Cory Diary : Quality of Life

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I often seen posts on best place to retire. Be it daily necessity, bills or health care. One of the primary reason is cost. Frankly I think this people get it all wrong. The Best Place to retire is where Love is. Where friends are. Where Home is. Going to faraway land, cheap and lower standard of hygiene ... that's escapism. Out of no choice. Desperation. Worst still, alone. Sorry if I poke too … [Read more...]

How to rebalance your portfolio for retirement

Building your portfolio is not a one-off event. Even if all your investments are passive, the portfolio has to be “tweaked” now and again, to compensate for changes in the markets. Think of it as car servicing: no matter how well the vehicle is built, the repeated bumps in the road mean you need to change the tyres and replace the suspension at some point. This is true even for retirement … [Read more...]

Cory Diary : Million dollar home

Few people would have remembered, I blogged about $1M home goal few years ago. To be exact is 4 years ago as per link here. Happy or sad to some, depending on each people felt level, i got mine.  If we include inflation over this period maybe in current dollar term would be 10% lesser in purchasing power. What this mean is Million Dollar home is just a matter of time.The plan for this home will be … [Read more...]

The Importance of “Human Capital” in Financial Planning

For a company or organization, “Human Capital” is a measure of the skills, education, capacity and attributes of labor which influence their productive capacity and earning potential. According to the OECD, human capital is defined as: “the knowledge, skills, competencies and other attributes embodied in individuals or groups of individuals acquired during their life and used to produce … [Read more...]

Changing Your Financial Situation With The Early Retirement Concept

It is soon coming to the 4th year of this blog's existence. Through writing about financial topics, I learnt a lot in the process too. I also read from other blogs and learn from people who have manage to changed their financial situation totally. These 3 years plus has been a wonderful journey, meeting new friends and bloggers who make this journey a better one. We celebrate each other life … [Read more...]

Personal Finance is Really Personal (CPF / Insurance/ Housing /Saving /Investing etc)

Personal finance is an interesting subject which is really“ Personal “ as there are many factors affecting a person or family’s finances – how much to keep as saving vs investing , to buy term or life insurance , to take up HDB loan or from private banks , to buy HBD or Condominium and of course the hottest topic of CPF ( to transfer our OA to SA or do a voluntary cash top up into SA account) … [Read more...]

How to choose which CPF LIFE retirement plan is best for you

In the past, CPF retirement options were confusing. There used to be 12 different methods of getting your pension which only had subtle differences. This has since been reduced to just two basic options: CPF LIFE Basic, and CPF LIFE Standard. Here’s how to pick between the two. What is CPF LIFE in the first place? It’s actually an acronym for the Central Provident Fund Lifelong Income … [Read more...]

My 23 Insurance Philosophy (revised after reflecting on the past 10 years )

Have you wonder if you planned something out, whether you are doing things the right way? 12 years ago, I had the idea how I could plan my insurance protection by doing it myself. I executed it. There were not much resources then in Singapore and the traditional way was to listen and buy what your insurance adviser recommended. These days, readers like yourself are more aware on the different … [Read more...]

5 things Singaporeans must have by the time they’re 50

“How much do I need to retire?” That’s the question that makes financial advisors and wealth managers sigh. It’s impossible to answer because it can range from a few hundred thousand dollars (three meals a day and a one room flat) to the GDP of a small country (I want a yacht, two helicopters, a penthouse). So while no one can give you an exact number, we can at least point out a few … [Read more...]

My first business class

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I have recently applied and gotten a new credit card. I am unsure if the approval is legit cos I am currently unemployed and should not be eligible? But still I was glad to get the card and the accompanying benefits (4 free rides to the airport, hurray!). I guess the credit card market must be really competitive. The Filipino sounding lady on the phone asked if I had any existing card with the … [Read more...]

3 ways to make an extra $1,500 a month when you retire

When it comes to financial planning, small and specific goals are best. Aspiring to make $15,000 or $25,000 a month without working is all well and good, but don’t forget to take concrete steps to secure a realistic amount. With some discipline and prudence, it’s not unrealistic to aim for an extra $1,500 a month (on top of CPF payouts) after retirement. Here are three ways: First of all, why … [Read more...]

Investment Using SRS fund – My Experience

Many articles have been written on SRS Account and it’s pro and con. You may find few good blogs and summary as below : SUPPLEMENTARY RETIREMENT SCHEME (‘SRS’) ACCOUNT FROM HEARTLANDBOY  (HERE ) Is the Supplementary Retirement Scheme a Waste of Your Time and Money? From Money$mart.sg (here) Why it makes sense to contribute to the SRS account (to a certain extent) from moneydigest.sg … [Read more...]

3 Ways Your Parents Can Grow Their Retirement Funds

Money is an emotional topic in Heartland Boy’s family, and often, also the root of all problems in the household. This can all be traced to the diverse perspectives on money held by his family members. As age catches up, Heartland Boy’s parents find it increasingly tiring to stand behind the wok for long hours to serve up a good bowl of fish soup. What is even more worrisome is that his parents … [Read more...]

my BIG annual budget

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I thought I was rather frugal. I do not drive, live simply and had set myself a annual spending budget of 30k for 2017, which I thought was rather modest in expensive Singapore. I had aimed to keep basic monthly expenses to <$1000. That is $12k for the entire year for food and bills. The other 18k of the budget goes to indulgences like holidays and insurances. But after reading a few … [Read more...]

Housing Choice link to Retirement Comfort ! ( STE photos sharing )

Much been written about “Housing choice vs Retirement comfort “ , another types of Cs in our financial planning. Life is full of “choices “ , one may choose to “stay single or marry “, to “have kids or be DINKs “ , to “climb the corporate ladder or be a freelancer” , to “save more or spend more “ , to “save or invest “ , to “buy a health insurance or take the risk ( bo chap)”……and the list goes … [Read more...]

Financial Planning For 2017

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Credit: smithink.com In my last post of 2016, I reflected about my journey for last year. This first blog post of 2017 is about my financial plans for the next 12 months. Each year, I have a plan for my expenses. But it is more relevant to me this year as I have no active income at all and have to watch my spendings more carefully. For 2017, I have an annual budget of 30k. The plan is to … [Read more...]

Cory Diary : Financial Updates 20170121

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How I will approach this is to have my Financial Charts up for evaluation. This data is computed automatically through excel. So theoretically I am able to produce them everyday with little effort. The first chart is my Net Worth. I have this tracked since 2007 to see the Market crash horribly the next year. Unfortunately this is the furthermost that I have tracked as I would like to have data … [Read more...]

How To Achieve Financial Goals In 2017

In keeping with the start of the year, Heartland Boy decided to set some financial goals in 2017. He believes in a dual pronged approach of growing both his income and minimizing his expenses. He truly identifies with the article written by Cheerful Egg, and would like to set in place several systems to achieve his financial goals in 2017. To achieve his financial goals, he intends to both grow … [Read more...]

How to retire in 10 years

You may have came across this article in today’s The Business Times ,,, an interesting article in searching of “ The Freedom formula “ for early retirement . The big word “ R”  or retirement is very subjective and one may not want to retire if he/she really enjoying the works and some may want to retire earlier to pursue their dreams and passion . Here is another article on “ 10 good reasons … [Read more...]

8 Investments To Beat The Time and Money Paradox

Time and Money Paradox Time flies. Do you remember playing soccer with your primary school friends like it was yesterday? Do you also recall the crazy DOTA and CS late night gaming sessions with your buddies? Somewhere during the phase of my life called “growing up,” I was told to study hard so I can eventually be “somebody.” According to the Father-Mother-Dictionary.com, the definition of … [Read more...]