So these are exams that I'll have to pass for the sake of passing. If I fail, the MAS will not allow me to work in Singapore and who knows, my employer may have to transfer me to Hong Kong (heheh) .
There are, however, some positive aspects to these exams. Some parts of my required syllabus are actually meant for personal financial advisers and insurance agents. I'll have to study in detail certain things like how to conduct a financial needs analysis; how investment-linked insurance products work; the CPF Investment Scheme system; the Supplementary Retirement Scheme; how unit trusts operate etc.
None of this will be completely new to me, as I have, for many years now, been quite hands-on and interested in managing my own money. But this will be a good time to organise the higgledy-piggledy personal financial planning knowledge in my head into a more formal framework. The studying won't be relevant to my job at all, but it will be useful for my own money.
In the coming weeks, I may blog more about such money matters. One of my readers, Ling, had written: "I'd like to get advice from you on how Singaporeans can prosper under the current situation in our country". Personal financial planning would certainly have something to do with that.
I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce one of my regular readers, Christopher Ng Wai Chung. Christopher is an expert on personal financial planning and has published a book, "Growing Your Tree of Prosperity", on the topic. The book was previously reviewed on the Singapore Entrepreneurs blog.
This book is useful particularly because it is written for the Singapore audience. There are always many money-related books available in the stores, but most are by overseas authors (so they wouldn't address Singapore-specific aspects of financial planning).