FAQs & Guides
Frequently Asked Questions and Guides to save, spend, invest and earn money in Malaysia. Youth-centric.
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second-best time is now,” I told myself as I made an appointment with my dentist to essentially glue on metal fixtures in my mouth. Yes, I’m talking about braces. I’ve been putting it off all my life but finally decided to go through with it. At time of writing, they have pulled out 4 perfectly healthy teeth to make room for my teeth to straighten later. Pardon my Malay, but BAPAK KAU SAKIT GILA DOWH.
Being cost-conscious and all, I did research on the braces cost in Malaysia, but specifically in KL/Subang/Shah Alam area. I asked friends, family members, Twitter as well as scoured Google for answers (not that helpful tbh). In this blogpost I will share what I found out, plus the additional costs that I personally incur while getting braces.
So you have an awesome business idea. And you want to pursue it, hoping that it will generate you a nice bit of income.
It could be for a full-blown business, or a flexible side income after work/school hours. But you quickly hit a problem: you need money.
Here are all the ways to raise money for business in Malaysia. If anything is wrong or missing, please let me know by commenting. Also, this article applies to us common folks, not to people who are born into money. Not all options might apply to everyone.
This is a follow-up to my Bitcoin FAQ article. You need to understand bitcoin first before diving into other types of cryptocurrencies. If you have not read that, you might find this confusing, so read that first.
This article looks at cryptocurrency and altcoins from a more ‘investor’, rather than ‘tech’ point of view. If any info here is wrong or outdated, please let me know by commenting.
Hacking. Ransomware. Phishing. It’s a scary time for all of us, especially now that most of our money is digital. ‘Digital’ here refers to money and assets that are reflected in your various banking and investment platforms when you log in.
Digital security is not something you can ignore anymore, dear readers. Imagine logging in one day and finding that your account balance is zero, depleted, transferred out. You’ll stare at the screen in disbelief. You’ll check if the account is indeed yours, and try to remember if you made any transactions that you forgot about (you didn’t). Then, as the panic seeps in, you’ll contact the platform’s support team, only to be told that there is nothing they can do.
To the best of my ability, I’m compiling a checklist of things you should do to make sure your digital money is adequately protected. This article is not complete, digital-based scams evolve all the time, so please help me to update this article if you have anything else to add.
Investment is such a loaded word. It covers a wide area, I guess similar to the word ‘science’. If you’re not from that world, reading content about it is likely to make you confused at some point or another. You need A to understand B to understand C to understand D. This is why beginners find investing intimidating in the beginning.
What I’m going to attempt in this article is to kind of explain those investment terms using analogies, examples, and memes. I’m covering: Technical analysis, fundamental analysis, hedge, arbitrage, ROI, equity, options, futures, IPO, ICO, bull and bear market, and pump-and-dump.
Disclaimer: not a financial expert. If any of my personal understanding below is wrong, please comment and I’ll edit.
On 15 April 2017, I attended a full-day REITs Analysis Workshop, part of the Bursa Investor Education Workshop Series where they talk about different investment vehicles and investment strategies. REITs stands for Real Estate Investment Trust. For other Bursa Malaysia-organised events, see here.
It was presented by speaker Chua I-Min from ShareInvestCoach.com, a Singaporean financial planner specialising in fundamental analysis (I’ll explain this term too). I think the speaker did a great job in breaking down all the jargon into digestible information.
All-in-all, I learned loads. Here are 5 things I learned about REITs in Malaysia, because sharing is caring.
Dave Ramsey is a popular author and radio host in the United States. He gives solid money advice.
One of it, which I 100% agree with, is the Debt Snowball Method – a loan repayment plan for people who owe money and overwhelmed by it. Find the original explanation in his website here, written for the U.S. audience.
What I’m going to try do is to explain the Snowball Method in a way that is relatable to us Malaysians. So you can use it to pay off your debt, or advice someone about it.
This post is dedicated to my sister, who runs the Instagram shop Malaysia Plus Size and sells chic, Muslimah-friendly fashion. We had a conversation about finances and what she should have, as an online business in Malaysia when it comes to paying taxes. Then we were interrupted by mom’s gulai and didn’t manage to continue, so this post is for you sis. If you have a small online business – selling products and/or services from Facebook, Instagram, Mudah, etc and have your own branding (logo) – you should find this helpful, too.
Here’s what you have to have in order, when it comes to taxes.
Ho Chi Minh City (young people in Vietnam prefer to call it by its original name, Saigon) is a good place to head to for an under-RM1000 weekend trip. Why not longer? It’s a great city, but personally I can only handle the traffic noise in small doses. This was my third trip to Vietnam, but first to Saigon.
My 3 days 2 nights Saigon trip was cheap- just RM958. Even cheaper than my 3 days 2 nights Langkawi trip! Saigon is good for ballin’ on a budget 🙂 There are eight savings tips in this post.
The currency is Vietnamese Dong. RM1 is roughly 5,000VND. Can’t lie, holding a million Dongs in one hand made me chuckle.
Saigon Trip Overview
Let’s do something a bit different than usual. Statistics about money can offer a lot of insight about our financial situation. Here, I listed many facts and figures from reputable Malaysian media, educational institution and government agencies. Sources are in ‘x’. Let’s get talking – click to tweet to start online conversations about it. I will RT good commentaries 🙂