Friday 30 September 2022

[Post 178] She quit her job at 30 to be a lor mee hawker - and fulfil her mum's dream | CNA


At the age of 30, Jaycee Du quit her public service job, took a 70 per cent pay cut and joined her brothers in the family’s lor mee hawker business, all in a bid to fulfil their mum's dream of expanding her stall. 

Monday 26 September 2022

[Post 177] The Great Fall Of China's Housing Market: Who Will Pay The Price? | Insight | China Mortgage Boycott


In July, thousands of Chinese homebuyers threatened to boycott mortgage payments. Since the Evergrande Crisis, other cash-strapped developers have halted construction, leaving millions in limbo.

Over speculation left Chinese property market in jeopardy. Meanwhile, desperate homebuyers have moved into their unfinished apartments, making do without electricity and water. With echoes of the 2008 US subprime mortgage financial crisis, people around the world are closely watching how this crisis in China will unfold.

What is behind China's mortgage crisis?

Saturday 24 September 2022

[Post 176] China Millennials’ Mortgage Boycott: Why The Property Crisis Should Worry You | CNA


In 2022, Chinese millennial homebuyers took to the streets and social media to wage a boycott on mortgage payments, as their homes stood unfinished with financially-distressed developers unable to complete them.

Real estate and its related industries make up a hefty one-third of China’s economy. So, as #CNAInsight’s Wei Du explains, any property crisis would ripple out into the world - with reduced imports of steel and timber from countries like Australia and Indonesia, for instance. 

At the same time, the government’s moves to temper property prices have led to a decline in home values. It could mean that affluent citizens feeling the pinch would pull back on luxury spending and travel - a blow for countries counting on Chinese tourism.

Monday 19 September 2022

[Post 175] Woman in Tokyo lives off power grid by generating own electricity | CNA


As the world grapples with the rising cost of power, one woman in Japan is unfazed by the global energy crisis. 62-year-old Chikako Fujii lives completely off the grid by generating her own electricity with four solar panels installed on the balcony of her apartment. They produce enough to power her few electrical appliances and light up her house at night. On a hot day, she just leaves whatever food she wants to cook in pots on her balcony for a few hours.

Friday 16 September 2022

[Post 174] Ninja Van: He quit banking to build Southeast Asia’s next big thing | Make It International


Chang Wen Lai’s express delivery service, Ninja Van, is tipped to be one of Southeast Asia’s next $1 billion unicorns. CNBC Make It’s Karen Gilchrist met the 32-year-old CEO in Singapore to hear about his bold bet to go from trading floor to entrepreneur.  

Sunday 11 September 2022

[Post 173] Why is Singapore so rich? | CNBC Explains


Singapore is a tiny country, but it's managed to become an Asian economic hub. CNBC's Xin En Lee explains how the country went from third world to first world.

Friday 9 September 2022

[Post 172] How I Retired Early At 49 With $1.3 Million In Ohio | CNBC Make IT


Jackie Cummings Koski lives in southwestern Ohio and achieved FIRE at 49 years old with $1.3 million. Koski worked at LexisNexis for 20 years earning an $80,000 salary, and reached $1,000,000 in net worth when she was 46. As a single Black mother, Koski says she tried to fight the wealth gap narrative at every turn because she knew no one could help her if she failed. She represents a population rarely thought of when it comes to financial independence and was thrilled to retire early in 2019.