Author: My 15 Hour Work Week

Hedging With 3 Different Investment Strategies

As I have written in an earlier post, by the time you “realise” you can or cannot beat the market, it could be too late. Therefore, my preference is to adopt various approaches and I have somewhat settled on 3 for 2017 and hopefully, all of them will work out well beyond 2017. 1. 15HWW Permanent Portfolio This has been in place since 1 Jan 2017 and I will reveal what it’s exactly made up of in the next post. But basically, this will be quite a passive and relatively stress-free way of investing. Buying into broad instruments and...

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Living Till Age 100?

The Mrs celebrated her 31st birthday just last week. I actually told her that I would be really grateful if I get to celebrate her birthday for at least 50 more times.  Like most people, I actually don’t really believe I would live past 90, let alone 100. However, I came across this blogpost written by Labour MP Zainal Sapari which talks about how we all must start preparing to live a life till 100. Naturally, I was quite skeptical but a quick search on Google yielded these results (here, here and here). And I am surprised to find...

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By The Time You “Realise” You Can Or Cannot Beat The Index, It’s Too Late?

I have an investment record of about 5-6 years. For someone who is 30 years young, that’s considered pretty long. But to most “investors” out there, it’s too short a period to judge whether I am a good investor. Some of them would say you need to have at least 10 years of track record or go through at least a cycle or two of bulls and bears. It’s then when you can judge if you really outperformed the market and should continue to manage your own portfolio rather than outsource to an ETF that tracks an index. However,...

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Expenses Update: December 2016

We spent a reasonable $3,280 in December considering it’s the month of giving. I guess with the intention of sticking to a budget of $42,000 in 2017, we have already subconsciously tried to pare down a bit of the excesses in the last month of 2016. The entire year’s spending is in and we actually spent about $52,000 for 2017 which translates to a monthly expenditure of about $4,300.  I guess I will be dedicating a post to the breakdown of our expenses in the next few weeks. Analysing it will probably give us a better chance of our...

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Can You Help, Please?

In an alternate universe, I could easily be working as an employee in a tuition centre like “Learning Champs”, drawing a salary and receiving employee benefits. And imagine if such a scenario played out on me: Learning Champs is running into financial difficulties and Mind Lab is taking over the tuition centre I have worked at for the past three years. Mind Lab: Hi 15HWW, since you will be starting out with us as a new tutor, here is the financial package you will be receiving in 2017. 15HWW: Why is my salary being reduced to that of a...

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My First Talk On 12 Jan 2017: Do Show Your Support!

It’s only been a few days into 2017 and I am sure you have made some new year resolutions with regards to Money and Love. If you’re single, are you hoping to get hitched in 2017? And how do you know he/she might be the right one? Or if you’re happily attached, perhaps your goal is to tie the knot? What are some common potential money pitfalls you wish you could avoid before getting married? Or if you’re already married, maybe you want to improve the management of your household’s finances? Or start financially planning for babies? To kickstart 2017,...

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Our First Budget In Years: $42,000 in 2017

I am being perfectly honest when I say that the 15HWW household has not had a budget in years. For the past few years, we spent whenever we felt the need to and would never put off a purchase just because we “busted” some imaginary budget. But just to make us more alert of our spending and brush up on our frugality skills, I have actually decided to impose a $42,000 budget for 2017. Why $42,000? 1. Lowering it further could be way too tough $42,000 in a year means $3,500 for a month, a very nice number. That’s a sum...

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A Review Of My Choices In 2016

Since it’s still the school holidays, I was able to squeeze all my weekend lessons on weekdays instead. So yes, I am enjoying my last peaceful weekend before 2017 kicks off. Besides using today to read up on other financial bloggers’ reflections of the year (here, here, here and here), I have also decided to review my choices for 2016. Super kickass, probably the best blockbuster of the year for me Just like Deadpool* (who chose to receive “unorthodox” treatment for his cancer and face the nasty consequences), it’s really our choices that determine our life. So it’s good to learn from...

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Christmas Gifts And Exchanges: A Love-Hate Relationship

I have just finished a series of Christmas gifts and exchanges again and here are my thoughts on two separate events. Friends Christmas Gift Exchange What I Love About It It is a great excuse for us to meet up. My wife and I are JC classmates and we have a rather tight clique of about 7-10 that have kept in close contact over the years. But as we grow older, everyone becomes “busier” so this is really a great opportunity. We have a fun exchange game. Basically, each of us will prepare a “Heaven” gift with a budget of $50...

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A Meet-Up With Early Retirement SG

Previous Interactions I have sort of known Early Retirement Sg for close to 3 years, having stumbled onto one of his first few posts like this. Needless to say, I was quite impressed by his writing and views. So much so that as a rather new blogger then, I plucked up my courage and approached him to see if he was willing to guest post on my budding blog. And voila, here’s what he came up with. So when he stopped blogging in the middle of 2014, I was rather disappointed. But in the past few months, he’s been...

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15HWW Origins: The Inability To Conform In School

Since Christ was actually born on yesterday’s date, I was actually inspired to come up with a series of origin posts for this blog. It took me some time to get the right picture above because when you type Big Bang on google, all you’re going to get are the ones below. #whathastheworldcometo I mean, if you have been following this blog for the past three years or more, haven’t you wondered why this 15HWW guy is quite different from the typical 30 year old? If I were to put myself in the shoes of a reader, these typical questions would be...

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A Christmas Gift From POSB

Despite the long queues at POSB ATMs, I will always have a soft spot for this heartlanders’ bank. At least for the first 20 years of my life, this was the only bank I transacted with and it was there when I saved my first $1, $10, $100 and then $1,000. Therefore, I am not surprised by my favourable review in the past and even right now, it continues to benefit me even when I have long stopped withdrawing money from its ATMS. Just last month, I signed up for the POSB Cashback Bonus (it has to be done online) and to...

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Merry Christmas And A New Approach On This Blog In 2017

I know I haven’t been writing on this blog as much as I should have or would have wanted. Most of the time, I take this hobby of mine too seriously. The amount of drafts I have in my trash is mind-boggling. And honestly, it does take 2-3 hours or even more to churn out articles such as this and this. And then, even more time is needed to search and add in an apt picture like the one below. When this is pretty much a non-revenue generating hobby, it is indeed hard to find motivation at 9pm on most days...

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Portfolio Update: December 2016

The year is ending and I actually prepared for the season of giving and joy by selling a few positions in the past few weeks, locking in some decent gains in the progress. Pretty delighted to know that my returns from my shares is close to 10% for 2016 after a poor 2015. More details in another post in a couple of weeks’ time. This is also probably the last update in such a format as I am almost ready to implement my version of the permanent portfolio on January 2017. Besides making things more clean-cut, it should also make it...

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Reviewing Workers’ Party Retrenchment Insurance Proposal

A few days ago, Workers’ Party released a consultation paper regarding a Redundancy Insurance scheme and I read it with huge interest. With calls for more social safety nets in Singapore in recent years, sacred cows have been slaughtered and we actually have minimum wages for specific sectors like cleaners and security guards now. This shift is apparent since even PAP MPs like Patrick Tay from the Labour Movement has come out to say that the concept of unemployment insurance should be studied further before we dismiss it out of hand. In fact, about half a year ago, Straits...

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