Author: Kevin L.

All Time Top 5 Blog Posts

Blog statistics are a treasure trove of information, and really fun to share! I’ve compiled the following top 5 posts, starting from October 2013 to December 2016. It doesn’t surprise me to find these posts being listed in the top 5. Unlike other blog posts, these contain information that are fairly timeless and would benefit readers who are interested, regardless of whether they read it now, or years later. Especially when the pace of evolution in the indexing scene in Singapore is so slow. Which also means they will continue to pull in views long after they are posted....

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The Same Question Whenever STI Inches Upwards

From SPDR Straits Times Index ETF official website, distribution yield has now dropped to 3.04%. Price/Earnings is a little higher at 12.56, and Price/Book Ratio is 1.23 🙂 As the STI slowly inches upwards, the same old question pops up. Is it too expensive to buy now? I always refer them back to this post (see bottom half). What we know from history : – The Straits Times Index had carried a valuation that was substantially lower than its historical long-term average. – The index had tended to produce some solid returns in the past when it had carried similar valuations....

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CPF Money That Keeps Growing (2017)

Not so long ago, my brother-in-law applied for the latest HDB launch of flats, and selected a 4-room apartment to ballot for. My brother-in-law had quite a few questions for me, but my memory is failing me as the process happened so long ago. Red Brick has an awesome infographic that answered a lot of his financing questions. Located right beside Woodleigh MRT, the apartment had a decent location which commanded a really high price. The median price would put it right at the half-a-million mark. A scary thought to me, and a huge difference compared to what my wife and I...

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I Started A Tiny Portfolio For My Wife

Recently, over the New Year, the strangest thing happened to me. My wife asked me to help her with investing her money. Which is the equivalent of snowing in June! Yes, I blog about personal finance and index investing. And no, I have never, ever bugged her about investing her own money. The only thing that I “enforced” was for both of us to have integrated H&S MediShield plans with the necessary riders attached, in case stuff happens. Have you watched the movie Inception? I’m a little guilty of playing this trick once in a while. Sometimes, it works!...

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Grabbing Hold Of The Winds Of Change

Hey, what happened to my annual review and/or new year resolutions post? Nah, I believe that change can happen whenever we want as long as our will is strong. I made Christmas resolutions haha! Which includes the usual – eat better, sleep better, and exercise better. Wear less contact lens. And unsubscribe to useless emails. Along the way, mr-stingy and Heartland Boy were kind enough to think that my *ahem* advice would help their readers, and I am more than happy to contribute. STILL patiently waiting for Smartly to launch, but from email correspondences with Keir I’m confident it is...

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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

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