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!
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).
When it comes to mutual funds and unit trusts, always follow this golden rule – the less fees, the better.
Those of you with mutual funds/unit trusts with 3% fees or more. You might want to check out this article. You’re losing way too much. A ridiculous amount.
I just checked my own portfolio. I have ASB (0.35% per annum management fee) and a PRS fund (1.5% per annum management fee). Both should be okay, since for the latter I got RM500 free from gomen (it’s RM1000 free now for under 30 years old) and up to RM3000 in tax rebate too.
(Out of curiosity. Those of you who took mutual funds and unit trusts by popular fund managements companies like Kenanga and Public Mutual. How much do they charge as management fee?)
EDIT: I’ve heard anecdotes that you can call them up to nego and reduce your management fees down to 2%. Worth a try if your fee now damn high and you don’t want to stop contributing there.
Surprising fact no 1: There are (at least) five active ride-sharing apps operating in the Malaysian market. Five!
They are: Grab, MyCar, MULA, EZCab and Dacsee. LOVE this article comparing the prices plus waiting times for each of them. I’m already a Grab and MyCar user – I think I’ll install EZCar too because the price looks pretty good.
Good news for Selangor babies or long-term residents over 10 years tying the knot! What an interesting incentive!
FYI, they don’t give cash outright. They give something called the Sijil Simpanan Premium, which you can sell back or keep if you wish. But hey! As good as free money! Can recover your wedding expenses a bit, or go towards house down payment or baby funds.
What an insightful read! The study was conducted in the US, but the sample size is big and the research was thorough. I believe the conclusions are applicable to our Malaysian context, too.
If I were to self-rate myself, religiously speaking, from a murtad-to-ustazah scale, I’m probably something like a 6 or 7? Does this mean if I get more religious my financial life will improve further? Penny for your thoughts.
The data is from US, but it’s still a fascinating read. They compared between restaurant, meal kit delivery (not common in Malaysia I think) and cost of ingredients and found that you can save up to five times more by cooking all your meals at home! Another point of interest: ordering protein-based meals from restaurants are more worth it if compared to carb-based meals.
Granted, the US does not have our mamak slash cheap food culture. You can get food relatively cheap here. Personally I’m a big fan of rice + dhal, and that’s fairly nutritious and maybe cost a few ringgits at the most.
Whether we’re willing to give up our food obsession is another story, though. Trying out different cuisines is practically a national hobby.
Hands up if you follow Instagram influencers and bloggers who travel all the time. One day they’re in Paris, the next they’re in Greece, eating olives or whatever. So jelly, no?
Yeah, that lifestyle does look great. But what they don’t share as often is the cost and stress of maintaining that lifestyle. If you have a steady remote-working job, great, but you’ll spend lots of time in your room – you still need to finish your work. If you have irregular income, you’re going to stress about money and won’t be able to fully enjoy your travel.
I still think the best way to travel is to save up enough money for it beforehand. And have multiple passive income streams so working becomes a choice rather than a necessity.