In the press
SVB collapse begs the question: Is active investing better than passive?
Endowus’ Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Samuel Rhee, explained that passive fund managers who track an index tend to invest more broadly and have a more diversified portfolio than an active fund manager. He also added that a a passive broad market exposure benefits from diversification which cuts investment losses compared to an active portfolio with higher exposure.
Are young Singaporeans spending too much?
The Endowus Retirement Report found that younger Singaporeans are less willing to cut down on non-essential spending than their older counterparts and choose to hustle for side income instead. Jamie Lee, Head of Financial Planning and Editorial at Endowus, shared that while young adults are more digitally savvy, that does not equate to financial savviness. She advised young people to avoid speculating and consider risks before they commit to larger financial spendings.
In this explainer on dividend investing, Samuel Rhee, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Endowus shares the areas that investors should evaluate before investing in dividends. He also highlights that a company’s dividend policy provides guidance but does not guarantee profits. Unlike bonds with fixed coupons, dividend-paying companies can reduce or choose not to pay dividends when needed.
Bigger Picture: Do female investors fare better?
In celebration of International Women’s Day, So Sin Ting, Chief Client Officer of Endowus discussed how women can make better investors than men while sharing her personal finance journey as a mother. Sin Ting also shared that while women often feel ill-equipped to invest, it is important for them to take steps to proactively learn more and adopt a goal-based investment strategy to build their nest egg in the long-term.
Endowus launches community initiative for financial inclusion
Digital wealth management platform Endowus has launched Endowus Empower, a community-impact initiative, to help underrepresented groups with financial advice, support and opportunities. The initiative will include partnerships with organisations such as Financial Women’s Association Singapore and Access Singapore and aims to positively impact 500,000 individuals through outreach activities by 2025.
BT Money Hacks: In or out? Investing in China
Endowus’ Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Samuel Rhee, shared his views on the recovery of China’s economy. He notes that China will continue to see a rise in consumption and as governmental policies ease, investors are more optimistic about tech and real estate sector stocks. Additionally, equities and fixed income are suitable options for those looking to invest in emerging markets in the region.
Capitalism put to work with gender diversity
Studies show that women are more likely than men to review potential investments holistically, as shared by Endowus’s Jamie Lee, Head of Financial Planning and Editorial, and Director of Investment Research, Min Axthelm. They highlighted the positive link between gender diversity and business profitability while championing the need for greater diversity and inclusivity at workplaces.
So Sin Ting, Chief Client Officer at Endowus offers advice for mothers looking to invest. Time-strapped mothers can utilise digital tools and wealth management platforms that have automated more of the investing process, giving them more time to spend with their loved ones. Cash management solutions and fixed income portfolios can be a good place to start for those who are less tolerant of investment risks.
WealthTechs win by managing wealth and not the wealthy
On the growth of WealthTechs in Singapore: Our CEO Gregory Van shares three key factors to Endowus’ success - having a fee-only business model, leveraging technology to deliver this at scale, and improving clients’ experience of investing online. In addition, So Sin Ting, Endowus’ Chief Client Officer also noted that WealthTech firms have enabled lower cost, easier and simpler access to wealth management services and products that were traditionally available only to HNW individuals.
Steffanie Yuen, Head of Hong Kong at Endowus, shared tips for female professionals looking to invest. She believes that they should take charge of their personal finances early and grow their savings through long-term investments. She also reiterates the importance of taking an evidence-based approach to investing instead of chasing speculative returns.
How Singapore artiste Benjamin Kheng went from freelancer to business owner
Benjamin Kheng, local multi-hyphenate artist, shared his experience investing with Endowus and has since learned that he should make his money work harder for him. He highlights the importance of starting early, diversifying his assets and setting aside rainy-day reserves to continue pursuing his artistic passions.
Commentary: Higher CPF monthly salary ceiling is good news for your retirement plan - provided you make the most of it
Samuel Rhee, Chairman and CIO of Endowus, discussed the impact of a raised CPF salary ceiling on Singaporeans’ retirement income. Despite a lower take-home pay, Sam believes that this allows greater compounding of CPF savings for a more secure financial future in the long-term. He also encourages people to consider investing for retirement and making CPF funds work harder to combat inflation.
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