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Link Roundup #4: 10 Things to Know This Week

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Accelerate your personal finance knowledge with this new regular feature on Ringgit Oh Ringgit – the Link Roundup! I promise you’ll find these 10 articles informational 🙂

1. The-Fuck-Over-Ability Index – Millennial Revolution

This content is so good I’m breaking my personal ‘no f word in the blog’ rule. The Fuck-Over-Ability Index is an actual calculator they invented to measure how ‘fucked over’ you are in your life. Said situation is calculated based on how much you need your job because you need to pay your monthly commitments, like mortgages and car payments. The higher your score, the more likely you will put up with your crappiest bosses.

The author admitted they were drunk when they discussed and created this lovely thing. This article is definitely in the category of dark humour.

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10 Ways to Retire, From Awesome to Depressing

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I’m just 28, but the idea of retirement have fascinated me for a while. I still don’t know how I feel about it. Sometimes I think that retirement is an entitlement for productive members of society, while other times I think it’s incredibly wasteful, even discriminative, to suddenly force someone out of a trade, profession or career due to her or his age.

Growing up, I simply assumed there is just one type of retirement. You serve your company for decades, then receive pension/retirement savings to retire at 55-60+ years old to make room for younger folks. I think many of us have this impression as well. This is the traditional formula in life, isn’t it? Birth, Play, School, Work, Family, Work, Kids, Work, Retire, Die.

This formula doesn’t particularly appeal to me, but I admit that I’ve never been drawn to the Kids part. My ideal family structure for now is DINK = Dual Income, No Kids. Also, I’d like to retire early and retire young.

Thankfully, I’ve met some people during my travels and read first-hand accounts of actual retirees (thanks, Internet). Some of them have kids, some of them don’t, but they do have one thing in common – they like the idea of being self-sufficient and not being a ‘burden’.

Here are 10 ways to retire. Some of them may overlap.

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[SPONSORED] This is Why You Need to Use EPF i-Akaun

This is a continuation of a series of sponsored posts about EPF and retirement. See the previous two articles here: Will You Fight or Flight? and What Actual Retirees Say.

Here I’ll share an EPF tool, called i-Akaun and why you need to use it. For the purpose of this article, I created my own EPF i-Akaun.

Click here for the original i-Akaun article on CompareHero.

How to Create EPF i-Akaun

EPF i-akaun

For first-time login, get the activation code first. You can do this by:

  • Go to EPF counter or EPF Kiosk, or;
  • Call KWSP at 03-89226000. Press ‘0’ to talk to the nice operator, then answer some personal questions for identification purposes. They’ll send the code via SMS.
  • THEN go to the first-time login page here. (this page took me a while to find)
  • For subsequent logins after activation, click here.
  • Optional but handy – download the EPF i-Akaun app.

Reasons to Use EPF i-Akaun

1. View and check EPF statements

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[SPONSORED] What Actual Retirees in Malaysia Say About Retirement

In my previous sponsored post about retirement, I talked about the importance of saving up for retirement, because the fact is that the majority of Malaysians don’t have enough money to support their golden years.

Who best can show you the reality of retirement, than actual retirees in Malaysia? Here are 3 retirees, and what they’re doing now to financial support themselves.

The original article appears here. Read it. It contains more details of these retirees.

Mr Moothy. Age: 65. Spent EPF money for family. Returned to workforce.

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Mr Moorthy bought property, but had to liquidate it to help his children’s finances. Because of a parent’s love, he had to return back to the workforce.

The consequences of not saving for ourselves can affect our parents.

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[SPONSORED] Retirement in Malaysia – Will You Fight or Flight?

Earlier this month, I was contacted by CompareHero, who wanted my opinion on retirement in Malaysia. This is what I said:

“Not being able to afford retirement is scary to me. I can’t imagine how unbelievably stuck that must feel. I don’t want to be 60 and in pain but have to push myself to go to work every single day just to be able to pay for medical bills.

This is why I am a big fan of EPF, PRS and achieving financial freedom. And if the maths say I must start now, in my 20s, then I guess I must start now. Maths doesn’t lie!”

Link to original article.

Here are some things that I learned from the article.

EPF Basic Savings for retirement has increased from RM196,800 to RM228,000

According to the latest revision in 2014, to take info account higher cost of living and longer life expectancy, the amount that an individual now need in their EPF Basic Savings is now RM228,000.

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