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6 financial habits you should have to retire early

1. Value your money

Every single dollar represents the hard work, time and energy you put in your work and every single one of them has the potential to grow. If you want to retire early, value your money when you are making purchase decision. You have exchange your time for your money, and since your time is finite on this world, wouldn’t it make sense to make good use of them?

(Facts: 1 dollar a day invested into an investment vehicle with 10% return will give you 1 million dollars in 56 years).

 

2. Control

Take control on every cents that flow in and out from you. Do some extra steps every time you are making a purchase.

i. Compare price between sellers offering the good you are looking for.

ii. Ask for discount.

iii. Check your receipt, make sure it is correct.

iv. Balance your income and expense, know where did your money go to every month.

v. Evaluate your expense at the end of the month and look for improvement can be made to your expense.

 

3. Save

Obviously, if you don’t have any saving, you can’t retire in any modern society since it takes certain amount of money nowadays to get the goods and services needed to live our life. So, are you at least trying very hard to save 10% of your pay check if you are on low income and 30-50% of your income if you are on higher income? Cut down the number of credit card you are holding helps in this aspect, just keep one credit card with you and cut the rest. There is some statistic shows that this action alone can helps to cut your spending down up to 30% in the next 12 months.

 

4. Invest

With the inflation at the rate it is at now, it make sense for us to invest our money in investment vehicle that produces the money needed during our retirement period. Index fund, stock, property, insurance policy are just tip of the iceberg in them market of financial product. As always, we should be familiar ourselves with the product we are going to invest our money with before making any move.

With internet, there are abundant of information available free online for us to do our research. Interaction with other people with the same mindset or made the investment before us helps us understand more about what are the return and risk involved in the investment vehicle we interested. Bottom line, do your home work before throwing in your money.

 

5. Earn

The most valuable thing we can invest in is ourselves. Points mentioned above are important when manage out personal finance but all those come from one starting point, you. Increase you earning power is much more important and definitely helps in speed up your early retirement. As mentioned here, how fast can you retire depends on how many percents of your income can you save each money. And I believed you will agree with me that it is easier to save 80% of 10K than 80% of 3K.

So, explore ways to build more income streams, strengthen your professional ability and earn more from your daily job are definitely ways to consider here.

 

6. Protection

In our journey to earn our capital to fund our retirement, we need to get ourselves covered against various risks that are outside our control. Illness, accident and hospitalization are few major risks we need to take into consideration. Take some time to read about which policy should you take up to transfer those risk to insurance without burning your pocket every year, over the years.

Be careful with every policy your adviser recommended to you, take the time to research the policy and make sure it fit your needs.

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How much is house costing me( or you)?

As I written in previous post, I bought a house with the price tag RM 196,000, it make me wonder how much is this house costing me in absolute cost and working years.

I listed the the cost involved so far and interest I expected to pay if we pay the mortgage off in 10 years.

Deposit :RM1,000

Insurance :RM4,530

Lawyer fee :RM3,100

Disbursement :RM1,130

House loan :RM196,000

Housing loan interest for first 10 years :RM 78,122.68 

Total :RM 283,882.68

As I am sharing the ownership with my sister, my part of responsibility will be RM141,941.34 and that is excluding all the renovation cost , maintenance cost and car cost which might be coming along when my parent move from village to a small town.

Since I am working in Singapore right now, I will use my saving rate in Singapore currency and the current exchange rate to calculate the real cost of my future house.

Current monthly saving amount: SGD 1,500

Exchange rate: SGD 1.00 to RM 2.50

House cost in SGD = RM 141,941.34 / 2.50 = SGD 56,776.54

So, I will need about 38 months of work to cover that cost of my house. Not to mention the opportunity cost I will need bear during those 10 years. 5% of SGD 56,776.54 will give out SGD 2838.83, that is one good passive income to hold on 🙂

Situation here in Singapore is a bit different, a small simple 3 rooms flat here is priced at SGD 330,000(I am talking about minimum). With median salary now at SGD 3,000, it is no wonder not many people staying in Singapore now think they can retire early in Singapore. Besides that, there are other influences here to that make it difficult to retire early too.

It is kind of socially unacceptable for man to not working here, a man look weak without a job here and not many man can accept that.

Secondly, it is very consumer/spending driven here in Singapore, this country is importing everything and we can buy almost everything we need in our daily live and a little bit extra. There are all kinds of interesting product and services that waiting there for us to spend our money on them.

Thirdly, supporting old age parent is expected here in Singapore given there is no solid retirement support system and I think the problem will be even bigger in the future. You might be thinking your living cost will be lower after you paid off your mortgage but the medical cost kick in in old age, so expect more spending during your parent old age (and your own old age).

I just realized I am a bit out of topic here, the points I want to make here is view your house as a liability before you pay off your mortgage and don’t think the house price is always going up. Only buy when you are ready, sometime renting is not a bad decision either.

What do you think?

 

 

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How I buy medical insurance

I am buying medical insurance for my parent and having a lot of discussion with my sister about which policy should we buy and which company should we buy the policy from.

We met a few financial adviser after done our own research and filter down to medical insurance from two companies. Both policies are medical insurance with deductible option, and the premium of these policies is lower than  medical insurance that cover medical charges from the first dollar.

One of the reason we chosen the plan is because we have saved up certain amount of money and I think we can bear minimum level of risk. Going forward my plan will be increase the amount of deductible in the policy and can better manage the policy premium.

For younger people, I think can choose the combination of term life insurance, personal accident insurance and medical insurance to have adequate coverage. Quickly build a pool of saving is much more important because it give you more flexibility and freedom in handling many personal life issue.

 

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