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This is the big news I have been waiting to announce for a while now. My wife is expecting! Haha, it’s life-changing stuff and I’m sure everything is going to be different by the end of the year. In fact, things are already changing and moving along fast. We found out in Apr 2019 and […]
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There’s been a lot of online commentary about the Astrea V 3.85% Private Equity Bonds so I’m not going to be analysing them here. Last year in Jun 2018, I subscribed to and was allocated S$4,000 of Astrea IV 4.35% Private Equity Bonds. Since the interest rate is lower this time round, I only subscribed […]
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Finance Smiths by Finance Smiths - 1M ago

I’m back in Singapore from my holiday to Greece (Europe). It was fun, exciting and probably the last long trip I will be on for a while. There’s a personal update on this but I’m just going to hold out on this for now. At least until I sort out my work situation. Actually, I […]
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I will be off from work on block leave from today for 2 weeks. Will be flying off to Greece tonight for a holiday. I have been looking forward to this for a while and hope it gives me time to clear my mind. And figure out what I want to do with my current […]
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Finance Smiths by Finance Smiths - 2M ago

Work has been weighing on me for the past few weeks. It was already a difficult time leading up to getting my bonus and pay rise in March. After that, things have gotten even worse and each week has been tougher to get through. I know the reason for this. It’s because I’m being developed […]
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This is a short update on my reaction to the equity markets climbing significantly in the recent weeks. I have lowered the amount we invest per month into the following: Maybank Kim Eng Monthly Investment Plan – S$700 OCBC Blue Chip Investment Plan – S$600 POSB Invest Saver – S$300 StashAway – S$600 Smartly – […]
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Finance Smiths by Finance Smiths - 4M ago

This is perhaps one of the most exciting things to look forward to for a corporate employee. The time when you have completed your performance review for the previous year and are waiting for your remuneration outcome in the current year i.e. percentage increase in annual salary and number of months of bonus. This can […]
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We received a letter from our bank informing us of an upcoming upward interest rate adjustment of our housing loan from 1.8% to 2.5%. Our monthly home loan instalment should be going up from S$3,300 to S$3,500. We took out a housing loan of S$750,000 about 8 years ago and the mortgage has gone down […]
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I have a younger colleague who started investing with Smartly and StashAway (Singapore robo-advisors) about the same time as my wife and I back in 2017. She invested a lump sum of about S$1,000 with each of them and didn’t contribute any further cash funds into her accounts. To date, my colleague’s account returns are […]
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Given how much my wife and I are investing into our Smartly and StashAway Singapore Robo-Advisor Accounts, I’m surprised by how little I write about their performance. And I don’t show a summary of our Smartly and StashAway portfolio values on my blog as well. I try to include the values of the US ETFs […]
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