Monthly Archives: June 2014

Feeling left out in Government subsidies – Medishield Life Premium

Two-thirds of Singaporeans will get permanent government subsidies on paying Medishield Life premium. My household of three belongs to the category of one-thirds who gets no more subsidies from Year 5 onwards when the transitional subsidies end. We are in … Continue reading

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Medishield Life Premium – Government subsidies

With reference to my blog written on 7 June 2014, I wrote: “The government will provide subsidies for bottom two-thirds of households to help them cope with increase in premium as a result of Medishield Life. Details are still sketchy … Continue reading

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“Inferno” by Dan Brown – A Book Review

From the start of Chapter 1, the story plunged straight into suspense. That was why I pursued till the end of the fiction over a week. ‘Inferno” is 620 pages long, longer than it needs be for one to grasp … Continue reading

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Perception and Reality – Understanding CPF

Each time when I was asked about matters concerning CPF, I could only remember few details and at times only vaguely. I had to always go to CPF web-pages to source for answers. Questions such as “How is the Retirement … Continue reading

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Suffering burnout on a job

Fifty four per cent polled here are unhappy at work. Singapore is second most dissatisfied in Asia-Pacific in this poll. (Global recruitment firm, Randstad) Looking back eight years ago and on reflection, I have to admit that I experienced burn-out … Continue reading

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Fear

I thought I have gotten over fear, less frightened than before. But no, I had been staring at fear again this week. Intellectually, I know that fear is irrational and without basis as it is to do with the unknown … Continue reading

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Stock market indices 9 June 2014

We can see the end of first half of this year. How are stock markets doing? The year-to-date percentage change between two dates are provided in the table below. Stock Indices 31.12.2013 09.06.2014 Change Sensex (India) 21,170.68 25,580.21 20.8% Taiwan … Continue reading

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Returns on Life Insurance Participating Funds – 2013

If you have bought Life insurance policies, participating in form of bonuses depends to a great extent on performance of Life Participating Funds of your insurers. The table below shows the performance of these funds by three big Life insurers, … Continue reading

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ROE of companies with year ends other than 31 December 2013

This a follow-on of an earlier blog written on 6 March 2014. I added companies with year-ends other than 31 December 2013. (mainly with 31 March 2014 year ends) Return on equity (ROE) is a financial ratio which is hard … Continue reading

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Medishield Life comparison to Medisave-approved Integrated Policy – To switch or not to switch?

With the announcement of Medishield Life on 5 June 2014, will I drop my Medisave-approved Integrated Policy (IP) with Aviva? I took up Aviva IP Myshield Plan 2 that covers my in-patient stay in any Government/Restructured Ward which allows me … Continue reading

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