26 Jun 2021
Should I invest in stocks? I have zero knowledge about investing and how to go about starting. What are some good platforms to recommend?
Also, what will be a good savings account to use?
For a start, you will need to ensure that you have an emergency fund in case of emergencies. You will want to ensure that this is at least 6 months of your (estimated) expenses when you start working.
After that, ensure that you have at least sufficient critical illness and hospitalization coverage. Your parents might have gotten you some earlier, so you might need to sit down with an independent advisor to see what shortfall you might have and address the gaps.
After this, you will be ready to start investing. As you are still young, spend time to gain knowledge to see what your risk appetite is, and what sort of asset classes may suit you. Again, an independent advisor will be able to guide you through this.
Platforms wise, you can consider POEMS as it is a multi-asset platform which has most asset classes on board.
The savings account will depend on your expenditure patterns, etc. Depending on that, most people will use either OCBC 360 or DBS multiplier. To maximise usage, consider first if you are a cashback or miles person. I have answered several questions similar to yours, so browse my history to get slightly more in-depth answers.
There are plenty of safe ways to invest your money and have it grow. You can go for REITs, other ETFs and bonds, but before you do that, I'd suggest you read up as much to understand what a Robo-advisor really does. Robo-advisory platforms assess your current financial position and recommend a portfolio strategy after reviewing your risk profile. These bionic advisors are still not very different from your ordinary financial advisors as both options will still have a management fee incurred for users. The difference lies with the amount, as Robo-advisors have lower management fees. And the best part is that they give you the most unbiased advice.
You can read here for a better understanding.
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I hope this helps you make the right decision.
Since you're graduating from uni in 1 year's time, i believe you're under 27.
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