Women’s Guide: How to Take Charge of Your Personal Finances

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Ladies, do you find your savings being less than ideal in spite of your best efforts to save? That’s hardly surprising as women in Singapore typically earn less than men (note the 6% gender pay gap!) and ace at spending. Fret’ not though, as we’re here to help you take charge of your personal finances, including a plan to get guaranteed maturity returns! Read on.

What is personal finance?

The importance of saving money is indisputable, but there’s more to it when it comes to managing your money. The way you generate your income, save, spend, track your expenses, invest, etc. are all part of taking charge of your personal finances.

Track your expenses

It may seem a no brainer to identify what you spend on and how much you spend to see exactly where your cash is going and areas you can cut back. However, tracking expenses is easier said than done as it takes effort, i.e. recording your daily expenses.

To begin, you may refer to account statements in the past few months for a general idea of your spending to provide you insights on creating a suitable budget for the coming months. Further to this, consider categorising your expenses. Identify fixed expenses such as insurance, mortgage or rent, etc versus variable expenses like food and entertainment. While fixed expenses are pretty “fixed”, there’ll be room to adjust your variable expenses.

Should manual tracking be too cumbersome, there’s always a budgeting and expense-tracking app that you can use. Most banking apps in Singapore also provide the expense trackers in their mobile app for easier management and overview of your funds.

Stay abreast of your family savings

When it comes to money matters, it is important to be self-reliant. That’s probably one of the reasons why the older generation women often talk about keeping “private room money” aka a separate savings pool for times in need. After all, a man is not a financial plan.

Both spouses should have access to the accounts and be updated on money flows and investments, even if one person is taking full control of all financial decisions. Instead of leaving all money matters to your husband, it’s best to stay abreast of your family savings. Both of you may also consider expanding your finance management knowledge together by attending workshops and seminars.

Save smart and speed up saving

As women tend to earn less and live longer than men, there’s a need to save more, especially when you are able to. Hence, it makes sense to speed up saving now – either by enhancing your earning power or looking into investments.

For the uninitiated, setting aside money in an endowment plan (i.e. an insurance savings plan) can help you to save regularly, with life coverage over a period of time. Some endowment plans like Tiq 3-Year Endowment Plan offer high guaranteed 1.62 p.a. maturity returns, thereby posing minimal risks to your hard-earned money. You need to act fast though, as such plans usually have limited tranche.

Here’s how it works: Simply pay a lump sum or regular premium over a certain period, and you will be able to receive a lump sum upon policy maturity. This may include the guaranteed capital and returns (if any), depending on the policy features!

Learn about investing

An annual survey by Singapore’s 2nd largest bank revealed women to be less confident or knowledgeable about investing, and only approximately 60% of women have investments, compared with about 75% of men. However, it is interesting to note that women seem to be better investors than men.

Before you begin, know that investing is not gambling. It will require some effort as you build on your investment knowledge. The good news is there are lots of resources to help you along. Check out the top tools and platforms here!  Also, it does not take much to start investing. For example, Tiq Invest – a flexible digital Investment-Linked Plan (ILP) that covers both investment and life protection – allows one to start investing from just S$1,000! Plus, you can top-up and withdraw anytime without incurring charges.

#TiqOurWord For a limited time, you can earn up to S$2,000 cashback¹ when you invest and save with Tiq! Choose between 2 bundle deals that include Tiq Invest, Tiq Easy Save and Tiq 3-Year Endowment Plan to make the most of your money – easily and affordably. Learn more

Be prepared for life

Nobody likes to think about bad things happening but the truth is unfortunate situations such as divorce and unexpected severe illness can happen to anyone. With proper protection plans, at least one can safeguard against financial worries while focusing on getting your life back in order.

That said, it is prudent to review your insurance needs from time to time while you build a sustainable retirement nest. Unlike the baby boomers generation where a significantly larger proportion of females expect their spouse and children to support them in retirement compared to males, women of the later generations are in a better position to take charge of our personal finances, and sooner is better than later.

As most of us work towards retirement, let us be ready for a hopefully blissful retirement life with no financial worries.

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¹Cashback will be in the form of Encashable TiqConnect eWallet credits withdrawable via PayNow or Direct Credit to your bank account.

Information is accurate as at 25 October 2021. This content is for reference only.

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