The New Savvy Team & Contributors

EDITOR’S NOTE

Why, hello there gorgeous!

You must be wondering why a women-only financial and career website. Why not?

I can give you the rational reasons like why women need their own custom financial advice, that women are less confident with finance as men are and more, but they are covered in FAQ – so head there if you are interested.

What I can tell you, as a matter of fact and in all honesty is… Finance is my passion, and this is simply something I have always wanted to do.

Since young, I have always been fascinated with the intricacies behind the working of money.  I understood that I have to take care of myself and my family and that realization sparked off my wealth-building path. I am lucky to have the opportunity to study and work in Finance. I learnt financial management skills, picked up economic ideas and started investing since I was 21. While I am no expert, I am familiar with financial products and managed to build a comfortable portfolio for myself.

Over the years, my female friends have approached me to share with them on how to invest, how to open a securities account, which loan makes sense, the difference between a bond and a bond fund. Yet, truth be told, even as someone trained in Finance, I don’t want to read yet another stock picks or technical analysis. (JARGONS ARE BORING, yawns!)

As a woman, I want to know how smart financial management can impact my life and how relevant it is to my needs. I want something I can relate to, something that can inspire and motivate me.

I’ve always like sharing ideas and learning. So, what’s better than learning from other women?

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde

Xoxo,
Anna

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About The New Savvy

Who is The New Savvy?

Like YOU, we are a group of young professionals trying to make sense of the world.

Life can get confusing, and we are inundated by large volumes of irrelevant information. We are not sure about you, but we get frustrated trying to understand the processes of buying our first homes, insuring ourselves, investing our money – how and where to start, and whom should we trust? How do you cope with the stress of investing? How do we start taking control of our finances?

The New Savvy consult a board of highly regarded advisors and industry experts to give their invaluable analysis and opinions. We handpicked a high-quality team of dedicated professionals to share their knowledge.

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Our Contributors:

Joanne Ng, The New Savvy ContributorJoanne Ng

Chu Yuan (Joanne) Ng is passionate about gender rights and female empowerment.

Joanne graduated from New York University with a Masters of Science in Media, Culture and Communication. Her area of focus was on media perception of women and she had presented her findings in several conferences. Additionally, she has also founded and presided over the Media, Culture and Communication MA Student Association for her department.

Joanne has a strong focus in Communications and Corporate Education. Previously, she has worked in UBS AG as a L&D specialist as well as volunteered her time with several women organizations in Singapore. Her last position as a Digital Marketing Analyst in New York City, USA has provided her with the skill set that enables her to become part of TNS team.

In her free time, Joanne enjoys learning and travelling, making a point to expand her horizons at least once each year. She also enjoys food tasting and community services.

Franklin Templeton

The New Savvy ContributorFranklin Templeton (NYSE:BEN) is a global leader in asset management. By bringing together multiple world-class investment teams in a single firm, Franklin Templeton is able to offer specialized expertise across styles and asset classes to offer a broad range of investment solutions, including specialized capabilities in multi-asset solutions, real assets and alternative investments.

 

 

 

Kim Iskyan

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Kim is the founder of Truewealth Publishing, a Singapore-based independent investment research company, and the editor of the Truewealth Asian Investment Daily, a free daily e-letter that takes the mystery and confusion out of finance and investing to help you make money. Kim has nearly 25 years of experience as a stock analyst, hedge fund manager, political risk consultant, and financial commentator in more than half a dozen emerging and frontier markets.

He’s been quoted in the Economist, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and Bloomberg, and has appeared on Fox Business News, China Central Television, and Bloomberg TV, and has written commentary for the Wall Street Journal, Slate.com, Salon, TheStreet.com, breakingviews.com, and other publications.

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Felicia Lim

The New Savvy ContributorsA Singaporean, who studied Economics and Business Management at Singapore Management University, graduating with a major in Finance. Upon graduation, she worked as a Finance International Graduate at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore.

She moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina for love. In the Argentine capital, also known as the “Paris of South America,” she worked at Equity Research Desk covering stocks in the exchange sector, including Asian stock markets such as SGX, Bursa Malaysia, HKEX, and ASX.

She is also the author of food blog Dish by Dish, where personal stories intertwine with simple, healthy recipes (most of which are gluten-free or grain-free). Apart from freelance writing, Felicia also loves food photography and recipe testing with a passion – these are the things that make her eyes shine.

 

Philipp Kristian

Philipp Kristian - The New Savvy Contributor

Philipp Kristian is an innovation leader in Singapore and expert in building trust and value in the digital age. His eclectic experience spans across innovation strategy in Fortune 500 financial services, startup advisory and entrepreneurship, and he currently focuses on Fintech and Insurtech. From blockchain to artificial intelligence, smart contracts to chat bots, robo-advisory, alternative investments, to reimagining insurance altogether, he is deeply immersed in pioneering initiatives.

In a whirlwind career across Europe and Asia, Philipp shaped new value propositions and experiences in startups and corporates. He was FutureBrand Singapore’s inaugural innovation strategist, joined LumenLab, MetLife’s first R&D hub as a founding member and then moved to Manulife’s newly minted Asia LOFT. He is a St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow, KAIROS Society ASEAN Fellow and alum of the dschool, a global leader in design thinking education.

Philipp loves to enrich the innovation domain by sharing creations and ideas in preeminent publications and conferences — including The Economist Intelligence Unit, Techsauce Summit, Marketing Magazine and local tech publication e27, where he blogs on FinTech and InsurTech. As an evangelist of Asia’s start-up ecosystems, he organises DrinkEntrepreneurs, a well-known startup event series with a global footprint.

In his leisure time, Philipp is a passionate yogi, closet poet, commercial model and avid Asia traveller.

Adrian Tan 

The New Savvy Contributor Adrian Tan Adrian Tan is CEO of The Resource Group, a boutique HR Consultancy that focuses on helping SMEs develop their human capital. Before this, he was the MD of RecruitPlus which he co-founded in 2004 and led to two HR Vendor of the Year award. He was named the HR Entrepreneur of the Year by SHRI in 2013. Adrian is passionate about entrepreneurship and HR tech.

 

 

 

 

Suraya Zainudin

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Suraya is a Masters in Corporate Communication graduate who is absolutely -obsessed- with personal finance. In her blog, Ringgitohringgit, she writes about how she spends, saves, earns and invests money in Malaysia.

A former NGO worker, Suraya have had 10 years’ experience in nonprofit organisations including in the line of intercultural exchange, HIV/AIDS, refugees, women’s human rights, and marginalised communities.

She works full-time in a Fintech company and as a freelance writer while enjoying the simple life in Ipoh.

 

 

Chia Hock Lai

chia hock lai, ntuc, singapore fintech association

Chia Hock Lai is passionate about how technology is changing the way financial services are being delivered to consumers and corporates, and in the process making the financial system more efficient.

Hock Lai has 17 years of experience in the financial sector, having performed roles in both business and technology. He graduated from National University of Singapore (Real Estate), Nanyang Technological University (Infocomm Technology) and Nanyang Polytechnic (Fund Management & Administration),

Amanda Lim

Amanda Lim, The New Savvy ContributorMotivated by her family, Amanda has always believed in the importance of managing personal finances, and the crucial role it plays in helping women (and men) become financially independent.

It led her to pursue a degree in Economics from UCLA, where she started to develop an interest in working towards gender parity, and women empowerment. After a pro-bono consulting trip to Honduras, she realized that not only was finance important, but also technological literacy, to help all types of communities become more successful.

Since then, she has transitioned into a technology-focused career, and continues to pursue her love for both finance and technology through her current contributions to The New Savvy, as well as WWCode Singapore.

She hopes to inspire others to keep learning, connecting, and to share stories, in making the world a better place.

 

Vladislav Solodkiy

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Vladislav Solodkiy is one of TOP35 the most influencial fintech-persons in the world. He is author of semi-annual fintech research Money of the Future, which became one of the main reports about the industry. He established Life.SREDA, fintech-only VC, 4 years ago. Since May’15 he relocated to Singapore. Life.SREDA has invested in 20 startups (7 exits already) in US, UK, Germany, CIS, Singapore, Philippines, India and Vietnam: Simple, Moven, Fidor, SumUp, Anthemis, Mobikon, Lenddo, etc. In April 2016 Life.SREDA’s team announced The BB (banking on blockchain) Fund in London.

 

 

LiJun Tan

The New Savvy ContributorsA dessert enthusiast who studied Media Communications at the University of Melbourne. With an Indonesian father, Singaporean mother, and an Italian partner, she has a keen interest in cultural considerations and social psychology. She is currently pursuing her Masters on a part-time basis.

With years of experience in the education sector, she hopes to use the skills acquired along the way for meaningful purposes that can contribute to positive societal changes.

Her big dreams have never stopped her from spending too much time on Instagram, ‘liking’ posts of animals, food (cake!) and travel destinations. One goal at a time so they say!

Andrea Woroch

The New Savvy ContributorAndrea Woroch is a nationally recognized consumer and money-saving expert who is passionate about helping people find simple ways to save more and spend less without sacrificing their lifestyles. As a sought-after news contributor, Andrea has been interviewed by top shows such as NBC’s Today, Good Morning America, Dr. OZ, CNN, MSNBC, FOX & Friends, and her stories and tips have been featured in Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, People, Yahoo! and many more.

Read more about Andrea at www.AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice at @AndreaWoroch.

 

Maricor Bunal

The New Savvy contributorMari writes for LoansolutionsPH to help educate people in making informed-decisions on taking out loans and becoming responsible borrowers. Being the COO, she feels it is her social responsibility to do so. Learn more from her as she shares tips, advises and stories on finance. Also, she’s fond of 9GAG, so you might read some random stuff over here.

 

 

 

 

 

Duckju Kang

The New Savvy Contributor DJ is the Head of Asia at ValuePenguin , a personal finance company based in New York. He is responsible for building ValuePenguin’s presence in Asia, from researching personal finance topics in the region to building relationships with financial and media institutions.

He previously worked as an investment analyst at leading hedge funds in New York including Cadian Capital and Tiger Asia. His expertise is in the global technology, consumer and financial industries. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Economics, and speaks Korean, English and Mandarin Chinese.

 

Clairie Tay

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Clairie is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance at SMU. Immersed and enthusiastic about the challenges of the financial industry, she previously worked at SGX in the Equity Capital Markets department. She also hopes to carve out a potential career path in the Private Banking sector.

Over the weekends, she volunteers for an organization that delivers meals to home-bound elderly who typically live alone, and are unable to adequately provide for themselves.

Being the adrenaline junkie she is, she derives pleasure from sports, participating in underwater rugby, fencing and rock-climbing during her spare time.

The New Savvy Contributor - Jules of SingaporeJulia Chan

Julia Chan has always loved science, till she realised the lack of Life Sciences jobs wouldn’t bode well for her career upon graduation.

She instead decided to make herself useful in other sectors such as education and manufacturing, doing a variety of roles such as business development, marketing and teaching, picking up an MBA along the way.

Her accumulated life experiences and perspectives as a working mother propelled her to start her own blog JulesOfSingapore.com where she writes on a range of topics such as work, parenting, travel and government.

Megha Singh

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Megha Singh is a communications consultant who primarily works in the fashion, beauty, lifestyle and startup communities. She has done a Masters in Mass Communication from India and has close to 10 years of experience in the industry. Megha is a published fiction writer and writes short stories and poetry in her leisure time. She is currently working on her first novel.

Megha is a strong advocate of financial independence and empowerment of women at all stages of their life. She is currently looking for partners to kick-start a project to fulfill this goal on a global scale. You can find out more about her at Megha Singh Communications.

Joel Chue

The New Savvy ContributorJoel has built up more than six years of experience in digital marketing, specializing in user acquisition and retention.

Over the last year, he has led a number of successful campaigns, including an email newsletter that grew to 200,000 readers in 8 months and a Facebook page that grew to 60,000 fans in 3 months.

Joel is proficient in providing advice to startups looking to grow, build and scale.

A pragmatist at heart, he believes in building businesses upon steady foundations, and above all he values quality products, quality processes, and quality people.

Nikki Jurado

The New Savvy contributorNikki graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, with a degree in Film but found a home in Finance after watching the first installment of “Wall Street.” She’s a licensed Financial Advisor, Securities and Forex Trader, and writer.

After working for the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a Communications Manager, she moved to Manulife Financial as a licensed insurance broker. During her stay with Manulife, she built her own forex trading business and worked part time as an international securities trader.
Nikki is also the author of Money, Love, and Rock n’ Roll, which aims to promote financial literacy and education among Millennials.

Charmaine Chen

The New Savvy ContributorCharmaine graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Social Studies, and a passion for the way that digital technology has revolutionized the way the world works.

After spending a couple of years as a bartender, a teacher, and an advertising account executive, Charmaine found her home in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry, where she currently works in Customer Success. Both at and after work, she loves encouraging people and seeing them becoming more successful, confident, and efficient.

She cares a lot about mental health, productivity, and time management, and writes about all three at her blog, The Personal Assistant.

Diana Santos

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Diana found her calling as an online freelance writer back in 2010. Armed with a degree in Mass Communication majoring in Broadcast Journalism, she was able to capitalize on her love and talent for writing while staying at home with her two children.

Running a household is no easy feat and this was how she slowly recognized the importance of empowering women regarding personal finance. Her career as a web content specialist paved the way for her to educated herself as she discovered the various financial issues that mothers like her face on a daily basis.

To date, she continues to contribute financial articles for online companies while maintaining her personal blog, EarnAtHomePH.com.

Retno Wulandari

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After nearly four years working as an Editor in Chief for a business magazine in Indonesia, Wulan challenged herself by being an English-writing journalist for a millennial-targeting online media and write human stories regularly. She holds an Art and Design Bachelor’s degree holder from Bandung Institute of Technology. Has recently swerved from the fashion world into journalism because of her love of words and stories.

Nadia Jamal 

The New Savvy ContributorNadia’s passion for the written word reaped returns when she graduated from Murdoch University with a Degree with a Double Major in Journalism and Public Relations.

She also has vast experience in the legal and motor insurance industry having worked in the Insolvency & Public Trustees Office under Ministry of Law for 3 years and a year in AXA Insurance handling Motor Accident Claims and Investigation. In the process, she has learned valuable takeaways which mould her frugal and cautious nature when it involves her finances.

She recently joined a startup where she handles mainly content marketing and SEO strategy.

When she’s not writing (or munching), you can find her curling up in her blanket scrolling on Tumblr or ThoughtCatalog. She is also an unabashed food addict and cat lover.

Xun-Lin Wong

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Xun-Lin graduated from Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Laws degree. However, upon her graduation, she blindly, and quite unintentionally stumbled into the realm of startups and found her passion for e-commerce and digital marketing.

She is now the Content Marketing Manager at the local cashback site, ShopBack Singapore, manning the forefront of their content strategy and web outreach.

Chris Susanto

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Chris is the founder of Re-ThinkWealth, a blog that focuses on personal finance self-improvement, investments, and investor psychology. His investing strategy is using the core theory of inversion. Inversion meaning that in every investing idea, we have to scrutinize on why it would fail. This will result in us being more conservative, and being conservative is the key to protecting and grow wealth in the long run.

Chris is currently in SMU Business Management undergraduate course.Chris graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with Diploma In Business. On top of that, he has Diploma in International Business from the University of Washington.

Sophie Davidson

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Sophie Davidson is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of different magazines and news publications over the years. Graduating from Nottingham University specialising in English Literature, Sophie’s passion for writing has since grown.

She loves anything and everything technology and financial based.

Lester Chia

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Lester is a startup enthusiast, having been active in several startups since 2011. He is passionate about all things technology, especially web-based technology.

 

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