Posted on 18 Jun 2020
Currently I have 10k in Singlife and 5k in Jumpstart. How much of the 15k should I invest?
I am 24 right now and am graduating next year, I believe we are around the same age. I totally understand that you are overwhelmed by the tons of options available out there, and everyone tells you different things due to their personal interest/ experience/ knowledge. I would like to share with you what I would do once I graduate next year for your reference.
Out of the $15k, save $3-5k in a high yield savings account as your emergency fund just in case something bad happen (you lose your job, an urgent medical situation, etc). Just leave the money in your existing Singlife account, since SCB Jumpstart has dropped the interest rate to 1%.
Get a term life insurance and hospital insurance. If you have any trusthworthy friends selling insurance, get these 2 insurance to protect yourself against any uncertainty.
Yes, time to start investing! We are still young, so our goal now is to grow our capital as fast as possible and as aggresive as possible (but hey I am not asking you to gamble). We have at least 3 decades to grow our wealth, so invest in something that can generate us higher return (though riskier) instead of the safer ones such as fixed deposit and bonds. So aim higher! Below are the options you can explore, pick 1, or even do both:
3.1. Regular Savings Plan, if you do not have sufficient knowledge and confidence to start picking individual stocks yet, start with RSP, it will not go wrong. Options available now are POSB, OCBC, Phillip Capital and FSMOne. I'd suggest go with FSMOne RSP as they have the lowest fee ($1) and provide the most options (even international ETFs). You can DCA a couple hundreds into each ETF every month, such as iShares Core S&P 500 ETF, iShares FTSE A50 China Index ETF, Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF, Fidelity® MSCI Information Tech ETF (note: these are my choice, you can choose other ETFs that you personally like on the platform)
3.2. Robo-advisors. They are pretty solid option as well, you just have to answer some questions and they will provide you with a customized portfolio that cater to your goals and risk level you are comfortable with. If you want to maximize growth (comes with higher risk), choose a portfolio that has the highest risk-reward. You can invest a lump sum or just DCA every month. Some options are StashAway, Syfe, Endowus, Digiportfolio, Kristal, etc. Personally, I would go for StashAway for general investment and Syfe for their newly launched REIT portfolio.
Hope it helps, cheers!
Go to libbyapp.com and login via your NLB account, and go borrow as many personal finance / value investing books. Borrow books that are written from a practictioner perspective. Can start with beginer friendly:
The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing by Pat Dorsey
The Ultimate Dividend Playbook: Income, Insight, and Independence for Today's Investor, Josh Peters
If books are not your cup of tea, there are a couple good US financial youtubers to follow
Graham Stephan: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV6KDgJskWaEckne5aPA0aQ
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