Coursera’s Paywall: What you could do about it

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I was trying out a Coursera course yesterday before being rudely interrupted by the paywall. Prior to this incident, Coursera courses are free to complete (unless you wanted to pay for a certificate). I've spent quite a bit on Coursera courses when I was still a noob who couldn't differentiate between the quality of the courses offered. Once I've done my fair share of courses on the platform, I … [Read more...]

SCB e$aver Bonus Interest (1 Feb to 31 Mar 2017)

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For those unaware, there's bonus interest to be gotten from SCB from 1 Feb to 31 Mar 2017. For more information, see here. Though it is for a short period only, I've made the transfer to net me slightly higher interest than the CIMB FastSaver's 1%. I used to wonder why other financial bloggers would bother transferring funds from one saving account to another to net additional interest … [Read more...]

What is the Post-Secondary Education Account?

After Foolish Chameleon's comment at my last post, it made me realize that public awareness of the Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) is abysmal. In fact, I did not know about the PSEA until around 2 years ago. Back then, I was searching for short academic programmes to take and PSEA was one out of many payment options I could use to fund my education. So what exactly is PSEA? Where did … [Read more...]

SkillsFuture Qualification Award: Not a free lunch for me

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Ever since I've been told by my superiors that I'm eligible for company-sponsored training (about time yah? my previous contract jobs have no such benefits -.-), I've been combing the SkillsFuture course directory for courses that are relevant to my job scope. Incidentally, while browsing through the SkillsFuture website, I came across the SkillsFuture Qualification Award (see this link for … [Read more...]

Staying in First REIT or marrying just for the sake of marrying?

I must be getting old. I'm starting to get intrusive questions such as "Got girlfriend or not?", "How come you no girlfriend?", "Why are you still single?", and "Have you considered finding a girl and settling down?" In a few weeks' time, I'll once again be on the receiving end of the same old fusillade. Apparently, a simple and logical explanation of my situation never goes through: 1). I … [Read more...]

2016 Reflections

I'm late to the game. Most bloggers have already wrapped up their reflections of 2016 and have proceeded on towards welcoming the new year. Investment Portfolio My dividend portfolio is chugging along just fine. Soon, the annual dividends will be able to cover the $200/month POSB Invest Saver plan which I am on as well. :) At a portfolio level, I am overweight on REITs (bad thing!). I … [Read more...]

Top/Worst performers in my portfolio for 2016

It's coming to the end of the year. In one week's time, we will be ushering in 2017. So how did my income portfolio fare for 2016? I will officially be recording and tabulating the results on 31 December 2016, but it doesn't hurt to review the performance of my counters thus far. I'm not the type who monitors the prices of my holdings daily, so some of the top/worst performers were somewhat … [Read more...]

November updates

So what has Unintelligent Nerd been up to? I'm pretty much occupied with my new job and school. School work is tough. Considering my background, I think I got more than I bargained for by signing up for the 1-year programme in engineering school. For the first couple of weeks, the terms used by the lecturer flew past my head. My understanding has gotten a bit better since then, but there is still … [Read more...]

瞒天过海 as my preferred self-preservation strategy

Being a Facebook user, I am observing more of my friends/peers/juniors taking an interest in personal finance. In my news feed, I see more of them liking the pages of personal finance websites as well as sharing articles on personal finance with one another. I think that is a good thing. It is good to pursue self-education in the arena of personal finance which, in turn, would set them up with … [Read more...]

Book Review: Singapore’s Real Estate – 50 Years of Transformation

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In my previous post, I alluded to my interest in developing competency in REITs analysis. However, there is quite a limited selection of reading materials that delve into the topic. For this reason, I broadened my scope and began sourcing for real estate materials in the local bookstores. Today, I will be highlighting some of the points which I have gleaned from reading "Singapore's Real Estate … [Read more...]

Musings on life

One long-standing concern which I hope to eventually eliminate from my life is my lack of career stability. Since graduation, I have been holding on to contract jobs as a social science researcher. While there are the lucky few who managed to secure permanent research positions as a degree holder, the majority of organizations in my field are looking for Masters or PhD holders. With plenty of … [Read more...]

Reading up on Cryptocurrencies

I have been reading up on Cryptocurrencies lately. This post will serve as a summary of what I have learned from my readings. Specifically, Don and Alex Tapscott's Blockchain Revolution and Prypto's Bitcoin for Dummies. Blockchain revolution exposed me to the concept of the blockchain - the underlying technology that supports cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. In fact, people should focus on the … [Read more...]

MAMA and Investing

No, I'm not referring to your mother. I'm referring to the words underlying the acronym MAMA - Moratorium Achievement Moratorium Achievement. Let me take a step back. How do individuals develop their sense of identity in life? When do they develop their own sense of personal identity? Is identity fixed or is it a fluid concept? While there are many psychological theories that aim to explain … [Read more...]

Thoughts on the HI Module

Insurance is important and I know zilch about it. As part of my quest for personal development, I have spent the past 2 weeks studying for the Health Insurance (HI) Module offered by the Singapore College of Insurance (SCI). Why 2 weeks when I could have scheduled the examination at any time? Because I came across another blogger who shared that it could be done within 2 weeks. Well, I passed the … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Rise of the Robots – Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment

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Before I begin my book review, I would like to thank owq for some additions to my previous post. Initially, I planned to write a part 2 on the post. After some mulling through, I decided otherwise. Instead, I will be sharing what I have learned through reading Martin Ford's The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment. Book reviews will also be one of the common features … [Read more...]

History of Cash Calls for REITs (Part 1)

One of the grouses which investors have against REITs is that the asset class occasionally calls for cash. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that there is a saying that what a REIT distributes out is eventually taken back in with the use of cash calls. This sentiment has caused some investors to shy away from investing in REITs. However, is the above notion really an accurate depiction of … [Read more...]