Author: SG Wealth Builder

Philip Capital Investment Conference (Singapore)

Philip Capital is organizing an investment conference called “Shares Investment Conference”. Investment guru, Jim Rogers, will be one of the key note speakers. Below is the details Date – 01 September 2012, Saturday (English Session) Time – 9am – 1pm (AM Session Pass)           – 2.30pm – 7pm (PM Session Pass)           – 9am – 7pm (Fold Full Day/Platinum VVIP Pass) There is a Chinese session as well. Please see the below details. – Speakers: Professor Chan Yan Chong and Hu Li Yang Date – 15 September 2012, Saturday (Chinese) Time – 9am – 1pm (AM Session Pass)           – 2.30pm...

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Shares Investment Conference 2012

I just finished my two weeks of in-camp reservist training recently. During this period, I did a lot of catch up with my bunk-mates and had several great conversations with them on topics regarding investments. One of my friends is running a successful hawker stall and has shares investment amounting to more than $100,000. Although he is not as highly educated as me, he shared with me that investing in shares without a personal strategy is like shooting blindly in a dark room. On this aspect, I agreed with him that investing without a strategy is like gambling in the casino...

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My views on Far East Hospitality Trust

Some time back ago, I received a query from a reader asking for my views on Far East Hospitality Trust IPO. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, normally I refrain from giving advices on IPO, especially business trusts or REITs. I must admit that my knowledge in business trusts and REITs is lacking. But then again, investors needs to understand that business trusts and REITs are very different from shares trading in the stock market. The structure and nature of the business model can be quite complicated for the man in the street to comprehend. For example, investors need to...

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Higher Starting Salaries for Fresh Graduates

A recent survey released by Hay Group last week revealed that fresh graduates are drawing higher starting salaries compared to 2011. Those without Honors drew S$2, 678 while those with second upper Honors and higher drew S$2, 766 and S$2, 882 respectively. It also revealed that those working in the engineering sector drew the highest average salaries of $2,777 without honors. Jobs in research & development and merchandise operations ranked second and third, with the graduates earning S$2, 764 and S$ 2, 742 a month, respectively. I am actually quite surprised by the survey as I always assumed that...

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Personal Finance Expert, Dennis Ng, passed away

I was shocked to learn that Dennis Ng has died suddenly of heart attack on 26th July. Dennis was well-known in Singapore to be a personal finance guru. He was the author of bestsellers, Mastering Your Personal Finance and What Your School Never Taught You About Money. He was also the co-founder of HousingLoanSG.com, an independent mortgage consultancy portal. This article is dedicated specially to the man who have contributed greatly to personal finance literacy in Singapore. I read from fellow bloggers in the investment community that he was someone who was willing to share his financial expertise and...

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Special appeal to all Singaporeans to support Adelyn

Many times, we took our health for granted. It is only when we lost our health, then we truly appreciate the beauty of life. I chanced upon this blog by a Singaporean girl called Adelyn Xinhui. She is born with cornea defect. I think many Singaporeans would recognise her face as she appeared in several Mediacorp charity shows before. Xinhui has just released a music album, hoping to raise money for a cornea transplant operation. The operation cost more than $40k for each eye. Please read her story in (http://adelynxinhui.blogspot.sg/). In a gesture of support, my wife and me...

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Robert Kiyosaki & SG Web Reviews

In recent months, I have been receiving enquiries from media and event organizer looking to promote their events on my blog, SG Web Reviews.One of them was an event organizer who wished to promote Robert Kiyosaki’s event “The Power of Financial Education” held at Singapore Expo, June 2012. I was approached a couple of weeks before the event was due to take place and was at first a bit skeptical. I mean my blog, SG Web Reviews, is not even a popular investment blog in Singapore, so why would the event company chose to promote their event in it? I told my...

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A new milestone for SG Web Reviews

SG Web Reviews stormed past 51,000 pageviews today. This is a new milestone for my blog and to be honest, I am very pleased that my blog’s readership has been rocketing over the last six months. Although I started this blog three years ago, I stopped blogging for quite a while in 2011 because of work commitments. At the end of 2011, pageviews for my blog was 8500. The increasing popularity of SG Web Reviews is a compliment to me and serves to reinforce in me that I am going the right direction. I hope that by the end of this year, my...

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My views on Ascendas Hospitality Trust

I am no stock analyst but yesterday one of my readers emailed and asked about my views on the Ascendas Hospitality Trust impending IPO. First of all, investors need to know that Ascendas Hospitality Trust is a business trust and not a typical real estate investment trust (Reit). In this case, about 80 percent of the assets will be in the business trust and 20 percent in the Reit. To be honest, I am not sure how business trust works and normally if I don’t understand a business model, I would not invest in the company. This is not...

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How the rich make their money

It is often said that the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer. Globally, the issue of social gap is entrenching in many cosmopolitan cities. Even Singapore, which is home to one of the largest concentration of millionaires in the world, is no exception. One of the key questions is how did the rich make their money and preserve their wealth in times of crisis? In one of the financial workshops I attended recently, the consultant briefly shed some light on how the rich made their fortune. Every now and then, you would have heard about investment themes...

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Spread some good on Social Media

This article was posted with prior permission from the original blogger, Dennis Toh (www.youngmarketersg.blogspot.com): Dear Peeps, I am starting a cause which I strongly believe in. Do help to like and spread it around. More information about this cause: Spread some good on Social Media is an initiative to remind Singaporeans and everyone to build a positive and healthy social media environment. We are seeing an increasing dependence amongst the young and old on social media and mobile phones of late; we log on to facebook everytime we access our laptop, we check our status updates on our mobile...

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Dealing with setback

Recently, I have been doing a lot of reflections. Something nasty happened to me and set me thinking whether I should continue blogging. When I started this blog three years ago, my intention was to chronicle my investment journey and captured the important lessons learned. I hope to document down these lessons, not only to serve as a reminder not to commit the same mistakes again, but also to share with my readers my investment journey. It was never my intention to offer any form of investment advice nor to induce anyone to buy financial products. I feel that...

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The Bad Mood Fund

Recently I attended one financial planning courses sponsored by my company. It was a short two days course that touched on personal financial planning. One thing I like about the course is that the instructors focused on educating the participants rather than pushing financial products. That was why I enjoyed the course because I did not have to second guess whether the instructors was biased in his recommendations or whether he was trying to hard sell his company’s financial products. At the end of the course, I learned quite a few things and thought that I just have to...

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So you want to become rich in Singapore?

In my previous blog, I mentioned about how to become rich in Singapore. One of my readers, Eric, replied that most Singaporeans faced the “need” to be “rich” now rather than in their fifities. While I agreed that most youth nowadays want instant gratification and quick results, I cannot agree that being rich is a “need”. Rather, the desire to be rich is a “want”, rather than a “need”. It is important that readers differentiate the difference between needs and wants. I shall proceed to elaborate. In life, we can have many “wants”. We can desire for new and bigger...

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How to be rich in Singapore

 How to be rich? How to be rich quick in Singapore? A few months ago, I wrote an article on how to become rich in Singapore. The articles has since garnered more than 2500 page views and remained one of my most popular postings. The article has also received several feedbacks from my readers. I suppose at the back of most Singaporeans’ mind, most of us wish to know what is the shortest route to being rich in Singapore. I shall attempt to discuss more about this topic. I always pondered aloud, what is the defintion of being rich in...

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