I read a story on the Sunday times today and this caught my attention. Two years ago, this widow's husband was killed in an accident at Changi Airport's budget terminal and she received nearly $1 Million in insurance payouts and donations from the public. One year later, her $1 Million dollars are all gone. You may think is it possible to spend $1 Million dollars in just one year? This has happened not just to this widow but to many other people before. No wonder people say the faster money come, the faster money would go also.
So how did she lose all the money?
Initially she bought an annuity plan for each of her four children. Each children $200,000 so it's $800,000 in total. She paid up an outstanding debt of $50,000 which leaves her with $150,000 for herself. This was all good and buying the annuity was advised by a financial advisor from Changi Airport Group.
The problem came when she invested $100,000 in her brother's transport company. Then she invested another $400,000 which she withdraw from the annuity she bought earlier.
The business suffered losses and eventually folded. She lost all her money and never got back a single cent. She then withdraw the rest of the $400,000 from the annuity which only lasted her 5 months. She said she didn't know how she finished using the money
The moral of the story
If you can't manage a small amount of money, then you certainly can't manage a big amount of money. Giving someone money may not be a good choice if he/she cannot handle the money. This was the exact words she told the Sunday times: "I made a mistake. People knew I had so much money and they all came to me. I am so stupid. I never buy house and finished all the money meant for my children,"
Teaching someone how to get the money and how to manage money may be a wiser choice to do.
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