My boss Christopher Tan, CEO of Providend, last year did a podcast episode with Singapore financial podcaster Reggie at The Financial Coconut.
I think it may be one of the most personal interviews that he has done (aside from the war stories we shared at work).
I am sharing this podcast because there is good value about his perspective on insurance, investments, life and F.I.R.E.
Chris shared with us what is the difference between fee-only, fee-based and commission advisers. Somehow, the host Reggie seem to think the fee-based is the most conflicted option.
“Fee-based is the ‘I really want to sell you this product model.'”
Managing wealth for them didn’t start off as a calling. There was enough naivety when they started Providend. He shares how much he made in his last year as a commission adviser in the 2000s.
“If you sell this, you are not going to be an MDRT.” The economics behind ethical MDRT.
He explains why ILPs are costly and make very little sense. Singaporean’s obsession in bundling. Singaporean’s are also obsessed with the bulk purchase of fire extinguishers.
Why it is so difficult to recruit client advisers for Providend. How much money they manage.
How to fortify daughters by building up their drinking capacity in primary school. His personal story of depriving your family.
His biggest gripe with F.I.R.E.
How to finish well in life.
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