This is long overdue!
More than half a year has gone by since I published this post on some of my favourite international blogs. They are really amazing but sometimes I do feel left out when they occasionally talk about 401Ks or really cheap cars (if only they exist in Singapore…). And you can’t blame them since we are just a small population of 5 million.
Over at those blogs, there’s no mention about Vicom, the perks of buying a BTO flat or introducing great POSB products. But then, that’s where I guess local blogs (like this one here =p) comes in. Nothing beats local flavours, eh?
So besides re-reading this blog’s posts, you can go to other local blogs I have described below to learn more about personal finance in Singapore and improve your own financial situation. None of them have paid me a single cent and they are also not there because they have agreed to scratch my back too in some other ways.
They are there because I like to read them and have personally benefited from the writing.
Musicwhiz’s Journey – (Archives)
Sadly for me, Musicwhiz stopped blogging since early 2012. However, his valuable writing and analysis remains available at his site.
My above-average investment performance can largely be credited to him. His analysis on companies like Boustead, MTQ and Kingsmen was what convinced me to part with my money when I first started investing directly in companies 3-4 years ago. These 3 shares are currently firmly in the blue (MTQ is a 3 bagger!) even though the STI has remained largely stagnant for the past 3 years.
AK has a huge following in Singapore and I really wonder how many attended the recent Invest X Congress just to hear him? Just take a look at some of his posts and the amount of comments and discussion they generate. He not only posts regularly, he also responds quickly to everybody too. My feel is that there are actually many people out there who idolises him and follows his every move. (buy/sell)
Besides his selfless sharing of his insights on Reits, I am also hugely impressed with AK’s simple lifestyle. Just look at some of his meals!
Kyith has been writing on personal finance for almost a decade already and he offers good advice on a wide range of topics, from CPF to value investing to long term market trends. Besides the blog, he shares many useful and interesting articles on Facebook too.
One of the key resources that I find myself gravitating to is this dividend stock tracker that is shown as one of the pages on his blog. There are some useful metrics of high dividend yielding stocks that’s being constantly updated!
Not too hung up about anonymity like so many of us here, Lionel is a self-confessed personal finance geek who espouses automation and passive investing. He’s even written a couple of books on personal finance (one of them is even free!) and he writes really well.
His blog is a good resource for someone who is just starting out and maybe, someone who needs a kick up in his ass. I had been procrastinating on signing up for an EZ-Reload feature on my credit card and one of his posts became the ultimate catalyst to finally getting it done for both the Mrs and me.
La Papillion is a self-employed tutor and like Kyith, he’s been blogging for almost a decade. Digging through his archives, I realised that he started off more as a trader but has since developed a preference for longer-term investing.
His sharing on the perks and difficulties of a full-time tutor would likely be useful for someone thinking of pursuing self-employment (which includes yours truly) and he has also set and achieved some lofty goals (saving $50K a year). He’s now advocating more balance and has even encouraged me to be less hard on myself. =)
SMOL is a wise man in his 40s who is living already my dream of working a 15 hour work week. Even though many of his articles doesn’t seem relevant to personal finance on the surface, they ultimately are. You just need to think a little bit more and most of his articles are thought-provoking.
He doesn’t really have an investment philosophy and prefers to learn through experience. This is something I can resonate with since the ultimate goal of investing is to earn more and there is definitely more than one method of achieving it.
Probably the first reader of my humble blog back in those days, B is an accountant by training and some of his analysis on Reits have been especially useful for a Reits newbie like me.
Similar to me, he saves a big proportion of his salary and I reckon he will be good company in my financial independence journey. Not surprisingly, he has already amassed a 5 digit passive income before even turning 30. So if you find what I have done impressive, wait till you check him out. =)
Like me, SGYI is a young adult who is pretty new to the blogging scene. In fact, he’s even younger than me. Writing regularly, his popularity is surging after articles like these which many Singaporean young adults have found to be immensely useful.
He aims to be a millionaire before he turns 42 in the year 2030 and I think he’s gonna make it because he’s a really frugal lad. His family of 4 spent a total of $2,800 for their recent trip to Taiwan. Kudos to him!
P.S. If any of the description is erroneous or offensive, please pardon me. And I am definitely open to amending them. =)