18 Apr 2019
What are better investment options to AIA Pro Achiever for someone with limited investment knowledge, no time to monitor funds, looking at 10-15 years investment horizon, targeting returns of 5%?
Summary of AIA Pro Achiever: 100% premium invested, can choose targeted interest returns ranging 3%-8%, 2.5% sales charge for first 13 years thereafter no charge, trust funds managed by renowned Mercer, 5% additional bonus after 13 year, can withdraw interest from 3-6th years, can withdraw principal from 7th year
The sales charge is more than 10% higher than what you'll get from ETFs. Assuming $200 monthly (since min. premium is 2.4k annually) and 13 years duration, you have wasted at least $2600 in sales charge which would have been better off with more units. Unless you're planning to use the plan for maybe like 50 years, then it possibly is more worth it. Do take note:
If you're planning to invest ~$200 monthly, you can opt for ETFs. If you have a lump sum, you can go with Singapore Savings Bond. Both requries minimal intervention and still provide returns. Just my take.
Forget ILPs or unit trusts, as fees are horrendous and performance of funds can be uninspiring. If you just want a hands off investment method with minimum input on your end, look into what Andrew Hallam discussed in his book millionaire teacher - couch potato strategy. Basically a blend of a world Etf, local stock Etf and a bond Etf. Rebalance every quarter or so. Believe this book is available at the library. Have a good at reading it. Alternatively, have a look at robo advisories as well. These can potentially meet your targeted return with much lower fees compared to what ILPs charge. Hope this helps
just do a pure investment and avoid insurance companies investment plans if possible. it's true, fee...
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