Recently, I have found it to be harder to find place to invest or grow my money. I have made it a habit to invest 15% of my monthly salary but sometimes, the stock market does not provide that kind of opportunities.
For example, I have been trying to accumulate Manulife US REIT over the past few months but sometimes the stock price wasn’t just right or satisfactory for me to buy. The share price of Manulife US REIT went up instead which means the current dividend yield goes lower, making it less unattractive to buy.
The other problem I had was the lack of time. I used to run my dividend screener to identify a list of dividend stocks. From there, I narrowed down by analysing the financials and business fundamentals by flipping through their annual reports.
The growing demands from the company that I am currently working at means spending more time on work and less personal time.
Can I outsource my investing?
I asked myself “Can I outsource my investing?”. That is where auto investing came across my mind. Auto investing is not something new. It has been around for a few years. When it comes to auto investing, OCBC RoboInvest, Endowus, Singlife and Syfe are names that I am familiar with.
I remembered Syfe whereby there is no minimal amount to start with, low fees and their methodology is to manage risks first over returns.
A quick browse on their website have shown how fast they have grown in a year. They have a wide range of portfolio to choose from.
At this point of writing, I am less interested in REIT+ since I have enough REITs in my own stock portfolio. I am also not looking for a cash management portfolio (Cash+).
Which One? Global ARI versus Syfe Core
Now, the big question is which one? Should I opt for Global ARI or Syfe Core?
Syfe explained the differences in detail in this article (Read more: Understanding Our Core Portfolio Strategy)
Taken from Syfe’s website:
Both Global ARI and Core hold stocks, bonds and gold. But with Global ARI, the asset allocation can dynamically change in response to the risk environment, and can be significantly different from asset allocation targeted benchmarks.
Syfe Core Portfolios
Core Defensive – Focused on long term capital preservation. Average annual return (Last 8yrs) : 4.86%
Core Balanced – Focused on generating better returns while balancing risk. Average annual return (Last 8yrs) : 7.26%
Core Growth – Focused on maximising risk- adjusted returns. Average annual return (Last 8yrs) : 11.41%
Growing My Money with Syfe
Which portfolio to choose really depends on your risk appetite. For myself, I am opting in for the Core Growth portfolio rather than the Core Balanced portfolio.
Equities are known to provide higher returns than bonds. This is also the reason Core Growth has a higher allocation of equity as compared to bonds and I am perfectly comfortable with it.
“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” – Warren Buffet