How to become a financial planner in Malaysia?

I’ve always wondered what is it like to become a financial planner in Malaysia? How do you become one anyway?

Here in Australia, you need to hold the Australian Financial Services License (AFSL) or be an authorised representative of that licensee to be able to give out financial advice.

How about in Malaysia? What are the procedures? Do you need to get a green light from the Securities Commission?

Also, is the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) qualification from the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) qualification imperative? How about wanting to become an Islamic Financial Planner?

Is there such thing as a part-time financial planner? Perhaps, on a freelance basis/work at home sort of thing?

For those in the know, please share your knowledge so the rest of us could benefit. Thanks guys!

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Folks, I’m not in any way related to Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)!

I need to make it clear that I am in no way related to Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB). In fact, I don’t have any relations whatsoever with any other financial institutions in Malaysia, apart from being an investor.

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Collecting Coins and Banknotes for Investment Purposes?

It has been a while since I last wrote a post. Minus the Van Tharp article series, which were all posted automatically, it has been about a week since I last wrote anything.

Today, let’s talk about Coins and Banknotes. Is there a way how one can profit from them? Apart from the usual FOREX trading, I believe that it is possible to profit from collecting coins and banknotes. Old coins and banknotes as well as the new ones. In fact, history tells us that is indeed possible. Returns of roughly around 13% per annum. Now, that’s not too bad at all! Of course, as with all other investment vehicles, future performance are never guaranteed.

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Who’s richer? Siapa lagi kaya? Part 2

Part 1 is located here.

Now, consider this:

You earn a salary of $10,000 per month and your expenses amount to $9,900 per month. You live an extravagant lifestyle, accompanying yourself with a the latest gadgets and machines, expensive cars, and etc.

Your friend earns a salary of $2,000 per month and his expenses amount to $1,500 per month. He lives a modest lifestyle.

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

Now, the big question. Who’s better off?

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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? ๐Ÿ˜›

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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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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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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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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