Monday, 30 March 2015

What's the best use of your salary in Wealth Building?

A salaried man earns a fixed income, every month and in doing do, would be able to correctly budget his lifestyle and investment. I posed a question to Colin, whats the best way to use a fixed income? and whats the fastest way to accumulate deposit for property investment.

In this blog, we are always talking about rentable, tenanted property for passive income generation. Capital gains is a by the way product, it will come, but its not meant to be the reason for purchasing any property.

So the discussion went on... 

A few options came out, Fixed Deposit, Savings, Shares, Speculation, TOTO etc... Which is not safe. 

A person starting with ZERO cash, with an nett income of $5000, do I save for 2 years to reach $120k? Thats just for a downpayment for a $500k property. What if the property price rise about 5% per annum - Thats 10%. How do you catch such a rise in the shortest time?

How many of you would be thinking? Hey, I should use that $5000 or part of it as interest payment and find a loaner that will give me that loan. Hmm... if $5000 goes into monthly instalment, how much can you raise? Pls work out and tell me if this is safe enough for you. 

May you fulfil your dreams soon... and not wait 2 years to save 120k. Do it in 3 months. 

Cheers! Thank you.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Malacca Property Investment

I have 2 units in Melaka that are recently completed. Buying off-plan is not something that investors do normally, however, for cash poor investors that seems to be the best way, over paying - yes. However, the magic that these developers can do to get you on the ladder is amazing. This is contrary to buying BMV. Price may be higher, but as long as financing allows it, why not? We do need to start somehow right? I looked at a property as a business. high or low price does not matter to me as much as the cashflow generation from a business. 

This magic allows me to get 2 units of the Imperial Heritage Hotel. A prime locality in the heart of UNESCO Melaka (Malacca) right opposite Dataran Palawan. This colonial style building was soft launched on the 19th March and there are already walk-in customers taking up rooms in the hotel. 

The restaurants and other services are not even ready yet. 

What is the potential returns? The 4-5 star hotel rooms are mostly about RM 250 and above. The occupancy rate is at least 70% with all weekends fully booked. The tourism industry in Melaka is booming and this is a good project helmed by a young team ready to impress. Lets see how Imperial Heritage can move forward. 

Friday, 6 March 2015

Financial Literacy Games

I was wondering there are dummy practise account for stocks, why isn't there a training system for properties? 

There is indeed a need for something that people can practise with online. With the exception of the cashflow games by RK, monopoly, there isn't really much and the rules of the games are not tuned to local context until...

AK blogged about a Assets Finese, a game developed by local entrepreneur to hopefully address this gap.

there is even a competition for this. Good grief, go for it! 


Recently, I read an article in Asian reporting that 1 in 5 young graduates expect a starting salary of $4000 and in this article, the writer wrote :This contrasts sharply with the average starting pay for a bachelor's degree (without honours) at $2,741, according to an earlier report last month. 

1 in 5 graduates expect $4,000 starting pay: STJobs - See more at:

So, I had a discussion with Colin, he told me about his brother's girlfriend who had this mentality as well. I worked hard, therefore I deserve starting pay of $4000. Well done I say! Well this is technically not wrong as the Government has already set the bench mark as follows :

SPF Pay Scheme
Entry Rank
Graduate Pay-Scale[7]
Assistant Superintendent of Police
$3, 710 - $4,470
Inspector of Police
$3,180 - $4,010

But lets put everything in perspective, while I agree that it is not wrong to think you deserve $4000 and have no clue about the outside world and have no relevant experience, no passion about the job i.e., during your free time, you will be out catching the latest movie and debating whether #thatdress is white or blue and why? You spend your time yakking instead of reading up on the latest developments in the field of your choice, why then would someone not hire other instead of you? They worked hard too, have a personal investment portfolio, have a view of the current climate totally backed up with sound analysis to boot and hell, he even has a way with words that makes you want to part your money and put it with him for investment and he is asking for a chance to learn and serve the biggest client... not for $4000 but for a profit sharing programme. He don't make the cut, he will fire himself. Who will choose you over him?

Wait, why are graduates so keen to find employment and not keen to pursue their dreams? 

Wait, what are dreams? 

Wait, we have lost our dreams since kindergarten... what drives you to get up each morning? What issues drives you to not sleep each night and ponder? #thatdress?  Good luck to you!