Category Archive: Expat Investing

Apr 07 2014

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Does International Financial Services (Singapore) Flog Friends Provident Products?

It’s getting tougher for expatriates to trust financial advisors—and that’s a shame.  Some good ones exist, including Noto Financial Services and Thailand-based Creveling & Creveling.  But they’re not as common as they should be.  Reports from investors in South East Asia are implying that International Financial Services (Singapore) is selling Friends Provident Offshore Pensions.  While …

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Jan 09 2014

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Expat Index Investors Should Duck U.S. Estate Taxes

Non-American expats with U.S. listed stocks or ETFs might consider making a switch. U.S. estate tax laws suggest if an expat owns more than $60,000 in U.S. listed stocks or funds, and gets hit by a bus or eaten by a crocodile, their heirs will feel the bite.   By investing on a different exchange, …

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Dec 13 2013

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Friends Provident International Faces A Cold Reception

Last week, I received a phone call at work.  “One of your friends gave me your name and number,” the caller said.  “I can help you save money on taxes.  When would you like to meet?”  Truth was, he was lying.   None of my friends gave him my name or contact information.  Instead, he …

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Dec 12 2013

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Does International Financial Services (Singapore) Flog Friends Provident Products?

It’s tough for expatriates to differentiate between high cost and low cost financial advisors.                            

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Jul 07 2013

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Royal Skandia…On The List of Legal Corruption?

The stories of heartache continue rolling in from investors feeling duped by groups like Friends Provident, Zurich International and Generali Vision. But it wouldn’t be fair to ignore the horrific costs of Royal Skandia.

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Jun 28 2013

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Zurich International, Friends Provident and Generali Vision Have Costly Kissing Cousins

More stories about exploited expatriate investors are starting to hit the news. Here’s another shocker!

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May 14 2013

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International Teaching: Perils to Beware

Most schools are plagued by visits from silver-tongued financial representatives, bleeding employees like leaches. Products sold by reps for Zurich International, Friends Provident and Generali Vision ferment along the halls of shame.

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May 06 2013

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An Expat Canadian in Japan, Finds A Way To Invest

One of my readers (an expat Canadian named Jon) was looking for investment options in Japan.  He wanted to invest with low cost index funds, but found nothing available.  As a result, he opted for a Singapore-based brokerage–the same one I use.  Best of all, he didn’t have to fly to Singapore to open it.  …

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