Sunday, February 26, 2017

Chay Yan Street @ Tiong Bahru

A little late to the scene but I recently discovered the beauty and charm of Tiong Bahru. Lots of hipster cafes have sprouted up over the years in this enclave where old shophouses sit quietly with towering and swanky new condominiums as the backdrop.

I managed to visit Plain Vanilla bakery at Yong Siak Street (which comes right after Chay Yan Street). They are supposed to be famous for their cupcakes and one cost $3.90. Lots of tourist and locals but still managed to find a seat inside a room called "the Workshop". I guess the locals have sort of vacated this area in search of the latest "in-thing" so it was much quieter than I expected even though it was a Sunday afternoon.

When I was walking back to the car, I managed to catch this lovely shot.
Back view of old house with spiral staircase along Chay Yan Street.

Apparently, Chay Yan Street is named after a rubber plantation owner.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Queries from readers

Just sharing some email queries from readers that I have answered over the years. These queries were sent via email. Have removed names.

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Hi

I chanced upon your site and would like to ask if the stock dividends is going to be paid out in Dec for example, when should we buy in?

Thanks
XXX
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Hi XXX,


You have to buy the stock before it is ex-dividend to be entitled to the dividends.  Stocks which are ex-dividend will have XD beside the stock name in SGX website.


If you are talking about dividend capture strategy, then it is more difficult.  I personally find it hard to determine a correct entry point to buy-in to get the dividend/sell at a profit larger than what the dividend would have been.  If you are buying a stock for the dividends, I guess it does not really matter when you buy in.  Of course, some basic Technical Analysis might help in the long run.


Regards,

FF

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Hi FF

Thanks for your email.

So if I spot that there is a ex-dividend stock, and if I buy in, will I be entitled to the dividends? Or would it already be too late?

Thanks
XXX

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Hi XXX,


It will be too late by the time it is shown as XD

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Budget 2017 - Housing Grants for HDB

A good snapshot of the housing grant changes announced in Budget 2017 by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.

(Source: HDB)


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Just Contributed More Money To SRS Account

I just contributed another lump sum of monies to my SRS account. There are good reasons for me to do so since I get to enjoy tax reliefs and will end up paying less taxes for the next year.

I figure that I have contributed about $10000 and upwards so far this year to my SRS account. There is a cap to how much relief I can claim so I will probably max that out by end this year ( which really does not give me much time!).

I have also maxed out my CPF minimum sum top up by contributing $7000.

Good tax reliefs so why not?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Interest Income for November 2016

Really need to get into habit of recording down my dividends and interest income. As some of you might be aware, I have been relying on banks promotional interest rates or bonus interest to get higher rates for my savings account.

For November 2016, I managed to get $179 from my OCBC360 account. Not bad if you ask me.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How Much CPF is Deducted from Salary

Ask around and you will be surprised that not many people actually know how much money is deducted from their salary for contribution to their CPF account.

The CPF salary ceiling in 2016 is $6000. This means that only the first $6000 you earn in a month attracts CPF contributions. For an employee below age 55, it will mean a total of 20% of $6000 is deducted from his gross salary for CPF. The amount deducted is therefore $1200.

Employers contribute 17% and that translates to $1020.

So the CPF deducted from one's gross salary is $1200 while the employer contributes $1020 (assuming one earns $6000 or more a month).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Much is Registered Mail in Singapore

Registered mail in Singapore is offered by Singpost  if it's basically a sign-for on delivery service that requires the recipient to sign an acknowledgement slip before getting the mail.

The mail will be delivered to the address and if nobody is home, a slip of paper informs that the postman had been there and the mail is waiting for collection at some post office.

In Singapore, registered mail will cost an additional $2.24 over the normal mail delivery price. The weight limit is also capped at 2kg.

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