Who is Rajen Devadason?
Rajen Devadason is a senior Malaysian financial planner. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Securities Commission-licensed financial planner with Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad, and CEO of both general consultancy RD WealthCreation Sdn Bhd and sole proprietorship RD Book Projects. He has been interviewed repeatedly on BFM Radio in Malaysia along with other TV and print media; and over the years has been invited to participate in numerous panel discussions on financial planning. Rajen has also been asked to moderate and chair such panels. He is often invited back by event organisers because of his engaging style that sets panel members and audiences at ease. His targeted questioning skills were largely honed during his earlier career as an award winning business journalist. To gain a sense of the quality and usefulness of Rajen’s content and thoughts on financial planning (and life) you may listen to some of his archived BFM interviews here.
Rajen has written or co-written 10 books; he currently writes the weekly financial planning column for the New Sunday Times. For many years he also wrote the Christian financial planning column for Asian Beacon magazine. Rajen's one-on-one professional services are sought after by English-speaking business owners, professionals and executives who wish to wisely prepare for retirement through domestic and global diversification, and to attain other major financial goals such as funding their children's tertiary education stints, succeeding at general wealth accumulation and - for seriously ambitious individuals - attaining Financial Freedom.
Rajen's burning mission in life is to help high achievers take better care of their time, money, talent, and other resources, to help them regain a sense of firm control over their lives.
As CEO of RD WealthCreation and RD Book Projects, Rajen's work involves consultancy, writing and professional speaking.
Rajen graduated in 1988 with an honours degree in Physics and Computing from King's College, University of London. He has lived and worked in the US, the UK and Singapore. He now makes his home with his gorgeous wife Rachel Devadason in sunny, peaceful Malaysia.
Between 1990 and 1994, Rajen was a journalist with Malaysian Business magazine, where he won both local and international awards for incisive business journalism. As the Malaysian winner of the Citibank Pan-Asia Business Journalism Award, he joined an elite team of other national winners from countries across Asia and Latin America for an extended 1994 two-week study trip to New York's Columbia University, with working visits to the World Bank, the New York Federal Reserve Bank and Bill Clinton's White House.
After leaving Malaysian Business magazine in mid 1994 - for vastly more money, but sadly much less satisfaction! - he joined Standard Chartered Securities as an equities analyst. He left there in late 1995, and joined Smart Investor magazine, initially as its features editor in Singapore and then as the first editor of its fledgling Malaysian edition in 1996.
Rajen wrote his first book, Your A-Z Guide to the Stock Market, in 1997. He then co-authored Financial Freedom - Your Guide to Lifetime Financial Planning with Edmond Cheah, Wong Boon Choy and Alex Sito, who back then in 1998 were all employed by Public Mutual Bhd. That book and its 2000 sequel Financial Freedom 2 - Through Malaysian Equities and Unit Trusts raised more than RM800,000 for numerous Malaysian charities.
Between the two Financial Freedom books, Rajen co-wrote and edited the political bio The Sabahan - The Life and Death of Tun Fuad Stephens in 1999.
His fifth book Liberty! From Debt-Slave to Money Master was published by media and technology solutions group I-2 Media in 2002. Other books and ebooks followed later.
In 1998 Rajen began teaching a workshop to new journalists of The Star, Malaysia's largest selling English daily. That course, Business News Writing, consistently included lively discussions on the mechanics of a stock ramp and a tie-in with The Greater Fool Theory, a concept explored in great depth in Financial Freedom 2.
A popular theme in his ongoing writing on financial planning is the awesome power of compounding - to heed or hinder - the accomplishment of key financial goals.
Rajen is a longtime member of MENSA UK, the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM), the Malaysian Association of Professional Speakers (MAPS) and - through MAPS - the Global Speakers Federation (GSF).