Fail-safe investing – Building a Permanent Portfolio

Image source: https://seekingalpha.com/article/559931-6-etf-permanent-income-portfolio

In my previous blog entry related to investing in gold, one of my readers and fellow financial blogger, Warriortan, introduced me to the Permanent Portfolio, which is sometimes also known as a fail-safe investment strategy. He has been developing this strategy in his personal portfolio and you can read his progress by clicking here and here.

I must admit that I was initially intimidated by the words “fail-safe” because those two words just sounded too good to be true in the world of investing. Continue reading “Fail-safe investing – Building a Permanent Portfolio”

Doing what you love V.S. Finding an ideal job

Warren Buffet has an advice and an old joke which he repeats time and again to fresh graduates who are looking for their first job. I quote him as below:

“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”

– Warren Buffett

If I’d have to be truthful to myself, I would have chosen to be a professional baker. I’ve always wanted to become one. Continue reading “Doing what you love V.S. Finding an ideal job”

The Ultimate Shopping Contract – How to stop yourself from spending unnecessarily


Date: ____________

The Ultimate Shopping Contract

I, ____(insert name here)____, promise that I will not buy anything without thinking twice. I will ask myself if the product I’m holding in my hand is something that is a “want” or a need”. If it is a “want”, then I will promptly put the product back on its shelf. If it is a “need”, I will ask if there are alternatives. Then, I will choose the one that brings the most value in terms of price and quality. Continue reading “The Ultimate Shopping Contract – How to stop yourself from spending unnecessarily”

How BF and I save more than $3000 per month – Top 5 saving tips for couples

Many of my male friends have made comments about them spending more money after getting a girlfriend. It seems like love and money has an inverse relationship. It is not uncommon to see more and more people choosing to be single, and it may not necessarily be a bad thing, if your main focus is to accumulate as much wealth as you can. Being a couple means having to go out dating, dining at nicer restaurants, buying gifts for one another on monthsaries and anniversaries. It may impede you in reaching your financial goals earlier if your partner does not want the same eventually.

Well, I’m here to tell you that not all relationships are like that. Not for BF and I, at least.

Continue reading “How BF and I save more than $3000 per month – Top 5 saving tips for couples”

My monthly cash flow statement – How I save more than 50% of my take home pay

I have been having a few conversations with my friends lately on how much they save on general every month. It seems like it’s difficult for many of them to save as much as they want to on a monthly basis and they don’t keep track of their expenses. I even have a friend who has an unique ability to spend her entire pay in 3 days after it is credited! On an overall average, they save around 10% to 30% of their take home pay. Very financially savvy ones would be able to save up to 80%, but that also depends because they might be earning a higher income as compared to me.

When I tell some of them that I save more than 50% of my take home pay, I see their facial expressions turn into shock or surprise. Then, the next question would be

“How do you do it?!” Continue reading “My monthly cash flow statement – How I save more than 50% of my take home pay”

Being stingy V.S being frugal

This blog entry is inspired by some of the comments on the Facebook post that made Richmond “famous”. There was a small debate going on about the difference between being stingy and being frugal, and I would like to supplement my point of view to the two concepts.

Let me tell you more about Richmond and his character. I didn’t think there was a full introduction about him in the previous post, because it only mentioned his frugal habits.

Continue reading “Being stingy V.S being frugal”

Increasing cash flow for yourself

Asian engineer power yo!!!! :p

The idea of increasing cash flow for yourself is to have multiple streams of income from different places. An interesting point that I would like to highlight is that one of the sources of his income actually comes from credit card points. In Singapore, I guess a more common term that we use would be “rebate”. The reason why I chose to talk about this is because this is something that I think everyone can leverage from. Continue reading “Increasing cash flow for yourself”