I’ve had a few friends who went through breakups with their significant others over the past year, and incidentally, two of them had boyfriends who are in the financial advisory industry. Coincidentally, both are from the same Licensed Financial Advisory (LFA) firm. While better than tied insurance agents because of their capacity to recommend a good and proper financial portfolio, I regard this company (like many others, actually) to be a sales-focussed firm. They even made the newspaper for certain dubious business practices.
I have always been curious about the kind of recommendations my friends’ boyfriends would give them, and I have not had the opportunity to find out until their break ups. I was shocked but perhaps not entirely surprised to see that both had poorly constructed financial portfolios. One of them was underinsured and encumbered by the monthly premium obligation. The other was quite adequately insured but at a high cost, and her investment portfolio consisted largely of endowment and investment-linked policies that had very high charges compared to the alternatives I can think of. She too could not keep up her premium obligations despite having a relatively well-paying job. Both of them eventually lapsed some policies as they could not keep up with the high financial obligations.
I am speaking at a seminar next month regarding the various CPF insurance schemes available for CPF members.
Are you confused by the various CPF insurance schemes that you invariably enrolled in if you contribute to CPF? Do you know what options you have for these schemes? How does one utilise his/her CPF to obtain better coverage?
The talk would be useful in helping attendees understand various CPF insurance schemes such as DPS, Medishield, as well as Eldershield which is pertinent for people above 40, or individuals with parents above 40 who are financially dependent on them.
There is currently an early-bird discount until 1st May 2013.
I was recently asked to speak on a television programme catered for the elderly about the topic of dubious gold buyback schemes and a few proper ways of investing in gold.
Medishield is going to undergo several changes effective from March 2013. The most notable of these changes would probably be the increase in premium rates across the board for all age bands.
People between their twenties and fifties will see an increase of about 100% in the annual premium for Medishield. A person in his twenties used to pay $33 per year for Medishield coverage. This would double to $66. The premium rates for people in their thirties and fourties have been increased from $54 and $114 to $105 and $220 per year respectively.
There is also an increase in the deductible payable by the insured for Class B2 and C wards, i.e. the amount payable by the insured upon admission to these wards before Medishield coverage kicks in is increased. The previous deductible of $1,000 for C ward and $1,500 for B2 ward is increased by $500.