Asked on 02 May 2020
Hey there! Good foresight to invest to grow your money for a house! You will probably have to use the Dollar Cost Averaging strategy (which will be a good, long term strategy which will be apt since you will probably get your flat in the next 5-10 years). You can start with Roboadvisors eg. Stashaway. They are a great platform for beginners. Consider doing DCA on an ETF! Certain ETFs are great eg. Vanguard S&P500. Roboadvisors are a great way to start eg. Stashaway. The other alternative (if you are really too busy/lazy to read up) is to get an ILP and do DCA. Take note of the costs that comes with every investment.
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How old are you?
Figures are monthly
A simple calculation to determine your budget for your home loan-
Salary x 0.23 = Loan amount so you do not have to use cash (A)
Per $100k Loan from HDB @ 2.6% (25 Years) = $454 (B)
Take A / B x $100,000 = Max Loan you can take using CPF OA as your loan payment (C)
Finally, take (C) / 0.95 = Max value of the home you can get without additional cash monthly mortgage payments.
5% Cash/CPF OA
Set aside 2% of the purchase price for agent fees and etc
50K for renovation if needed
If you are close to 30, just save the money and set it aside for liquidity needs. There is just no magical investment that will reduce your upcoming liabilities significantly without first having a huge capital outlay.
03 May 2020
What to Invest
It depends on your risk appetite, as well as investment horizon (we need your current age to determine the time period to 30 years old).
Generally, you may consider dollar cost averaging into financial instruments like bonds, blue chips, ETF, or unit trust.
At this point, you need to determine whether you possess the knowledge, skills, experience, and time to invest on your own or if you prefer to have professional guidance. Through global investment firms like Mercer, BlackRock, they are able to create a customised portfolio that suits your risk tolerance level.
At the same time, we need to have a complete understanding on our cashflow. Through this process, we will understand our earning ability and spending habit.
Here is a Guide:
This is because investing takes time and you will want to ensure that you have short-term liquidity well-covered.
Meanwhile, I will suggest for you to do a more in-depth research on the HDB that you intend to get and to work out the numbers. This way, we will have a well-defined number to work towards.
In like manner, this will allow us to adjust our investment accordingly to reach this goal.
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03 May 2020
03 May 2020