Saturday, November 26, 2011

Leverage 2.0 - How will you leverage ?

How will you use the power of leverage ?

LEVERAGE 1.0 : I have $1 and I know how to earn $2 from it.  But earning $2 is not interesting to me.  So I found a way to borrow $30 to do it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Get ALL Your Tax back . . .

Visit http://howmuchtaxcanisave.co.cc/

Lets say this year your gross income is $20,000 ( about $ 1,700 a month ), you may start to pay tax.  ( about $10 a month ).


Click the extend + sign to see everything.  Then think of which item is relevant to you.  For below case, this guy can

  • buy a life insurance of $ 3,800
  • buy $500 magazines
  • buy a $2,000 PC 
Make sure keep all the receipts and the receipt dates show 2011.  Then comes 2012 when you are filing your tax, you can get back all your tax deducted by your company !!



The web site is just an estimator or for fun or for educational purpose only.  Your actual tax plan and figures may subject to your very own unique condition.  Do consult a proper tax consultant or IRB is providing FREE advices when it is near tax submission date.

Enjoy !!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Robert Kiyosaki copied our article ?

Finally, even a guru like Robert Kiyosaki has to copy MalPF article and post as his own ...


just kidding, of course.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A new level of Frugality

Frugality in Kuala Lumpur has just gone one level deeper.  A saving of about $550 monthly, a 2 hours exercise sessions for FREE and an opportunity to explore natures within the city has just been proven recently with just ONE simple ACT !  As everything goes, there is some trade off or 'risk' too ...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Interview : FatherSez - fathersez.com

FatherSez is one of the pioneers in Malaysia Personal Finance blogsphere.  He started his first blog post on 8 September 2007, one year earlier than this blog.  He has always been one of the great minds I wanted to meet in person one day.  But little did I know back then, opportunity fade away sooner than I thought.  FatherSez passed away on 4 August 2009.


Although we never met and now lost the chance to ever meet again, we never feel far apart.  During earlier years even after 100 posts, I was still a skeptic about blogging.  It was actually FatherSez who found my sharing useful and kept me going.

Even years after his departure, I never forget every single word we transact online; through our virtual identities.  But he was busy with his venture and I was busy with my entrepreneurship back then as well.  We never met in person although both of us wanted to.  Well, at least I wanted to ( Fathersez received too many requests to meet that he couldn't accommodate to all . . . )

FatherSez is unique in his own way because it was clearly a message from parent to kids.  It was written with a legacy in mind, for the kids and the future.  I haven't read a personal finance blog that is as parental, as philosophical, as practical and most truthfully show his love toward his kids without reservation.


I was very scare and afraid after confirming the fact that he did pass away 7 months after his departure.  I worry his web site will be shut down very soon.  But 2 years down the road, I managed to contact one of his legacy, Azah.  And words cannot describe how grateful I am when I know FatherSez is still alive today.  This simply means whatever message FatherSez wanted to deliver has been well received.

What else can be more grateful 
than after you are gone, 
your messages are still 
being hold tight by someone ?

I have conducted email interviews to some of the personal finance web sites or blogs recently.  Fathersez is one of them.  Since I couldn't reach Fathersez anymore, I made a request to his legacy.  To my surprise, she accepted the interview request ...


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Retire 55 or 60 ?

Now even the star has written article to support the idea to postpone retirement age from 55 to 60.  It brought up a few points that seem inevitable but . . .

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fundsupermart October Seminars 2011 - Value Investing

Market is down, many people are sad but how about you ? Have some extra money at hand ? Looking for opportunity to invest ? Even you don't have cash but do you know you can invest into mutual fund with your EPF ?  Fundsupermart says its time to go in because the price is below the value now - buy low now !


 ... read here for their October FREE seminars, 1 Oct in KL and 8 Oct in Penang.  Prepare your EPF statements ( print for FREE from EPF office or login online ) ... They are going to whack your EPF hard that day :)

You can also use your EPF $ to invest into stocks market but you may want to check out this article first.

Warren Buffet 6 billions strategy ?

Follow up on a concern if Warren Buffet's era may come to an end soon posted in August 2011, the figures are now out and considered as 'correct' as calculated by Forbes ...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Answers to the 8 toughest retirement decisions

Investopedia has brought up the 8 toughest retirement decisions and here MalPF shares her answers

Q: When to retire ?
A: You can retire ANY TIME by adjusting your lifestyle vs your saving.  Retirement is NOT defined by your country or your financial advisor.  It is an 'action' you can take any time to stop working.

Q: When to withdraw retirement money ?
A: If you Social Security/EPF is generating lower return than your saving/investment, then withdraw them.

Q: Where to live ?
A: Live where you are now, you can move any time you want later.

Q: To continue working or not ?
A: Work on whatever you like.  It should have been that way anyway even before you retire.

Q: Sell the house or not ?
A: If the offer is good or cannot afford repayment anymore, sell it !

Q: How to deal with IRA ?
A: Just follow the rules, minimize the penalty if any.

Q: How to manage investment portfolio ?
A: As is.  You don't just happen to retire suddenly.  How you manage your portfolio before is how you may most probably continue to manage it that way, with some continuous improvement along the way.

Q: How to budget ?
A: If you haven't managed your budget by then, you probably will never be.

reply to PM asking for more money

the news: Malaysia is destined to double its income in the next 9 years.  In order to achieve that, the "domestic" folks must fork out MYR 94 billions a year until year 2020.  But in 2011, we are behind schedule with only MYR 27 billions domestic direct investment so far. . . .  so the prime minister asked us to invest more locally.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Can you see the REAL reason behind today's economy crisis ?

Sub Prime crisis is not new now, most people would know why it happens, this is just another video about it.  But I am just curious how many of us can answer this question ...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

GST : What can we do ?

Some said GST is good, some not.  The myth how we pay less tax and yet government can earn more money has already been answered.  But GST is coming regardless, so what can we do ?  If you haven't related the answer from "the prefect world" article yet, then may be this article may help ...


Friday, September 9, 2011

Interview : Self


Questions
  1. Tell us a bit about your childhood and how it affects your today's practice on personal finance ?
    There was once I was slapped real hard until my whole body fly toward the wall, so till now one of my ears is half deaf.  I learned that not everything can be undone.  We have to be careful not to let our emotion/feeling drive us over the edge.  Which turns out to be a very valuable blue print in my stock investment.
    Since teenage I was influenced to save in mutual fund.  That has helped me survive through my varies business cycles 20+ years later.  DCA does work especially when we just get started.
    During the first year of my high school, a classmate helped save a fire.  Then a broken electric cable fell upon his body and he died.  I learned that sometimes life is bigger than ourselves.  So I knew since young personal finance is never about the money, its about what we want in life.
    His father was an illegal immigrant but we never felt any indifference.  I also learn that all being in universe always share some similarities while each one of us is unique.  Same goes to PF, you can think and do whatever you want but at the end, we are most probably going through a similar path.
  2. Answer this question without checking or asking for references : If you can remember, what is your Zodiac and Astrology signs ?
    Rat Aquarius.
  3. What are the things you like to do during your free time, ie. your hobbies ? And what do you most dislike about ?
    I like to find those impossible to solve challenges and then think, strategies and plan around them during my silent time.  I used to jog, basketball and badminton a lot.  But now I just walk wherever less than 5km and cycle wherever within 25km.
    I don't like myself when I think I am prefect - there is nothing else to live for !?
  4. What is your favorite colors and numbers ? Any most dislikes ?
    red, black, white.  I like 7.  I like dull color less, like my 10 years old over worn shirts.
  5. What is your favorite food ? What do you hate most ?
    tomyam, laksa, curry, salmon shashimi, beef noodle, lamb shank ... OMG !  Why did you get me started ?
    I don't like monkey brain may be !?  Never try before . . .
  6. If you can meet a person dead or alive, who would that be ? What would you ask him ?
    Mahathir : Deep down inside, do you really think current corruption status has absolutely nothing to do with what you have done or not done in the past ?
  7. What is the best and worst feeling you have ever had ?
    I feel excellent when the person I love most trust me fully without any doubt, appreciate my existence and companion.
    I am in hell when she felt the other way.
  8. What is the last thing you do before go to sleep ?
    I structure an unsolved question of the day to my mind and let my dream solve it.
  9. What is the first thing you do when you wake up ?
    What do I have to do today ?
  10. If you were to build a personal finance portfolio for a young man who has similar life path as yours, what will it be ?
    Build a portfolio according to malpf.com and then assign the right person to manage it.
  11. You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences.
    I turn your money from 1 to 2 in a way that you can accept it, personally or business wise.
  12. If you are not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing ?
    A philosopher, a monk, robin hood, a cruel or loving king . . . all seems possible.
  13. How much time do you spend on your personal finance blog ?
    Averagely a couple hours a week I suppose except recently less active.
  14. What is the main objective of your blog, is it initially profit oriented and who are your targeted blog readers ?
    My objective is to share a side of personal finance story that I haven't found else where within the same blogsphere.  It is still NOT profit oriented.  I target to those who has the time to read through the whole article which is tough because most internet browsers just spend minutes on one article.  I don't know any other more suitable venue or medium yet.
  15. What is the biggest achievement your blog so far ?
    I left it for 2 years and it is still running ?  That is a big wow to me despite the low readership.  I guess at the end, content decides how far to drive a site !?
  16. Tell us one URL other than your own that your readers should read about ?
  17. How many more years do you think your blog will exist for and how do you plan to finance your blog forever if planned to at all ?
    malpf.com may die when I forget to renew the domain.
    malaysiaPersonalFinance.blogspot.com should live as long as Google lives which should be at least another 10 years ?  :)
    A trust deed (self growing fund) has been setup to keep it running but the mechanism of how to keep it running forever has not be exactly determined yet.  Eventually I also need to change the trustee to someone who really care about the topics I wrote about.
  18. The world is big, many people have different point of views and emotions. If you met someone who called you geek, liar, cheaters because you yourself didn't do what you preach, how would you handle them ?
    Sit down and listen to what his view point is.  Understand the true cause and motive behind it.  Then acknowledge him and assure him there are other people who think and feel like him too despite most of my readers are on the other side of the fence.  At last ask him how he would improve the situation if he were me.
    There is always something we can learn from, even the worst enemy ever or an ass hole.
  19. What do you think about these interview questions and how this interview session can be improved ?
    Nothing can replace a face to face interview.
  20. Would you be interested to meet other finance bloggers in person ? If yes
  • Do you smoke ?  No
  • Do you drink liquor socially ? Yes
  • Are you a coffee lover ? Yes
  • Where do you stay and work ? ( Country, State, Region etc.)  Malaysia KL

Interview : Kris - knowthymoney.com


1.    Tell us a bit about your childhood and how it affects your today's practice on personal finance ?
I lead a moderate lifestyle during my childhood. My family is quite frugal and we don’t splurge on branded goods.(nowadays a lot of young people fell into this consumerism trap) Come to think of it, I guess I am fortunate that I did not suffer from any peer pressure during my school days as most of my classmates are quite moderate also even though some of them come from very wealthy families. Until now I don’t really get all the hype of wearing or using highly expensive branded goods just to feel “confident”. Confidence comes from within.
On personal finance perspective, I managed to save quite a high percentage of my salary over my working years. But one thing that my parents never thought me about is the importance of investing to make your money work for you. They are quite conservative investors. Nevertheless, they stressed the importance of education and hard-work to ensure an easy life in the future when I was growing up. One thing to note is that like most old traditional Chinese thinking, they discourages debt taking ,borrowing money to take advantage of the leverage when doing investments or even buying property. Of course too much leverage is hazardous but a good ratio of leverage really does wonders to your total net worth.
2.    Answer this question without checking or asking for references : If you can remember, what is your Zodiac and Astrology signs ?
Aries the so-called fiery ram. LOL..Although I don’t believe in astrological signs.
3.    What are the things you like to do during your free time, ie. your hobbies ? And what do you most dislike about ?
I like to read a lot during my spare time and listening to music while doing so. I dislike cutting my hair as I need to wait there doing nothing.
4.    What is your favorite colors and numbers ? Any most dislikes ?
Favorite color is blue.
5.    What is your favorite food ? What do you hate most ?
I like to eat noodles more than rice dishes.
6.    If you can meet a person dead or alive, who would that be ? What would you ask him ?
I would like to meet my paternal grandfather which I never had the chance to do so. My grandfather who came from China on a boat, without any family members, a few dollars in the pocket and no education manage to become one of the richest businessmen in a small town.(The first family to own a black & white television which is really a luxury item at that time in a small town) He started as an ordinary hawker selling goods on a floating boat to owning a grocery store business, a few shop-lots and plantations. But alas, the wealth preservation did not happen as he sold all the properties and business (no one wanted to continue the family business) when he reached old age and moved to a bigger town; leaving no wealth preservation plan & investments for the next generation. And with no investment, time erodes the family wealth. But luckily, all his children manage to receive good education because our family was one of the few that can afford it.
So if I were able to “go back to the future”, I want to hear his rags to riches story from his own mouth.
7.    What is the best and worst feeling you have ever had ?
Best feeling is to get good academic results in public examination after years of study. Worst feeling is getting diarrhea and food poisoning.
8.    What is the last thing you do before go to sleep ?
Read one of my books.
9.    What is the first thing you do when you wake up ?
Brush my teeth, refresh and get ready for work.
10. If you were to build a personal finance portfolio for a young man who has similar life path as yours, what will it be ?
Generate more passive income while you are still young and have mixed income portfolio consisting of property investments, dividend stocks and mutual funds. And have sufficient insurance and medical coverage to ensure your wealth will be preserved if anything happens. While young, a person must be brave enough to take a lot of calculated risks. (high risk high return kind of game, because you can afford to make mistakes. It is still okay to stumbled on small mistakes, just make sure you learn from it to avoid the big and grave personal finance mistakes) While in old age, one must be concerned on wealth preservation and guaranteed returns.  
At lastly the most important one is to invest oneself in terms of knowledge. Knowledge is power!!!
11. You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences.
Just say hi and see where we go from there.
12. If you are not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing ?
I will probably become an academician. A professor perhaps?
13. How much time do you spend on your personal finance blog ?
I read a lot of financial articles online and will blog on related topics that comes into my mind.
14. What is the main objective of your blog, is it initially profit oriented and who are your targeted blog readers ?
The objective of my blog is to encourage more people to share their experiences and knowledge in the personal finance field. There is a lot of more “niche” information that is only available to a small selected group of people. I wish to exposed and share these “niches” to empower the average people through knowledge sharing. There is a lot of hidden pro & cons on certain investment instruments that non-finance related industry people might not know off. (I am from an engineering background myself) . Hence the name of my blog, KnowThyMoney. Know = Knowledge is Power , Thy = Empower yourself through knowledge, Money = Earning more moolah to achieve financial freedom :P
Hence, I always encourage readers to comment on my blog to spur more discussions. Not really sure how to spur this , as I noticed that in general Malaysian readers are only interested to comment on stock pick related posts. (Whether it is a good time to buy stock xyz or not, what is the target price, etc)
Although my blog has Google ads, I don’t make much from it unlike some Malaysian bloggers. I consider it as pocket money if I earn any.
15. What is the biggest achievement your blog so far ?
When I started blogging around 2006, I never expected that I have so much stuff & ideas to blog about on personal finance. (Somehow, I managed to reach around 580 posts as of today.)  
16. Tell us one URL other than your own that your readers should read about ?
http://whereiszemoola.blogspot.com/ à Sometimes, I really wonder where he finds the time to do some much research and follow-ups to expose the shenanigans in the stock market. I am curious on his background.
17. How many more years do you think your blog will exist for and how do you plan to finance your blog forever if planned to at all ?
I planned to continue as long as I can. Maybe the number of posts will reduced in the future if I no longer have much time to do so.
18. The world is big, many people have different point of views and emotions. If you met someone who called you geek, liar, cheaters because you yourself didn't do what you preach, how would you handle them ?
I just shrug them off. In this world, there are always people that try to find fault with you regardless of circumstances. So why bother to care their negative opinions.
19. What do you think about these interview questions and how this interview session can be improved ?
I think it is good enough for a starter.

Interview request

Hi,

My name is Michael Tsen. I am a fanatic on personal finance topics. I have been learning and reading personal finance stories since young. In recent years I feel very excited that quite a handful of Personal Finance blog writers are promoting rather interesting and unique point of view that I feel more people should know about. So I thought of an idea to interview the person behind the site. As I like your site a lot, I hope you are kind enough to accept my request to conduct an interview with you.

The interview questions will be slightly uncommon than those 'hello how are you' type of questions. At some instance, some questions may make some people feel uneasy but all questions are strictly professional to bring out the objective - ' to know the person behind the blog '. No personal identification will be sourced other than the blog URL we are interviewing you about. You may choose to 'skip' any question that you do not want to answer and your decision to skip will not be made known.

We will share the joint ownership of this interview script so both parties can publish the content in our respective venues. If you do accept this invitation, please let us know WHEN to send you the list of questionnaires ( 20 questions, free form writing ). We also track the time of the scripts to come back to us as to simulate the actual interview session although it usually take days or weeks.

Thanks and look forward to your favor reply,

Regards,
Michael Tsen
MalPF.com

Interview : Alan Tan


Tell us a bit about your childhood and how it affects your today's practice on personal finance ?
I would say the my personal finance practice is mostly influence by after reading these 2 book i,e  Rich Dad Poor Dad  by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter and Millionaires are from a different Planet by Azizi Ali. It’s a must read book for those who want to take control of their financial life. Ever since, I continue my education via attend investment seminars
Answer this question without checking or asking for references : If you can remember, what is your Zodiac and Astrology signs ?
Pisces & Ox
What are the things you like to do during your free time, ie. your hobbies ? And what do you most dislike about ?
Reading & hiking
What is your favorite colors and numbers ? Any most dislikes ?
I don’t any much preference on this
What is your favorite food ? What do you hate most ?
I do love Spicy foods 
If you can meet a person dead or alive, who would that be ? What would you ask him ?
Abraham Lincoln. What’s your secret of not giving up and to be a great person?

What is the best and worst feeling you have ever had ?
Best feeling-Seeing my CPA Book at MPH Book stores and library. All these while I’ve been buying so many books until have a mini library at home, now others can read and learn what I shared. 
What is the last thing you do before go to sleep ?
Nothing in specify
What is the first thing you do when you wake up ?
Drink a glass of Apple cider juice

If you were to build a personal finance portfolio for a young man who has similar life path as yours, what will it be ?
First invest in yourself by reading books, attending seminar & networking. Seek out for a mentor or role model. Ask help if need to. Always remember that what works for others may not suit you. Even there’s a saying “One man's meat is another man's poison.”. Therefore  you must be able to adapt it in order to apply what you have learned. 
You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences.
I’m Helping business to close more deals
If you are not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing ?
Working for others
How much time do you spend on your personal finance blog ?
Average 6 hours a week
What is the main objective of your blog, is it initially profit oriented and who are your targeted blog readers ?
I like to learn about Investing, Making money and personal finance. In another words it’s my passion as well. Every time when I visit a book stores, the first section to be visited is on Finance/Investment. 
The main objective of my blog is to share about what I have learned, share and educate other about importance of  personal finance. All this thing is sadly not taught at school even it’s very important in life. 
My targeted blog readers are those who share similar interest like me and who is new in personal finance
What is the biggest achievement your blog so far ?
I’m the first Malaysian best selling author that wrote a Wordpress blogging book that teaches people how to blog and make money online in Malaysia. This book expected to hit the bookstores early 2012 . 
Instead of just making friends on Facebook or watching videos on YouTube, wouldn't it be better to spend that  time generating online income for yourself, your love ones and your family?
Tell us one URL other than your own that your readers should read about ?
http://kclau.com/ It has a lot of useful information about  personal finance and investment. It also has an interest guest post
How many more years do you think your blog will exist for and how do you plan to finance your blog forever if planned to at all ?
As long as my passion don’t die off. 
Even I don’t have to update my blog so often, it still get constant SEO traffic(from search engine esp Google) daily. Average about 1,000 unique blog visitors daily
The world is big, many people have different point of views and emotions. If you met someone who called you geek, liar, cheaters because you yourself didn't do what you preach, how would you handle them ? 
We can’t control what other want to say. I don’t think can do much. 
What do you think about these interview questions and how this interview session can be improved ? 
fine
Would you be interested to meet other finance bloggers in person ? 
yes
If yes
Do you smoke ? - no
Do you drink liquor socially ? -yes
Are you a coffee lover ? - no
Where do you stay and work ? ( Country, State, Region etc.)- Kuala Lumpur

Interview : Gabe maysfinancial.com


  1. Tell us a bit about your childhood and how it affects your today's practice on personal finance?
My family wasn’t quite poor, but money was tight growing up.  Through those struggles I’ve learned to save and manage money well.  I’ve learned that while money may not necessarily bring happiness, it is important to be able to afford the basics and opportunities for children to help enrich their lives.
  1. Answer this question without checking or asking for references : If you can remember, what is your Zodiac and Astrology signs ?
I’m not really into that stuff, but I think I’m a Libra.
  1. What are the things you like to do during your free time, ie. your hobbies ? And what do you most dislike about?
I enjoy programming, writing, weight lifting, running and hanging out with my wife.
  1. What is your favorite food ? What do you hate most ?
My favorite food is pizza…definitely pizza.
  1. What is the last thing you do before go to sleep ?
Kiss my wife.
  1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up ?
Brush my teeth.
  1. If you were to build a personal finance portfolio for a young man who has similar life path as yours, what will it be ?
For a young guy I’d recommend index funds in a Roth IRA.  Easy to manage, but still has control over fund choice and allocation.
  1. You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences.
I’d talk to them, ask them what they do, tell a few jokes…the usual.
  1. If you are not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing ?
I’m doing exactly what I want to do, I love my career.
  1. How much time do you spend on your personal finance blog ?
It really depends, anywhere from 5-30hrs per week depending on my schedule and what I’m working on for the site.
  1. What is the main objective of your blog, is it initially profit oriented and who are your targeted blog readers ?
It is not profit oriented, I have no ads on the site and I do not sell anything.  The purpose is to provide useful, unbiased information to readers and help them improve their financial decision making.  Eventually I’d like to at least offset the operational costs of running the site, but I haven’t looked into it much yet and would not want to compromise the value the site provides to readers.
  1. What is the biggest achievement your blog so far ?
I think it’s well designed, intuitive and very easy to use.  Usability is huge.
  1. Tell us one URL other than your own that your readers should read about ?
Ted.com is a great site.  It’s not personal finance related, but it’s about people doing big things to make our world a better place.
  1. How many more years do you think your blog will exist for and how do you plan to finance your blog forever if planned to at all?
I plan on keeping the site going indefinitely.  I currently fund the site myself since I do not sell anything or have any ads up.  I assume I’d keep doing that, though I wouldn’t mind turning it into a career after I retire from my current line of work.
  1. The world is big, many people have different point of views and emotions. If you met someone who called you geek, liar, cheaters because you yourself didn't do what you preach, how would you handle them ?
Things like that don’t bother me much, I’d keep doing whatever I was doing.  You can never make everyone happy.
  1. Would you be interested to meet other finance bloggers in person ?
Possibly, it depends on my schedule, though I don’t consider my personal finance site much of a blog in the typical sense.
  • Do you smoke ? I don’t smoke.
  • Do you drink liquor socially ? I don’t drink alcohol..
  • Are you a coffee lover ? I don’t drink coffee.
  • Where do you stay and work ? ( Country, State, Region etc.) United States, California, San Diego

Interview : Chong - askchong.com


  1.  Tell us a bit about your childhood and how it affects your today's practice on personal finance ?
Nothing special and I don't remember most of my childhood time, like lost of memory.
  1. Answer this question without checking or asking for references : If you can remember, what is your Zodiac and Astrology signs ?
No need to check with anything or anyone. Born in year of Dragon and my star is Sagittarius.
  1. What are the things you like to do during your free time, ie. your hobbies ? And what do you most dislike about ?
Computer related, now extended to smart phones and iPad or surf the web for information regarding latest technology and investment in share.

I don't have anything specifically "dislike" but if any... would be "in a pub full of second hand smoke" and disturbing noise. I also don't like to waste money.
  1. What is your favorite colors and numbers ? Any most dislikes ?
 Blue. I have no favorite "Numbers"... Emm... dislike? No.
  1. What is your favorite food ? What do you hate most ?
Nothing in particular. I can eat bread from morning to night. Nothing specifically favorite but if I don't know what to eat in a restaurant, perhaps I will just order "Nasi Lemak" if they do serve. As income improve over last few years, the quality matters instead of what type of food.

I hate nothing but I will say North India food is considered an acquired-taste.
  1. If you can meet a person dead or alive, who would that be ? What would you ask him ?
Never come across my mind, yet.
  1. What is the best and worst feeling you have ever had ?
 Best feeling is not about spending money but watching it grows. Beside money, best feeling is watching my children grow, enjoy their laugh and naughtiness.

Worst feeling... ha ha... quarrel with wife. On monetary side, losing money on share investment.
  1. What is the last thing you do before go to sleep ?
Normally.... not watching movie, not music but work. I have few side income jobs so most of the time I will do my work. That is the good thing about freelance. I can work at home at the best time available for me, including before go to sleep.
  1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up ?
 Now, probably read email and some news, not local news but business news.
  1. If you were to build a personal finance portfolio for a young man who has similar life path as yours, what will it be ?
Building a portfolio means how to spend the money earned or acquired. First thing is to buy insurance and next is to invest and reinvest.

What to invest is entirely depends on the knowledge and risk appetite.
  1. You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences.
The problem I am facing now is the multi-hats I am wearing now. For certain people, I will say "Hi, my name is Chong Kong Hui, I am Chartered Accountant by profession now working in a listed company".

For my own career, "Hi, my name is Chong Kong Hui, I am Accoutant by profession and now providing financial service and solution for individual and SME"
  1. If you are not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing ?
Wow, I just can't imagine that.
  1. How much time do you spend on your personal finance blog ?
Not much time. Probably few hours within a month only.
  1. What is the main objective of your blog, is it initially profit oriented and who are your targeted blog readers ?
Even I put in some advertisement but the initial purpose of this blog is to share the information and to support my own career in financial service as well as to improve my knowledge.

Nothing great about income from the blog and not worth to mention.

I don't have specific marketing or target group of readers but I believe anyone who have an interest in personal finance may "find" my blog from the search engine.
  1. What is the biggest achievement your blog so far ?
Huh hah... i do not regard having any sort of achievement so far but gladful the monthly hit stay above 1,000 for past few months.
  1. Tell us one URL other than your own that your readers should read about ?
There are more than one I would recommend but it depends on the reader's specific interest at that time of reading. The few I like already linked within my blog.
  1. How many more years do you think your blog will exist for and how do you plan to finance your blog forever if planned to at all ?
I noticed some blog almost ceased to be active after a while..... as my blog is intertwine with my career and my personal interest.... i believe it will exist for a long time and the best thing for me is if anyone would like to be the co-author or to do some guest-post.

My blog cost me almost nothing beside the USD10 for the domain name and my free time. Therefore, I do not foresee any requirement to get paid for dong it. Advertisement revenue, if anything better than RM10 a month will be a BIG BIG bonus.
  1. The world is big, many people have different point of views and emotions. If you met someone who called you geek, liar, cheaters because you yourself didn't do what you preach, how would you handle them ?
If it ever happens... things get changed along the time. I do believe it last year doesn't mean I will continue to believe it now. Life goes on....
  1. What do you think about these interview questions and how this interview session can be improved ?
I am not an expert in designing questions other than those lead to a close (closing sale). Question is, what is your objective or data to be collected? May be the book "the Millionaire next door"  can give you hints.
  1. Would you be interested to meet other finance bloggers in person ? If yes
  • Do you smoke ? NO
  • Do you drink liquor socially ? NO, beer is ok.
  • Are you a coffee lover ? YES
  • Where do you stay and work ? ( Country, State, Region etc.) Sg Buloh... I am ok with KL/PJ 

Interview : KC Lau


  1.  Tell us a bit about your childhood and how it affects your today's practice on personal finance ?
My parents are frugal. So I think I learnt a lot about saving money from them. Since money is scarce during that time, I learn to make money since primary school.
The first time I made money is through selling rubber tree seed to some seniors. That time, I was only standard 3 and some standard 4-5 seniors bought some special rubber tree seed that I found near my place.
The seed has really hard and solid shell which is advantageous at some games we used to play. The seeds cost them RM0.20 a piece. The smaller ones cost even more.
I also start teaching piano at the age of 16 and this part time job pays through my exam fees and also university degree program.   
 
  1. Answer this question without checking or asking for references : If you can remember, what is your Zodiac and Astrology signs ?
Don't know 
  1. What are the things you like to do during your free time, ie. your hobbies ? And what do you most dislike about ?
watching movie, making music, traveling and playing basketball and volleyball 
  1. What is your favorite colors and numbers ? Any most dislikes ?
green and 9. Nothing to be hated. 
  1. What is your favorite food ? What do you hate most ?
Laksa. Hate nothing though. Insect maybe.
  1. What is the last thing you do before go to sleep ?
Read 
  1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up ?
Toilet.
  1. If you were to build a personal finance portfolio for a young man who has similar life path as yours, what will it be ?
I would say to spend the money on getting education that will let him make money on his passion. 
  1. You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences.
Smile. Introduce myself and ask what the person does. 
  1. How much time do you spend on your personal finance blog ?
One hour a week, maybe less. I used to work on it everyday. 
  1. What is the main objective of your blog, is it initially profit oriented and who are your targeted blog readers ?
It is for educational purpose at the beginning. But now it has become profitable that I have to strike a balance between the "gives" and "takes".  
  1. What is the biggest achievement your blog so far ?
> 10,000 subsribers 
  1. Tell us one URL other than your own that your readers should read about ?
  1. How many more years do you think your blog will exist for and how do you plan to finance your blog forever if planned to at all ?
My blog will exist as long as I live because it is my name on it. I may draw up a plan for the continuation since you asked. You trigger my mind to think about this matter.
I need to set up a trust that is funded to pay the maintenance fee to keep the website online when I pass on in the future. That is not hard actually.  
  1. The world is big, many people have different point of views and emotions. If you met someone who called you geek, liar, cheaters because you yourself didn't do what you preach, how would you handle them ?
I just ignore them. I used to react but now I become smarter. Those people just doesn't worth a single minute to even bother about them. I realize that I can't please everybody. Those paying customers deserve more of my time. 
  1. What do you think about these interview questions and how this interview session can be improved ?
You always do the unexpected things, which is kind of fun to be a part of. 
  1. Would you be interested to meet other finance bloggers in person ? If yes
  • Do you smoke ? No
  • Do you drink liquor socially ? Social drinker
  • Are you a coffee lover ? Love coffee in the morning
  • Where do you stay and work ? ( Country, State, Region etc.) Penang and now in the USA.

Interview : CP Teh - cpteh.blogspot.com


Tell us a bit about your childhood and how it affects your today's practice on personal finance ?

CP : Will write this in length in my blog next weekend and copy that to send it to you.

Answer this question without checking or asking for references: If you can remember, what is your Zodiac and Astrology signs ?

CP : Gemini. Goat.

What are the things you like to do during your free time, ie. your hobbies ? And what do you most dislike about ?

CP : Like : Listening to songs/music. Playing with my kids(I have 2). Dislike : Gossiping? Day-dreaming? Haha

What is your favorite colors and numbers ? Any most dislikes ?

CP : Like : Yellow and light blue. Dislike : None

What is your favorite food ? What do you hate most ?

CP : Carrot cake(Chinese) Dislike : Anything related to vege.

If you can meet a person dead or alive, who would that be ? What would you ask him ?

CP : Gandhi. How confident he was using non-violence ways against oppression?

What is the best and worst feeling you have ever had ?

CP : Best feeling … hmm … seeing my kids coming out in hospital(birth). Worst feeling … my dad passed away this year. Anything relating to death such as 9-11 and such. I simply feel sad for those who will miss their loved ones.

What is the last thing you do before go to sleep ?

CP : Silent prayers.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up ?

CP : Checking on market-news. Haha


If you were to build a personal finance portfolio for a young man who has similar life path as yours, what will it be ?

CP : To enlighten him about what it takes to be successful financially by actively motivate his financial-aspect of his brain. No one gave me the guidance when I was young or till 30+, so to make a person REALISE the importance of ‘personal financial control’ is very important.

You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences.

CP : I seldom to go to party in my whole life(I dislike crowds and many hypocrites there!!). I don’t attend wedding dinners and such except for my siblings. I think if I REALLY attend a party(birthday, house-warming …), I might introduce myself and strike a conversation about stock-market!! Haha

If you are not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing ?

CP : Well, many of things I do plan … I planned to teach Math in colleges since I was form 4. I planned to teach trading(just started!!) way before I even know anything about trading. But, if I m not doing what I am doing now, I might go to AUZ to study marine-biology for interests!!

How much time do you spend on your personal finance blog ?

CP : Averagely 1 to 2 hours per day. At times, more when I want to share something interesting I just read, for example : Is TA rubbish which I just read from your blog!!

What is the main objective of your blog, is it initially profit oriented and who are your targeted blog readers ?

CP : To record my trades, initially. To get some readers with knowledge and kind enough to share a pointer or two so that I could learn from them. So, initially, the blog is my personal diary(as I was a blogger since 10 years ago, relating to my thoughts and personal opinions – I m only writing about stocks in DEC 2007) regarding my LEARNING progress. It still is. The initial target readers are only those few who want to help me. I could not help others back then. It was 2008-2009 and it was bearish!
Nope, my blog NEVER meant to be profit oriented. In fact, only recently … 2 months ago, I placed the advertisements(google, nuffnang) with a help of a blogger friend! Currently, my blog is more of leaning-teaching platform of trading ideas.

What is the biggest achievement your blog so far ?

CP : Huh? I m not sure if it is considered as achievement … but the satisfaction derived from teaching is great. I am in education line for 20+ years. Perhaps this interview is seen as a recognition of ME as a financial-klse-blogger. That could be an achievement for me after 3 years of consistent blogging? Hmm ..

Tell us one URL other than your own that your readers should read about ?

CP : A blog or a site? If it is a blog, then I have recommended a FEW … Dali’s, Alex Lu’s, Alpha Chart’s, CWYeoh’s, TGLee’s. These are much better than my blog. In fact, I have recommended 10 blogs ANYONE should read FIRST … and if they really have nothing to do, they can read my blah-blah stories for pleasure past time purposes!! Haha.

How many more years do you think your blog will exist for and how do you plan to finance your blog forever if planned to at all ?

CP : As long as I still have the desire to share my opinions and learning-teaching, my blog should be there and it should be free. It is sharing of opinions only, anyway. Why should we be financing our blog? Unless blogspot starting to charge me, then I will take my blog private.

The world is big, many people have different point of views and emotions. If you met someone who called you geek, liar, cheaters because you yourself didn't do what you preach, how would you handle them ?

CP : Yes, I do have such readers … I might get upset initially, but I will choose to ignore. Unless the statements used against me have some educational pointers to share with others, it is viewed as distractions and negative noises. Ignore.

What do you think about these interview questions and how this interview session can be improved ?

CP : Hmm … could nt think of any suggestions to improve now. It is also depending on your motives and such.

Would you be interested to meet other finance bloggers in person ?

CP : Yes … Dali, Alex, Remnant, CWYeoh, TGLee, Alpha, Stocktube ... Micheal Tsen? Haha

If yes
Do you smoke ? NO
Do you drink liquor socially ? NO, not even beer. No to alcohol OH.
Are you a coffee lover ? Yes.
Where do you stay and work ? ( Country, State, Region etc.)
I am staying in USJ and working in Subang Jaya. Selangor.

Interview : Champdog - financialindependent.blogspot.com


  1. Tell us a bit about your childhood and how it affects your today's practice on personal finance ?
[ChampDog]: I learned 2 things about money from my parents. The first is my dad rewarded me with RM2 every time I helped him to wash his car where else my mum didn’t give me a single cent when I helped her to wash plates. Thus, I was very motivated to help my dad instead of my mum. From there, I learned that money can motivate people.
Second thing is my mum created a log book for me and force me to track every single of my expenses. Unfortunately, I failed to track that that after 3 months. From there, I know micro-manage my expenses just doesn’t work for me.
  1. Answer this question without checking or asking for references : If you can remember, what is your Zodiac and Astrology signs ?
[ChampDog]: Snake and Libra.
  1. What are the things you like to do during your free time, ie. your hobbies ? And what do you most dislike about ?
[ChampDog]: Blogging and Travelling. I most dislike about is when I get sick.
  1. What is your favorite colors and numbers ? Any most dislikes ?
[ChampDog]: Purple and 7. None, I like all numbers.
  1. What is your favorite food ? What do you hate most ?
[ChampDog] Seafood. I hate most is seafood too because it gives me a lot of bad cholesterols.
  1. If you can meet a person dead or alive, who would that be ? What would you ask him ?
[ChampDog] My past life of me if that exists. I will ask him, do you have anything to ask me?
  1. What is the best and worst feeling you have ever had ?
[ChampDog] Best is when you’re having fun with your love one. Worst is when you’re not having fun with your love one.
  1. What is the last thing you do before go to sleep ?
[ChampDog] I try to empty my mind and do not thing anything else.
  1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up ?
[ChampDog] I turn off my clock alarm.
  1. If you were to build a personal finance portfolio for a young man who has similar life path as yours, what will it be ?
[ChampDog] I will tell him to define his own personal finance portfolio and don’t just blindly follow what other people says including my words.
  1. You met someone in a social party, describe what you do in 2 to 3 sentences.
[ChampDog] I will just say hi and smile to her/him. If the person is attractive I will try to find a common topic to chat on.
  1. If you are not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing ?
[ChampDog] I will be doing what I”m not doing now.
  1. How much time do you spend on your personal finance blog ?
[ChampDog] 2 out of 7 days in a week.
  1. What is the main objective of your blog, is it initially profit oriented and who are your targeted blog readers ?
[ChampDog] There are few objectives but the main objective is to learn personal finance by myself and share it to others. Making profit out of my blog is the second priority. Targeted blog readers could be anyone.
  1. What is the biggest achievement your blog so far ?
[ChampDog]: Get an interview from you. :)
  1. Tell us one URL other than your own that your readers should read about ?
[ChampDog]: http://malaysiapersonalfinance.blogspot.com/
  1. How many more years do you think your blog will exist for and how do you plan to finance your blog forever if planned to at all ?
[ChampDog] Forever. I do not need to finance my blog because it is free hosting unless Google dies off one day or Google starts charging me.
  1. The world is big, many people have different point of views and emotions. If you met someone who called you geek, liar, cheaters because you yourself didn't do what you preach, how would you handle them ?
[ChampDog]: I will say, "I”m sorry and you have a point too".
  1. What do you think about these interview questions and how this interview session can be improved ?
[ChampDog]: That is pretty awesome. I can’t think of anything can be improved at this point.
  1. Would you be interested to meet other finance bloggers in person ? If yes
[ChampDog]: Yes when I feel comfortable. :)
  • Do you smoke ? [ChampDog] No.
  • Do you drink liquor socially ? [ChampDog] Yes.
  • Are you a coffee lover ? [ChampDog] Not really.
  • Where do you stay and work ? ( Country, State, Region etc.) [ChampDog]: Penang, Malaysia.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What is Technical Analysis Really ?

Do you REALLY know what Technical Analysis is in an investment ?  It doesn't matter if you don't know a single thing about it or you have been using it to earn yourself into millionaires.  This is a simple game of 5 pictures to look at and then make your own decision what Technical Analysis is.  Are you ready ? 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How was my Forex game ?

After setting up my forex game in just 15 minutes, I let the 'winning formula' runs by itself for the past 12 hours.  While I eat, dine and wine as usual.  I have just earned $64 !


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Learn to PLAY Forex in 15 minutes


Truly understand Forex may be as tough as understanding world economy.  But 'playing' forex is NOT any tougher than any number game.  I have stopped forex for a couple of years now, recently I got some spare time ( Happy Raya Merdeka Day to fellow Malaysian !) so I re-learn and start to play again in 15 minutes, perhaps you can try too.

How to automate trade Forex

After you setup a demo account, test proof a winning strategy, you can let that the system to trade for you automatically.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Who collapse World Economy ?


Most may have sensed that the world economy is changing.  Western world ability to print money (Monopoly game?) used to be the ultimate finance power but now this method is seriously in doubt.  Most blame USA central bank for this sad event but malpf thinks that actually Robert Kiyosaki has caused this.