Welcome to Martin Lee @ Sg, a place where I pen my thoughts on investing, trading, insurance and all other types of financial matters. The focus is more on Singapore, as this is where I am currently based. I have extensive experience in investing : ... [Read More...]


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Unlocking the World’s Largest Financial Secret Book Launch

I haven't been updating this blog for the past two weeks as I have been quite busy, but I thought some of you might be interested in this event that I will be attending next week (evening of 2nd September 2014). Mario Singh, one of Asia's favourite Forex coach and also an ex-classmate of mine, will be holding an event for the launch of his second book, Unlocking the World's Largest Financial Secret. "Unlocking the World's Largest Financial Secret" is the the guide to getting a quickstart on how to build a solid foundation in the Forex market and a must read for every Forex trader who … [Read More...]

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Rising Health Insurance Premiums in Singapore

One big factor determining the amount of insurance premiums charged by insurance companies for providing medical benefits is the amount of claims that they are paying out. With all other factors unchanged, a rising number of claims as well as higher average claim amounts will lead to rising premiums. The rising number of claims and claim amounts can be due to a variety of factors, such as: Aging population Advances in medical care which result in earlier detection, more options for … [Read More...]

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Closure of Ecohouse Office in Singapore

I was not at all surprised to read that Brazilian property development Ecohouse had closed its office in Singapore. After all, they had announced earlier in January this year that they would be stopping sales of new projects in Singapore in order to focus on the construction of the properties. If there is not going to be any new revenue inflow from Singapore, keeping an office here is just going to incur additional expenses. The company mentioned that they were consolidating their … [Read More...]

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Future of Direct Insurance Buying and its Implications

The announcement by MAS about the details of life insurance products that will be sold directly to consumers drew many comments from the public. I see comments like : Insurance agents will be out of job soon. MAS is killing insurance agents. I think MAS needs to rethink how they are engaging the industry. I am […]

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Outcome of Securities Market Structure and Practices Review

Six months ago, MAS and SGX issued a consultation paper on some changes to enhance orderly trading and transparency of stocks on SGX. A couple of days ago, they released the results of the consultation: MAS and SGX Issue Response to Consultation on the Review of the Securities Market Structure and Practices If you like […]

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Buying Insurance Directly Without Paying Commissions

Yesterday, MAS announced the features of insurance products that consumers would be able to buy directly from insurance companies without going through an agent and paying commissions (ie lower premiums). This was one of the suggestions that were proposed and accepted in the FAIR review and has been finalized after ten months of discussions with various […]