Asked on 27 May 2020
I'd recommend you to open an investment account with a broker and invest from there. You'll be free to invest in any asset class without being constrained to the policy T&Cs. There are many platforms available for the retail investor and I urge you to take a look at them.
We buy insurance for guarantees and for protection. Investments, by their nature, do not have any form of guarantee, and thus there is really very little reason to invest via an insurer, since you'll have to guarantee your premium payments, whereas your returns are generally not guaranteed.
Wealth Pro Advantage combines the concept of savings + investment in it. Half of what you put in is guaranteed over a perid of time while half of it is guaranteed. Whether it's a good plan or not will depends on whether you think this meets your needs at any given point.
Most of my clients prefer separating their savings from their investments. And for people who are new to investing, you definitely can read up and learn as much as you can, and then do it on your own through an online platform. If you think you want to start off with someone guiding you along the way because you havent the time to read up material and learn, you might want to purchase a investment-based ILP through a trusted advisor.
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If it's for pure investing purposes without any other objectives, it'd be best you channel it into other platform instead of a product/plan. After setting aside your emergency fund, short term liquidity needs, and basic essential insurance, you can use the remaining to construct a decent portfolio and make plans on RSP consistently to invest over the long term! Platform wise, too many to name depending on what you are interested to invest in, FSM/Saxo/TD/IB etc. Hope this helps!
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AIA Wealth Pro Advantage is a combination of both a participating component from an endowment savings policy and at the same time allows you to invest through AIA investment-linked funds.
For the participating component, your premium will be invested into AIA's participating fund. Accordingly, you share the profits from the fund's performance while protected against the downside from investment risk.
At the same time, the other portion of your premium is invested into AIA investment-linked funds. You may choose what type of funds to invest into, or to tap on expert advice from global investment firm Mercer.
It will be good to know the latest fund performance to this end.
As for suitability, we need to know more about you and your goals before we can ascertain whether it works for you. Above all, AIA Wealth Pro Advantage accumulates your wealth through guaranteed and non-guaranteed returns.
For this purpose, I will suggest for you to speak with an experienced consultant to explain further and to assess whether it is recommended.
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As others have mentioned, doing it yourself thru trading platforms (DBS Vickers, FSM) is better and more cost effective. If you are new, can look into ETFs as they are diversified and tends to be lower risk.
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