How to get Secured Travel Insurance Within Minutes?

Before knowing about procedure for purchasing secured travel insurance, it is essential to comprehend why it is essential for your trip.
Travel insurance pays back your expenses:
• If the trip gets cancelled at the last moment (trip cancellation coverage)
• If you miss the flight or cruise (missed connection coverage)
• If the flight gets cancelled (trip interruption coverage)
• If there is weather problem in the destination of your trip (weather damage protection)
• If the plan is cancelled due to terrorist attacks (terrorist coverage)
• If you are sick or injured during the trip (travel medical coverage)
• If your baggage is lost or delayed (delayed bag coverage)
• If you lose your wallet or your passport is stolen (lost passport coverage)
• If you need emergency medical help (medical evacuation coverage)
• If the travel company becomes bankrupt (financial default coverage)
• If you require emergency assistance (emergency assistance services)
Even if you have not yet insured your current trip, do not panic, as there is a possibility to get immediate insurance coverage for you and your family. Industrious banks like Citibank Singapore offers instant travel insurance package. Within a day of application, it gets approved with generous discounts in your trip, from the Citibank.
Before choosing the plan, make sure to concentrate on coverage, price, personal assistance and all the non-health gains. Remember, travel insurance not only focuses on health rather all the perils related travelling are included in it. The most important fact is you should carry it with you when you travel.


Personal loan for the people drawing less income

Most of the Singapore banks target mainly on the well paid employees for a personalloan, while the people drawing less income are often desperate. Many traditional micro financing institutions may cover low income sector of people, yet with a higher rate of interest. However, some banks in Singapore like Citibank offer instant personal loans for the people with low income because the emergency expenses like medical bills, weddings, repairs, renovation, etc., happen even to them.

Apart from the low income generators, the small businessmen experience unpredictable payments from clients. Although the income is certain, the time or the amount may be unknown. Similarly, perhaps the bonus amount is unknown for the employees and under such indecisive situations, the Singaporeans can benefit from the Citibank Singapore Ready Credit Scheme. The new Citibank customers can take advantage of 4.83% per annum interest rate for the loan for 3 years.

Singaporeans with the annual income as low as S$30,000 (S$42,000 for expatriates) can avail instant loan from the Citibank Singapore Ready Credit Scheme. Further, 4 times the monthly income can be availed as the credit line. Besides offering an instant loan approval within one hour of time, the interest rate is nominal and it decreases as the tenure increases.

Around the world, 1% cash discount can be availed on the retail purchases by using the Citibank Ready Credit Card. Moreover, online fund transfer and balance transfer (at a nominal interest rate) facilities are also allowed.

Low Interest Personal Loan Singapore

Several Singaporeans believe that the personal loan with low interest rate as the most convenient and risk free way to raise money during emergency. You can easily take control of your monetary condition with the low interest personal loans Singapore.

Cash advance – personal loan Singapore

Along with low interest rates, many banks offer the flexibility of cash advance, which attracts more and more people to apply for personal loans.

Legal personal loan Singapore

In Singapore, the market of personal loan is very competitive, offering a wide array of options for the consumers to choose from. You will come across a good many money lenders in Singapore with exciting offers for their personal loan. However, it is ideal and safe to apply loans in legal institutions like Citibank, which offers immediate cash advance within an hour’s time, at as low as 4.83% interest rate per annum (EIR 9% per annum) for 36 months tenure, as a welcome offer.

5 Common Reasons Why Singaporeans Take Personal Loans

The Singaporeans take up the unsecured personal loan to meet their short-term financial needs. To name a few, the hospital bills, holiday expenses, PUB bills, education fees and car repairs are the common reasons.

When is Personal Loan the Best Option?

People who do not have any collateral security to apply for a loan consider personal loan as their best option because it is an unsecured loan, where income proof (for both salaried and self-employed) is the key factor that decides the approval of the loan.

How do I Approach Bank for a Personal Loans?

There are world’s best banks offering the best products in Singapore today. If you haven’t already been cold called (or followed up on from somewhere), and are in need of a loan, just check out their online promotions and apply for loan online. No bank today can afford to not open the online channel, so for most products one can simply approach a bank online and look up their personal loan products.

What are the Minimum and Maximum Loan Amounts?

As a rule, all loans are based on your earnings and income. There are no minimum and maximum fixed amounts. Some banks allow you to enter amounts even as low as $100, for which they display, tenure, interest rate and our monthly payment on their loan calculator system. How much you earn, how much you can pay back after taking into account your other liabilities, and your tenure is what will decide if a certain amount is within your limit or not. Do check with a bank against your income.

What are the Loan Tenure Options?

Loan tenures range from a 12 months (outside the banking sector, shorter terms for personal loans are also available but they do not come within the ambit of established lending) to 60 months averaging for personal loans. Home loans are typically of longer tenures.

How much Time will it take for my Loan to be Approved?

You can get yourself an in principle approval within a day. That is the fastest. Citibank claims a 1 hour approval time for its personal loans and it may be an exception or a promotion. Do look around, loan approval times are not as bad as we think, especially for personal loans. If your paperwork is in place, your income is sufficient to cover the EMIs and your credit history is good, you should be able to avail these quick loan approval products.

How do I Repay the Loan?

Upon approval, the funds will be deposited within the next few working days into your account. From them on you EMI’s will start to go out on the fixed date that cannot be changed. You can continue to repay your loan via your EMIs or go in for a pre closure. In case of a before tenure repayment, you might have to pay a certain pre closure fee and that differs from bank to bank. A certain percentage of the outstanding amount will be charged when you go in for such pre payments. Then there are those that also make part payment that are more than their EMIs. Three of four big part payments get down the remainder amount.

Difference Between Asset Management and Investment Management

Asset Management vs Investment Banking

Asset management

Is the management of a client’s investment wherein as a part of the management the company doing the management will invest on behalf of the client.

Investment banking

Is coming up with options, in addition things, to help a company or an individual create capital through strategic investments.
Simply put, asset management is managing money that clients already have, while Investment management is generating money for the client that the client does not have.

What is Asset Management?

All that you hold as assets—your land (real estate), your stock holdings, bonds and more, needs management. Your assets when not managed or not managed well enough will not hold the value for you in the way you had planned. There are companies and agencies that do professional asset management and are sought after, predominantly, by the high net worth community. When you have a large, diversified set of assets, it becomes important for you to seek out focused and professional attention to keeping the assets going. For example, if you have a big office or a sprawling store house, they are in themselves units that require management—rent collection, the maintenance and upkeep, changing laws and meeting the stipulations all require expertise of a different sort. That is what an asset manager offer. This is just an example of what is taken care of in terms of property asset management. Typically the offer their expertise for a equity, fixed income, real estate, commodities and international investments. Setting of financial goals, making projections and drafting a strategy including investing in the profitable assets and risk analysis is what asset managers do.

What is Investment Management?

An investment is what makes to earn more and to be able to grow your wealth from the initial investment made; an investment is not a saving but an income generating process and almost everyone today is investing for the future; investing themselves with some insights available to them or to turning to professional investment management firms ( and banks) to get their investment needs met. While a savings can offer you the cover you need for the rainy day, it usually will not generate much with the interest that it earns. Interest earned from savings do not, normally, let you get ahead of the inflation that occurs year after year. Investments on the other hand grow( when successful) and yield more returns. They potentially have what it takes to not just catch up on inflation but also overtake it. Typically investment management includes but limited to financial statement analysis, strategizing portfolio, asset analysis and monitoring investments. Bank today in Singapore (and also elsewhere in the world) offer investment management and asset management services as a part of their wealth management and investment management offerings. Citi Singapore for example has a clutch of short term assets, long term assets and liquid assets options. Unit trusts that Citi offers help you diversify you investment portfolio and is managed by according to them some of the most reputed fund managers. On the other end of the spectrum it also offers a regular savings plan which can be started with as little as s$100.

Getting a Loan from a Bank even with Bad Credit

Whether you want to meet a short-term expense like buying home appliances, going on a vacation or dealing with an emergency or you want to meet a long-term expense like acquiring an asset like a property, a condo or a car, as a typical Singaporean you will turn to a bank for a personal loan, a home loan, an auto loan or any other credit facility.

Which is why the consumer lending statistics published by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for the month of August 2016* indicate total consumer loans at S$ 246,533.4 million!

However, getting a loan can potentially run into a major stumbling block – bad credit scores. Let us explore this topic in a little more detail:

What is a credit report#?

When you apply for a loan, the bank to which you’ve applied will check your creditworthiness before it decides whether to extend a loan to you. Your creditworthiness is determined by your credit report. Your credit report will usually contain the following:

▪ Your personal data – Information such as your name, NRIC & date of birth
▪ Your current credit relationship summary – Summary of the number of credit facilities you hold & any defaults thereon
▪ Your credit facilities information – Information on the credit facilities you have with the bureau’s members & your repayment history for the last 12 months
▪ Inquiries summary – Number & type of inquiries by financial institutions into your credit report
▪ Default records – Information on any default in repaying your credit facilities, including the balance outstanding & the current status of the account
▪ Bankruptcy records – Information on whether any bankruptcy proceedings have been taken against you, obtained from the Insolvency and Public Trustees Office & displayed for 5 years from the date of discharge

Who provides your credit report?

There are only 2 credit bureaus that have been accredited by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) – Credit Bureau Singapore (CBS) and DP Credit Bureau (DPCB). Only these organizations can provide you with your credit report.

How can you view your credit report?

You can buy your credit report from the two recognized bureaus either online or by visiting the bureaus at their offices. You will need your SingPass ID and password. You may also need to pay transaction fees for purchasing your credit report.

You can also consider monitoring your credit score by subscribing to the “My Credit Monitor (MCM) service offered by CBS. This service alerts you to any suspicious activities like identity theft or changes that can affect your credit reputation. You can sign up for it at any Singapore Post branch or at CBS’ main office.

Why do I need my credit report?

Your credit report will help you understand whether your credit worthiness (or credit score) is high or not. When you know your credit score is high you can safely apply for that loan; when your credit score is bad, you will need to take corrective action to avoid your loan application from getting rejected or getting an approval for a lesser loan amount.

Should there be discrepancies, or if you disagree with some information in your credit report, you can write to the respective credit bureaus with your clarifications. A notice will be posted in your credit file while the credit bureau investigates. If an amendment is subsequently made, a revised report will be sent to all credit bureau members who have made inquiries on you in the past 3 months.

What can I do to bring my credit score up again^?

Take these broad tips into consideration as you go about repairing your credit score:

▪ Repay outstanding/overdue credit on time
▪ Keep the number of credit facilities manageable
▪ Clear bankruptcy / litigation
▪ Check your consumer credit report regularly (at least annually) to ensure there are no errors reported. This is especially important when you intend to apply for new loans or credit facilities.

* This includes the following categories: housing and bridging loans, car loans, credit cards, share financing and others.
# Data source: eCitizen portal of the Government of Singapore.
^ Data source: DP Credit Bureau Singapore.

Questions to Ask about Home Loans

A home loan represents a major financial commitment, sometimes the largest financial commitment a home buyer like you may take on during your lifetime. Given the significance it is important that you stay prepared when about to take on a home loan. These questions will hopefully help you gauge your preparedness:

Are you Ready?

We are talking about financial preparedness here. You can measure your financial readiness through the following measures:


The Total Debt Servicing Ratio is the ratio of your income and liabilities. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) had, in June 2013, capped TDSR on property loans to 60% to encourage prudent borrowing. Your consolidated debt repayments including your home loan repayment, car loans, renovation loans, study loans, credit card loans and other secured or unsecured loans cannot exceed 60%. And, incomes that include variable components are subject to prescribed haircuts before TDSR is applied.


The Loan-to-Value ratio is the amount of loan taken out on a property in relation to its value expressed as a percentage. Since the introduction of the TDSR framework for property loans by the MAS, which came into effect from the 29th of June 2013, the maximum Loan to Value (LTV) that can be borrowed is 90%. LTV will vary based on different scenarios.

Credit Score

Get to know your credit score by applying for it along with the relevant fee. The higher your score the better the chances of your getting that housing loan. There are only two bureaus gazetted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS): the Credit Bureau (Singapore) Pte Ltd and the DP Credit Bureau Pte Ltd.

Do I Need to Know about Refinancing?

Yes. Refinancing, when smartly used, comes with a number of benefits that can help you deal with your current financial situation better. Refinancing refers to switching your existing home loan to a different financial institution usually to benefit from lower interest rates.

But before you refinance check out Notice 632 penalties; these can be levied if you are still in the lock-in or claw-back period. Try and refinance only if you get a rate that is low enough to offset the penalties imposed or sit tight and wait out your lock-in period.

In September 2016, the MAS fine-tuned* the TDSR Rules especially with regard to refinancing to allow borrowers more flexibility in managing their debt obligations. As per this new measure, the MAS has exempted the refinancing of owner-occupied housing loans and investment property loans from the TDSR framework subject to certain financial prudence-related conditions.

Do you need Expert Advice?

It sometimes happens that the sheer amount of detailing and fine print associated with housing loans and the whole process of selecting a home and getting a loan can overwhelm even the best of us. In such a case try taking the help of an expert. Just make sure that they are suitably certified; if, for instance, you are approaching a financial adviser make sure that s/he is qualified under the Financial Advisers Act.

What we’ve covered here merely represents a microcosm of the home loan universe. Use these tips as a starting point and dive in, start exploring and take every possible opportunity to expand your knowledge.

* Data source: Monetary Authority of Singapore – TDSR Rules on Refinancing Fine-tuned.