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US levies a 40% estate tax on US assets when the NRA account holder passes away. should this be a point of concern for investors?
Frankie Aufhauser-Rappaport
Frankie Aufhauser-Rappaport
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 1h ago
Yes https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/some-nonresidents-with-us-assets-must-file-estate-tax-returns
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Hi guys, I'm just wondering if anyone here buys S&P 500 stocks? And if so, which broker would you recommend?
Matthew Tan
Matthew Tan, Incoming Undergraduate at NTU
Level 5. Genius
Answered 3h ago
There are many brokers out there but the popular ones are IB, Saxo and Standard Chartered. Heres an article to compare the different brokers! https://blog.seedly.sg/how-to-buy-us-shares-in-singapore-and-open-brokerage-account
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Any good finance channels on YouTube in singapore? I found one (link in description) which is relatable n relevant but idk if it's good?
Matthew Tan
Matthew Tan, Incoming Undergraduate at NTU
Level 5. Genius
Answered 3h ago
Not a finance channel on YouTube but I follow thewokesalaryman and TheSimpleSum on Instagram! The content is relevant as they talk about CPF as well. For YouTube, I follow Stephen Graham, Andrei Jikh and Dave Ramsey though the IRA, pension and tax loss harvesting dont really apply to Singapore's context.
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When did you all started investing and why?
Matthew Tan
Matthew Tan, Incoming Undergraduate at NTU
Level 5. Genius
Answered 3h ago
Started few months back where I was on YouTube. I chanced upon a video by Robert Kiyosaki on the ESBI quadrant and afterwards about cashflow and how buying assets can generate more income for you. Since then, I've started taking a look at my personal finances and started budgeting my NS allowance. Been lucky to discover the seedly community, thewokesalaryman and bogleheads to learn more about passive investing via index etfs and robos.
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What will happen if the broker(Custodian) goes bankrupt?
Hi Jing Wei, Under sections 16, 17, 26 and 27 of the Securities and Futures (Licensing and Conduct of Business) https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/SFA2001-RG10, the gist of it is that the brokerage firm must keep customer assets in a trust account separate from the firm's own assets. These assets will be excluded from claims from creditors. That's the protection that is available for investors. However with regards to the claim process, I'd imagine that each broker has their own set of processes, so I am unable to comment. Possibly you will get a certificate stating what you own, and with that, use it to transfer your holdings to another broker.
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Are stocks such as SingTel and SPH considered penny stocks due to their <$5 price?
Wilson Nid A Break
Wilson Nid A Break
Level 8. Wizard
Answered 4h ago
In the past, penny stocks were considered any stocks that traded for less than one dollar per share. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has modified the definition to include all shares trading below five dollars. The SEC is an independent federal government agency responsible for protecting investors as they maintain fair and orderly functioning of the securities markets. Penny stocks are usually associated with small companies and trade infrequently meaning they have a lack of liquidity or ready buyers in the marketplace. Due to their lack of liquidity, wide bid-ask spreads or price quotes, and small company sizes, penny stocks are generally considered highly speculative. In other words, investors could lose a sizable amount or all of their investment.
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What are some good investments that you will choose to diversify your portfolio with?
I diversify across mutliple asset classes, holding equity, bonds, UTs and of course not forgetting CPF which I consider the safe and non-volatile component of my portfolio. I also hold cash in high interest savings accounts to minimize the impact of erosion by inflation. All of the asset classes have pros and cons of course, but I tweak their weightage accordingly to suit my own comfort level.
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Is the dividend payout prorated?
Hi Konrad, Dividend payouts for stocks are not pro rated. As long as you hold the stock on the Cum-Dividend (CD) date, you will be able to get the dividend. You can even buy it successfully at 455pm on the actual CD date, and sell it the next day (but the price would have dropped), and you'll still get the dividend per share as per what the company annouced.
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Will I be missing out on cheaper stock prices if I wait a few months to build up my capital?
Hi anon, There's no way to tell for sure, as prices could drop again before rebounding. However, I need to caution that investing a few hundred dollars in stocks is not really cost effective as the transactional costs will be a high percentage of your contract value. Aim for 0.5% or less. Also, don't worry about missing out on opportunities. They will present themselves again. Aim to find the right stock to buy as well. SIA may be severely discounted, but is it a good stock to invest in? Always remember that it is better to buy a good company at a good price than a mediocre company at a cheap price.
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How can I decide how many units of a stock/ETF to buy?
Lok Yang Teng
Lok Yang Teng
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Top Contributor (Apr)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 6d ago
1. Comission/other related fees If fees are at a minimum of $10 per transaction, it would not be cost effective to just buy 100 (or even lesser) shares, more so for shares with low price. If the stock you want to buy cost $1 each ($100 in total), your fees will be at least $20 (buy and sell) and you will need more than 20% gain just to break even. 2. Portfolio Allocation It depends on how much weightage you want the particular stock to have in your portfolio. The higher the weigtage, the more you invest in. It is important to note while you may be able to afford a lot of units for a particular stock/ETF, it is not advisable to focus into few stocks. Diversification is also an important element factor to in. 3. Capital The more intial capital you have, the more units you can afford. If you are unable to afford buying the particular stock/ETF at a cost effective quantity, you can delay your purchase until you accumulated enough cash.
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