Providend’s Money Wisdom Podcast
by Christopher Tan, CEO

Providend’s Money Wisdom is an original podcast inspired by Christopher Tan’s book ‘Money Wisdom: Simple Truths For Financial Wellness‘. In each episode, he will share simple financial truths to guide you in navigating through the minefields of misinformation and false promises in order to achieve financial security and peace of mind.

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Episode 24: What Has Investing Got to Do with Football?

In this episode, I will share 5 interesting investment lessons we can learn from football and why, if you understand football, you will have no problems understanding investing.


Episode 23: Will the Real Trustee Please Stand Up?

In this episode, I will explain the responsibilities of a trustee and why it is so important for a trustee to understand the beneficial organisation’s investment options to make a better decision.


Episode 22: Making Money from Death

In this episode, I will share my professional insights on viatical and life settlements, explaining the problem with these products in terms of ethical considerations and the risks involved.


Episode 21: The Price of Wanting Quick Solutions

In this episode, I reflect on how foolish my decision would have been if I followed the “popular and easy” approach that many embraced after the 2008 market crash.


Episode 20: In Crisis, Do the Right Thing

In this episode, I will explain why we remained largely invested and continued to encourage our clients to buy in slowly even when the markets were falling.


Episode 19: How Best to Weather the Storm

In this episode, I will share 3 situations you might be placed under during a market downdraft, and the important decisions you might have to make to ultimately achieve your life and money goals.


Episode 18: Don’t Ever Give Up

In this episode, I will share the impact of the top 10 stock market crashes in history and my sincere advice to the investors and advisers out there when facing a market downturn like now.


Episode 17: Lessons from a Trip Down Memory Lane

In this episode, I will share what we can learn from the stock market history and my professional advice on how we should invest amidst the current falling markets.


Episode 16: Chasing Returns in the Retirement Game

In this episode, I hope to stress that both phases in retirement planning – accumulation and consumption, are equally important to secure retirement adequacy (not necessarily a luxurious retirement).


Episode 15: FAQs on CareShield Life

In this episode, I will answer some frequently asked questions on the features and concerns of CareShield Life.


Episode 14: CareShield Life in Insuring Against Severe Disability

In this episode, I will share the key differences between two severe disability insurance schemes – ElderShield and CareShield Life, in helping Singaporeans prepare for their long-term care needs.


Episode 13: CPF LIFE in Managing Longevity Risk

In this episode, I will further elaborate on CPF LIFE – the national annuity plan which provides a way out of the longevity risk that retirees face with provision of income throughout their retirement, for life!


Episode 12: Understanding CPF

In this episode, I will highlight the key principle governing CPF and shares about the Minimum Sum Scheme, CPF LIFE as well as the hottest debate in 2014 concerning the interest rates we are getting from our CPF accounts.


Episode 11: Retiring in Singapore?

In this episode, I will share the resources available to fulfil the three basic needs in our retirement age – a house to stay in, medical expense insurance, and a reliable monthly income stream.


Episode 10: On Investment-Linked Policies

In this episode, I will share the key considerations you should take into account if you own an Investment-Linked Policy given its insurance charges that increase tremendously from age 40.


Episode 9: Will a Medical Crisis Break You and Your Family?

In this episode, I will share how you can be adequately covered to ensure zero or low out-of-pocket expenses during a medical crisis, and to allow you to live normally until your situation gets better.


Episode 8: The Sales Tactics Behind Whole Life Plans

In this episode, I will present one common tactic used to simplify the way to pay estate duty – use of whole life plans. If you’re an investor of foreign assets, this information would be very useful to you.


Episode 7: Insurance as Savings? Think Again

In this episode, I hope to dispel a myth that many have believed for a long time – that insurance is a good instrument to accumulate wealth.


Episode 6: Realisations of a Financial Adviser

In this episode, I will be explaining the types and durations of our insurance needs as well as how we can prioritise one over another given our limited resources.


Episode 5: Confessions of a Financial Adviser

In this episode, I will share the comparison on how every dollar of premiums you pay is being used between whole life and term insurance.


Episode 4: The Case for Term Insurance

In this episode, I will share the reasons why we have been emphasising so much on using term insurance despite the absence of a maturity benefit – one of the main reasons for its unpopularity.


Episode 3: The Basic Principle of Insurance Planning

In this episode, I will share the differences between medical expense insurance for local, regional and worldwide coverage as well as their underwriting requirement.


Episode 2: Are You Financially Fit?

In this episode, I will list down 6 financial health markers you can use to check your financial condition and the practical ways to stay financially healthy and fit.


Episode 1: What Can You Expect from This Podcast?

In the very first episode, I will be sharing my objectives of publishing the Money Wisdom book back in 2019 and an overview of its content flow so you can have a better understanding of what to expect from this podcast. A common theme throughout my book is the focus on making a life decision first and let your life decision lead your financial decisions.

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