Nadlique’s problems with having cash on hand

I actually have a big problem with leaving too much resources in the form of cash in my bank account. The problem is, I tend to overspend. Also, I’m not really good at sticking to a budget. I often use budgets to project my spending but when it comes to actually adhering to it, I’m hopeless.

I have been thinking to myself, how do I deal with this problem?

Well, perhaps the notion of “Asset Rich and Cash Poor” is not so bad at all.

One way that I have thought about is freezing my money. What I mean by that is probably by way of converting cash into something else. Converting the cash into cold hard assets.

First thing that I need to consider is by having enough money in my emergency account and enough money to cover my monthly expenses. Then all my other/extra savings need to be converted into assets quickly. Some options are:

1. ASB or Tabung Haji or Fixed Deposit Accounts (i.e. hard to reach places)
2. Buy mutual funds/unit trust
3. Buy stocks
4. Buy investment properties (mortgage on my property = forced saving)

In other words, I want to try to have as little “liquid cash” as possible. I’m just too afraid of spending it all if I have access to it 24/7.

Personally, I think that being “Asset Rich and Cash Poor” is better than having too much cash on hand and end up with spending it all. But really, I think this applies to the early stages of my financial freedom journey. Perhaps, when I am indeed financially free in the future, I can be a tad more extravagant in my spending.

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Where do I stand now? Financially speaking of course.

I’ve been blogging about financial freedom for nearly 2 years now. I’ve started my journey towards financial freedom for even longer than that. So, where do I stand now, financially speaking?

Trading

I’ve been trading stocks and CFDs for nearly 4 years. I’ve been able to stay profitable for all these years, and hopefully for a very long time.

I’ve reduced my trading stake due to the lack of certainty we’re having right now. I’ve already reinvested quite a significant proportion of my profits into a new business venture.

So far, for the past few months, my trading account has been advancing, but very very slowly. Snail pace.

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Additional Units for Amanah Saham Malaysia (ASM) and Amanah Saham Wawasan 2020 (ASW 2020) in 2009

Additional units have been announced for two PNB-managed funds. There’ll be an additional 2.22 billion units for Amanah Saham Malaysia (ASM) starting from April 21, 2009, and another 2 billion units for Amanah Saham Wawasan 2020 (ASW 2020) starting from April 27.

However, maximum allowed per investor is 20,000 units.

Have a look at The Star article here.

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Can I still achieve what I plan to achieve by the time I’m 30?

Truly, the global financial crisis that we are facing right now is taking a toll on me.

My unit trust investment with Public Mutual is down around 35%, and my CFD trading activities is crippling. I’m still making money with CFD but my bank balance is advancing very very slowly. One day I’m up a few hundred dollars and the next day, I’m down a few hundred dollars. I made a loss last quarter but it’s getting better this quarter (I hope). Whatever it is, my trading performance is beating my unit trust investment performance but of course, I can’t be comparing them two. It’s like comparing apples and oranges.

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Should I pull out from the stock market now?

Many investors worldwide are experiencing losses right now. Myself included.

So, should we pull out from the market?

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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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Dollar Cost Averaging Lowers Your Break-even Point – Investors’ Perspective

This is the continuation of the first article on Dollar Cost Averaging. That article is located here.

Now, we shall look at dollar cost averaging in action. Consider the scenario below:

Let’s say you invest in a unit trust fund, starting with $1,000, and you add up $1,000 to your investment every month. Let’s consider the scenario below:
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Dollar Cost Averaging: Investors’ Perspective

In this article, we shall look at what exactly is Dollar Cost Averaging. This will be looked at in the perspective of an investor (i.e. persons whose investment horizon is more than 12 months). For traders out there, hang on yeah. I will write about dollar cost averaging for traders pretty soon.

Dollar Cost Averaging is a technique used by many investors out there to multiply the returns from their investment.

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My First Dip – iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (IEM) ETF

In my introduction to Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) entry, I wrote that I plan to allocate some money towards Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Well, I just did.

I took a position in an ETF last week.

The process was rather simple. I logged onto my online trading platform, placed an order with my broker, wait for my order to be executed, and voilà!

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Back to Basics: Investment Asset Classes

Previously in the Back to Basics series, I have written about:

Today, we shall be perusing at what’s out there and what’s available for us to invest in.

Generally, there are four major asset classes available.

They are:

  1. Equity
  2. Cash/Money Market Securities
  3. Fixed Interest Securities
  4. Property

Here are some explanations and examples of the above-mentioned asset classes:

EQUITY MARKET

In the most simplistic sense, equity is another name for stocks or shares.

Examples that come under this category are:

  • Malaysian stocks
  • Australian company stocks
  • Unit trust funds/managed funds/mutual funds
  • Foreign stocks

CASH/MONEY MARKET

The money market forms a part of the debt market. Generally, securities traded in the money market have maturity periods of less than 12 months. Maturity basically means, your positions will be exited within the time frame.

Examples:

  • Bills of Exchange
    • Bank Bills
    • Treasury Bills
  • Promissory Notes
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Treasury Notes
  • Unit trust fund or mutual funds dealing with money markets

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