Hello, and welcome back to the Joyful Dividends Blog! My mission is to help investors and alpha seekers like you to – Make More Money. Today, I have an interesting topic that you probably would have heard a lot about. Yes, it’s right there in the subject header – FINTECH!
Similar to the industrial revolution of the 1800s and the growth of the Internet in the late 1990s, newest trends today in AI and Fintech will open up money-making opportunities for smart investors who are “in the market”.
Before we dive in more deeply into the applications of Fintech and it’s immense income generation opportunities, let’s explore this topic a little more.
Fintech In 2 Minutes
This is the 3rd story in my ongoing post on Real Estate Investing. If everyone’s saying that real estate market is poised for a recovery, it’s time to invest, how do you invest if you are doing it for the first time?
Perhaps a no-brainer answer to that would be – Monitor the Market! If you want to get something, anything, for a good price, there is no substitute for labor and dedication. It is essential to be “in the market”.
What does it mean to be “In The Market”?
You can be “in the market” by constantly monitoring property transactions in your area and keeping a keen eye on changes.
Price, Price, and Price Again!
Is overspending and impulse purchases one of your biggest weaknesses? How about setting up a simple budgeting system to keep yourself accountable?
Sometimes, Grandma’s methods to save money works best. In the past, people used to keep cash in envelopes to keep track of their spending. In today’s culture, however, the rise of credit card lifestyles and e-wallets have made counting cash a thing of the past.
The envelope method of saving money can actually be replicated today by using an Excel spreadsheet or Numbers software in Mac. If you will like more features or convenience, there are probably some good personal finance apps out there that help you track your income and spending.
Here’re some rules to follow when setting up the envelope system to track your personal spending:
Budgeting Every Income & Paycheck
“Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in.” – John D. Rockefeller on dividend stocks
As the name Joyful Dividends suggest, I am thrilled whenever dividends from good companies or investment holdings arrive in my bank account, “Ka-Ching!”. The sound of money coming in is sweet, ain’t it?
By investing continually in fundamentally great dividend stocks, you will find yourself creating another source of income automatically as time passes by. While there are definitely risks to investing in stocks, you can reduce these risks by buying into and building a diversified portfolio that gives you enough income to pay for your everyday expenses.
When you reach a point where your dividend income from stock investing is more than income from your job, maybe it’s time to retire and follow your passion? A glorious rainbow awaits those who start and persist in this journey of dividend investing. Keep it consistent, and you will find rich pickings at the end of the journey.
Hello! At Joyful Dividends, I discuss investing your money so as to make consistent extra income safely. In order start investing successfully, it goes without saying that you should never lose money. If you want to achieve your financial goals with no hiccups or frustration, here are some good questions to always ask yourself.
Whether you have just started working, been working a few years, or you are a retiree, you may have thought of how to invest your money at some point. It is not an easy question to ask. There are so many investment options out there. You don’t feel confident about investing because you have no financial background. You are very busy with work, family, children, socializing, and you have no time to monitor your investments.
If the above describes your situation, you may be thinking of looking for a good financial planner or advisor.
Before you do that…
One of the biggest news going around my country, Singapore, these days is that the property market is heading for a recovery. Here is my two cents’ worth on bargain hunting property for investment in the Singapore property context.
Now that you are excited by the prospect of a property market upturn in the next year, you may be wondering, “Is now a good time?”
Whether you are buying a property for the first, second or third time, a property purchase is always likely to be one of the biggest financial decisions you will make. Buying a property at the wrong time is financially painful. It results in a long-term burden for you, worry over finding potential tenants, endless frustration and sleepless nights.
For an investor, buying the right type of property that meets your criteria is important. Success in the property market is mostly based on the timing of your entry.
Here on Joyful Dividends, I write a lot of the ways you can create multiple income streams. I believe that earning an extra income can completely change your life. With multiple streams of income and cash cows, you can afford to quit the day job you hate. You can stop living from paycheck to paycheck. You can pay off all your debt, and finally be free to do what you always wanted to do.
When it comes to investing, people like to say don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Have you considered that solely relying on employment income is doing just that? What would you do if you got fired overnight? With no more monthly stable paychecks, how would you pay your bills, feed your loved ones, and put a roof over your head?
Create Multiple Income Streams is Possible
At this time, you probably think it’s almost impossible to work another job or find another income source. Maybe you work more than 12 hours a day. Maybe you have a ton of other personal commitments that take up all of your free time, say maybe church activities, community gatherings, taking care of your children etc.
All these are okay. It takes a lot of grit and perseverance to create multiple income streams, especially if you have a lot of other commitments. What you really need is to acknowledge your strengths, play to it, and keep working at earning your first $10 a month, $100, $500, $1,000, and you are on your way.
No random tips, no frustration, and no cutbacks on your lifestyle. Just highly effective ways to save money here and now. Get insights and workable game plans on how to save your money today.
Regardless of where you are at currently in life, you need to know that saving more money to improve your financial health is possible! If you are already putting some of the money saving guidelines below to work, good for you. If you are looking for ways to get started on a wealth accumulation mindset, this article will help you take that first step. Sometimes, taking this first step is painful, but I guarantee it will pay off in many joyful dividends in the near future.
Save Without Cutting Back On Your Lifestyle
While there are tons of good advice on how to be a secret cheapskate or penny pincher, a lot of them require you to cut back on your lifestyle.
Two extreme examples on the web:
- Save Money by Flushing Less:
- Save Money by Avoiding Starbucks:
While the advice above are well-meaning, they are not good for you for two reasons:
1. Not Good for Your Well-Being. Not having that Starbucks coffee/espresso/latte in the morning may save you $4 a day, but denying yourself of that sweet treat or caffeine boost will cause you to feel stressed throughout the day. Most likely, you will need to rely on your inner willpower to overcome your urges and guilt.
2. Becoming like Scrooge. While penny-pinching may save you that few extra bucks, it may lead you to become increasingly consumed with money. In the long term, this can lead to effects such as developing a poor reputation among your friends and associates. After all, people are attracted to and like to hang out with generous people.
Hello and Welcome to the Joyful Dividends Blog. Other than sharing tips on saving money, making more income sources and living a life on your own terms, I hope to connect with readers who want to learn more about investing, invest better and sustainably.
Today, I begin another series on how to invest with one of my favorite investment vehicles. It actually started more than 250 years ago! At that time, a group of merchants from the U.S. East Coast were discussing ways to build a pier in Boston. By raising funds from investors, they ended up owning the land and sharing rental income with all shareholders. They didn’t know it then, but these merchants were the founders of an early real estate investment trust, also known as a REIT.
Fancy Owning Part of the Building Where You Work?
Hello, and welcome if you are new here! On Joyful Dividends, I blog about my passion for personal finance, investing and how joyful dividends enable me to live a life that is location independent and on my own terms. I am mostly based in Ho Chi Minh City, a young and dynamic place in South East Asia which offers a very good lifestyle for the adventurous.
Today, I am starting a new series on investing in real estate. Buying a house, how to buy a house at a young age and what is real estate investing is a topic I am often asked. Whether you are planning on buying a house at 25, buying a house at 27, or at any other age, it is a big deal.
While most people would purchase their first house to live in, maybe you can consider turning your first home into an investment property. While many people only start investing in real estate in their late 30s or 40s, you can start much sooner than you think. I’ll explain why getting your hands dirty in real estate investing early is something you should consider.
Turning Your First Home Into An Asset
In the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis, many people are uncertain about whether buying a house will pay off. One way your house purchase can pay for itself is to rent out the first house you buy. By turning your first house into an asset that creates income, you can overcome your imperfect credit and imperfect lifestyle. All it takes is a dose of cleverness and real estate homework.