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Jared Seah

Rental Property or Dividend Stocks?

July 24, 2014 by Jared Seah
If you only have a million $ and you are allowed only 2 choices: 1) To buy a rental property to collect rent. 2) To invest in equity to collect dividends. Which one would you choose and why? My esteemed reader temperament asked this question and I think this can be a fun exercise to […]

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REITs versus Brick and Mortar Properties

July 23, 2014 by Jared Seah
Yes, REITs do own property assets. They could be residential, commercial, or industrial properties; hotels, hospitals, and what have you – just as long it’s a building or space where you can lease it out to tenants. Does that mean when I own REITs, I am a property investor too? You can call me Al! […]

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What Passive Income?

July 21, 2014 by Jared Seah
There’s some emotive words out there that work very well in attracting consumer attention: Free! Half-price! Buy 2 get 1 free! Bonus pack! And for the journey towards Financial Freedom, there is this popular “Passive Income” quote that never fails to attract interest and attention. When we were young, we get an allowance from our […]

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Specialist versus Generalist

July 16, 2014 by Jared Seah
The panda has a specialised diet consisting almost exclusively of bamboo. So is the just as cute koala bear that survives mainly on a diet of eucalypt leaves. Now compare them to humans or bears who are omnivores. We humans eat almost everything! In some countries, humans have diets that include spiders, insects, scorpions, etc. […]
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Running in the Maze of Life

July 15, 2014 by Jared Seah
Have you noticed this phenomenon when shopping in IKEA? Don’t laugh! There’s a lot of science and understanding of consumer behaviours that’s gone into the design of the maze. Isn’t it true pretty much of most things in Life? After going through one meaningless relationship to another, we finally realised The One for us has all along been […]
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Trading is lot like the movie Edge of Tomorrow

July 13, 2014 by Jared Seah
Yesterday Tuesday afternoon, I went for my discount movie watching fix. What do you know? This Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow was surprisingly entertaining! It’s Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. For Sci-fi buffs, it’s not anything “new”; but for casual movie-goers, I heard some people mumbling what what was it all about? Didn’t understand […]

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Blending Cash and Equity together

July 13, 2014 by Jared Seah
When you drink Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker whiskey, do you know they are blended whiskey? Blended whiskey is the product of mixing one or more higher-quality straight or single malt whiskies with lighter spirits and water. And no, the best whiskey is not always the “pure” single malt kind. Wink. Most people only consider […]

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English, Mandarin, Dialects

July 7, 2014 by Jared Seah
What a surprise! This weekend, I got a morale boost while reading the local news. I’m not that 2nd rate after all! I do speak Singlish and can talk “male chicken” as well as any other loud-mouthed Singaporean. However, when the occasion calls for it, I can switch to Standard English – the kind spoken […]
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Vision

July 3, 2014 by Jared Seah
When you think of Steve Jobs, which fits better? Visionary or Great Goal Setter? What’s the Vision of the company you worked for? (Student readers can refer to the annual reports of any listed company you currently vested in.) What do you see? It’s usually a few words that are vague and can mean anything […]
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My vision for SERS came true!

June 30, 2014 by Jared Seah
9 years ago, after my 35th birthday, I started my journey to find a HDB 3 room flat under the Single Singapore Citizen Scheme. The first priority was to find a place to call my own. But at the back of my mind, I had a vision to find a place that could be an en-bloc potential […]

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Trust is Good; Control is Better

June 26, 2014 by Jared Seah
For maximum effect, we should say it out loud with a German accent. Just to be clear, I belong to the “Trust but Verify” camp. Life is easier that way. I love to poke my fellow Steering Group members when we get overboard with “control”: – we need another KPI to measure this… – we […]
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Trust but Verify

June 24, 2014 by Jared Seah
It’s not about being cynical. Nor is it about being skeptical. It’s about basing our opinions or decisions on some backing of facts – if any. If we don’t verify what we’ve heard or read and pass the same message to others, we are merely parroting and passing hearsay to others. Rumour-mongers? And if the […]
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