Category: Finance Smiths

Investments for Oct 2017

Automated Investing for Oct 2017 Maybank Kim Eng Monthly Investment Plan (Maybank KE MIP) Buy 29 units of SPDR STI ETF (SGX:ES3) at S$3.329 per unit on 9 October 2017 Buy 89 units of Nikko AM REIT ETF (SGX:CFA) at S$1.086 per unit on 9 October 2017 Transaction costs of S$2 POSB Invest-Saver Buy 29 units of Nikko AM […]

StashAway Open Discussion in Nov 2017

You would think that having worked in an office environment for a number of years, I should be more responsive to emails and invitations to networking events. For some reason, I am terrible at the personal ones that relate to my blog. On one hand, I am interested in connecting with the wider Singapore finance bloggers […]

Sell transaction Oct 2017

I made a sell transaction on Thurs 26 Oct 2017. As I have mentioned before on the blog, I am in the process of restructuring our investment portfolio to make it simpler. There was no particular reason other than a recent price run-up and it’s after the ex-dividend date. Which means I can still receive […]

Not learning from history

I have always wondered what we would have done during the big market crash in 2008 due to the Global Financial Crisis if we had the same current asset portfolio then. It’s a thought experiment because it’s easy to run through the logical sequence of actions when you are not under pressure. Much tougher to execute […]

Florence Regency sold enbloc

I honestly didn’t think Florence Regency was going to be sold enbloc after the public tender for the collective sale had closed and the 3 bidders refused to raise their bid prices to match the valuation. To think that a deal could be closed under private treaty with another developer within 10 weeks of the […]

Back in Singapore after the trip

We are back in Singapore! Flew back yesterday and arrived in the evening. It’s been a great trip and we enjoyed the holiday. Still going through some jet lag and it’s good that we can sleep in today to get some rest. As we get older, the recovery time takes longer, which is why we […]

Monitoring our investments on a holiday

I just realised I haven’t posted anything yet for the month of October 2017. It was a busy week at the start of the month as we had to finish up our work before leaving for our holiday to France. Anyway, we are here now and it’s been good so far! My wife is still […]

Shifting my asset allocation towards growth

I just updated our 30 Sep 2017 numbers and these are the percentage increases of our assets and net worth: Cash: +0.52% Investments: +2.92% Retirement & Medical: +1.15% Net Worth: +5.07% It was a significant month for us in terms of investments as we started our monthly Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA) of the Vanguard UK-listed […]

Evolution of a long-term relationship

I enjoy reading personal finance bloggers’ posts when I have time. Being able to peak into and get a glimpse of what goes on in their lives is a privilege. It gives me insights into how I am approaching my own life, the ways in which I could improve it, why I am doing things […]

Thoughts on the corporate world

I have been reading Jes’ recent posts on dealing with her ex-boss, subsequent resignation and being at a crossroad. I empthasize with her situation, especially when I realised we are about the same age (although she has a kid already). Having worked in 3 previous jobs & firms and on my 4th one now, I have come across my share of problematic bosses and workplaces. […]