Category: Finance Smiths

Bonus and the long weekend

My performance bonus got credited today and I was excited to see the cash injection into my bank account balance! It was a tough week at work as I struggled to adjust to the new advisory portfolio with my insufficient technical knowledge that I am still building up on. Though I’m happy with the opportunity […]

My remuneration review outcome

I had my remuneration review outcome discussion with the head of my department on Fri. I could sense something was up when I went into work in the morning. The various heads of departments were quietly called into separate meetings with the head of my division for administrative matters. Soon after, it was announced that […]

Singapore Employment Act Proposed Changes

Remember my post one and a half years ago about my friend making a claim against his employer and how difficult it was? Basically, a PMET with monthly basic salary of more than S$4,500 is not covered under the Singapore Employment Act and I was questioning the purpose of having a salary cap. In March […]

Waiting for a viable cryptocurrency ETF

I have expressed interest before on investing in cryptocurrencies. But it requires an extensive level of time and effort to understand the underlying blockchain technologies. Being lazy resulted in me not pursuing cryptocurrencies as a form of alternative investments for my portfolio. However, I have continued to monitor the developments in this space at a high […]

Filing of YA2018 ITRs with IRAS

It’s time for Singapore Tax Season 2018 – filing of individual income tax returns for YA2018 i.e. assessment for income earned and expenses incurred from Jan 2017 to Dec 2017. I like how most of the information is pre-filled in our income tax returns and we only have to provide additional expenses/claims data. It’s a relatively smooth and […]

Feb 2018 Net Worth Update

There has been a few small dips in the equity markets and I took the opportunity to invest some of our cash. Not much, about S$1,500 of manual investments on top of our automatic investments. It’s good practice for how I will utilise our cash funds when the dips in the equity markets become bigger. […]

Review of StashAway and Smartly Singapore so far

I reckon it’s a good time for me to do a quick review of our StashAway and Smartly Singapore robo-advisor accounts as well as the investing strategy with them so far. After all, it has been more than half a year since we started opening these accounts. We now have 1 x StashAway and 1x Smartly robo-advisor accounts […]

Investments for Feb 2018

Automated Investing for Feb 2018: S$1,200 Maybank Kim Eng Monthly Investment Plan Buy 28 units of SPDR STI ETF (SGX: ES3) at S$3.42 per unit on 8 Feb 2018 Buy 28 units of Nikko AM STI ETF (SGX: G3B) at S$3.49 per unit on 8 Feb 2018 Buy 93 units of Lion Phillip S REIT ETF (SGX: CLR) at S$1.035 per […]

Impact of Singapore Budget 2018 on us

I’m back from my ski trip to Austria! It was fun and I even got to spend a day in Munich as well. Though I’m not sure whether we will go back to Austria to ski anytime soon or try another ski region. It’s more interesting to visit new places when you are younger before […]

Coming out of hibernation

It’s been more than a week since my last blog post. I have been busy with work, shopping for stuff for CNY & our upcoming ski trip to Austria and some personal commitments. We are trying to reorganise certain parts of our weekly routine as my wife gets busier with work from her new appointment. […]