Malaysian prodigy Sufiah Yusof became a prostitute. Sufiah Yusof menjadi pelacur.

Do you still remember when a while back, our nation was put in awe with the news of Sufiah Yusof, a child prodigy, being accepted into one of world’s most prestigious university, Oxford, when she was only 13? Ever wondered what happened to her?

Well, after years of tormented life under her dad’s guardian (so it seems), and a failed marriage, she now calls herself Shilpa Lee and work as a £130-an-hour prostitute in Manchester.

Here are a couple of news articles:

From winning a place at Oxford, to running away to become a waitress at an internet cafe, to tying the knots at a young age, to becoming a £130-an-hour prostitute.

What a transformation huh?

From genius to hooker.

Also, consider this little fact. Her dad, Farooq, was also jailed recently. For what you ask? Well, for molesting two 15-year-old girls when he was tutoring them for maths!

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Is it prudent to PAY YOUR BILLS now or near the due date?

Here’s a question for you.

When you get your bills, what do you do? Do you:

  1. Pay them off immediately
  2. Pay a few days later
  3. Pay them off close to the due date
  4. Pay them way past the due dates
  5. What? Bills? Should I pay them at all? 😛

Obviously options 4 and 5 should not be contemplated at all.

As for me, I have opted for option number 3.

Why Nadlique? Shouldn’t we pay our bills ASAP?

Well, here’s my rationale.

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CFD Trading: What can be traded with CFD

The best thing about CFD is that there are a wide range of products that can be traded from one single account. No more having different accounts for stock trading, FOREX trading, futures trading, international stock trading, and etc.

Here are some of the products that I’m able to trade on my trading platform:

– Domestic Shares
– International Shares
– FOREX (Spot and Futures)
– Metals (e.g. Gold, Silver)
– Energies (e.g. Crude Oil)
– Other Commodities (e.g. Coffee, Pot Belly, Orange Juice)
– Money Market Products (e.g. Interest rate products, Bonds)
– Stock Indices (Dow Jones, FTSE 100, S&P ASX200)
– Binary
– Options

Of course, I do not trade every single one of the above mentioned instruments but I still think that CFD is a wonder of the world.

Also, bear in mind that different CFD providers offer different products but usually, the basics are the same.

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The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Title: The Richest Man in Babylon
Author: George S. Clason
ISBN: 0-451-20536-7
Number of pages: approximately 144 pages

This is another book that I’d categorise as a must-read. Even though the book was written a long time ago, started in 1926 as a series of informational pamphlets, the principles are useful and applicable today nonetheless.

Bear in mind though that the way this book is written, it may present as quite hard to understand due to the use of classic English (to a certain extent).

The author talks about a number of timeless principles on how to get rich through stories and parables of the ancient Babylon. Many of the ideas presented are amazingly simple, yet most of us are not aware of them, thus sealing our fate to be cursed with a financial disaster.

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Who’s richer? Siapa lagi kaya? Part 1

Here’s something to think about.

Consider this:

You own a one-billion-dollar asset, fully financed by the bank. i.e. you took a loan of $1 billion, thus owing $1 billion.

The homeless person you usually see on the streets has no assets at all and has no debts.

Assume also that other things remain constant (ceteris paribus).

Now, the question is, who’s richer?

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Barisan Kabinet 2008 (Cabinet Ministers 2008) – Malaysia –

PERDANA MENTERI
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

TIMBALAN PERDANA MENTERI
Datuk Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak

JABATAN PERDANA MENTERI

Menteri
Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok
Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri Abdul Aziz
Datuk Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim
Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz

Timbalan Menteri
Datuk Mohd. Johari Baharom
Datuk Dr. Masitah Ibrahim
Datuk Hassan Malik
S.K. Devamany

KEMENTERIAN KEWANGAN

Menteri
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop

Timbalan Menteri
Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanazlah
Datuk Kong Cho Ha

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Back to Basics: Alternative Investment Asset Classes

A couple of days ago, we had a look at the 4 general investment asset classes.

Today, I shall list out a few others of what I’d like to call as the Alternative Investment Asset Classes.

They are:

Venture Capital

Venture capital is the act of investing in new businesses. The field of venture capital can be very lucrative, providing above average returns, due to the high-risk nature of it. However, the risk of going bust is also quite high.

Basically, what happens is that you, as an investor, provides money to startup firms/companies with long-term growth potential.

Examples: Investing in a new Nasi Lemak business, investing in Nadlique’s Blog 😛

Private Equity

A private equity is basically a syndicate (not the bad kind of course) where funds are raised and used to develop new products or technology, expand working capital, make acquisitions and takeovers, or to build up a company’s balance sheet.

You need to have a heck load of money to be involved in private equity, thus it is usually not available to the average individual investor.

Art

There are many things that can be categorised as arts such as paintings, sculptures, and printmaking. These are usually long-term investments whereby capital gains are most likely to be produced.

Examples: Picasso paintings, Van Gogh paintings, Nadlique’s paintings here and here (anybody interested in buying my paintings? Hehe).

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The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

Title: The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich
Author: David Bach
ISBN: 978-0-141-01992-5
Number of pages: approximately 195 pages

The Automatic Millionaire is an easy-to-read book written by David Bach. The book is actually catered for UK and US readers but principles laid out in the book can in fact be copied and adjusted in accordance to your own circumstances.

The book is basically about how you can just dump the usual “budget-adherence” strategy and adopt a strategy that is much easier to follow instead, to achieve financial freedom.

What strategy is it? Well, make everything AUTOMATIC. For example, making contributions to your “nest egg” automatic by implementing Standing Instuctions (SI) on your salary account.

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Market Wizards by Jack D. Schwager

Title: Market Wizards
Author: Jack D. Schwager
ISBN: 13 978-0-88-730610-5
Number of pages: approximately 500 pages

For those aspiring traders, just-starting-out traders, or professionals, this publication is an absolute must! If you have not read this book yet, then hold the thought of assigning the TRADER credentials by your name. Yup folks, the book is that amazing. Not to mention important.

The book compiles a number of interviews between the author, Jack Schwager with various traders.

Here are a few traders that you’ll be reading about:

  • Michael Marcus, who turned $30,000 into $80 million
  • Paul Tudor Jones, whose funds have registered triple-digit gains five years straight
  • Ed Seykota who realized an amazing 250,000 percent return on his accounts over sixteen years
  • and lots more..

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Back to Basics: Paying Mortgage MONTHLY Vs. Paying Mortgage FORTNIGHTLY

Previously in the “Back to Basics” series, I wrote about:

Today let’s look at the difference between paying off your mortgage monthly versus paying off your mortgage fortnightly.

This concept can also work in the receiving money context (i.e. when you receive rental payments as a property investor, salary, and etc.). Read on and you’ll understand.

First question. Do you think that there’s any difference at all between paying once a month and paying every two weeks? There is a difference. A huge difference actually. Changing your payment method to the fortnightly basis payment method can pretty much change your life.

This little “strategy” is something that is often overlooked by many. It is in fact a proven method to reduce your mortgage faster by cheating yourself without feeling much pain in the pockets. Of course, this depends on the individuals as well. If the person is still very much unable to control his/her financial situation (i.e. struggling with having to set aside money for savings and investments), then there’s no point also.

Anyway, back to the discussion. Say your mortgage repayments every single month is $100.

If you pay the repayments once a month, by the end of the year, the total sum for 12 payments is $1,200, am I right?

However, if you adopt the pay-every-fortnight method, that means, instead of paying $100 per month, you are now paying $50 for every two weeks.

What’s the difference you ask?

Ok, how many months are there in a year? 12.

How many fortnights are there in a year? 26.

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