FRANK thoughts on money, lifestyle and career

Passion Projects: 3 Ways to Invest in Something You Love

19 May 2017

Scared by stocks? Anxious about equity? Luckily, you can start a valuable “portfolio” from your favourite hobbies.

Getting Old Can be One Big Party

06 Apr 2017

When we flip the script in our head about retirement savings, it makes a lot more sense to think about it today.

Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking

20 Mar 2017

You might want to rethink the idea that multitasking effectively helps you meet all your deadlines at work, shares Segment Manager Kenny Loh.

An unforgettable FRANKpreneurship

07 Mar 2017

Forget staring at excel sheets, endlessly photocopying documents and always being told what to do during your internship. The FRANKpreneurship Programme is exciting, dynamic and unique in its own way, and I was fortunate to have been a part of the inaugural batch.

Three Secrets to Failing Well

17 Feb 2017

We all fail from time to time. But as Kenny has discovered, sometimes your hardest lessons can be the ones you end up valuing the most.

What Your Desk Says About You

31 Jan 2017

Does your desk look like a bomb just went off? We've a clutter disposal squad to help out.

The Broke Student's Guide to Adulting

16 Jan 2017

Heya guys,
I penned a post awhile ago regarding a couple of things you should prepare for in the year leading up to graduation, and I thought I’d write another one in that vein – adulting, how to adult, how to adult without freaking out. I’m twenty four and feel nothing like a twenty four year old but I am saddled with a whole bunch of 24-year-old type bills. We are culturally relevant here at is what I am saying.

Notes From a Time Capsule: 3 Insights from CEOs

10 Jan 2017

It’s good advice from great people: check out these three quotes to help you make smarter moves while you’re still young.

How to Keep Calm and Still Be Swag

14 Dec 2016

Here are five smart ways to chillax while convincing your parents that you’re not ruining your future, shares Segment Manager Kenny Loh.

The Pre-Grad Prep List

12 Dec 2016

You know what they say, guys, hindsight is 10/10. A year on and a little bit, and finally putting together this list of things I wish someone had told me/my friends before we approached the death of institutionalised academia (i.e. graduation). I thought I was relatively well prepared, but when graduation actually hit, everything went nuts.. and i would say I have to deal with less than most people since I’d already decided that I’d be continuing with my Masters!

All the Gear and No Idea

02 Dec 2016

Could Luke Skywalker have learnt to use the Force just by reading a wookiepedia entry by Obi-Wan Kenobi? Could we all become the Karate Kid if we watched Mr Miyagi instructional videos on YouTube?

(TLDR version: Rather than blow all that cash on gear that you can’t fully utilise due to your lack of experience and/or expertise, why not make an investment in getting a coach to help develop and hone your skills first?)

A Newbie’s Guide to Home Ownership

22 Nov 2016

Way before rushing to view houses, prospective homeowners should get tough with the following questions, says Segment Manager Kenny Loh.

How Not to Blow a Fortune on Travelling

14 Nov 2016

I've been lucky enough to travel extensively — but not always cheaply. So follow my tips for ways to save money, so you avoid making the same mistakes I did!

The 24Hr Guide To Hipster Hong Kong

7 Nov 2016

Hong Kong and I go a short way back. My first trip to Hong Kong was midway through first year of uni, and I was there with my family on tour. Now God knows why we decided to go on tour given that exactly 0 of us liked being shuttled into a bus at 6 in the morning and zipped off to irrelevant diamond factories, but that the fact remains that we did and hated it. Thus my first impression of HK was such: Mickey Mouse speaking to me in Cantonese in Disneyland HK, the musty inside of a bus, and a whole cluster of touristy things I would never voluntarily sign up for again.

6 Painless Ways to Network Better

31 Oct 2016

It's more than a business buzzword. Networking is about genuinely maintaining relationships with people you already know, says Segment Manager Kenny Loh.

4 Investment Tips to Get You Started

21 Oct 2016

For those keen but nervous to get started, we've some simple tips to help kick-start your investment adventure.

FRANK Rocks the Boat!

27 September 2016

On 10 and 11 June 2016, FRANK by OCBC celebrated its fifth birthday in full swag with the second edition of Bandwagon Riverboat onboard Asia’s only Mississippi riverboat.

Think all insurance plans do the same thing? Read this before you waste money on something you don't need

19 September 2016

By now, you probably have a good understanding of how important life insurance is. But do you know which type of life insurance policy is the right one to choose?

How To Send A Message And Get Worldwide Attention

14 September 2016

Will Saunders and David Burgess were 67 meters up in the sky. Aside from the wind, it was deathly quiet. The roar of the city was miles away.

How To Get Better At Investing

30 August 2016

It was easily one of the best plays I'd seen in a while: Awesome storyline, witty script, superb acting, and loads of deep concepts about Singapore’s identity/history to think about.

Cash just won’t do; Consider Money Market and Bond Funds

26 August 2016

It is not uncommon to hear the older generation lament the loss of the value of a dollar, time and again providing captive listeners with anecdotal evidence as to what a dollar could have purchased back in their day.

Uncovering the Value of Fashion

22 August 2016

Fashion journals and style blogs often liken branded goods as "investment pieces", in the sense that customers are rewarded for buying these exorbitant merchandises for their quality and durability.

Avoid These 5 Common Excuses for Not Saving

13 August 2016

The reason you find saving money difficult? It may be because you are unknowingly giving yourself reasons to spend, says Keith Lim.

Visualise a life you love

6 August 2016

When I was 25, I stumbled upon the idea of 'a personal roadmap' – a plan that captures what you want to achieve in terms of a timeline.Having just started my family and career back then, I was intrigued by the notion.

5 Expensive Habits you need to Kick

29 July 2016

As much as I’d like to think of myself as a careful spender, I do go into my excessive spending phases every now and then. Chances are many 20-something year olds out there face the same issue too.

Benefits of Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA)

11 July 2016

Dollar cost averaging (DCA) refers to an investment concept where you buy a fixed dollar amount of shares on a regular basis, regardless of the share price. In this manner, DCA takes advantage of the share price movements in the stock market. It ensures that you buy more shares when prices are low and fewer shares when prices are high. Over time, as you accumulate more shares when prices are cheaper, you are able to potentially lower the average purchase price per share.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Boss

11 April 2016

"Think before you speak". Surely, you’ve heard of this age-old adage. As clichédas the phrase sounds, it’s always a good policy to keep in mind when you’re in the office. Your boss and you can be the best of buddies, but you should always be mindful of your words. Don’t hamper your career because you couldn’t keep your mouth in check.

Guide to Saving Money

A Fresh Graduate’s Guide to Saving Money

31 May 2016

If you think that landing your first job will be the solution to your financial woes as a student, you might want to think again, says Segment Manager Kenny Loh.

Travel Cost

How Much Would It Cost To Travel Around The World?

17 May 2016

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could travel around the world for six months?
I’m talking about visiting 9 countries across 6 regions. Not rushing through them like your typical packaged tour, but spending a leisurely 3 weeks in each country so you can really soak in the culture.

Wedding Planning

Why I Let My Fiancee Plan Our Wedding

11 April 2016

I’m just gonna put it out there: My fiancee is way better at planning our wedding than I am.
She often tells our friends, “Lionel is getting an invitation to our wedding. There will just be a big X on the floor with “STAND HERE” written in big, easy-to-read words.”

Work Life Balance

Doing This Could Help You Leave The Office Earlier

26 April 2016

It’s a brand new year!
Let’s imagine that this year, you made a major resolution to improve the quality of your life. You’ve read all about the benefits of leaving work on time, so you hunker down and say, “Okay, I’m gonna leave the office by 6pm every day, no matter what!”

Track your Spending

How To Track Your Spending And Not Feel Like Killing Yourself

20 Dec 2015

When I first started work, I used to go clubbing all the time. I don’t even know why I went so often – most of the time I was just sipping beers with my buddies trying to look cool. Every weekend, I’ll throw down like a hundred buckeroos trying to get tipsy on beer and Graveyards.

Best Investment

Pursuit of your dream home

July 29, 2015

In a group gathering of my old secondary classmates last month, we talked about what was the best investment we have made so far. One of them started with something sappy like time and energy spend developing his relationship with his then girlfriend. Not surprisingly, no one else agreed.

Design Lecture Series

Defining 'design' in Japan – Design lecture #02

June 15, 2015

As a designer, I always look for ways to explain what design is and why design matters in businesses. Spending 5 days in Japan — Tokyo and Mount Fuji — not only spoiled me with its stunning nature, food and culture, but inspired me so much in how design is practiced in the land of sophistication and serenity.

Investment tips blog

Re-think your net worth

May 4, 2015

I think, therefore I am – a famous philosopher once said. Today’s typical measure of worth (in dollar sense) really understates what we all have. With the universal birthright of attention, energy and the ability to learn, we need to recognize these as our real assets (money is what comes after). And start managing them well.

Dave Lim

Dave Lim: Find your fit, find your future

April 29, 2015

Steve Jobs famously said "You can only connect your dots backwards". What if you can connect your dots forward too? Dave will share trends and skill sets required for jobs in the future. So you can create your own future.

Glenn Lim Blog

Glenn Lim: Wake Up Call – The powerful story of Glenn Lim

April 29, 2015

Learn from Glenn (aka the wayward youth turned good, inspired by Mr Kumar in the MOE TV commercial) on how to stay courageous and resilient in the face of life’s hard challenges.

Michael Yue Blog

Michael Yue: How great culture starts with you

March 16, 2015

When thinking about your career, think about your purpose and your values. And what you want to stand for. Because if you truly understand yourself, you will have an amazing career, and then get really good at something.

Building Start-Up Business

Lim Kuo-Yi: How to capture the attention of a Venture Capitalist

March 16, 2015

How do you capture the attention of venture capitalist? Learn first-hand from Dr Lim Kuo-Yi, the ingredients to building a successful start-up business, that is attractive enough to get investor funding.

Giving Back to Parents

Start giving back to your parents

March 4, 2015

So, after rounds of interviews, I finally clinched my first job! With a monthly pay check comes great responsibility – I am now no longer a liability, but someone who is expected to help out with the family expenses.

Credit Cards Benefits

Credit Cards: Yes or No?

January 14, 2015

I did my homework and discovered an awful truth: the Credit Card is not the thin, plastic embodiment of ultimate evil. In fact, it comes with some benefits that I now use every day:

Is Cheap Good?

Is Cheap Good?

January 5, 2015

Don’t get too fixated on the price tag. Or if its “on sale”. Make your money work harder for you buy purchasing value for money items that are well-made, durable and actually meet your needs.

How to Cut Restaurant Bill

How I cut my restaurant bill by half

January 1, 2015

Kenny shows how you can easily prepare restaurant-grade meals, right in your own kitchen. At half of what it would have cost.

Design Lecture Series

Forget MBA, Study Design – Design Lecture Series #01

December 15, 2014

In this series, Jin will show how design can help solve problems and drive innovation, even in what we would typically consider non-design-oriented domains such as banking

Graduation Trip Advice

GRAD Trip – The art of travel to make it the most memorable one

December 1, 2014

“We are inundated with advice on where to travel to, but we hear little of why and how we should go, even though the art of travel seems naturally to sustain a number of questions neither so simple nor so trivial”, Alain du Botton wrote in the “Art of travel”. Samuel reflects and shares about how to make your experience a most enriching one, while of course, taking care of the wallet.