Category Archive: Andrew’s Articles

Nov 18 2014

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Experts Say Stocks Are Going To Crash — So What Are You Going To Do About IT?

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Last week, my friend Simon emailed me in a panic. “I just read that stocks are going to crash,” he wrote. “Should I trade my stocks for bonds or cash?” He linked to a November 6, 2014 article in MoneyNews,Warning: Stocks Will Collapse By 50 Percent. Even the hearts of stoic investors skip a few …

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Nov 18 2014

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Malaysians Building Low Cost Global Portfolios

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YOU’RE settling into a task at work. The phone suddenly rings. On the other end, is a smooth talking gentleman, offering you an investment opportunity in an offshore pension. Think twice before agreeing to a free consultation. Malaysians and expats are easy pickings for offshore pension sellers. And it’s easy to see why. The sales …

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Nov 11 2014

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How You Could Benefit From A Foreign Affair

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The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.  At least, that’s what more than 7 million Americans must think.  Many packed their bags with kids in tow. They jumped on planes, trains or automobiles and left the United States. You might even know some of them.  A middle class family in your neighborhood …

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Nov 07 2014

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The World’s Best Investment Strategy That Nobody Seems To Like

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  Let me show you an investment strategy that has had only four losing years since 1971.  Its ugliest drop was in 1981 when it fell just 4.1 percent.  In 2008, when stocks dropped about 37 percent, it lost less than 1 percent. This portfolio makes sense. Why?  Because, as recorded by Richard H. Thaler, …

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Oct 29 2014

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How much money does a couple need to retire in Lake Chapala, Mexico?

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How much money do you need to retire in Lake Chapala, Mexico? If you’re earning Social Security benefits, the payments would likely be more than enough.  But for my expatriate friends….assuming you earned just $500 per month (2015 equivalent) from Social Security and you sold 4% of a stock and bond market portfolio each year, here …

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Oct 29 2014

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How Do Trimark’s Mutual Funds Stack Up?

Some mutual funds perform like penguins in pigeon races. If you’re stuck with a frosty portfolio, it may not be your adviser’s fault. Nor is it necessarily the fault of those running your mutual funds. So whom can we blame? High hidden fees are the usual suspects. Image courtesy of pixabay.com Read the rest of …

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Oct 28 2014

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Pensions On Steroids In Lake Chapala, Mexico

Recently, I joined about a dozen retirees on a six-hour hike above Mexico’s Lake Chapala.  John Burnett was one of them.  He had moved here from Dallas to retire, so I asked him why. “My friends back home ask me that all the time,” he said.  “And I wish I could just bring them here.  …

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Oct 26 2014

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Are Low Investment Costs The Key For American Expats

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Jeri Hurd is a school librarian at the Western Academy of Beijing. Last year, she wanted to invest some money. Her school introduced her to a European based investment company, The Alexander Beard Group. But after sitting down with one of their advisors, she wondered if the fees were too high. Foreign investment firms cost a …

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