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Lady Specific Insurance – Do you really need it? ~ Gimmick or Necessity?

The insurance product is getting more complicated while it is already very confusing for many. Lady Specific Insurance is one of it. So, is it a necessity or rather just a gimmick from insurance company?

While I was “researching” to get more information about Lady Specific Protection plan, I found this article on Focus Malaysia and I believe it has addressed those issues that I thought of highlighting. Hence, I am sharing this article while adding some opinion of mine.

Original article : Lady’s insurance – gimmick or necessity?(http://www.focusmalaysia.my/Income/lady-s-insurance-gimmick-or-necessity)

Few points as highlighted in the article:

1. Overlapping Benefits

Most of the event has been covered by Critical Illnesses Plan and others like snatch thief, kidnapping & etc would had been covered by Personal Accidents.

2. Reconstructive Surgery

Yes, it will not be covered by most of the Hospitalisation & Surgical Plan (Medical Card), but again, you will get lump sum payment from Critical Illnesses Coverage or Personal Accident Coverage.

3. Special Events

Cash Payout for special events such as marriage, child birth & etc. This would be more to a “feel good” as the amount may not be significant in most of the cases. But maybe some will feel it is better than none.

4. Pregnancy & Maternity Benefits

This may be the one fine part of the Lady Specific Protection Plan that makes the most sense of all. – Maybe this is the part that should help you to really decide whether you need a Lady Specific Protection Plan.

In conclusion, Lady Specific Plan is more to a luxury option. Everyone should be well planned for the four core segment of Personal Insurance (Death, Hospitalisation, Critical Illnesses & Personal Accident) before considering this extra option.

Yes, many may not agree with this. Feel free to provide your opinion.

Feel free to email us to discuss further : ethanteh@moneysense.com.my

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Prices for Insurance Products from different companies are almost the SAME – True?

Remember many years ago, information was not easily obtained, everyone told everyone that insurance premiums for insurance products are almost the same even if it is from different companies. In fact, even today, life insurance information is still relatively not easy to obtain.

Insurance Comparison

What we were normally told?

  1. All insurance products were approved by Bank Negara Malaysia, therefore, the price will be almost the same.
  2. As insurance risk is based on the country population and data from Government, the price will be almost the same.
  3. Those Actuaries who responsible for product pricing is from the same pool of people, therefore, the prices are very near to each other.

However, although we don’t know how they actually structure the price for insurance products and it will not be our matter of discussion for today. What we would like to highlight here is the comparison of a product from 2 major companies in Malaysia, and it might surprise you that the price is differs by approximately 60%.

We have recently conducted product features and pricing comparisons after the new regulations by Bank Negara Malaysia on Minimum Allocation Rate (MAR) and Policy Sustainability requirements on Investment Linked Products. The comparison was done with the nearest comparable features from different companies with same profile of client, same coverage and same number of year of sustainability. (Up to age 80)

As a summary, we found no evidence of significant increase in Cost of Insurance, premiums or other charges besides the Surrender Charges if you choose to surrender the policies within the first two years.

If you would like to construct a insurance plan for yourself from an Independent Financial Adviser, feel free to contact us.

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O.P.R Cut by 0.25%

Bank Negara announced cut by 25 basis point for OPR (Overnight Policy Rate) on 7th May 2019. In their statement:

At its meeting today, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Bank Negara Malaysia decided to reduce the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) to 3.00 percent. The ceiling and floor rates of the corridor for the OPR are correspondingly reduced to 3.25 percent and 2.75 percent respectively.

(ref: http://www.bnm.gov.my/index.php?ch=en_press&pg=en_press&ac=4850&lang=en)

OPR Cut - 2019

What is Overnight Policy Rate (O.P.R)?

The overnight policy rate (OPR) is the interest rate at which a depository institution lends immediately available funds (balances within the central bank) to another depository institution overnight.

(Quoted: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overnight_policy_rate)

When was the last adjustment? What was the adjustment?

The last adjustment was on 25th Jan 2018 with increase of 0.25%. For the full list of OPR movement since 2008, kindly refer to Bank Negara Malaysia website.

(http://www.bnm.gov.my/index.php?ch=mone&pg=mone_opr_stmt)

What does this has to do with me? 

The movement of OPR might trigger adjustment of interest rate for banks including fixed deposit, short-term or other long-term interest rate. And, if you have a Mortgage Loan, movement of OPR will trigger adjustment to your Base Lending Rate (BLR) or Base Rate (BR) which could affect your monthly instalment. In short, this shall followed by lower interest rate in both saving or loan products for banks.

What can I expect and what to do?

Since the adjustment will come in phases, if you have extra cash and decided to be deposited, you may want to log in longer and earlier. As you will expect the next deposit rate may be lower. At the same time, if you are looking for loan product with fixed interest rate such as Hire Purchase, Personal loan and etc, you might want to wait for the bank to make the adjustment.

Why does OPR set by Bank Negara?

In a simple way, it is used by Bank Negara as a way to either encourage spending or discourage spending. This is also one of the way to influence economy growth, inflation and even employment rate. Imagine, when saving interest rate is low, this will discourage public from deposit it with bank but to look for alternative such as capital market, bond or other investment opportunity. This will bring more money to the market to spur economy activities.

At the same time, when loan interest is low, it will also encourages borrowing activity that will stimulate economy. Businesses might take the opportunity for capital expenditure or business expansion since the cost is lower. This could also lead to more employment opportunity.

What is your view on the adjustment of OPR by Bank Negara Malaysia?

Feel free to share with us your view.

Fund My Home – A long awaited solution to own our dream house?

We heard this in the Budget Announcement and then we read the news of the Program Launch subsequently. It seems to be a solution long awaited to help us purchasing our dream home. Is it really the long awaited solution?

Highlights:

  • Purchaser pay 20% to own the property for 5 years.
  • No Monthly Instalment within 5 years.
  • The remaining 80% is not in the form of loan – No obligation.
  • Full Ownership within 5 years – Own Stay, Rent Out, etc..
  • After 5 years, choose to Own or Sell.

What is so great about this program? In order for us to find out, we compare it to a normal way for us to buy a house (10% Downpayment and 90% Mortgage Loan) : ~

Comparison

At a glance, the Fund My Home is indeed a good option for buyer that could not secure a mortgage loan. However, this is not a permanent solution as buyer is only owning the property for 5 years.

What happens after 5 years?! This is the most important portion that you must understand before making your decision to take up the program.

Proceed Distribution

The table above obtained from the FAQ section of Fund My Home website (https://fundmyhome.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360018733792-How-will-sale-proceeds-be-distributed-)

Looking at the table above:

There is only 2 possibilities after 5 years, owner buy the remaining 80% or sell off the whole property. It seems that the owner does not benefit from owning the property unless the property appreciate by more than 20%. It is not as what we assume earlier that the owner could have share on the appreciated value of the property.

Assuming owner is buying the remaining 80% of the property after 5 years with 20% appreciation in the price of the property, the owner need to finance RM300K (2nd Row Last Column). Which mean owner still need to pay in total RM 360K for the property (initially paid 60K and finally refinance 300K). This is one of the disappointment for this program.

Further to that another major disappointment for the program is when the property actually depreciated. Just like appreciation, up to 20% depreciation will be fully paid by Owner rather than the loss being shared with the investor as well. When property depreciate by 20% to RM 240K, owner is the only one that making the loss (refer to 6th row of the table above)

In short, owner does not benefit from appreciation of the property price unless it is more that 20%; Further to that, the owner only get the share of 20% from any amount in excess of the 20%. And at the same time, when the property depreciate, owner will be the only one absorbing the loss up to depreciation of 20%.

So, it seems like this is only a last option when you want to own a house now but you can not secure a mortgage loan. But after 5 years, you will be facing the same problem.

Maybe one should consider whether to defer your plan to own a house such as renting one for the moment..

We welcome any comment from anyone for this matter and feel free to contact us at ask@ethanteh.com or ethanteh@moneysense.com.my

Navigating Through Turbulence

What is Turbulence in Financial Management? Turbulence is disruption to your current plan (Example: during economy downturn), which may cause you to start worrying. It is indeed great that you are aware of the condition and start worrying. So, what should you do?

Airplane Turbulence

Normally during this time, you will see and hear that many pulling out from their investment as the investment is making lost.

Whenever we come to this situation, I always recall a story shared by Mr Appelles Poh many years ago:

Airplane in turbulence

A: Assuming you are on a plane and suddenly the plane going through turbulence, what will the crew or pilot ask you to do

B: Get back to our seat and fasten seat belt.

A: Would you follow the instruction?

B: OF COURSE!

A: What if there is a passenger who doesn’t follow instruction and run into the cockpit to take over the role of the pilot? Would you do that or allow that?

B: NO! NEVER! It is best left to the pilot.

A: Would you jump off the plane? Since it is going through turbulence?

B: NO! The chance is better to stay on the plane.

A: Finally, if the pilot says the plane will crash, would you jump with or without parachute?

B: Of course with parachute.

After going through this story, we can easily relate:

1. Discuss with your pilot for your financial plan.

2. Decide if it is still on track? Do you need a alternative plan? Or the disruption is just temporary and we shall navigate it through?

3. If you really need to terminate the plan, what is the risk mitigation plan (your parachute)?

Rent to Own is Finally Revealed! Is it your BEST Chance to Own your House?

We have heard about Rent-To-Own scheme some time ago, and it is now revealed by Maybank Islamic through it’s innovative product – #HouzKEY. What could be better than having the opportunity to own a house by renting it first? We often hear that owning a property is very challenging especially for fresh graduates or young generation, but most still wanting to own a property in long term as renting is deemed unsecured and owning a house is still one of the dream of every Malaysian.

Rent2Own

Before we decide with the Rent-To-Own scheme, we must first understand that we want to own this house and it is not for those who think that rather than paying rent, I might as well choose this scheme so that I have an option in the future. The gap between Market Rental Rate and HouzKEY Rental Rate is too huge for discussion. (Example: Da Men Apartment, Subang Jaya; HouzKEY Rental Rate start from: RM 2908.40; iproperty Rental Rate start from: RM 1,500.00) For this reason, we will not discuss any comparison between this scheme and renting a house.

Few Key Features:

  • Low Entry Cost – compared with the cost involved in purchasing a property. (3 Months Security Deposit)
  • No Obligations to Own it – After a period of 5 years, we can choose not to take up the property and we are not in debt.
  • Ride on Property Capital Appreciation – If anytime after a year, we can choose to “Sell it Off” should the price increased although we have not actually bought it. This is due to the obligation of the scheme to transfer it to the Scheme participant whether through cash out or taking up a mortgage.

Control measure well considered:

It seems to be a good opportunity for speculator again to ride on the low entry cost to get into the scheme with multiple units. However, in order to be eligible for this scheme, one MUST NOT HAVE more than ONE home financing which is one of the good measures to stop speculators.

The question is, what about multiple applications from a person? And, is application to this scheme also considered as a home financing? (Product Disclosure Sheet revealed that participation in this scheme will be reflected in CCRIS)

HouzKEY’s Rental Rate vs Mortgage Financing Rate

From the PDS, both are Effective Rate to be pegged against Bank’s Base Rate and 4.85% has been used for calculation (We are not sure if this is the Effective Rate for HouzKEY). Quick check with online comparison site shows that current rate for a typical RM 500,000 loan start from 4.20%) .

To make the comparison easier, PDS simulation shows a total payment of RM1,204,403 for a RM 500,000 property. We did a simple calculation with RM500,000 loan amount (assume 100% loan) with effective rate of 4.85% (as used in PDF), total amount payable will be approximately RM 949,846 (with tenure of 30 years). There is a difference of almost RM 300,000. This is due to the pre-determined purchase price to be agreed in the contract.

Should we opt for Rent-To-Own?

In our opinion, maybe one could search for 100% loan option available such as Graduate program. When all other options are not available, HouzKEY could be an option to consider.

However, there is one feature of the program that one should not overlook – Lock In Period. The minimum contract period is 5 years; Quick check in the FAQ section on m2own website suggests that if tenants decided to terminate the contract earlier, tenants are required to pay the rentals for the remainder of the lock-in period.

*Disclaimer – Information provided is based on information obtained from official site at the time of publish. Purpose of this post is to share the update in property market for reference only. One should always see a qualified personnel prior to any decision.