A Very Simple Early Retirement Plan

Although I am still in the debt-paying phase of my early retirement journey, I am constantly searching for profitable investment opportunity that is simple enough for me to take advantage when I am done with current phase and moving into investment phase. Some ideas were given to me through word of mouth, newspaper and blog:


Property market in Singapore is really booming for the past few years where we see a price increase up to 2-3 times of the original selling price. And this is happening all over the island and no one know when will the party ends. Increasing property price create an investment opportunity but the high property price also means a higher barrier for normal people to invest.


Stock is the second thing come to mind when people are talking about income generating asset. If you want to buy stock in Singapore, you will need a CDP account and a broker account. I have both of them but somehow I does not feel comfortable to link my money with the fate of one single company.

Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)

I read it first on Mr Money Mustache, after that on Tan Kin Lian blog and then Jim’s blog. You don’t link your money with the fate of one single company but the top 30 in the Singapore. No doubt there is always chance that all 30 companies fails, but admittedly they should have lower chance to fail together. One of the good things about ETF is the lower expense ratio (basically means your cost of investment) compare to the regular fund, usually less than 1% per annum.

For Singapore, I found 2 available ETF, which are SPDR Straits Times Index ETF and Nikko AM Singapore Straits Times Index ETF.  They both are having an expense ratio of about 0.3% per annum. Based on what I understood from their website, this two ETF will replicate as closely as possible the performance of Straits Times Index and can be traded like any share on Singapore Exchange. Everything seems ok with this investment except I can’t find any information about their dividend payout.


Ok, I think my very simple early retirement plan is getting really complex by now. With so many investment choices lying around Singapore, it seems early retirement was not so far ahead and beyond the reach of normal people like us.

So, here is what my current early retirement plan look like:

  1. Control Spending (I think I have done pretty good in this area)
  2. Clear Debt (Still working on this, 4 more months to go!!!)
  3. Invest in one of the STI ETF mentioned above (or maybe both).
  4. Keep searching for ways to builds income stream that does not require my attention (at least not full attention) after initial setup.


Filed under Debt, Passive Income, Save, Spend

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  15. Singaporean

    You mentioned ‘Keep searching for ways to builds income stream that does not require my attention (at least not full attention) after initial setup’. Well, have you ever considered that you should set up a small business as a form of passive income? In fact, there is a very popular Singapore forum where many budding Singaporean entrepreneurs are coming together to discuss ways to make money as a small business owner. You should take a look at the thread here: http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/any-advice-small-business-owners-3385855.html

  16. How many residential cooling measures have the singapore government implemented? I think it is only a matter of time before project market reverse.

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    Every now and then I hear people comment about property. Some said property is always going up, buy now buy now. Some said the market is going to crash, people cannot afford the sky high housing price now, so hold your purchase now.

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