Nothing else helps us keep track of the ups and downs in the stock market world better than blogs.
Aside from the usual reports on the latest news and updates, blogs offer us a new perspective on stock market. This is especially helpful for those investors who are still beginners since reading a wide range of opinions and discussions will help you to formulate a general perception of the markets and gain a better understanding.
Blogs serve as a space to discuss topics about the industry. More importantly, they also give us key insights and opinions which we might not have the knowledge to develop that ultimately helps shape the world of the stock market.
In Singapore, where the financial environment is very much alive and well, blogs are one of the best places to learn about investing.
Over here is the 10 Singapore investment blogs we think you should follow.
1. The Motley Fool (SG)
If you have been around for some time in the financial business, then you must have stumbled upon The Motley Fool.
This international company offers multimedia financial-services in topics such as stock, investing, and even personal finance.
Founded in July 1993 by brothers David and Tom Gardner in Alexandria, Virginia, The Motley Fool now reaches a number of people worldwide through the following business outlets:
- Investment advice – This is accessible through their wide range of stock news and analysis at their free website, www.fool.com, as well as their paid investment advice services.
- Media – Aside from their website and blog, The Motley Fool also runs a radio show with four other podcasts
- Mutual Funds – The Motley Fool furthers their reach with their mutual funds for investors.
Since its establishment, The Motley Fool now has UK, Australia, Canada, and Singapore websites to cater to more specific needs of each of these countries’ stock market.
2. A Path to Forever Financial Freedom
A Path to Forever Financial Freedom is a personal blog managed by Brian Halim. His entire blog keeps track of his: “pursue of financial independence by the age of 35.”
By this, he means to have a passive income that would cover 1.5x of his expenses.
Brian Halim is a financial controller in a logistic industry with 9 years worth of experience.
Now at 32, Halim only has 3 years left to reach his goal. In a latest article about him written in the Straits Times, it is stated that Halim is on track.
His personal blog chronicles not only his own personal journey towards his goal but also other personal finance and investing related matters.
He has written over 650 articles so far since the beginning of his blog in 2011.
For investors, the blog is a great source of inspiration since it also advocates financial literacy. His blog completely shows his journey with the following features:
- Recent Transactions
- Personal Portfolio
- Books Trending
- Media Featured
3. Fifth Person
The Fifth Person is a website founded by a group of equity investors who have made a name not only by being investors but also for their writing. They are Victor Chng, Rusmin Ang, and Adam Wong.
In the website, their mission is to spread a message that helps millions of people around the world achieve financial security, freedom, and lead better lives through investment knowledge, financial literacy and intelligent money habits.
Staying true to that, the website features daily articles about investments, stock markets, and more. There are also case studies and stock analysis that provides a wider financial viewpoint.
Furthermore, The Fifth Person also shows their investments. Some of their successful ones include:
- Japan Food – 176% in three years
- BreadTalk – 217.3% in five years
- Yahoo – 106% in two years
- Tracker Fund of Hong Kong – 25% in two years
- Apple – 78% in 1.5 years
- Netflix – 210% in one year
- Premier Marketing – 74% in two years
4. SG Budget Babe
Like A Path to Forever Financial Freedom, SG Budget Babe is also a personal blog that documents the journey of Dawn (aka Budget Babe) to achieve financial freedom. Also she has recently started her patreon account where you can share your support!
Budget Babe works as a freelance public relations consultant and a tutor for General Paper and English. Her blog is not a full-time job although she has since been writing for 60,000 audiences.
However, unlike Halim, Budget Babe aims to reach her goal before the age of 45. She does this through her cost-effective ways amidst Singapore’s rising costs.
On her site, you’ll find together with her personal accounts on her journey the following:
- Issues about the rising living costs
- Personal Finance
- Career development
- Beauty and Lifestyle trends
All of the above comes with a financial touch. You’ll see them under these headings in her blog:
- CPF Hacks
- Budget Weddings
5. Dollars and Sense
DollarsAndSense is a Singaporean digital publisher that aims to help people make better financial decisions. This business and economy website does this by featuring articles on topics about:
- Policies and Columns
Through these, they show the importance of financial literacy among Singaporeans. They believe that the fast growing industry of Singapore has produced a number of financial institutions that leave Singaporeans confused and behind.
In their attempt to solve this, DollarsAndSense has converted the financial matters, issues, and information into “bite-sized, interesting, and enjoyable manner”.
They especially achieve this through the group of young Singaporeans in their mid-20s working behind the website.
DollarsAndSense is perfect for those Singaporeans who are still new to the financial industry.
They try to make all the complicated financial concepts and technical jargon understandable for people who are not familiar with it.
Seedly is probably more known as an app that helps track finances. However, not only is Seedly an app, it also has a blog.
To fully perform their function as an application, they would have to prove their expertise on handling finances through their articles.
Rightly so, as their articles cover a range of topics that could help improve a person’s financial literacy.
With their application coupled with the blog, they are able to achieve their aim. Their mission and vision states:
“At Seedly, we believe that anyone can achieve financial freedom with the right tools and the right mindset. We aim to become a modern and relevant way to manage your money by leveraging the latest technology.”
The Seedly blog has the following features:
- Comparison (Financial Products and Lifestyle Products)
- BTO and Housing
- Policies and Opinion
7. A Singaporean Stocks Investor
A Singaporean Stocks Investor is a renowned blog with a huge following. It is managed by AK who shares his philosophy and investment journey through his blog.
To begin, the blog has the following parts featuring different financial aspects and tips:
- Go Shopping with AK – This article talks how to save money with low prices
- Tea Talk with AK – This part is composed of articles that are shown in a way like a tea time, which consists of short talks about different topics under the sun
Furthermore, what makes AK’s blog more interesting is that it has columns that cater for specific types of people and categories within the financial industry such as:
- Reads for Undergrads and Fresh Grads
- Wealth Creation
○ Earn and Save
○ CPF and SRS
○ Investing in Real Estate
- Fundamental Analysis
The blog also has personal accounts by AK himself under:
- Food for Thought
- Passive Income: A Journey – This shows AK’s journey to financial freedom
- My Methods and Philosophy
- Wisdom to Tap On
Finally, if you want to learn more about other bloggers, AK also features guest bloggers on his blog.
8. Investment Moats
Investment Moats is another blog that gives helpful information about the financial industry. It is set up and run by Kyith Ng since its establishment in 2005.
Kyith Ng is a software and system support specialist by day and an active blogger by night.
He holds a degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore and is certified at many levels in systems and software competency.
Through his blog, Kyith Ng aims to share his experiences with the financial world—from making sense of money in the beginning, to his eventual growth and familiarization with it.
He blogs about the following main topics:
- Growing and Managing Wealth
- Financial Security and Financial Independence
- Money Management in Investing
- Identifying Good and Bad Businesses
- Dividend Income Investing
- Long Term Market Trends
- Technical Analysis
- International Investing and Money
9. Got Money, Got Honey!
Another personal finance blog is Got Money, Got Honey. Run by a non-professional who shares his point of view on the various financial situations as a retail investor.
He wrote that the aim for this blog is to journal down his thoughts on personal financial issues. He is currently 27 years old and has been writing for over 4 years.
And if you are asking who is behind this, unfortunately he only goes by GMGH on the internet.
But even with the anonymity, you can be assured that you’ll still get full transparency on his ideas and tips.
Also, if you are worried if his opinions are reliable, then allow us to tell you that he studied Business and was even an exchange student to attend one of the top business universities in Europe.
Since then, he has been working and blogging about the financial market. He also features the bond portfolios of his mother and sister that he tracks and records.
10. FIRE-Path Lion
Our last blog here is FIRE-PATH Lion (FPL).
In case you're wondering, FIRE stands for FInancial Independence Retire Early. He's not alone in the FIRE camp either. Our Early Retirement Masterclass trainer Christopher is also a firm believer of FIRE, which leaves me excited to watch and monitor his progress. A firm believer of the freedom that passive income can bring you, FPL stresses the importance of the cornerstones of retiring early:
1 - Spending less than you earn
2 - Investing the surplus
3 - Avoiding debt
With a timeframe of ten years to retirement, FPL hopes to capture his progress, methods, and means within his blog for the benefit of the reader.
He's broken down some of the key content that most readers will find useful such as how much to save so that you never have to work again as well as as comprehensive analysis on the STI ETF.
You can follow his blog here.
All in, the above blogs will not only serve to widen your circle of knowledge and competence on investing, but also hopefully steer you towards better investing practices. Remember that these bloggers will also often be rather responsive so you should be able to bounce ideas or questions off of them and gain new insights.
Stay Objective. Stay Unemotional. And get wealthy.