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by GSM8
Fri, 01 Jan 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: today is the last day for topping up CPF/SRS and Jan 1 is the first day to top up again
Replies: 30
Views: 2812

Re: today is the last day for topping up CPF/SRS and Jan 1 is the first day to top up again

Thanks for starting this very useful and timely thread, PNGMK and malcontent. One doubt I had below: Remember to top up your CPF accounts today to take full advantage of: - tax savings for the medisave account (current limit $60,000). - On Jan 1 you can top up as above with adjusted limits to earn f...
by GSM8
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Australia has this bridge visa while you wait for PR
Replies: 10
Views: 1578

Re: Australia has this bridge visa while you wait for PR

Wd40 wrote:
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 12:28 am
The advantage of Singapore is low income tax and zero capital gains tax. So it is a good place to grow your retirement corpus. That is the only solace for lack of PR.
I believe Singapore has a similar overall tax burden so what one is not paying in direct tax is eventually by way of indirect tax
by GSM8
Sun, 29 Nov 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Staying, Living in Singapore
Topic: Lent money and borrower not returning
Replies: 27
Views: 15131

Re: Lent money and borrower not returning

With reference to my original post and borrower who refused return, looks like the man is in the news for more similar reasons =D> http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/artists-owed-up-to-1m-worth-of-artworks-by-singapore-art-gallery-mandala-fine-art Well. It wasn't my money. The original post...
by GSM8
Wed, 30 Sep 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Paging WD40 re trade costs
Replies: 10
Views: 1640

Re: Paging WD40 re trade costs

IBKR is a slow and ugly platform. I should clarify I want to trade /ES (S&P Mini Futures). They are on IBRK (not on Saxo). Does Tastyworks do that? Yes. Although I haven't tried options. I opened the account bec Tastyworks and TDA are the only platforms that'll take US citizens without US address. ...
by GSM8
Sun, 27 Sep 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Paging WD40 re trade costs
Replies: 10
Views: 1640

Re: Paging WD40 re trade costs

Tastyworks is cheaper in terms of commissions for US stocks and options. Their trending tools aren't great though
by GSM8
Thu, 25 Jun 2020 8:40 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What happened to the Aussie due to be caned?
Replies: 6
Views: 1264

Re: What happened to the Aussie due to be caned?

He may have done a runner. It seems that in most countries, sufficiently non-high-profile people with the means manage to find a way to quietly rid themselves from society. This way the legal system also wont have to waste time on their sorry ass (pun intended in this case)
by GSM8
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Working from home decreasing or increasing productivity?
Replies: 28
Views: 3349

Re: Working from home decreasing or increasing productivity?

However, to my surprise, WFH has actually suited me well in terms of being productive. And I don't even have proper working space - my 'office' is the kitchen table. My day-to-day work doesn't require that much interaction with people that can't be achieved via email and video/call conference. BUT....
by GSM8
Tue, 12 May 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Danish couple enrages Singapore public by putting down their healthy dog, prompting government to revise law
Replies: 3
Views: 1922

Re: Danish couple enrages Singapore public by putting down their healthy dog, prompting government to revise law

I guess I felt particularly strongly about this case because my dog used to play with Loki at the dog park, both being boisterous cheerful competitive dogs. And Loki was friendly whenever I patted him. The owner would sometimes twist Loki's ears till he yelped if he was unruly, but Loki never tried ...
by GSM8
Fri, 08 May 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Latest News & Current Affairs
Topic: Danish couple enrages Singapore public by putting down their healthy dog, prompting government to revise law
Replies: 3
Views: 1922

Danish couple enrages Singapore public by putting down their healthy dog, prompting government to revise law

This Danish couple's actions in Singapore are despicable by any standards, and more so because Denmark has one of the world's most guarded animal rights legislation. https://mothership.sg/2020/05/louis-ng-euthanasia-loki/ https://www.onlinecitizenasia.com/2020/05/07/netizens-outraged-after-pet-owner...
by GSM8
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Credit Card & Banking in Singapore
Topic: Online stock brokers in Singapore
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Re: Online stock brokers in Singapore

Further to the conversation in this thread, 2 brokers that allow US citizens living in Singapore to open trading accounts are: TD Ameritrade (more user friendly interface but higher commissions); and Tastyworks (a bit complex to use,targeted at options traders, but lower commissions) Both are regist...
by GSM8
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: MS Zaandam
Replies: 6
Views: 975

Re: MS Zaandam

I think it's less about the cruise liner itself, but more the sense of calm and satisfaction that the 360 degree blue ocean view gives. Add to that the fact a cabin on a large cruise ship is (relatively) more affordable than a private yacht, the appeal of being in the midst of a large isolated yet "...
by GSM8
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:50 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Singaporean behaving badly loses passport
Replies: 9
Views: 1376

Re: Singaporean behaving badly loses passport

Actually revoking/suspending passport is a fairly common measure for a variety of offences in many countries when the person is a potential flight risk. Singapore holds the passport of foreigners out on bail as well.
by GSM8
Tue, 17 Dec 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Insurance
Topic: HL assurance refuse to pay for flight delay
Replies: 4
Views: 1464

Re: HL assurance refuse to pay for flight delay

PNGMK wrote:
Tue, 17 Dec 2019 4:01 pm
Fly tier 1 next time?
Seems more of a cheapo insurance rather than airline issue. Most likely some cleverly obfuscated wording in the policy to justify their denial
by GSM8
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Credit Card & Banking in Singapore
Topic: Online stock brokers in Singapore
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Re: Online stock brokers in Singapore

Have you considered using a friend's address in the US to open your account? No need to receive mail there -- just opt for electronic notifications & e-statements. It might be a last resort if other options don't work. Strictly speaking its not legal and one needs the US address to maintain the acc...
by GSM8
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Credit Card & Banking in Singapore
Topic: Online stock brokers in Singapore
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Re: Online stock brokers in Singapore

It might be a last resort if other options don't work. Strictly speaking its not legal and one needs the US address to maintain the account, not just open it

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