Author: Heartland Boy

Heartland Boy’s Ultimate Cash Back Credit Card Strategy For 2018

If you have been a frequent reader of this blog, you would have realised that Heartland Boy clearly falls into the cash back camp. For the uninitiated, cash back programmes are typically reward programmes whereby a small percentage of the amount spent will be paid back to the user. Therefore, Heartland Boy believes that cash back credit cards are an effective way of minimising his daily expenses. Entering a brand new year, Heartland Boy intends to spell out his ultimate cash back credit card strategy for 2018. This serves as a guide for himself and more importantly, for Heartland...

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How I Saved Over $300 By Switching To SIM-only Mobile Phone Plan

To begin a brand new year, Heartland Boy typically likes to get his finances in order first. This is very much akin to performing a spring cleaning before the lunar Chinese New Year. Therefore, he has been strategizing on how he could further reduce his discretionary expenses in 2018. One of the low-hanging fruits that he has identified was his monthly mobile phone bill. After some research online regarding the latest deals, he realised that he was still sitting on a cell phone plan that belonged to an era when competition in the telecommunications sector was less stiff. As...

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Heartland Boy 2017 Stock Performance Review

2017 is behind us and it is time for an annual review of Heartland Boy’s stock portfolio. The metric used to measure the stock performance would be Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”) and the relevant benchmark is the Singapore Straits Times Index (STI Exchange Traded Fund). Having a benchmark is important as it allows Heartland Boy to track and compare his active investment strategy. Heartland Boy will also be including the cash component when calculating his stock performance. Without further ado, let’s get straight down to business. From the table shown above, 2017 was an average year for Heartland...

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Top 10 Highlights of 2017

Hey, 2018 is almost upon us. Taking the cue from his lovely wife, Heartland Boy thought that this is a good opportunity to set aside time to meditate, reflect and reminisce about the highlights of 2017. In no particular order, here are the top 10 highlights of 2017 for Heartland Boy. 1. Watched His First Ever Concert The bumpkin kid finally had his first taste of a live paying concert. (NDP excluded) Through her gym instructor, Heartland Girl managed to purchase tickets to one of the most sought-after concerts held in Singapore in 2017. Perhaps this was the only...

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Straco Corporation: Initiation Report

Business Model of Straco Straco Corporation Limited (‘Straco’) is a developer, owner and operator of tourist attractions in Singapore and China. It started operations in 1990s and successfully listed on the SGX Mainboard in February 2004. Its current portfolio includes Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Underwater World Xiamen, Lintong Lixing Cable Car and Singapore Flyer. Diagram 1: The various assets under Straco’s portfolio Straco employs a business model that is simple enough for the man on the street to understand. As the owner and operator of tourist assets, Straco generates the bulk of its revenue from the sale of admission tickets....

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Why I Signed Up For Great Eastern GREAT205

Earlier this week, Great Eastern decided to relaunch its GREAT205 after receiving overwhelming response for it during September 2017. Heartland Boy’s insurance agent immediately buzzed him about this piece of great news. That is because he had previously missed the narrow window to sign up for it during September as he was still working in Jakarta.  Not to pass up on a good offer at the second time of asking, Heartland Boy decided to sign up for the GREAT205 this week. Here are the reasons why he signed up for the Great Eastern GREAT205 using his SRS funds. What...

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Enjoy Tax Relief When You Voluntarily Contribute Cash To CPF Medisave

In his painfully slow journey towards financial freedom, Heartland Boy has made plenty of mistakes. The only saving grace is that he is still young and so has time to unwind some of his mistakes. One of the mistakes that he made was not realizing the wonders of making a voluntary contribution to the Central Provident Fund (‘CPF’) Medisave Account. It is something that he should have prioritised over the Retirement Sum Topping Up scheme(‘RSTU’). Both are examples of CPF schemes that allow a member to contribute to their CPF Accounts. However, making voluntary cash top up to the...

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Why Heartland Girl Is Hopping Over To An Improved DBS Multiplier Account

About 2 years ago, Heartland Girl embarked on a full-time Masters Programme in Counselling and Guidance at the National Institute of Education. The motivation behind that decision was to help more individuals lead successful, fulfilling, and well-meaning lives in her capacity as a counsellor. It was not an attempt to one up Heartland Boy and prove that she is the smarter one in the household, or so she says. Well, the downside of undertaking a full-time course is that she has to reduce the workload at her full-time employment. As a result, Heartland Girl has repeatedly failed to credit...

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Why I Helped My Mum Open An UOB Stash Account

A few weekends ago, Heartland Boy finally managed to convince his mum to go to the bank and open a new savings account. Now that Heartland Boy is back in Singapore for good, these are the little errands that he can now accomplish with his parents. Anyway, back to the topic of a bank savings account. Heartland Boy’s mum has been studiously stashing away her money in her POSB savings account all her life. For as long as Heartland Boy could remember, POSB was paying her mum an interest rate of 0.05%. This was particularly frustrating as Heartland Boy...

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Geo Energy: Initiation Report

Business Model of Geo Energy Geo Energy (SGX Stock Ticker RE4) is a coal producer established in 2008 and listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange’s main board in 2012. It owns several coal mines over 17,000 hectares and has almost 100 million tonnes of coal reserves. After its IPO, Geo Energy was mired in years of unprofitability as coal prices nosedived from the highs experienced in 2010. Long-time shareholders have suffered as a result. Oh yes, you can count Jim Rogers as one of them too. Jim Rogers became a Geo Energy board of director since December 2012. In...

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Heartland Boy Featured At Invest Fair 2017 Singapore

Invest Fair has always been an event which Heartland Boy has attended ever since he got curious about investing. Heartland Boy attended only because it is a free-admission event whereby the public can learn more about investments. It is the annual flagship event organized by ShareInvestor, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings. Invest Fair 2017 Singapore was held on 5th and 6th August 2017 at Suntec Convention Centre. For the 2017 edition, it got a little more special for Heartland Boy because he was invited to be one of the panelists for a specific subject matter. Yes, Heartland Boy...

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Curating The Best Air Miles Credit Card On SingSaver

Heartland Boy has predominantly favoured credit cards that provide cashback over air miles. There were 2 reasons for this. 1) His expatriate package in Jakarta granted him an annual number of flights on premium carriers. 2) The ANZ Optimum Credit Card rewarded his 5% cashback whenever he had to book his Jakarta-Singapore tickers on budget carriers. However, things have changed lately. Firstly, ANZ’s retail banking division has been purchased by DBS and as a result, the ANZ Optimum Credit Card is no longer valid. Secondly, Heartland Boy has been posted back to Singapore for good! That also meant that he has...

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How CPF gives extra interest rate for my parents’ retirement accounts

If you ask Heartland Boy what is his biggest worry right now, his answer will be “Retirement”. Not his retirement, but his parents’ retirement. He only came to know about his parents’ lack of retirement funds when he helped them to set up two-factor authentication (2FA) for their respective SingPasses. Armed with their SingPasses and with their permission, he proceeded to log onto their Central Provident Fund (‘CPF’) accounts to steal a glimpse. His heart sank. Their retirement prospects are bleak and it will inevitably become an issue for his family to grapple with in the near future. At...

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Choosing Hong Kong For Our First Family Holiday Destination

In June 2017, Heartland Boy’s family reached a mini milestone- they embarked on their first overseas holiday together as a family! Of course, trips to neighbouring Malaysia should not be counted! This is definitely a memorable occasion worth penning down in this blog. For Heartland Boy, this was a moment 29 years in the making! A confluence of factors made this family vacation possible: His parents finally shut down their hawker stall and were waiting to find new jobs. The children are working adults who can help finance this family holiday Heartland Boy was guilty after making too many...

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Should I Accept Blackstone Cash Offer For Croesus Retail Trust?

This week, Heartland Boy was forced to close the chapter on a cornerstone stock in his portfolio, Croesus Retail Trust. He first invested in Croesus Retail Trust in June 2015. Over a 27-month holding period, Heartland Boy managed to recognize an XIRR of 27.4% and an overall margin of 58% over his cost of investment. Again, this is a very satisfying return and quite similar to what he had achieved for Lippo REIT. What this also implies is that he will not have to decide between voting for or against Blackstone cash offer for Croesus Retail Trust. Yes, Heartland...

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