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Anonymous

07 Jun 2019

I need 100k cash in 3 years time when my bto is ready for key collection. Currently, I have a debt of 32k which I borrowed from my parents (interest free). What should I do?

Should I use my bonus and savings to quickly clear the 32k first or use them to invest? I recently started StashAway and is contributing $100 monthly.

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    Gabriel

    Gabriel

    26 Oct 2018

    Level 12ยทUndergraduate at National University of Singapore

    $100k is a huge sum of money and all investments carry risks and the returns are not guaranteed. Hence, you might want to consider other alternatives to investing which are safer such as buying Singapore Savings Bonds, put it in a Fixed Deposit account or put it in a high interest savings account. As for your debt, maybe you can negotiate with your mum if she is fine with you repaying small sums every month since it does not have any interest so there isn't an urgency to try to clear off your debts as soon as possible as compared to a debt with (high) interest.

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      I would like to offer a slightly different slant to this issue in my answer.

      1. Speak to your parents and ask them if they have any preference for the debt repayment schedule. Are their finances strong enough that they can withstand a slower repayment schedule? Would they feel more at ease (ๅฎ‰ๅฟƒ) if you could return the money to them sooner?

      It would be good to take more care and factor in your parents' preferences. Better to not take for granted that our parents must always be our standby financiers.

      1. If you are going to need a lump sum in a short period of time like 3 years, just concentrate on saving and putting the money in SSB. This will guard against any major drawdowns to your net worth closer to key-collection time.

      You may or may not meet your target of $100K within 3 years, but with a high percentage of your income saved, you will at least hit your highest potential savings.

      As others have said, save, hustle and optimise your finances ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. As for that $100 you are putting into Stashaway, it depends on what proportion of your salary that is. If it isn't much out of your monthly pay, just carry on with it and you might just be able to cash out with good profit when your first child arrives (haha).

      Just be prepared that any investment carries risk.

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        $100/month x 9 yrs= $10.8k

        $1000/month x 9 yrs = $100.8k

        Only invest money that you can afford to ...

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