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Catered exclusively for Singaporeans. Learn about the financial myths, discover the best financial practices, and understand different financial strategies that fit your unique life! Feel free to join our community Telegram group! https://t.me/thefinancialcoconut And follow our Instagram Page for visual content. https://www.instagram.com/thefinancialcoconut/
 
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Josh & Zino sip coffee and salted caramel tea to discuss the feud behind Tion Wayne and Lani Good, the problems of financial abuse, the financial burdens of Christmas, ending relationships with Uber, the life choices we make to save money, non-experts giving us all the online classes of nothing, and #SurvivingSophia. Pour yourself some tea and come…
 
This episode is for all the ladies in the house. Even though 70% of the financial decisions at home are made by women, finance has always been a topic that is male-dominated. Why is this so? Statistically speaking, women live longer so having a financial plan is even more vital for them. Why do some women find it hard to talk about finance and inve…
 
We are about two years into the Covid-19 pandemic and there’s a new variant in town - Omicron. While virologists and governments are researching more about Omicron, how should retail investors like ourselves plan for our investments following this new development? Will news of this new variant start a market sell-off? Should we double down on big p…
 
Financial planning startup Vena Solutions has raised more than $400 million to fuel its growth. When you've got that kind of walking around money, you need to have a plan to turn that capital into new customers, enhanced products, and recurring revenue. In this episode, we hear from Vena Solutions’ Chief Operating Officer, Tina Goulbourne, on the k…
 
Most of us know LinkedIn as a social networking platform for professionals but very few know how to optimize their LinkedIn profiles and stand out from the (virtual) crowd. Is there an optimal time to post on LinkedIn? What exactly is the 4-1-1, and what is the only paid advertising tool worth paying for on LinkedIn? Take a LinkedIn & Personal Bran…
 
If given a choice, would you leave Singapore and work in another country? Some of us may find it very daunting while others simply can’t wait to move elsewhere. The logistics of moving to another country is mostly manageable but what about preparing our minds for it? In TFC 117, we offer 3 thought-provoking questions that you should ask yourself be…
 
"Would you prefer to be in a lot of debt but have two cars or would you prefer to have just a bicycle but be financially free?" This is what Adrian challenges us to think about in Part Two of his debt story (listen to Part One here: https://spoti.fi/3FtQY6m) as he shares how his family went through this difficult period with him, interesting strate…
 
It’s 10am on a Tuesday morning. You wake up to the sounds of the gentle waves outside your villa. With a laptop in hand, you head to one of the lounge chairs at the beach… and start working?! This is not a work holiday but the reality of many who have gone on geoarbitrage - living & working in a place with a lower cost of living while enjoying the …
 
Josh & Zino sip jasmine tea and milkshake to discuss a viral video of auntie and a schoolgirl throwing fists, the differences in cultural approaches to respect, Nigerians aunties and Filipino titas demanding respect, Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Alec Baldwin, the problems of iPhone updates, rich people going to quiet restaurants, and Jen Shah getting…
 
Josh & Zino sip iced coffee and ice water to celebrate the first episode of Season 2 and to discuss coming out of lockdown, the traumas of the pandemic, teenagers on Instagram, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop, oversharing, reality television, Erika Jayne (Girardi), marketing climate change, and Zino’s frustrations with rich people going …
 
Can you imagine having a debt of almost a million dollars? That was what Adrian, a serial entrepreneur and father of four experienced at one point in his entrepreneurial journey. He shares his raw and honest story in this week’s Chills with TFC. This is Part One of Adrian’s story as he explains what got him into this predicament, how it affected hi…
 
Some like to be a big fish in a small pond, while others enjoy the hustle of being a small fish in a big pond. For the founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, Eva Lau, swimming with the sharks of Silicon Valley was more her speed. Along with her husband Allen Lau, the co-founder and CEO of Wattpad, Eva launched the investment firm to give back and help…
 
Social media has been set abuzz last month ever since explosive allegations involving some of the key personnel behind NOC (Night Owl Cinematics), one of the biggest YouTube channels in Singapore started surfacing online anonymously. While we are not here to play the judge and decide who’s right or wrong, we do think there are some valuable lessons…
 
In the past, investing was perceived as a private activity between you and your broker. It seemed inappropriate to be poking your nose into how others manage their finances. All these changed with the internet. Nowadays, there are many investing communities where investors have no qualms about sharing and discussing their investments. This phenomen…
 
Last week, HDB announced the new Prime Location Public Housing (PLH) Model which was met with both praise and criticism from many Singaporeans. What does the PLH model encompass? What does it mean for prospective home buyers and investors? Even if you have no intention of buying a flat in a prime location, we think this PLH model may affect you too…
 
In 2009, Bitcoin was introduced to the world and since then, the world of cryptocurrency has been exploding at an unprecedented speed. If you are interested in crypto investing but terms like Bitcoin halving, HODL, yield farming and NFTs sound confusing to you, then you definitely need to listen to this week’s Chills with TFC! We invite Hayden Hugh…
 
Kelly Schmitt successfully guided the CSR platform for charitable donation management, Benevity, throughout her tenure as Chief Financial Officer, and later President. Today, the Canadian company is a billion-dollar organization with more than 650 employees, two million users, and $7 billion in processed donations to 300,000 global charities, and K…
 
The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we view work. With the increased amount of time spent working from home, many of us have more time to reflect on the kind of job we want and sometimes we may wonder: is it time to leave for greener pastures? On the other hand, it does seem risky to quit during such uncertain times, doesn’t it? Get more…
 
In your opinion, what makes a good career? Is it one that promises financial independence or a career that allows you to have a balance between work & life? No matter what your personal preferences are, having a satisfying career is definitely important in the life of a working adult. What are some ways to determine if a job is the right fit for yo…
 
Reggie, our regular host, is no longer in Singapore! Listen to this special episode as he bares it all: the reasons why he chose to leave Singapore, his decision-making process and what he hopes to achieve in this next adventure of his. Get our show notes at https://www.thefinancialcoconut.com/tfc112 For all other links mentioned, or to discover mo…
 
Here at The Financial Coconut, we are on a mission to question, analyse and evaluate financial myths in Singapore. Are Singaporeans badly paid? Should asset appreciation be the main reason to buy a HDB flat? Is it true that CPF is going to take away all our money? These are some of the hot topics concerning life in Singapore but think about it: whe…
 
As Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer at CIBC, Keith Gordon has been on the receiving end of an untold number of pitches from startups. In this episode, we discuss how to get a foot in the door, the elements that go into a great pitch, and what to do once you’ve secured a meeting with a prospective client. We explore the reasons wh…
 
The market is an exciting space right now with many potential growth stocks for retail investors to choose from. Of course, everyone wants to aim for stocks with a 5X or even 10X growth but... which one do we choose? Learn how to be a better growth investor by listening to TFC 111 as we share some factors to consider when evaluating growth stocks! …
 
*Read on to find out how you can enjoy $20 off access fees from Endowus!* Imagine this: 37% of your monthly gross salary goes into a fund for as long as you are holding a job. What can you do with the accumulated money? The possibilities are endless. This is why the CPF (Central Provident Fund) is so integral to every working adult in Singapore. Ad…
 
Everyone knows the Chinese heavyweights like Alibaba, Meituan, JD.com etc but did you know there are also other smaller tech companies in China that could be potential multibaggers (fancy a 5X, 10X growth)? Find out which Chinese small tech companies we are adding to our watchlist in TFC 110! Get our show notes at https://www.thefinancialcoconut.co…
 
REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) have always been a popular investment choice among many retail investors. How do we incorporate REITs in our retirement planning as well? Can REITs be part of our Covid-19 recovery play? What are some ways to evaluate REITs and what are some global REITs to look out for? Explore the world of REITs with Kenny Lo…
 
Katherine Regnier is the CEO and founder of Coconut Software, a customer engagement platform for financial institutions. She launched the company in 2011 after recognizing the need for improved scheduling software while struggling to book a massage appointment. Since then, Katherine has led the company through venture capital funding, strategic par…
 
Evergrande, the second largest property developer in China, is in hot soup. News of its financial troubles erupted recently with people fearing for the worst. What exactly happened that led to the current crisis? How should we understand this piece of news, and are there any opportunities that we can take advantage of? Listen to TFC 109 as we break…
 
As individuals, they do not have much impact, but when they unite, they can sway the markets. Retail investor groups are on the rise. With advanced connectivity and knowledge, they band up, making collective decisions that could swing the markets as much as some institutions. What is the future of investments with them in the mix? In this week’s ep…
 
Gone are the days where one needs to have a huge capital and a wealth of financial knowledge to start investing. With the influx of easy-to-use brokerage and robo-advisory apps, it is so much easier to enter the investment space nowadays. However, that doesn’t mean that you are an investor yet. Find out whether you’re just investing or an actual in…
 
*Read on to find out how you can enjoy 90% off your first drive with GetGo!* We see them on the streets everyday. Everyone wants one but only some get to own them. Cars - Did you know the cost of car ownership is not just Certificate Of Entitlement (COE), purchase price, fuel, and parking? Are you 100% sure you are ready for car ownership, or shoul…
 
Have you ever felt envious that others are having it better than you? Do you doubt yourself, fearing you may be missing out on something? Do you wish that you could just follow whatever it is that others are doing so that you can become like them? If so, you may be having a case of FOMO or Fear of Missing Out. Contrary to popular belief, FOMO is mo…
 
Credit cards - almost everyone has it, with many having multiple cards. Everyone who owns it knows the general function of swipe it now, get your goods/services and worry about payment later when the bill comes. But is that all to it? Many are confused on which card to apply for. Which card is best for a certain occasion? Are they giving you the be…
 
Digital ads on personal finance and investments are becoming more and more prevalent these days: the Instagram Stories that insert themselves in your feed, the ad pop-up whenever you visit a website, that 5 second YouTube ad that we cannot skip... The messages behind these ads seem compelling and attractive (“Stocks do not give you high returns, so…
 
The advancement of technology has given rise to a number of innovative fintech solutions and one of them is Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) where consumers get to buy products without having to pay the full price upfront. Instead, they pay zero-interest instalments over a period of time. How does this actually work and what are the possibilities for both…
 
Most Singaporeans think that the money in your CPF “cannot touch until you retire”, but did you know you can actually use the money in your CPF accounts to invest? The discussion on CPFIS, or CPF Investment Schemes has been polarising to say the least: people either love it or hate it. How should we view CPFIS and what are some key pointers to cons…
 
*Read on to find out how to get 20% off premium lifetime subscription for SteadyCompounding.com!* This is a special TFC Chills x Stock Geekout (SGO) episode as we give you a sneak peek into an upcoming SGO episode! Together with Thomas Chua, founder of SteadyCompounding.com, we deep dive into one of the most promising companies in the current marke…
 
CPF is an acronym that every working adult in Singapore knows but not many are familiar with its inner workings. Other than 37% of your monthly income as the mandatory CPF contribution, did you know that there are other ways to optimize your CPF accounts even further? TFC 104 explores 3 ways on how you can make your money in CPF work for you! Get o…
 
Investing is not just about stock analysis. Studying the economy as a whole, also known as the macro economic view also plays a critical role in your investment decisions. Does the US-China trade war affect the two countries only? What impact does inflation have on our portfolios and how should we plan for it? In this week’s Chills with TFC, we inv…
 
The recent news about the $1.87 billion SPAC deal with PropertyGuru got many people asking: what exactly is a SPAC? SPACs, or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies are listed companies with the sole purpose of raising capital to buy another company. With a structure like that, should we be seeking investment opportunities in SPACs or should we be w…
 
China, China, China… everyone seems to be on its case these days but do you know exactly what is happening with the recent regulations in the Chinese market? Before you cry foul at the government’s “control” of the market, perhaps it will be helpful to gain a deeper understanding of what’s happening on the ground and the relationship between the Ch…
 
China has been making the rounds in the media circuit these days and there is one particular sector that many are looking at: Chinese tech. What is the outlook for the Chinese tech sector and the big names like Alibaba, Tencent, JD and more? In TFC 102, Reggie shares his positive views about this booming sector and why he thinks it will continue to…
 
If you have been listening to TFC, the guest for this week’s Chills with TFC should be no stranger to you. He is none other than the Chief Financial Coconut himself: Reggie! This is a special TFC episode as Andrew invites Reggie to reflect on The Financial Coconut journey thus far. How did TFC actually start? What is the production process like? Wh…
 
With the recent news coverage of Chinese regulators’ clampdown on big tech companies like Didi, Alibaba, Tencent and more, investors are naturally concerned about the outlook for Chinese companies and the Chinese market in general. Reggie joins in the discussion by offering his personal perspectives on the Chinese market. Find out if he is bullish …
 
Have you ever bought something from a Kickstarter campaign? The increasing popularity of crowdfunding has led to many ingenious ideas becoming reality while consumers are spoilt for choice and they get to enjoy discounts on their shopping too. It is indeed a win-win for everyone. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a large capital to launch…
 
After a month-long break, Reggie is back for Episode 100 of The Financial Coconut! In this episode, he shares some of the unusual things he did during his break and the lessons he learnt through these unique experiences. What has black T-shirts got to do with Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA)? Listen to TFC 100 to find out! Get our show notes at https://…
 
Mention the phrase “endowment plans'' and some would be put off by the long maturity period (30 years!) In spite of that, did you know that endowment plans continue to be a very popular investment option with 2.3 million endowment policies incepted in Singapore thus far? What is the appeal behind bonds and endowment plans? What is the difference be…
 
“I want to invest but I don’t know which stock to buy.” Does this sound like you? If so, you will want to listen to TFC 99 (a replay of TFC 30). ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are becoming an increasingly popular investment choice among many investors because instead of investing in a single company, you are investing in a basket of companies. Why ar…
 
“China outdrank the world”. In the last decade, China has emerged as a global economic superpower as it underwent major changes throughout the country. Now, we see the Chinese influence everywhere and many retail investors are looking for opportunities to get a share of this pie. What do we need to understand about the Chinese market? What exactly …
 
This week's TFC 98 is a sneak preview into TFC Stock Geekout, a private podcast dedicated to our premium paying members. This episode was released earlier to the members and if you want to be one of them, check out this link to find out more: https://bit.ly/36CIY3z Ask anyone what’s the most popular form of social media out there and many people wi…
 
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