Single Parent in Singapore – Guide to Grants, Subsidies And Financial Assistance

By Joanne Poh, via moneysmart.sg

Singapore’s laws remain depressingly old-fashioned when it comes to certain things. And nowhere is this clearer than in the way single parents are penalised. It’s almost as if it’s your fault for being a single parent.

While a lot has been done to make parenthood less financially taxing such as the Baby Bonus and HDB subsidies, single parents are often left out in the cold and denied the same degree of support.

This despite the fact that it is often precisely single parents who need help most in the absence of a spouse to share the physical, emotional and financial burden of raising a child.

If you or someone you know is on the brink of single parenthood, this guide will help you to see at a glance which grants, subsidies and financial assistance you qualify for.

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9 Good Money Habits You Can Form

While you may have ambitious money goals, the key to reaching them is building a collection of smaller everyday habits. By taking baby steps that become second nature over time, you’ll hopefully be able to improve your financial situation. Here are some small habits you can develop today that may help your money grow.

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Here’s what you need to earn to buy a home in these big cities

By Kenneth Kiesnoski, via cnbc.com

  • Owning a home in San Francisco, San Jose or New York can really break the bank, with total costs at more than double the U.S. national median.
  • But most large cities, such as Indianapolis, are far more affordable, with median incomes more than enough to cover costs associated with typical homes.

Record-low inventory is causing home prices to rise across the U.S., so higher salaries are now required to afford monthly housing payments, according to SmartAsset.

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How to Tell If You’re Financially Compatible With Your Partner

Whether you’re casually dating, moving in together, or married, you and your partner have to be sure you’re not just compatible in terms of personality but also financially. Is your partner a saver or a spender? How seriously do they take debt? Do they have a monthly budget? Here’s how to tell if you’re financially compatible with your partner.

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Proposed SIBOR revamp may lead to more fluctuation in home loan rates: Analysts

Singapore — The proposal to enhance the benchmark, which is used as reference for mortgages, was announced last week. Analysts said these changes, if implemented, will cause the benchmark to be more sensitive to market conditions.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/videos/proposed-sibor-revamp-may-lead-to-more-fluctuation-in-home-loan-9493204

What is the Cost of Refinancing in Singapore and is it Worth It?

By Lynette Goh, via moneysmart.sg

SINGAPORE — So you’ve just seen how much you’re paying this month on your home loan, and you’re seriously considering switching to another bank with the lower interest rates… Except you don’t know if refinancing is a good choice. Will it really be able to save you money in the long-term? Is the cost of refinancing really worth it? Here are some costs you will encounter when refinancing your home loan:

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UOB, HSBC join mortgage war with 3-year fixed-rate packages

DBS no longer sole provider in three-year fixed-rate space; BOC’s package has varying yearly rates; OCBC conspicuous by its absence

SINGAPORE — Banks in Singapore have started a mortgage war, spurred by the lower interest rate for a longer duration, to the delight of the legions of home buyers who are pouring back to a buoyant residential market.

Last week, both United Overseas Bank (UOB) and HSBC launched three-year fixed-rate home-loan packages which until now had been mainly the preserve of DBS Bank, the nation’s largest housing-loan provider. Bank of China (BOC) also has a three-year fixed-rate package but with varying yearly interest rates.

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