Author: Kevin L.

Gili Lankanfushi : Choosing Your Maldives Resort. And Jetty. And Villa.

Many moons ago in November 2008, my wife and I experienced our first ever resort stay at Langkawi Lagoon Resort. We didn’t know what to expect, and what resort living is even supposed to be. We bought 5-dollars Malaysian Airlines tickets (excl. taxes) before we even decided where to stay 😉 Beach resorts. Pool villas. Spa suites. We have come really far since then! What better place than the beautiful country of Maldives to conquer next?! For first timers to Maldives, choosing a resort can be a really tough decision! This is especially true if you are not used to...

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On STI, Air Miles And Giveaway Winner

The STI ETF has been doing a sideways dance since the first day I started investing in it on 24th December 2012. According to Stocks Cafe (previously SGXCafe), STI ETF has time-weighted returns (including dividends) of 13.2% during the same period. Meh returns? I suppose. I’ve always called myself an index investor, and not a passive investor. Index investing isn’t necessarily passive by nature. If you have a re-balancing strategy, you might have bought more during the early-2016 dip. Your returns might paint a very different story. My favourite image that I keep reposting. As of right now, the SPDR...

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If You Ever Need An Index Investing Starter ..

Have you ever felt that despite all the blogs and online resources available, you still needed that extra something to nudge you towards index investing? Did you say “yes”? Shiny Things One place that I’ve learnt a lot from is, surprisingly, the Money Mind sub-forum at Hardware Zone. I know, don’t judge. I tend to lurk around many places 🙂 There is a particular individual who uses the handle of Shiny Things , and he shared a heck of a lot of sensible stuff that I generally agrees with. Many times, it is related to index investing. He even...

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Nikko AM Straits Trading Asia Ex-Japan REIT ETF : One Thing People Aren’t Saying

Like what I wrote for Phillip SGX APAC Dividend Leaders REIT ETF, just throwing out some food for thought for this one. A REIT ETF such as Nikko AM Straits Trading Asia Ex-Japan REIT ETF is a great tool to have at our disposal. It would fit in nicely if you’re trying to construct a portfolio like Rick Ferri’s Core Four, for example. Portfolio Charts is a website that I really like, by the way. Needless to say, a regional or global REIT ETF exposes us to markets that we are not familiar with. Have you wondered what’s behind the flashy...

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DIY Insurance For My Wife

Bye bye investment linked policy (ILP). We finally pulled the plug on my wife’s ILP. The one she bought from her ex-classmate after she snagged her first job. Who is no longer even in the company. Or the industry. I spent a little bit of time reviewing her current coverage and decided to make a little adjustment for her. At 60% of her old ILP policy’s monthly cost, I have gotten her four times the coverage that her ILP was giving her. Instead of going via the compareFIRST route, I want with DIYInsurance (by Providend) instead. I trusted the...

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Want to fly in Business Class or First Class? Start your own Air Miles Project today with one of the following credit cards! I knew you would ask - nope, we don't need one million miles.

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Index ETFs Dividends

ABF Singapore Bond ETF (A35) : Annual
a) 02-Jan-2015 >> SGD$0.0305
b) 04-Jan-2016 >> SGD$0.0265
c) 03-Jan-2017 >> SGD$0.0214

SPDR STI ETF (ES3) : Bi-Annual
a) 31-Jul-2015 >> SGD$0.049
b) 29-Jan-2016 >> SGD$0.051
c) 29-Jul-2016 >> SGD$0.042
d) 02-Feb-2017 >> SGD$0.053

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