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I will most probably be buying a house in 4-5 years time. Would you advice to save up the house fund in bank or buy safe stocks and sell it 4-5 years later to fund for housing expense (reno etc.)?

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    • Brandan Chen
      Brandan Chen, Financial Planner at Manulife Singapore
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      Answered 3d ago

      Firstly, whats your definition of safe stocks?

      Secondly, Do you currently have the amount that is sufficient for your housing expense? Or still saving up for it?

      Suggestion: There are no such thing as safe stocks. Do note that Investment returns are never guaranteed but your housing expense in the future is. If you are able to take up some risk, perhaps apportion about 50% to 70% of the fund is lower risk products such as SSB, Fixed Deposit, Citibank Maxigain, or Single Premium Endowment Plans offered by Insurers from time to time. With the remaining fund, perhaps you can consider placing it in REITS or Defensive Industries to reduce your loss should a crisis occur

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    • Jeff Yeo
      Jeff Yeo, amateur Social contributor at School of social sharing
      268 Answers, 388 Upvotes
      Answered on 24 Sep 2018

      The “safe stock” option is risky because we do not know the market conditions in 5 years however 5 years is a good time frame.

      i think putting it into the market is a good idea to either gain dividend payouts for 5 years or capital gains if the stock rises

      it it would be good to spread the risks out between capital gain stocks ETF and maybe some REITS

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    Nicholas Chan
    Nicholas Chan
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    15 Sep 2018

    Five years is a decent time frame for investing in equities. Buy an emerging market etf, valuations are low now.

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