Author: Investment Moats

How should Freelancers Manage Their Money?

I would not consider that I am more of a freelancer or part of the gig economy. For a long while, I held a job that many said was rather stable. The difference is that I have a gig at night that pays as well. Generally, I do not face any cash flow problems throughout that time because I don’t do crazy things like spending more than what I earned. The gig part pays, but it does not cover all the expenses, so its role to me is good to have and it keeps me motivated. But I have...

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Reviewing Robo Advisers is a Strange Concept…

My washing machine is making a lot of loud noises recently. Looks like the dependable trusty machine could not last long. I intended to try to see if I can fix it. But I do also intend to buy another one. Washing machine is not something that I am an expert in. I did not keep up with the technology of washing machine. In all honesty, the impact of selecting a wrong one can be a considerable inconvenience. I spend some time researching the latest technology. And then look at what is offered out there. There are too many...

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REITAS Talk – Understanding REITs with US Assets

The REIT Association of Singapore (REITAS) is organizing a seminar on REITs in the United States. This is a weekday event on 22nd November and paid event. Derek Tan, the SVP, Property Analyst of DBS Research will be speaking and there will be a round table discussion with Jill Smith, the CEO of Manulife US REIT and David Snyder, CEO & CIO of Keppel Pacific Oak US REIT. This will be moderated by Nupur Joshi, CEO of REITAS. Keppel Pacific Oak US REIT just did a placement yesterday that was 3x oversubscribed and Manulife US REIT just did an...

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You Cannot Sustain Your Dividend Portfolio Without a Stream of Good Ideas

If I were to give one factor that makes dividend investing difficult for a lot of people it is a stream of constant ideas. Ideas are companies, bonds of companies and other securities that you can invest in to earn a total return. What you wish for is to set up a 15 stock portfolio that can give you a conservative 5% dividend yield. Your portfolio of 15 stocks have capital gains that keep up with inflation as well. You would assume that to be 2-3% a year. Thus, in the long run, the average total return you will...

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It is a Better Life to Live a More Intentional Life

“You have to make it possible for yourself. And you can do it” If there is one takeaway from this article it would be this 2 sentence. Tony and Margo raised their 3 kids. Then they retired in 2010. Like many of us, they had mortgage and high health insurance payments (in the United States, the health insurance cost is much higher than in Singapore). In Margo’s words they “owe their soul” to Bank of America. They owe Bank of America so much in high-interest payments that they realize it was just not worth it. So they decide to...

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Your Descent into Active Trading Starts Here in this Investing Note & SGX Tournament!

Do you wish to test your trading skills, beat the pants out of professionals and be rewarded for it? Now your chance is here! Investing discussion group platform InvestingNote.com is partnering with SGX and Societe Generale to organize an active trading tournament for traders. You can be part of this competition. All you have to do is click the Register for FREE blue button, and you are on your way. Registration will be from 21 Sep 2019 til 8 Nov 2019 The tournament will consist of 2 rounds and one voting period: Elimination Round (14th Oct – 8th Nov...

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You would Moderate Your Spending if the World Collapsed

One of the biggest counter-argument to the safe-withdrawal-rate way of deriving your retirement income is that most of us do not spend like this in reality. Our real-life spending tends to go up and down and seldom stays constant. So it is quite hard to accept that if we are given $40,000 that is inflation-adjusted, we will diligently spend all. However, you can think of this as similar to a non-guaranteed endowment, whose value will fluctuate but will give you a consistent income. It is up to you to decide whether you should spend it. Go Curry Cracker has...

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An “Extreme” Early Retirement Life is Not so Extreme. It looks Pretty Good

If we wish to reminisce about how these financial independence movement started, we got to discuss a little about the history. From what I know, this can be broken up into a few “Eras”. Paul Terhorst wrote Cashing in on the American Dream in the 1980s Then Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin wrote Your Money or Your Life in the 1990s There was a Motley Fool subthread which eventually became a private financial independence forum Bob Clyatt introduced us to the concept of semi-retirement when he reinvented himself as a sculptor (now he is renown for that). He wrote...

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Singapore Savings Bonds SSB November 2019 Issue Yields 1.74% for 10 Year and 1.62% for 1 Year

Here is a higher yielding, safe way to save your money that you have no idea when you will need to use it, or your emergency fund. The November 2019’s SSB bonds yield an interest rate of 1.74%/yr for the next 10 years. You can apply through ATM or Internet Banking via the three banks (UOB,OCBC, DBS) However, if you only hold the SSB bonds for 1 year, with 2 semi-annual payments, your interest rate is 1.62%/yr. $10,000 will grow to $11,740 in 10 years. This bond is backed by the Singapore Government and its available to Singaporeans. A single...

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2 New ETFs helping Singaporeans Gain Diversified Global Equity Exposures

One of my ex-co-worker let me know that there are 2 exchange traded funds (ETF) listed on the London Stock Exchange this year. I thought these are pretty good to let you guys and gals be aware of. This is more suitable for the buy-and-hold investors who understand the benefits and shortcomings of investing in a low-cost portfolio by doing it yourself. This is in contrast to purchasing through easier to access robo-advisers platform. Both ETFs are UCITS ETF that are domiciled in Ireland and they are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). We prefer the ETF and...

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Manulife US REIT Acquires 400 Capitol Mall

I realize I have not written any updates on Manulife US REIT’s latest acquisition. So here it is. Just a short update. This year, majority of the REITs have seen their share price appreciating. With the share price appreciation, the cost of equity (which in this case, is the dividend yield the REIT pays to you) have gone down. This makes equity raising much attractive and for them to bring acquisitions on board. This increases the AUM, the net property income and therefore the fees earned. Manulife US REIT made the acquisition of Centerpointe in the Washington sub-market in...

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Why Affluent Singaporeans are not on Track for Desired Retirement

Majority of the affluent looking to retire are not financially on track yet. This is according to a recent Standard Chartered Survey. This Standard Chartered Survey covers 1000 respondents across 5 different countries China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. The survey asked 200 respondents between the age of 35 to 59 years old, from each of the countries. If I invert what the survey concluded, the result is quite interesting. 57% of affluent Singaporeans respondents (114 people out of 200 people) did not indicate that they are on track to the desired retirement they wish for. 36% of...

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Why I say Trust & Competency in Your Financial Adviser is Less Important

Cute Platelets that Clot and Binds Last week, I wrote a post on Providend titled Here are the Top 3 Attributes of a Good Financial Adviser. I thought it will give you some good examples how you could go about assessing a prospective financial adviser if you wish to engage one. After I have published the article, I would like to share some thoughts about what goes into the thought process. When I wanted to write such an article, I could not write it from my point of view since I have been more of a consumer, rather some...

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Why are Singapore Fund Expenses so High

In my capacity on my day job in Providend, I was asked to make a comment on a recent MorningStar study that came out. You can see my comments here: click to read article. Unfortunately, my Chinese is so lousy that I cannot translate this. Basically, Zaobao seeks a comment why local funds are comparatively so expensive and my answer is as above. MorningStar’s global investor study seeks to examine the cost structure of funds for retail investors around the world. They have produce this study every 2 years so this study in 2019 is the sixth edition. It...

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Getting Some Development Ideas from You

I woke up this morning feeling very frustrated about something at work. There is this functionality that is so simple, yet I can’t find a lot of service provider offering it. So I am contemplating coding this myself. It will also be good since I may eventually be able to own the intellectual property rights to this. And that means Investment Moats readers may eventually be benefit from it if Kyith becomes resurgent as a coder. However, that would mean that the writing stuff will have to go down. So this is roughly what I need I am thinking...

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