCBC 360 Account has always held a special place inside Heartland Boy’s heart. Convincing Heartland Girl to switch to OCBC 360 Account was the first finance related advice that Heartland Boy ever recommended to her. Heartland Girl beamed with joy whenever she saw the huge monthly interest rolled in. This recommendation cemented Heartland Boy’s position as a dependable personal finance … [Read more...]

ISOTeam Limited: Initiation Report

Business Model of ISOTeam Limited (‘ISO’) ISOTeam is founded in 1998 and listed on the SGX Catalist in July 2013 at an IPO price of $0.22 (equivalent to $0.11 today after a 1 for 1 bonus split in 2015). It is founded by David Ng (Chairman), Antony Koh (CEO) and Danny Foo (Director of Operations). The founders collectively own 42.1% stake in ISO through their investment vehicle, ADD Investment … [Read more...]

How Heartland Boy Earned $1058 Cashback In 2016

2017 was the first year that Heartland Boy officially stopped receiving angbaos. This meant that he can no longer rely on red packets to grow his annual savings. However, Heartland Boy received greetings and well-wishes from the recipients in exchange. To be able to see the smiles on the children’s faces reminded him that he has now matured into a full-fledged adult with more responsibilities. Now … [Read more...]

3 Ways Your Parents Can Grow Their Retirement Funds

Money is an emotional topic in Heartland Boy’s family, and often, also the root of all problems in the household. This can all be traced to the diverse perspectives on money held by his family members. As age catches up, Heartland Boy’s parents find it increasingly tiring to stand behind the wok for long hours to serve up a good bowl of fish soup. What is even more worrisome is that his parents … [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...]

Viva Industrial Trust: Initiation Report

Business Model of Viva Industrial Trust (‘VIT’) Viva Industrial Trust is a business-park focussed REIT listed on the SGX since November 2013. It manages a portfolio of 9 properties (2 Integrated Business Parks, 3 Warehouses and 4 Light Industrial Factories) in Singapore.  It collects rent from the tenants and after netting operating expenses, the rents are then paid out to unitholders as … [Read more...]

How To Achieve Financial Goals In 2017

In keeping with the start of the year, Heartland Boy decided to set some financial goals in 2017. He believes in a dual pronged approach of growing both his income and minimizing his expenses. He truly identifies with the article written by Cheerful Egg, and would like to set in place several systems to achieve his financial goals in 2017. To achieve his financial goals, he intends to both grow … [Read more...]

What Heartland Boy Learnt From Working In Jakarta

Despite being only 1 hour and 20 mins away by plane, most Singaporeans would never visit Jakarta unless they absolutely have to. For Heartland Boy, that “absolutely have to” moment came in January 2016 when he was posted to Jakarta for a 2-year work assignment. It’s absolutely unbelievable how fast one year had already transpired. Since he is halfway into his overseas secondment, it is an apt time … [Read more...]

Heartland Boy Stock Investment Review 2016

Heartlandboy.com recently celebrated its one year anniversary. One of the motivations in starting a personal finance website was to have some form of public monitoring Heartland Boy’s investment portfolio. This indirect accountability adds a higher degree of responsibility when Heartland Boy manages his portfolio. Given that 2016 is behind us, let’s review if starting Heartlandboy.com has allowed … [Read more...]

Expert Round Up: Best Financial Advice in 2016

Hey, 2017 is almost upon us. That means the inevitable urge to reflect and dwell on how 2016 has been has arrived as well. As Heartland Boy morphs into a pensive mode, along came the absolutely brilliant Heartland Girl. She who spends all her waking hours thinking of how to grow Heartland Boy had a brilliant suggestion. Heartland Girl decided that the readers have probably read and heard enough … [Read more...]

How To Save On Income Tax In Singapore

As the year draws to a close, one of the tasks on Heartland Boy’s to-do list is to manage his income tax. Indeed, he advocates taking a proactive, rather than a reactive, stance towards managing one’s tax bill. In this article, Heartland Boy focuses on the tasks that must be completed within the current fiscal year in order for one to enjoy tax reliefs during the next tax reporting season. … [Read more...]

How To Save Money When Dining Out

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The festive season is around the corner and inevitably, you get more requests for meet-ups than usual. Coupled with the receipt of your year-end bonus, the temptation to splurge on sumptuous Yuletide feasts at restaurants with your loved ones is indeed great. As such, you may find yourselves dangerously close to busting your waistline as well as your monthly budget. Fret not, as Heartland Boy has … [Read more...]

Positive Experience With A Professional House Mover In Singapore

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Readers of Heartlandboy.com would know that Heartland Boy and Heartland Girl chose to purchase a HDB BTO flat over a HDB Resale flat. Having chosen this option, they now face an almost unbearable wait of 4 years before their HDB BTO would be ready. Having heard the wise words that a big space is not necessary for procreation, Heartland Boy decided to move into Heartland Girl’s house as an interim … [Read more...]

InvestingNote: Get Tips On Stocks From Experts

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With the launch of fintech festival last November, Singapore has signalled its intention to be a serious fintech hub in the world. Heartland Boy is hugely supportive of this initiative because he has personally benefitted from some local fintech startups; namely Shopback and Carousell. In this post, he is pleased to share with his readers about the merits of InvestingNote. What is … [Read more...]

Why Honeymoon In South Africa

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Deciding where to go for your honeymoon is actually a more tricky issue than it seems. This is especially true for Heartland Boy- an anxious henpecked husband perpetually worried about pleasing Heartland Girl. Well, Heartland Boy was very pleased that marriage life got off on a brilliant note with a romantic honeymoon in South Africa. They had an amazing time in such a far flung, exotic and … [Read more...]

Financial Steps Upon Death Of Spouse

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A few months before their marriage, Heartland Girl had this question for Heartland Boy, “Dear, you must tell me what financial steps to take if you pass away.” That question caught Heartland Boy by surprise and he had no answers then. However, he realized that death of partner is not something frivolous that can be dismissed easily. (Just for clarification, Heartland Girl never says anything … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Moving in With the In-Laws

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Heartland Boy and Heartland Girl purchased their HDB BTO (‘Housing Development Board Build to Order’) unit in early 2015 and have to wait till 2019 before their love nest is ready. In the interim, they made a collective decision for Heartland Boy to move into Heartland Girl’s family home. Financially, this was a prudent choice. However, this was still a difficult decision to make as moving in … [Read more...]

Investment Strategy For US Election 2016

The US Election 2016 is another event that could have a profound impact on the global stock market. Similar to BREXIT, there is a known date for its occurrence. The US Election 2016 is set to take place on 8 November 2016 (US Time), and the results will probably start to filter in by 9 November late afternoon. (Singapore time) Given the latest FBI probe, Hilary Clinton is no longer seen as a clear … [Read more...]