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Link Roundup #22: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. The Batshit Lengths These Guys Go to Retire by Age 40 – MEL Magazine 

THIS. Finally someone said it. This is why I never identified with the FIRE community.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of FIRE (financial independence, retire early), I really do, but what they say and do can be too much. The FIRE community idolises FIRE gurus like Mr Money Moustache and Jacob Lund Fisker of Early Retirement Extreme, who promote extreme frugalism as a way of life.

That would be fine. You-do-you and all. But it *is* annoying when some male members of the community complain about how hard dating is for them. They want wives who find their extremely frugal life appealing – the unwashed clothes and all. They label women who want a little bit more in life as ‘gold diggers’, and thinks the majority of women are ‘shallow’ because we like pretty things.

Moderation. Is. Key.

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Link Roundup #21: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. Malaysia Hits Deflation for First Time Since 2009 Global Crisis – Bloomberg 

The deflation IS JUST FOR JANUARY 2019. As someone on Ringgit Oh Ringgit FB rightfully pointed out, one month’s stats is not a trend made. Plus, the deflation only occurred because Transport category fell so much (-7.8%).

But still, while we’re on the topic, I wanted know if deflation is good or bad. Learning opportunity and all right. This short video is the easiest way to learn about the effect of deflation.

I hope this deflation trend doesn’t get out of hand.

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Link Roundup #20: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. 7 Ways To Deal With Burnout, According To Science – Bustle 

“There are.. three main elements to burnout: “exhaustion, cynicism (less identification with the job), and feelings of reduced professional ability.”

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Link Roundup #19: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. 16 Influencers Shared Their Best Money Tips in 2019 – Mr Stingy

Mr Stingy aka Aaron Tang compiled money tips from 16 personal finance thought leaders in Malaysia and beyond, including: Lee Ching Wei (of iMoney), KC Lau, Pakdi, Julian Ng, DividendMagic, Stanley Lim, Charles Tan of KopiandProperty, GenXGenYGenZ, Natalie Pringle of The New Savvy, RinggitOhRinggit (me!), Dawn of SGBudgetBabe, Farid Bahrudin, Mohd Kauthar, Faiz Wahab, Kevin L of Turtle Investor and Lionel Yeo of The Cheerful Egg.

Will you find money tips that’ll work for you? With 16 people, chances are you will, so go give the article a read!

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Link Roundup #18: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. This Is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like – The Atlantic

One of my biggest fears in life is being forced to work to cover my living costs when I’m old and in pain. This article interviews people who are exactly in that situation.

Read the article, then note how you feel. For me, it was fear, helplessness and renewed motivation to work my ass off while I’m still young – in that order. If I have this much time to plan, I don’t have any excuse for letting the worst-case-scenario happen to me, do I?

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Link Roundup #17: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. The e-wallet infinity war in Malaysia – Everything you need to know about e-wallet starts here… – ecInsider

First of all, the article’s accompanying image though hahahahhahahah:

The image kinda describes the e-wallet scene in Malaysia right now – there are so many players that you can’t help to wonder who will ‘disappear’ and who will make it in the end. The author’s predictions, backed with pretty solid arguments – is #5 as listed in its table of contents.

  1. The dawn of the e-wallet infinity war
  2. Does e-wallet provider need a license in Malaysia?
  3. What is BNM’s policy on e-wallet?
  4. Who are the e-wallet providers in Malaysia?
  5. Which e-wallet providers will stay in the long run?
  6. Will Malaysians use e-wallet?
  7. Understanding e-wallet 1-2-3
  8. Why should retailers & etailers care?
  9. How to differentiate Static vs Dynamic QR payment?
  10. Who will win: network-based or card-based e-wallet?

There’s a link in the article, right near the end, which points you to the e-wallets in Malaysia Facebook community. I’ve personally learned a few e-wallet-related money hacks from the group, can recommend *thumbs up*

E-wallet deals also appear a lot in BestDealsMalaysia.com.

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Link Roundup #16: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. Here’s How You Can Start a Side Business in 10 Minutes Per Day – Inc

I don’t agree that 10 minutes per day is enough to start and maintain a side business, but I like the idea behind the article – even if you’re swamped with work and chores, spend some time on your side business on a consistent basis because the effort adds up.

Some never get past Step #1 – decide what skills you have and what you can sell. Here are my 2 cents, for what it’s worth. Make your decision based on:

  • Something you’re good at, according to friends and family (if they never mentioned it, ask them)
  • Noticing problems that do not have solutions yet (protip: hang out with complainers for a bit and you’ll know)
  • Something you’ve always wanted to learn (I wanted to know how to build websites; RoR was born this way)
  • Skills that you learned from your job or hobby (easiest example: doctors who moonlight on the side)
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Link Roundup #15: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. 101 Ways to Make More Money – Forbes

A great list of money-making ideas. Some of them are not applicable to us Malaysians (do we even have mock jury duty jobs?), but most of them are possible.

I have personally done at least 11 of the ideas in the list, and in the process of doing one more – publish an (e-)book (the update). How many have you done, and what are you planning to do next to get more money?

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Link Roundup #14: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. #Budget2019: 25 Highlights From Pakatan Harapan’s First Budget In Power – Says.com

A good summary of what you need to know about Pakatan Harapan’s #Budget2019 / #Belanjawan2019 announcement.

I like most things from Budget 2019, except:

  • P2P lending as a way to finance housing. From what I’ve observed so far, P2P lending’s interest rates are pretty high, from 12-18%. Why would anyone want to finance their home ownership via P2P lending, when normal housing loans are just around 4%? Also, apparently investors make their money on the appreciation value of the property. That makes the borrower a ‘custodian’ of the property, instead of for their long-term housing solution? It just doesn’t make sense, but to be fair we haven’t seen the full guidelines of the implementation method yet. So let’s see, but until then I’m highly sceptical.
  • Higher budget allocation for JAKIM. They got an additional RM100 million, from RM1.1 billion to RM1.2 billion. Sigh, expect more moral policing next year too I guess. Note: I’m not attacking Islam, I’m attacking Jakim. You can’t deny their actions give the religion a bad reputation, not only nationally but internationally as well.

A lot of people didn’t like the digital services tax. As a Spotify premium subscriber, this affects me too. But you know what? I’ll take the hit. First of all, I’m already paying lower because I’m in a family plan (related: 3 Ways to Get Cheaper Spotify Premium in Malaysia). Secondly, I’m just happy they didn’t increase the personal income tax, after it was lowered last year! This is pretty much the only ‘sacrifice’ I have to make, so OK la, no complaints!

MalaysiaKini has a handy tool to check how #Budget2019 will affect you personally. I can recommend it. Take it here, or click the picture below. Good job creators Lee Long Hui and Sean Ho!

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What are YOUR thoughts on Budget 2019?

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Link Roundup #13: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. Report: Rising household expenditure driven by food inflation – MalaysiaKini and Research: Malaysian households earning RM2,000 may have only RM76 left after expenses – The Malay Mail

Different headlines by different news publications reporting from the same source – ‘The State of Households 2018: Different Realities‘ report by Khazanah Research Institute.

There are lots of data inside both articles, but here’s what you need to know: the poor spend a much bigger portion of their income on expenses, leaving them without much safety buffer (if any) for emergencies.

With Budget 2019 coming up, I expect lots of financial support given to this income group (as it should).

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