Author: Invest Openly

Am back after one-month hiatus

Raccoon Dogs Statue in Kyoto I am back after slightly more than a month break from this blog. For the past one month or so, been busy in moving house, we are finally more or less settling down in the new place.  Also, just back from a short trip to Kyoto/Osaka Japan. Overall, it’s a great trip minus the searing hot weather (heard that this year is Japan’s hottest summer and it went up to 37.9 C while we were there). Morale of the story? Avoid visiting Japan during summer if you are not a fan of sun and...

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Fitting Earbud = Better Exercise experience

For the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been visiting gym quite regularly (at least 2-3 times a week) to maintain my exercise regime so as to delay the “widening” effect (if you know what I meant :-). Most of the time, I will just do the threadmill exercise with the occasional dumb bell lifting, One of the self “mandate” for me is listening to the music while doing the exercises. I find that it does improves my exercise momentum and enjoyment. There is one side issue though, that is finding a fitting earbud. I used to use cable earphone attached...

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How to register a company in Singapore

Want to register your company in Singapore? This guide contains key facts on opening a company and doing business in Singapore – the requirements, procedures, and timelines. Registering a company in Singapore: high-level overview Company name: We recommend having a shortlist of three in case your first choice isn’t available. 1 or more directors: Directors must be individuals, aged 18 and above, who have not been disqualified to hold a directorship in Singapore or elsewhere. 1 or more resident directors: You need at least one locally resident director. This is someone who is a Singapore citizen, Permanent Resident, or...

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Advice for Those Who Are Buying Sydney Property

If you are planning to relocate, and Sydney is your choice of locations, you certainly wouldn’t be alone. This vibrant city and its many suburbs have much to offer, and with such a desirable region, you need to be quick when looking at properties. Here today and gone tomorrow would be an accurate description of the Sydney real estate market. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you source that dream property in Sydney. Source a Good Mortgage Broker Number one on the list of things to source, finding a proactive mortgage broker in Sydney is a...

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Financial And Non-Financial Consideration For Renting Condo In Singapore

This is an update to my earlier post Weekend Leisure Post – To Renovate Or Upgrade? Finally, we’ve decided to choose the upgrade route and made a 5% deposit via Option To Purchase (OTP) for an upcoming condo. This means that we need to sell our current HDB within 6 months in order to avoid the 12% Additional Stamp Duty.  During this period, we will be moving out to an interim accommodation (another Condo) for 2 years. It has been busy past few weeks/months and lots of viewings (both for renting as well as for selling). So, I thought it...

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5 Things To Consider When Selling Your Gold

Do you have old pieces of gold lying around that you no longer wear or need? Maybe you’d like to make a bit of extra money. How about looking into your jewellery collection for some pieces you no longer want? The good news is that it’s easy enough to sell gold, but before you do, here are a few things you should know. 1. Always get an invoice. A good jewellery or pawn shop will ask you for your purchase document or invoice when you want to sell gold items to them. This helps to establish the metal’s purity....

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Weekend Leisure Post – To Renovate Or Upgrade?

For the past few days, the hottest local news is non other than the preview (soft launch) of the Jewel Changi Airport, for those lucky few who have gotten the free preview tickets, sure to have a blast there. From the videos/photos shared in the social media so far, I feel proud that for a tiny country like us, we can grind out something as spectacular and grand as this!  As for the international news, it’s the buzz regarding the upcoming premiere of long-awaited Marvels Universe sequel Avengers – Endgame (from 24th Apr 2019). In local context, it has “forced”...

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To Dox Or Not To Dox, That’s The Question, Or Is It?

At the moment, the hottest local news is “fake news”. Reason being that Singapore Government is set to make the spreading of fake news as outlaw. Thanks to this fake news thing, I’ve learnt something new today. Along came the newly learnt term dox, doxing or doxxing.. So what is dox (or doxing)? Accord to Google translate, Doxing is defined as: “search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.” What it means is that once the Protection from Harassment (Amendment) Bill is passed, anyone committed the act of...

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MRT Map by 2030

In about 11 years time and assuming everything goes as planned, our MRT map will look something like the one on the left.  For a small country like Singapore, I must say that our public transport is very comprehensive and convenient. Even though there were frequent breakdowns (minor and major) in the past 2 years or so, I can see that there are vast improvement recently, especially from the start of the year (touch wood!), but I think we are going on the right direction in ensuring a more stable public train system.  For a public transport taker like...

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Paraguay’s Success Story in Chasing Prosperity (Guest Post)

Among the impressive performers in global economic standings the previous year is the South American nation of Paraguay. Its economy has been gaining ground since 2003 and has been steadily generating international interest. This is the reason why a lot of private investment companies have been concentrating their efforts here. And speaking of global interest in Paraguay, the foreign investing community is quite active in the country. In fact, it is among the most influential sectors that have pushed the country’s prosperity index up the rankings. This is evident in the 2018 Legatum Prosperity Index, sponsored by the Legatum...

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So What’s Up 2019?

It has been exactly a month since my last post, time really fly, we are almost at the end of the first quarter of 2019 and so far I have not done any transaction (in terms of investment) since the beginning of the year. I am happy to just keep receiving the occasional traditional kopi treats in the form of minion size of dividends.  So what have I been busy with recently?  This year, we plan to completely overhaul the our home (after more than 15 years) and hence been busy liaising with IDs and researching about our new...

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You will have to trade with the mind, not the money (Guest Post)

Take this with a lot of salt for the sake of proper performance in the business of Forex. Your mind will be used mostly for trading instead of thinking of the money involved. It will make your performance better. There will also be a good income from the business. So it becomes obvious that the earning will require the traders to forget about money. Think of all the different process of trading in the markets. There will be proper maintenance of trades with stop-losses and take-profits. Even before that, the trades will have to make proper sizing of the...

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Top 5 2019 CNY Movies Of Our Choice

2019 Chinese New Year (CNY) is just around the corner, I believed most people are busy with the spring cleaning, CNY cookies tasting and buying, new clothes in preparation of the Year of Pig. This is my year (本命年) and after 4 cycles, I am blessed that I can still sharing stuff on this blog (and elsewhere), enjoying simple life and keep going.  Being a movie buff, watching CNY movies with family and friends during CNY period is always one of the celebration highlight. This year, there are plenty of choices, out of more than 10 CNY movies, my...

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What Type Of Angler Are You In Your Investment Journey?

First, I need to clarify that fishing is not my cup of tea. I was inspired by what I’ve seen yesterday evening to pen this post. When I was doing my weekend walk-a-jog along Lorong Halus, near the East Entrance of Coney Island, I saw a bunch of anglers scattered around the shore and enjoying their time, some in solitude, some are with their group of friends. Most of the anglers are using fishing rods, a few are using the fishing nets with handle while I vividly saw one of them is using plain fishing net. This set me...

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Open Electricity Market – First Thing I Did in 2019 Is To Switch

I am excited that finally Singapore’s electricity market is opening up and we (as consumers) have more choice and say in selecting our preferred retailer. Of course, the most important thing is because of the “competition”, the consumers can enjoy more competitive rate (as opposed to only with SP previously). I have the privilege to switch my electricity supplier from 1 Jan 2019 (as I am staying in Zone 1 of their rolling out schedule) and have done some brief homework (i.e. comparing price and retailers). By the way, there are as many as 22 retailers to choose from...

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