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Master Your Money Mindset: Unveiling The Secrets Of Financial Persona [OCBC FWI 2023]

Get ready to dive into the fascinating world of financial personas in our latest episode! We'll be exploring how these personalities shape our approach to money, secrets to leverage your financial persona type, and sharing real-life examples — including OCBC’s Financial Wellness Index (FWI) Findings 2023.


Discover this new financial persona test, uncover your strengths and weaknesses, and learn effective strategies to manage them. From enthusiastic dreamers to goal-oriented planners, we'll embark on the different financial personalities and their unique approaches.


Learn how your inner world influences your financial decisions and why it's important not to get too fixed on labels. Plus, we'll reveal powerful tools like little habits and quarterly balance sheets that can help you achieve your financial goals. Don't miss out on expert tips for managing weaknesses, such as overcoming procrastination and avoiding unnecessary losses.


Find out what's your Financial Persona type here: https://go.ocbc.com/fwi-tfc


Join us as we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of financial wellness and uncover the secrets to balancing excitement and creativity with financial success. Stay financially savvy and take the test to explore your own financial personality. You won't want to miss it!

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    53:38
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    49:58
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  • Examining the Survival of the Property Ladder in Singapore's Budget

    59:22
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  • What Happened In SG Budget 2024? What More Did We Want From CPF Shielding And Property Tax?

    56:15
    Let's talk money! Specifically, the 2024 SG Budget and how it will impact your wallet.Our speakers will dissect the government's financial plans and explore the impact on Singapore's future. From economic strategies to social implications, we leave no stone unturned.We'll examine strategies around hubs, reskilling and whether certain sectors are being primed for gains or pains. Local concerns around foreigners and costs of living are also on the table.Speaking of budget allocations, we can't ignore the question of what the government spent well on and what the government didn't spend so well on.How will targeted growth goals match realities on the ground? What challenges truly face families and younger professionals? Tune in to hear varied views and extract hidden nuances to better understand where we may be headed.Whether you're a budget enthusiast, a curious citizen or simply seeking thought-provoking content, this podcast is for you. Get ready to explore the economy, dissect social impacts and discover the unexpected gems that lie within Singapore's budget.Sign up for our event on 23 March here: https://thefinancialcoconut.com/financial-wellness-festival-2024/—Welcome to The Financial Coconut, your source for empowering financial knowledge and unlocking possibilities. Join us as we explore personal finance, investing and more.Get ready to take control of your financial future and live your best life, financially wise: https://linkin.bio/thefinancialcoconut[Podcast, Vodcast]Spotify: https://rebrand.ly/TFC-spotifyApple Podcast: https://rebrand.ly/TFC-applepodcastYouTube: https://rebrand.ly/TFC-youtube[Connect with us]Instagram: https://rebrand.ly/TFC-instagramTik Tok: https://rebrand.ly/TFC-tiktokTelegram: https://rebrand.ly/TFC-telegramWhatsapp: https://rebrand.ly/TFC-Whatsapp-channelNewsletter: https://rebrand.ly/TFC-NewsletterDisclaimer: The content discussed in this episode is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. The information provided is based on our understanding at the time of recording and may not reflect the current regulations or market conditions. The opinions expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily represent those of The Financial Coconut. Please do your due diligence before making any investment or financial decisions.—This episode is Podcast Powered by Zoom.Audio partner with City Music https://www.citymusic.com.sg/Audio quality delivered to you by Audio-Technica https://sea.audio-technica.com/
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    56:34
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  • Exploring The Prospects And Opportunities For SG REITs In 2024 [Chills 158 ft REITSavvy@ SGX]

    41:27
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    38:46
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    59:21
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  • The 'Do What You Love' Myth: Passion As A Career Isn't Always The Best [TFC Wise & Shine 63 ft MP Tin Pei Ling]

    50:40
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