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Articles by Ryan Ong

I was a freelance writer for over a decade, and covered topics from music to super-contagious foot diseases. I took this job because I believe financial news should be accessible and fun to read. Also, because the assignments don't involve shouting teenagers and debilitating plagues.

5 Things to Do Immediately if You Get Retrenched
Career
5 Things to Do Immediately if You Get Retrenched
Retrenchment is like naked mud wrestling. While you can’t avoid humiliating exposure or eating dirt, you can at least win the match. It’s about making the best of a bad situation. Retrenchment...
7 January 2012
5 Simple Ways to Save on Parking in Singapore
Transportation
5 Simple Ways to Save on Parking in Singapore
Parking fees are bogus. Living space I understand…but paying for a space for your car? That’s as close as you’ll ever come to paying for nothing. Yep, thanks to parking lots,...
6 January 2012
Pay Cut for Singaporean Ministers: Why They’re Still Overpaid!
Opinion
Pay Cut for Singaporean Ministers: Why They’re Still Overpaid!
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong agreed to a Ministerial pay cut this week. Singapore’s political leaders, who are the highest paid in the world, are facing pay reductions of 37%...
5 January 2012
5 Easy Side Businesses You Can Run While Working
Career
5 Easy Side Businesses You Can Run While Working
With the economy deflating faster than my ego at a school reunion, I’ve been thinking about padding my income. That means a side business, and one that won’t get me...
1 January 2012
Owning a Prius in Singapore: The Pros and Cons
Transportation
Owning a Prius in Singapore: The Pros and Cons
The Toyota Prius is hybrid-electric car. Like most Singaporeans, my knowledge of it extends to: “Every time you drive it, a dead tree comes back to life. Or something.” The...
30 December 2011
Providing For Parents in Singapore: Can We Give Enough?
Opinion
Providing For Parents in Singapore: Can We Give Enough?
Ever since my family perished on Krypton, I’ve had a soft spot for elderly parents. They aren’t who they used to be, because apparently time sucks. And while most Singaporeans would...
28 December 2011
5 Great Christmas Gifts For Under $20
Shopping
5 Great Christmas Gifts For Under $20
Christmas is around the corner, and I’ve got about 200 presents to get. It’s my gift and my curse: everyone loves my presents. Except the police and fire department. But...
22 December 2011
Forex Trading: Pros and Cons
Invest
Forex Trading: Pros and Cons
Forex trading is like driving too fast without a seatbelt: intoxicating, sexy, and potentially lethal. It promises fast cash, a 24 hour market, and easy access. With brokers accepting lower...
17 December 2011
How Much Do Hawkers Really Make?
Career
How Much Do Hawkers Really Make?
Yesterday I discovered two great perks of working for MoneySmart: First, I have a convenient excuse to annoy people with endlessly amusing (to me) questions. Second, it means not having...
2 December 2011
Car Repair in Singapore: Find the Right Mechanic
Transportation
Car Repair in Singapore: Find the Right Mechanic
They say finding a mechanic is like interviewing a job applicant. Which is a total load of horse dung. Job applicants don’t have a wrench clamped around your… carburettor. And what questions...
1 December 2011
Structured Deposits: Are They a Good Deal?
Invest
Structured Deposits: Are They a Good Deal?
Ever since the fall of Lehman Brothers, structured deposits have been the financial world’s equivalent of leprosy. If you’re selling them, no one even wants to inhale near you. But as of...
30 November 2011
7 Cheapskate Ways to Host a Bachelor Party for Under $500
Wedding
7 Cheapskate Ways to Host a Bachelor Party for Under $500
Before we get started, a warning: the following list, if properly adhered to, will result in (1) a good bachelor party, (2) you being branded a cheapskate for life, and...
28 November 2011
The Truth About Degree Holders
Career
The Truth About Degree Holders
It’s cool to diss education these days. Every other week, I find at least one tweet espousing the glory of ignorance. It’s bad advice. And hypocritically, it often comes from people...
18 November 2011
Puppy Love: Can You Afford It?
Family
Puppy Love: Can You Afford It?
Who doesn’t love a fuzzy-wuzzy puppy or kitty?! Especially for the kids. So cute! Until you realize that Spike or Meow-Meow eats more canned food than they stock in Changi prison...
14 November 2011
Ride or Drive?: The Cost of Car Ownership vs Public Transport in Singapore
Transportation
Ride or Drive?: The Cost of Car Ownership vs Public Transport in Singapore
The last time I got on board an MRT train, it was packed tighter than a can of sardines. I squeezed in nonetheless as I was rushing to the hospital. By...
20 September 2011
How are Car Insurance Premiums Calculated in Singapore?
Car Insurance
How are Car Insurance Premiums Calculated in Singapore?
Car insurance premiums are fun and easy to calculate, assuming you have a PhD in accounting. Seriously though, there are huge differences in premiums, even between one owner and the next....
31 August 2011