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  • Money Hacks Ep 74: Why insurance is good risk management during uncertain times

    10:42 min

    Synopsis: Updated fortnightly on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down useful financial tips.

    This episode is aimed at how to understand basic personal risk management amid the market turmoil this year.

    Host Chris Lim speaks remotely with SingSaver's founder and country manager Rohith Murthy.

    They tackle the following points:
    Accept the reality that Covid-19 is a serious threat to income and jobs, and how to assess your finances (3:20)
    Typical financial journey of a Singaporean or Permanent Resident here (4:30)
    Why insurance is still seen here as a grudge purchase, and why it is more important in a world of uncertainty (5:15)
    Establish the risk to your income, cash and health needs; ensure you have the right affordable policy to be protected (6:40)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Ernest Luis

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 73: Fortitude and the market in Covid-19 times

    12:33 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down useful financial tips.

    This episode is aimed at how investors can approach the market despite the impact from Covid-19.  

    On May 26, finance minister Heng Swee Keat delivered an unprecedented fourth budget, dubbed the Fortitude Budget. Together with the previous three 2020 Budgets, this year’s total comes up to almost S$100 billion. 

    Host Chris Lim speaks remotely with two experts from OCBC Bank - Selena Ling, head of treasury research and strategy, and Carmen Lee, head of investment research. 

    They tackle the following points:
    What is the outlook for Singapore's economy, for the next three to six and 12 months, and what does this mean for investors?  (1:00)
    What is the outlook like for Reits? Which Reit sectors took the biggest hit during Covid-19 and which are still attractive to investors here? (3:30)
    What is the market expecting for corporate earnings this year? (8:08)
    Will dividends be cut? Or even be paid out at all? (9:50)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Ernest Luis

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 72: Passive vs active investing - debunking misconceptions 

    12:59 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    In this episode, we talk about passive and active investing, ETFs and unit trusts. Why should the average investor care about the differences?

    Host Chris Lim speaks remotely with Gregory Van, chief executive and founding partner of Endowus, the only digital investment adviser that now has a CPF investment option, as he explains the following points:

    1. Understand why you have a historically proven 17% chance of "beating the market" over a 15-year period even as a professional or "active" investor (2:30)

    2. What is the difference between active and passive investing? (5:53)

    3. Understand the differences between cash, high-quality government debt like Singapore Savings Bonds, corporate bonds and equities (6:21)

    4. How digital investment advisers can help you with lower costs and passive investing coupled with strategic asset allocation (9:40)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Ernest Luis

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 71: Be a hassle-free landlord through Reit investments

    11:18 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    This episode is aimed at those who are interested in investing in property through real estate investment trusts (Reits) and Chris Lim hosts Dhruv Arora, founder and chief executive of robo investment advisory Syfe.

    He explains some basic starter tips:

    1. What is a Reit? How it is a proxy for buying into a property without spending millions of dollars (1:02)

    2. Why investing in Reits makes you virtually a hassle-free landlord (2:20)

    3. Is it prudent to diversify your Reit portfolio? (3:23)

    4. What is the difference between do-it-yourself Reit exchange traded fund (ETF) investing and using Syfe's new Reit+ portfolio, which can closely replicate the performance of the SGX iEdge S-Reit 20 Index? (6:24)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Ernest Luis

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 70: How companies should transform during the Covid-19 circuit breaker

    15:59 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    This episode is aimed at owners and management of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large companies.

    In this episode, Ernest Luis hosts Tan Su Shan, group head, institutional banking, DBS, as she explains how there is no turning back for big and small businesses, if they are to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    She shares some essential tips:

    1. What are the immediate action points SMEs need to work on, to survive first? (2:44)

    2. What if you are an SME owner caught cold, not ready for digitalisation and worried about survival? Can banks help with digital business conversion and enable cash flow, and how that works in the F&B sector for example? (4:03)

    3. Larger companies should do stress test projections for three, six and nine months, or even till at least the first quarter of 2021 (7:50)

    4. Pointers for stress testing (8:52)

    5. Will Covid-19 change the way companies operate permanently, and in what ways? (12:28)

    Produced by: Ernest Luis

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 69: Is 2020 the year for savvier DIY property hunters and sellers?

    9:54 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    This episode is aimed at younger and savvier homeowners and buyers who want to explore "DIY" property transactions and save some money.

    In this episode, Chris Lim hosts Lewis Ng, chief commercial officer of Carousell, who breaks down property trends for new homeowners in 2020.

    1. Is there a growing preference for do-it-yourself (DIY) property listings - directly done by homeowners? (1:40)

    2. What are the cost savings to be enjoyed with DIY platforms? (2:48)

    3. Property shopping and buying 101: Understand your finances, speak to a bank to explore your affordability, explore agent fees or a DIY approach, public and private housing options, know income ceilings for public housing (4:01)

    4. Do you also need a longer-term mindset when buying your preferred property? Check URA master plans for the area (7:26)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Ernest Luis

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 68: Lessons for budding women entrepreneurs in the Covid-19 era

    15:22 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    This episode is aimed at budding women entrepreneurs. Do you feel the burning desire to become one? If you are a mother or a caregiver, and thinking about starting a side business, this episode is for you.

    Ernest Luis hosts Joyce Tee, the group head of SME banking at DBS Bank.

    She answers the following questions:
    What are the top concerns of women entrepreneurs? (2:30)
    Is this a good time for women "sidepreneurs" to test business ideas as more work from home during this Covid-19 period? (5:10)
    Ms Tee offers useful tips as she recounts her life story of how she started her own side business in the early 80s at the age of 13 while she was schooling (6:15)
    Resilience, research, understand your competitive landscape, be clear about your target audience, know what differentiates your service (9:03)
    How women should approach business and not fall prey to gender stereotypes (10:40)

    Produced by: Ernest Luis

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 67: How can AI and big data help investors?

    9:07 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    In this week's episode, we talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and big data and how they can help investors. Chris Lim hosts Adam Reynolds, CEO Asia-Pacific, Saxo Markets, as he answers the following:

    1. What's state-of-the-art now in terms of AI and big data for investors? (0:46)

    2. How accurate are the AI recommendations? (2:06)

    3. A beginner's guide to using AI for investing (4:45)

    4. How comfortable should investors be with trusting AI? (6:13)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Lee Kim Siang

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 66: Should you invest your CPF money in a turbulent market?

    9:06 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    In this week's episode, we talk about CPF investments, and if you should invest them in a turbulent market. Chris Lim hosts Gregory Van, chief executive and founding partner of Endowus, the only digital investment adviser that now has a CPF investment option, as he answers the following:

    1. What is the difference between traditional CPF investment schemes and digital schemes? Are there hidden fees? (1:02)

    2. In a turbulent market now worsened by the coronavirus threat, should you invest your CPF funds? (4:09)

    3. CPF is your long-term money. How can it perform if you take a similar long-term market view versus just leaving it in CPF? (5:14)

    4. Invest wisely, strategically, not tactically. Strategic investment means a long-term approach, whereas a tactical investment means trying to beat the market with constant changes. Find out the pros and cons of such approaches (9:29)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Ernest Luis

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  • Money Hacks Ep 65: Basics of loyalty programmes

    9:06 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    In this week's episode, we talk about loyalty programmes, what they are and how they can work for the investor. Chris Lim hosts Adam Reynolds, CEO Asia Pacific, Saxo Markets, as he answers the following:

    1. Should investors even care about loyalty programmes? (1:09)

    2. How common are loyalty programmes in the online brokerage industry? (1:56)

    3. Does Saxo expect other brokerages to launch competing loyalty programmes? (6:07)

    4. Don't just trade for the sake of racking points up (7:03)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Lee Kim Siang

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 64: Demystifying managed portfolios

    9:42 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    In this week's episode, we take a look at managed portfolios: what exactly are they and how are they managed? Chris Lim hosts Christophe Marciano, head of discretionary portfolio management, DBS Bank, as he answers the following:

    1. What is a managed portfolio? (0:25)

    2. What is the process like? (3:12)

    3. What are the pros and cons of DBS Bank's global and Asian digi portfolio products? (4:27)

    4. Which ETFs (exchange-traded funds) are available in these portfolios? (6:41)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Lee Kim Siang

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 63: What are vehicle protection services?

    15:13 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    How different are vehicle protection services from car insurance? Ernest hosts Manfred Schmoelz, president of the Asia-Pacific region for Assurant, as he answers the following:  

    1. What should consumers look out for, when buying a new car? (4:00)

    2. What about some Singapore car owners who only intend to keep their cars for 3 to 5 years? Do they need to consider different approaches when choosing a vehicle protection service? (6:02)

    3. The changing profile of the Asian consumer. (9:10)

    4. How AI adoption - combined with human supervision and compassion -  helps make claims and turnarounds faster and more efficient, and reduce fraudulent cases. (10:22)

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    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 62: What is a robo-advisory?

    10:15 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    Robo-advisers are becoming more common in Singapore, but just what is a robo-advisory and how is it different from traditional investing methods?

    Chris Lim hosts Evy Wee, head of financial planning & personal investing at DBS, who explains the basics:

    1. What is a robo-advisory? (0:24)

    2. Are robo-advisers easier for people who are starting their investing journey? (1:16)

    3. What kind of fees are involved? (4:20)

    4. Equities vs ETF portfolios: what are the basic considerations? (7:57)

    Produced by: Chris Lim and Lee Kim Siang

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 61: Getting the most out of cashback/rewards cards10:03 minSynopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.Most Singaporeans have either a cashback or rewards points credit card, some even have both; but are we getting the most out of them?We speak with Mark Cheng, media sales lead at financial comparison site MoneySmart.sg, who shares his insights with us:1. What are some of the basic things you need to consider? (0:31)2. Things to take note of when redeeming air miles/points (5:07)3. What if my spending is not consistent enough to maximise the benefits? (6:19)Produced by: Chris Lim and Lee Kim SiangEdited by: Adam AzleeFollow more Money Hacks podcasts and rate us on:Spotify: http://bt.sg/oeGNApple Podcasts: http://bt.sg/oeXeGoogle podcasts: http://bt.sg/oeGdPlaylist: http://bt.sg/btpodcastsWebsite: http://bt.sg/moneyhacksFeedback to: podcast@sph.com.sgDo note: Any financial or investment information in this podcast is for use in Singapore only and is intended to be for your general information. Any particular investment or decision should only be made after consulting with a fully qualified financial adviser.Thank you for your support! ST & BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T Watch a video of Podcasts on the rise in Singapore: https://youtu.be/aGJ4cbch6eQ

  • Money Hacks Ep 60: Maximising air miles and credit cards

    9:04 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    Singaporeans love to get out of the country at every opportunity and this episode focuses on understanding credit cards and air miles better. We speak with Mark Cheng,  media sales lead at financial comparison site MoneySmart.sg

    He breaks down the various options:

    1. Which card is better, those that accrue miles or points? (1:17)

    2. What misconceptions are there? (2:00)

    3. What to consider before redeeming your air miles (4:08)

    4. How do you maximise your air miles? (5:06)

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    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 59: Mortgage loans 101 

    14:44 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    This episode focuses on understanding mortgage loans better. We speak with Cris Ng, the head of mortgage at financial comparison service Moneysmart.sg

    He walks us through various options:

    1. Customers tend to fear mortgage loans and want to pay as little as possible and pay off as soon as possible. Why this is a misconception. (1:37)

    2. Should you go for floating or fixed mortgage rates? (2:31)

    3. First-timers, upgraders, seasoned investors: What they should know, including tips on types of mortgages they should choose (8:44)

    4. Why is refinancing often overlooked by Singapore customers? (9:45)

    5. How upgraders can approach mortgage decisions and the practice of "decoupling". (11:33)

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  • Money Hacks Ep 58: Credit cards for millennials 

    9:54 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    This episode focuses on credit cards for millennials specifically. We speak with Natalia Goh, head of credit cards and personal loans at Standard Chartered Bank Singapore who .

    She tackles our questions:

    1. What would a millennial need from a credit card? (0:27)

    2. Besides air miles, is cashback also another criteria millennials look at? (2:20)

    3. How many credit cards do millennials typically hold? (3:55)

    4. What should millennials look at when choosing a credit card? (4:51)

    5. Should millennials be looking at pairing a bank account with a credit card to maximise benefits? (8:01)

    Produced by: Chris Lim & Lee Kim Siang

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 57: What's the difference between credit card fraud and disputes?

    10:02 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    This episode focuses on credit card fraud and disputes. We speak with Natalia Goh. head of credit cards and personal loans at Standard Chartered Bank Singapore, who tells us what the differences are. 

    She tackles our questions:

    1. Is there a difference between a credit card dispute and credit card fraud? (0:37)

    2. How many months' worth of receipts should you keep? (2:41)

    3. What are the steps you can take to protect yourself against fraud? (5:03)

    4. What are the different channels banks use to send alerts to customers? (7:11)

    Produced by: Chris Lim & Lee Kim Siang

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 56: How to choose the best travel insurance policy for your needs

    10:10 mins

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips.

    This episode focuses on travel insurance and we speak with MoneySmart's Singapore general manager Abel Lee, who oversees its insurance business. 

    He tackles our questions:

    1. How can travel insurance be seen as an investment? (0:57)

    2. What should we take note of when choosing a policy? (1:45)

    3. How important is it to check the T&Cs? (4:09)

    4. Is there a best time to buy travel insurance? (5:02)

    5. Are there particular kinds of travel insurance policies for specific groups of people?

    Produced by: Chris Lim & Lee Kim Siang

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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  • Money Hacks Ep 55: How to start investing with forex

    8:51 min

    Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times and The Straits Times break down actionable financial tips.

    This episode focuses on foreign exchange, specifically, how one can approach FX as another avenue for investment.

    We speak with Sumeet Bhambri, Standard Chartered's regional head of wealth management for Asean and South Asia, for his take on FX investing.

    He tackles our questions:

    1. What is FX? (0:40)

    2. How do we use FX as an investment vehicle? (2:06)

    3. What tools can we use to help us? (5:52)

    Produced by: Chris Lim & Lee Kim Siang

    Edited by: Adam Azlee

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