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Articles by Mark Cheng

I rant and rave a lot, but when I'm not busy doing that, I'm managing the content for MoneySmart. I love Singapore, but I also believe in helping it to improve bit by bit, and that's where MoneySmart comes in. Have some thoughts? Drop me an email at [email protected]

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Renovation Loans
Singaporeans Have Been Overpaying For Their Home Renovations – That’s About to Change
Any Singaporean who’s had to go through the experience of renovating their home will each have their own traumatic experience to recount.But here’s the real issue – on top of...
14 November 2017
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Credit Cards
The Best Air Miles Credit Cards in Singapore for Frequent Flyers
Ask any Singaporean what their dreams are, and travelling the world is bound to come up at least 80% of the time in one form or another. We’re not sure...
23 October 2017
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Savings Accounts
Looking for a Simple Savings Account? Here’s UOB’s Hassle-Free Solution
Singaporeans really love a good savings account, but sometimes dealing with banks can feel like we’re part of a circus acrobat’s obstacle course. The number of hoops we have to...
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Career
Graduating from Polytechnic or ITE? Here’s How You Can Kickstart Your Career
Ask young Singaporeans about their career aspirations and you might come across this answer pretty often: “I want a job that lets me pursue my passion, plus opportunities to climb...
6 October 2017
6 Amazing High End Restaurants in Singapore You Can Now Afford Because of These Discounts
Dining
6 Amazing High End Restaurants in Singapore You Can Now Afford Because of These Discounts
The dining scene in Singapore is certainly growing at a very healthy rate, if credit card spend is anything to go by. Dining spend in Singapore has surpassed retail expenditure...
21 September 2017
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Transportation
Here’s Why Your Grab Rides Are About To Get a Whole Lot Sweeter
Just a few years back, the idea of an on-demand ride-hailing transport provider such as Grab seemed like a novel idea. But today, booking a car or taxi through the...
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Credit Cards
Why The UOB One Card Is Still Singapore’s Most Generous Rebate Card
In the realm of credit cards that offer cash rebates as an incentive, few cards have stood the test of the time as well as the UOB One Credit Card...
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Shopping
Here’s Why Online Grocery Shopping Will Soon Become the New Norm in Singapore
In a country whose people are known to work the longest hours in the world, coupled with the fact that people are a lot more comfortable with the e-commerce space...
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Invest
How Does The Straits Times Index Work and How Do You Gain Exposure to It?
This post was written in collaboration with IG. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
16 June 2017
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Invest
Is This The Direction Investing is Heading Towards? Here’s Why You Should Pay Attention
This post was written in collaboration with IG. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
21 March 2017
4 Things Businesses Should Consider When Expanding Overseas
Business
4 Things Businesses Should Consider When Expanding Overseas
This story is sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited (“SCBSL”).  2016 has seen a very strong push from the Government for Singapore Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to move...
5 January 2017
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Shopping
Shopee’s 1st Year Anniversary Sale is Here to Continue the Online Sale Awesomeness
You might have been sound asleep on Black Friday, or just trying to go cold turkey on online shopping, but if for whatever reason you missed Shopee’s Black Friday and...
9 December 2016
12 Amazing Deals on Shopee That You Will Regret Missing on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Shopping
12 Amazing Deals on Shopee That You Will Regret Missing on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Singaporeans definitely need no introduction to Black Friday and Cyber Monday by now. You can be sure that if there was a world championships of finding good deals online, we’d...
24 November 2016
Early Christmas Shopping in Singapore – The Best Deals This Week
Shopping
Early Christmas Shopping in Singapore – The Best Deals This Week
Last minute shopping for Christmas is a surefire method to both spend way more than you should, and also cause some really unnecessary stress. Thankfully, there’s quite a lot happening...
17 November 2016
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Home Loans
Banks Are Starting To Change Their Home Loan Packages – Should You Be Refinancing Your Home Loan Now?
A certain recently elected President might have caused the Asian markets to go completely bonkers for a day or so, but thankfully that same effect doesn’t usually apply that immediately...
16 November 2016
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Invest
Here’s What Singaporean Investors Need to Know About Commission Fees and How They Affect Investing
With Singaporeans very much focused on the cost of living these days, many people want to make sure that their money is working much harder for them, which would explain...
16 November 2016
If You Are Renovating Your Home, This One Small Addition Could Save You Quite a Lot of Money
Property
If You Are Renovating Your Home, This One Small Addition Could Save You Quite a Lot of Money
These days, renovating your house in Singapore isn’t as cheap and simple as just doing some painting and electrical works. Contractors and interior designers are known to recommend adding a...
18 October 2016
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Credit Cards
These Dining Privileges Will Change The Way You Dine, and You Don’t Even Have to Pay For Them
In a city like Singapore, you’re never too far away from good food. No, let me rephrase that – It’s almost impossible to escape from good food even if you...
28 September 2016
3 Critical Things That Investing Beginners Should Figure Out Before They Even Put Their Money In
Invest
3 Critical Things That Investing Beginners Should Figure Out Before They Even Put Their Money In
This post was written in collaboration with IG. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
23 September 2016
Here’s Why The Digitization of the Insurance Industry is Going To Have a Huge Impact For Singaporeans
Opinion
Here’s Why The Digitization of the Insurance Industry is Going To Have a Huge Impact For Singaporeans
When some Singaporeans think of insurance, they still get nightmares of their army or university friends whom they haven’t spoken to for ages suddenly giving them a ring to “meet...
13 September 2016
The Unseen Perils of Living Paycheck to Paycheck that Singaporeans Don’t Realise Until It’s Too Late
Budgeting
The Unseen Perils of Living Paycheck to Paycheck that Singaporeans Don’t Realise Until It’s Too Late
Many Singaporeans assume that people who have trouble saving on a monthly basis are low-income earners without any room to buffer their expenditures. Unfortunately, that is rather far from the...
29 August 2016
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Invest
Want to Make The Most of Short Term Market Movements But Worried About the Risk? Here’s a Simple Product You Can Consider
This post was written in collaboration with IG. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
29 July 2016
Here’s What Different Groups of Singaporeans Should Take Note Of To Maximize Their CPF Savings
Budgeting
Here’s What Different Groups of Singaporeans Should Take Note Of To Maximize Their CPF Savings
We’ve probably said this a thousand times before and would say it again. When it comes to the CPF, you can either keep complaining about it (sometimes without even knowing...
13 July 2016
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Invest
Think That Investing is Like Gambling? This System of Trading Might Change the Game For Investors Forever
This post was written in collaboration with IG. While we are financially compensated by them, we nonetheless strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review products with the same objective...
12 July 2016
These Hidden Costs of Retirement Could Derail Your Retirement Planning
Budgeting
These Hidden Costs of Retirement Could Derail Your Retirement Planning
When it comes to planning for retirement, it’s not just about plucking a magical number out of thin air, and hoping that you will be able to achieve it.
24 June 2016