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Why you should never fall in love with your investment?

Why you should never fall in love with your investment?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD6Ctpt31M4 If you prefer to read, the following is the transcript: In my dealing with investment clients, I often find my clients falling in love with their investments. I will always counsel them to distance themselves from their investments because once they become too emotional, their investment decision making becomes subjective. How do you know you are in love with your investments? First, if you have been investing based on the past success of the … [Read More...]

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DirectAsia online term life insurance

Many may have heard of DirectAsia selling motor insurance online. However, what is little known is DirectAsia’s online term life insurance which was launched on 9 October 2013. The term life insurance is underwritten by AXA Life. This online purchase is not the same as MAS’ push for life insurers to sell directly. DirectAsia is still a middleman which takes commission from AXA Life. MAS’ idea of direct insurance purchase removes the middleman entirely. But what we can see is that as early as … [Read More...]


Medical Expenses – how expensive can it get?

Have you heard of the story of Marjorie who was diagnosed with a bone cancer at just six? After fighting for 6 years, she passed away leaving her parents in debt. The estimated medical expenses for cancer was whopping $400,000! Marjorie's grandmother even sold her flat to help pay for medical expenses[1]. Consider another case: Mr. Tan Guan Seng had an accident at work. He was admitted to C-class ward at the National University Hospital. He was charged a whopping $147,000 for medical … [Read More...]

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