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Of Elections, Insurance and Cost of Living

Indubitably one of the hottest topics surrounding Singapore’s General Elections 2011, cost of living appears to be one of Singaporeans’ top concerns. “Insurance” has also been used quite prominently as an analogy.

Naturally, political parties, the incumbent and opposition alike, have made it a point to address such issues amidst the lead up to Polling Day on May 7.

With local politics and personal finance two of my favourite interests, a post on the matter is inevitable.

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Do You Trust Banks and Insurers?

There was a Straits Times article over the weekend which reported that the reputations of local banks and insurers are recovering, after suffering a dent in image during the financial crisis. This was the result of a poll surveying 341 people.

Personally, I’m not so sure what kind of image they are talking about.

“Horror” stories of errant relationship managers or unethical insurance agents are not uncommon, but such incidents do not usually have a wide reach. Even fiascoes that do, like the mini-bond saga, will eventually be forgotten over time.

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Strange Marketing

Just a while after I blogged about professionalism in the financial industry, I read about this marketing campaign allegedly started by an insurance company to spread the message of life’s uncertainty (and naturally the accompanying importance of insurance). While the underlying message is rather meaningful if not cliché, the marketing campaign itself was strange to say the least.

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Types of Financial Advisers

People not familiar to the local financial advisory scene may not know about the different types of practitioners available. This is forgivable since such details are not presented well to the public. The thing that I find laughable is that many people in the industry themselves are confused over the types of financial advisers available.

Hence I hope to clear the air regarding the types of financial advisers that one may engage for his or her financial needs.

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