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Dollar X Syndrome

Do you suffer from “Dollar X Syndrome”?

There are many people who suffer from Dollar X Syndrome which prevents them from effectively accumulating their savings. They will either consciously or unknowingly associate an arbitrary amount of savings in their bank as a comfortable figure of money to have. When their savings fall below $X, they start to become uneasy and save more to reach closer to their comfort zone. When they have more than $X, they feel comfortable to spend, usually unnecessarily, until they fall back down to X dollars.

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Enhanced Aviva MyShield

Good news to MyShield policyholders and people considering to take up MyShield – Aviva has recently enhanced MyShield, their integrated Medishield policy designed to insure against healthcare costs in Singapore. Even better news would be that these improvements in benefits do not come with any increases in premiums.

Here are the notable enhanced benefits:

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NTUC Income Relaunching Capital Plus, Again

NTUC Income is relaunching Capital Plus on 11th July 2011.

It is a 2-year single premium savings plan with a guaranteed return of 1.4% p.a. The minimum sum required is $10,000 cash or SRS, and the plan is available to all between 16 to 80 years of age.

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“Double Charges” in a Regular-Premium ILP

There are charges involved in both investing and getting insurance coverage. Purchasing stocks incurs a brokerage fee, and investing in unit trusts involves annual management fees and sales charges. Bulk of the first few years of premiums of an insurance policy goes to “distribution costs” (mainly commissions to the agent). Typically, distribution costs are highest in the first year and steps down over the next few years of a policy.

Regular-premium investment-linked policies (ILP) are touted by many agents to be for both insurance and investments, but do you know that many such policies charge the policyholder distribution costs (on top of investment charges) on his investments, and investment charges (on top of insurance charges) on his insurance?

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