This article was first published on 2 January 2018 and updated to include the latest websites.
If being on top of your financial life is one of your goals for 2019, then it makes sense to be regularly reading some of Singapore’s top financial blogs and websites.
In this article, we have shortlisted more than 50 of the best finance websites and blogs that you should be reading, or at least know about if you wish to improve your financial knowledge.
We have sorted the sites out by categories. Some of these sites are popular across the demographic that they focus on while others are on the list because they cover niche content not easily found elsewhere. The common denominator among all these sites are that they will help you improve your personal finance knowledge, in their own respective ways.
You can head down to any of the specific categories that you are interested in. Ranking of the finance sites are in no particular order.
- Personal Finance
- Investing and Trading
- Personal Blogs
- Financial Advisers (New Category)
- Social Media
- Special Interest
MoneySmart has been around for a really long time and is one of the pioneers of Singapore personal finance space. Because of this, their website contains a wealth of information on most personal finance topics which you may be interested in.
By covering personal finance topics in an easy-to-understand manner for the layperson, MoneySmart makes a great starting off point for anyone just starting to learn about personal finance.
MoneySense is Singapore’s main national financial literacy initiative. Spearheaded by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Ministry of Manpower, this recently revamped and refreshed website contains a wealth of information and resources to help anyone living in Singapore better understand various financial instruments and concepts available. The non-profit nature of MoneySense makes this website a trusted, quality destination that anyone interested in personal finance should keep in their bookmarks.
Their blog touches on a range of personal finance and investment topics, some of which are curated from posts from their Facebook group. This is actually a good thing, since regular posters on their group include many financial bloggers and people in the financial industry.
Over the year, Seedly have introduced two useful initiatives for consumers in Singapore. Firstly, Seedly has a product review page, where users can leave a rating and comment on the products that they have used. Seedly has also introduced a question page, where users can ask finance-related questions to other members within the community. Seedly was acquired by ShopBack in 2018.
Seedly started 2020 with a bang, successfully selling out all 2,400 tickets for their Seedly Personal Finance Festival within 5 hours. This was probably a Singapore record for any paid personal finance event.
#4 For Tomorrow
For Tomorrow is an initiative by Temasek, in partnership with MoneySmart and DollarsAndSense. It is a repository of specially-written articles with young Singaporeans in mind. It aims to encourage them to discover more about investing and take action today for a better tomorrow.
The New Savvy is a regional website that believes in empowering women in the financial, investment and career aspects of their lives. The New Savvy is founded by Anna Haotanto, who runs the website with her team, providing useful financial content that addresses the modern woman’s unique challenges and opportunities.
SingSaver’s core focus is being a fantastic credit card and personal loan comparison website. But since we can all benefit from money saving tips, credit card hacks and financial news in general, that’s what SingSaver’s article section provides. Their original content is useful, concise and very relatable.
SingSaver is part of the CompareAsia Group.
Investing and Trading
The Fifth Person covers investing and personal finance topics, with a particular emphasis on stocks and real estate investment trusts (REITs) in Singapore, Malaysia and the United States. They believe that by sharing sound investment knowledge and helping readers improve their financial literacy, Singaporeans and people around the world can one day enjoy financial security. In 2018, The Fifth Person also won the SGX Orb Award for best GoTo.com.
One of the oldest personal finance website in Singapore was started in 2005, Investment Moats is created and run by Kyith Ng. Every one of his articles are comprehensive and crafted with great care. Topics he covers range from growing and managing wealth, investing concepts, analysis of individual stocks, and his thoughts on policies. Kyith also maintains a dividend stock tracker and keeps a public record of his current portfolio.
#9 Dr Wealth
Dr Wealth (previously known as BigFatPurse) provides investment education to Singaporeans by publishing guides on their website as well as through courses they conduct. They aim to impart proven and actionable investment methods so that their users can achieve superior returns.
Some of their most popular contents include guides to STI ETF, Singapore REITs, Value Investing and Factor-Based Investing. In recent years, Dr Wealth has also expanded its range of courses being offered and it now offers trading-related courses such as its 2-Day Quant Investing Course design for retail investors.
The hero of the titular website TradingWithRayner is on a mission to save retail investors like you and me from self-destruction. Besides being a successful independent trader, Rayner is a renowned trading coach who shares his trading knowledge and methods through articles, e-Books, YouTube videos and courses.
Run by a team of seasoned investors, Value Invest Asia provides investment insights and education for the Singapore market and around the region. They have also published a book on value investing, titled “Value Investing In Asia – The Definitive Guide to Investing in Asia”.
A Singaporean Stocks Investor (ASSI), also known as AK, is a very active personal investing blog. While the bulk of content centres on investing topics and logs of personal investments made, you can sometimes find advice for undergrads, thoughts on life insurance, and more. AK identity is not known though followers of his blog would know that he is a Singaporean male in his 40s.
Not just another personal investment blog, SG Young Investment is unique because it offers the perspective of a young professional on the journey of investing.The author shares his financial goals, investment decisions, property buying considerations and also provides mortgage consulting services (for a fee).
As its name suggests, S-REITs Investment Blog focuses on one key asset class – REITs.
You can find all the available S-REITs in Singapore on this blog. In addition, the writer also shares about his portfolio, as well as the reasons behind each of the REITs investment he has made.
If you are looking to invest in REITs, or want to stay up to date on what’s happening in the market, you should bookmark this blog, if you have not already done so.
#15 Endowus Insight (previously called The Know)
Endowus Insight brings to you financial insight from endowus, a local start-up that aims to help investors leverage on technology for investment advice and opportunities. While most other finance sites tend to focus on stocks, bonds, ETFs or REITs, Endowus Insight focuses on topics such as unit trusts and mutual funds, which tends to be less well covered in Singapore.
In 2019, Endowus Insight was nominated as one of three nominees for the SGX Orb Award (GoTo.com)
Read Also: Understanding endowus: How This FinTech Investment Advisor Will Help S’pore Investors Access Superior Global Portfolios At Low Cost
#16 Investor One
Operated by ShareInvestor, Investor One is a portal specifically dedicated to Catalist stocks which are listed on the Singapore Exchange. The website features a wide range of articles which provides information on Catalist companies. There are analysis as well as interviews conducted with C-level executives of these companies, giving investors insights into smaller listed companies which are not as well covered by the media.
ProButterfly brings with it investment analysis for individual stocks that the writer has analysed with a heavy focus towards REITs. The writer, Tam Ging Wien, has also published a book called REITs to Riches: Everything You Need To Know About Investing Profitably in REITs which you can purchase if you wish to read more about the topic.
#18 SGX MyGateway (New entry)
If you are looking to investing in stocks listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX), then it makes sense for you to be following the SGX MyGateway page. This page is run by the Singapore Exchange and provides daily updates, writeups and commentary piece which are produced by SGX own market strategists and writers.
#19 The Smart Investor (New entry)
If like us, you were disappointed that The Motley Fool Singapore is no longer around, your disappointment can end here – with The Smart Investor. Co-founded by David Kuo, ex-CEO of The Motley Fool Singapore, the website started in late 2019 and was formed from the ashes of The Motley Fool Singapore (their description, not ours). Unlike The Motley Fool Singapore which focused heavily on analysing Singapore stocks, The Smart Investor provides a wider range of investment-related content which include general investment tips and investment strategies.
#20 The Good Investor (New entry)
If The Smart Investor isn’t good enough (pun intended) for you, then The Good Investor might be what you are looking for instead. Also founded by a pair of ex-The Motley Fool Singapore writers, the site publishes articles which aims to educate Singaporeans about stock investing. A wide range of easily relatable investing related content are produced on a regular basis by the pair of writers and anyone who has been following The Motley Fool Singapore will find their content easily digestible.
#21 New Academy of Finance (New entry)
Launched only in the second half of 2019, the New Academy of Finance has wasted no time in catching up with other blogs in terms of volume of articles being published, with more than 50 articles written in less than 4 months. The site, which is run by an ex-analyst, focuses on savings, passive investing and retirement-related content. Through the content it regularly produces, the site hopes to empower its readers to teach themselves about the importance of investing.
#22 Investing Nook (New entry)
Investing Nook is a website which is run and operated by Goh Tee Leng, a portfolio manager of a value-focused investment fund in Singapore. From what we observe, Tee Leng himself write all the articles on the website so this means you can a (free) preview into his investment insights as a fund manager, from the comfort of your home.
# 23 The Asia Report (New entry)
The Asia Report is another site which should be on your reading list especially if you are looking to invest in small or mid-cap companies in Singapore which are less covered by analysts. The founder, Jun Hao, is also currently a portfolio manager for a value-orientated research-driven fund that he runs so you are essentially getting investment insights from someone who invests for others for a living. The site also explains investment strategies for a wide range of topics including dividend, growth and value investing.
#24 Cheerful Egg
Cheerful Egg is founded and run by Lionel Yeo, where he muses on life, money, and everything in between. He shares candidly on investment and personal finance matters in his own life, as well as occasionally giving us a glimpse into the ups and downs of living in fast-paced Singapore.
Editor’s Note: Cheerful Egg has not published a post since January 2019. However, we believe the website and its existing content is still worth reading if you have not read them before.
#25 Budget Babe
Budget Babe is a working professional who generously shares about anything she is doing, learning and thinking. From buying your first Bitcoin to budgeting for your wedding, think of Budget Babe as your BFF who always has your back for all things financial.
Budget Babe became a month in late 2018 so there have been a fair amount of parenting-related finance articles from her, written from a female perspective of course. Expect this to continue in 2020.
#26 Heartland Boy
Given that most Singaporeans live in a HDB flat, Heartland Boy is someone we can all relate to. In additional to being a living archive of a true-blue heartlander’s journey to financial independence, his blog is an inspiration and how-to for anyone who wishes to embark on their very own journey.
Similar to Budget Babe, Heartland Boy recently became a father (no, it’s not the same baby) and has shared his first-time daddy experience on the cost of giving birth and the importance of health insurance for babies. An important read for any Singapore dad (or mom)
Written by a husband and wife team who are “quarter-retired” by age 29, My 15 Hour Work Week is a fascinating peek into the philosophy and methodology of achieving financial freedom in Singapore using a variety of financial tools.
Besides giving you a glimpse of how semi-retirement could look like in Singapore, My 15 Hour Work Week also provides readers with regular updates to his investment portfolio.
Similar to 15 Hour Work Week, if your goal is to enjoy financial independence at an early age, then you would find the articles on A Path To Forever Financial Freedom relevant. Since starting in 2011, the author of the blog, Brian, has written more than 650 articles. Brian’s own personal goal is to achieve financial independence by age 35. In 2019, Brian did encounter some personal challenges (he shared about it in his blog) and it’s inspiring to see how the father-of-two has navigate through the challenges.
#29 Small Cap Asia
If you are looking to invest in stocks with smaller market capitalisation and which are less well known, Small Cap Asia is the website you want to follow. Started by James Yeo, who is a former writer at The Motley Fool and DollarsAndSense, the site aims to provide essential research, tools and analysis to simplify investing so that everyone can invest. Small Cap Asia hopes to help its readers find the best possible stock investments in the market so that they can earn returns which are more than 100%.
#30 Singapore IPOs
If you are looking to find information on a stock which is about to have its initial public offering (IPO) on the Singapore Exchange, Singapore IPO is where you want to turn to.
Detailed write-ups have been done for each company that have listed on the SGX Mainboard or Catalist since 7 July 2007. There is also a list of carefully curated articles that you can read if you are new to IPO, and are unsure of how the process works.
#31 Investment Stab
Investment Stab was created by a group of Singaporean students who are curious and interested about finance. The blog aims to educate people on personal finance, investments, retirement and their CPF matters – which are basically the things that you ought to know if you are living in Singapore.
If you find regular personal finance articles a tad too dry or common for you, or you want a unique perspective on issues that may or may not be finance related, Tree Of Prosperity could just be the website that you need in order to spice up your life, or at least your daily reading.
Interesting, but controversial articles that the writer, Christopher, has written about over the past months include why people fail because they major in minor things and brutal truths about Polytechnic graduates.
You may not agree with some of these articles but they sure would get you thinking, if that’s what you want.
#33 Financial Horse
Financial Horse galloped out from nowhere in 2018 to become one of Singapore’s most popular investment blogs – with close to 100 articles (by our estimate) written in its first year. Pretty impressive for a blog that has only one writer and who also has a full-time job.
While seen as a personal finance blog, the writer focuses heavily on investment-related topics, seeking constantly to demystify complex jargons which would be confusing for the average Singapore investor.
Sometime late last year (we think), another interesting personal finance blog appeared seemingly out of nowhere and started producing articles on a frequent basis. The articles being published didn’t exactly have a predictable pattern to it and ranges from investing related articles, CPF-related content, review of events and companies providing investment advice as well as personal matters. Similar to many personal finance blogs, it’s worth reading and following if you want to know what’s going on out there in Singapore, but do not have the time to attend every single event.
#35 The Milelion
If you are into hacking credit card miles, then The Milelion is your guru. When he is not calling out influencers for irresponsible and unethical marketing, Aaron of The Milelion dives into detail how you can utilise credit cards to the fullest extent to earn the most amount of miles, and the many ways you can spend them.
Even if you have just a passing interest in credit card miles hacking, Aaron’s witty and sharp writing should be reason enough for The Milelion to be on your bookmarks list.
For hard-core Milelion fans out there, you will be glad to know that Aaron also went onboard Milelion full-time in 2018. So we can all look forward to more great articles in 2019.
#36 Are You Ready?
Created by the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board, Are You Ready? is a guided tour of the CPF system through bite-sized articles categorised into life stages like Starting Work, Your Health, Getting Married, Golden Years.
Are You Ready? is a very painless (and even enjoyable) way to learn to live with and maximise your CPF monies.
If you require property-related content, 99.co has a section on their website dedicated to covering a favourite pet topic of Singaporeans: property.
From commentary on larger property market trends to home lifestyle topics, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re a property investor or a HDB homeowner.
#38 The Simple Sum (New entry)
Previously known as Asia Finance, The Simple Sum enjoys teaching people about money in a simple way. Through the graphics they produce, The Simple Sum is able to effectively communicate lessons about personal finance in a visually captivating way.
#39 The Work Salaryman (New entry)
The Work Salaryman is living proof that personal finance content in Singapore can be created and shared in a way which can be as entertaining and viral as an SGAG meme. Chances are that you would be more familiar with their Facebook Page, which now has more than 100,000 followers. In 2019, the Work Salaryman also won the SGX Orb award for The Visual Treat.
#40 DollarsAndSense Business (New entry)
Also started in end 2019, DollarsAndSense Business is a sister website of DollarsAndSense which focuses on finance topics which are relevant to entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed individuals. There are a range of topics ranging from guides that help you manage your business cashflow to schemes and policiesthat you can tap to help you build a better business. Aspiring entrepreneurs can also look forward to a range of content which are dedicated towards inspiring the new generation of business owners in Singapore.
There is also an open Facebook DollarsAndSense Business Community where you can meet and network with other entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed individuals to share the experiences and challenges that you face.
#41 Insurance Market
As a business, Insurance Market helps Singaporeans compare between different types of general insurance policies such as car, home and maid insurance.
However, if you are looking to learn more about general insurance, Insurance Market also has a blog, though hidden within their website. You can click on the link here if you can’t find it on their main site.
Articles written on their blog are mainly about general insurance matters. So, expect to see articles on insurance topics that you never knew even existed, such as pet and cybersecurity insurance.
#42 Clearly Surely
If you want a no nonsense explanation on life insurance matters in Singapore, Clearly Surely is surely the website to go to.
Aside from covering the latest development in the life insurance space in Singapore, Clearly Surely also has a list of real lives, real stories articles which are bound to inspire and encourage you to take life insurance matters around you more seriously.
Created as a platform that helps users connect their financial planning questions to the right advisers, fundMyLife also operates a blog. Needless to say, topics that they write about is mainly about health and life insurance matters.
One interesting aspect of fundMyLife articles is that they regularly carry the perspective of financial advisors. Hence, you are getting insights not just from consumers or writers, but also from financial advisors themselves.
fundMyLife was acquired by DollarsAndSense in early 2019.
MoneyOwl was launched in November 2018 as a joint venture between NTUC Enterprise Co-operative Ltd and Providend Holding Pte Ltd. However while the entity may be new, the team operating it is not, as the previous technology, capability and know-how from DIYInsurance, now sits on the MoneyOwl website.
Also on the website are valuable financial planning articles which users can read and understand for themselves, before they commit to any financial products. Along with its bionic approach towards financial planning, MoneyOwl hopes to deliver to Singaporeans a holistic approach towards financial planning.
Run be Wilfred Ling, a financial counsellor and money coach who provides fee-based financial services to individual in Singapore, IFA.sg provides invaluable financial planning insights from an experienced professional.
While Wilfred charges a fee for his financial planning services, you can gain free access to his huge stash of well-written financial planning articles – more than 500 articles from our estimate – written by him since 2005. Now that’s a lot of reading to do.
A fee-based financial adviser, Ivan started SGMoneyMatter in 2008. This was at a time where banks and financial institutions were pushing complex products to consumers.
Similar to IFA.sg, Ivan provides financial planning insights based on his experience and knowledge. He also specialises in retirement planning and financial planning for small business owners.
#47 Money Maverick
With the word “Maverick”, one would expect that conforming to the norm is not something that this blog would naturally do. Money Maverick certainly live up to its reputation thus far (the blog is still relatively new) with interesting but controversial articles such as Clearing debt early for a peace of mind is overrated and Why 100% of passive fund managers underperform benchmarks (ouch!). Shots were even fired at some popular financial bloggers and you can read his articles here and here.
While not everyone may agree with Luke’s views, nobody can’t fault him for holding back his opinion. It’s a bold move and one which Money Maverick seems comfortable with making.
Despite holding a full-time job as a financial advisor, MoneyMaverick showed little signs of slowing down in 2019 and we expect his pace of writing to continue in 2020.
Some stock investors like to know what are the insider trades which are being made. For example, if Piyush Gupta is buying more DBS stocks, they want to know.
Spiking does exactly that. This homegrown app allows investors to track real-time verified transactions which are being made by insiders or big-time investors. The company also has a blog which regularly publishes articles relevant to this topic.
#49 Investing Note
Rounding up our list is none other than Investing Note. Investing Note is a social media platform for stock investors to connect and follow each other, their write-ups, calls and recommendations. So if you don’t want to be a financial blogger, or deal with the problem of creating a website, you can still write and have people follow you.
Because it has many users writing articles, there are tons of content being published each day on investing note, probably more than you can realistically read. Think of this as similar to your Facebook feed during Facebook’s early days.
The smarter way to navigate through this is to sort the articles out by the investors that you want to follow, or the stocks that you are interested in. This way, you get the content which is relevant to you
#50 YouTrip Blog (For frequent travellers) (New entry)
Most Singaporeans love to travel. But loving to travel and knowing where the best places are to go isn’t good enough these days. You also want to be a financially savvy traveller. This is where the YouTrip blog is going to be immensely useful for you.
Just like any good travel blog, the YouTrip blog will write about places you should go and provide reviews of popular holiday destinations. However, it will also teach you tips so that you can maximise your travel budget. Because spending wisely on your travel means being able to go on holiday more often!
#51 Lim Der Shing Blog (For entrepreneurs)(New entry)
If you are a startup founder or an aspiring entrepreneur, Lim Der Shing, one of the co-founders of JobsCentral, runs a blog which we believe is a must-read for any Singapore entrepreneurs. In his blog, Der Shing regularly provides his personal insights into startup companies in the region and around the world. He doesn’t write as regularly as we he would (in 2019, there were a total of just 6 articles) but when he does, the articles are definitely worth a read.
This wraps up our list. However, are they any of your favourite financial websites which you think should be on our list? Drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look into adding them here.
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