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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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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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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
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Invest
Singaporeans Who Are Afraid of Investing Should Consider This Before Writing it Off Completely
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...
10 June 2016
Here’s How Dividend-Yielding Funds Can Help To Bolster Your Investment Portfolio
Invest
Here’s How Dividend-Yielding Funds Can Help To Bolster Your Investment Portfolio
As a kid, my decision on which snacks to eat more often than not depended on what toy was included in the package. That might be rather similar to the...
30 May 2016
4 Travel Essentials That Will Help You To Save Money When Travelling
Travel
4 Travel Essentials That Will Help You To Save Money When Travelling
If you were to do a random poll of Singaporeans, you’d probably find that 60-70% of them have travelling on their perpetual life wishlist. Why the wanderlust? Well, there could...
19 November 2015
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Home Insurance
After Spending So Much On Home Renovations, Are You Sure Your Home is Protected?
Singaporeans certainly do love their homes, and why not? After spending a significant amount of money just to purchase a home, there’s still the refurbishing of the home to take...
5 October 2015
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Invest
What on Earth is a Unit Trust Anyway?
Perhaps you can’t really blame Singaporeans for not being more proactive in investing. Just reading through a list of investment products is enough to make anyone’s head spin. This could,...
1 October 2015
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Opinion
The 5 Conversations About Retirement That Singaporeans Are Not Having
The past year or so has seen some rather lengthy arguments revolving around different facets of retirement in Singapore, ranging from discussions on the role of CPF, to the debate...
17 August 2015
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Family
Here’s How You Can Save Hundreds of Dollars Buying Second Hand Baby and Kids’ Products
You’d think that all you needed to raise a kid were a few stacks of drawing paper and coloured pencils and a pacifier, right? Well, guess what, according to those...
2 July 2015
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Travel
After a Customer Service Incident Like This, Is It Still Worth Flying With Scoot?
To put it lightly, Scoot’s not had a great month. Sure, we’ve heard of flights being cancelled or delayed before, but Scoot took it to a totally different level. You...
1 July 2015
3 Important Tips To Make Sure You Maximize Your Money During the Great Singapore Sale
Shopping
3 Important Tips To Make Sure You Maximize Your Money During the Great Singapore Sale
For all you shopaholics out there, the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) might be the one time of the year you’ve been waiting for. With retail spend starting to look like...
27 June 2015