Category Archive: Expat Investing

May 10 2015

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If You Invested With Friends Provident, Make The Best Of A Bad Situation

  If you invested with Friends Provident, one thing is almost certain. You didn’t go looking for your broker. He or she found you. Such platforms pay massive commissions to brokers. As such, brokers are hunters. You are prey.

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May 02 2015

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Expat Investor Asks, Is My Financial Advisor One Of The Good Guys?

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  The following question was edited for brevity and clarity   Question:   I met with my financial advisor the other day. He is from Vancouver but was doing his ’rounds’ and I met him in Singapore. Our money is doing quite well with him (average 12% growth the past few years), and he charges …

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Apr 21 2015

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The Global Index Investment Company Builds Portfolios of Index Funds For Australian Expats

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    Many Australians realize that investing with index funds gives them the best odds of investment success.  Since Vanguard Australia arrived Down Under, those investing from Australia have been given a variety of low cost options. But expats overseas can’t open accounts with Vanguard Australia.  To invest with index funds, many must buy low …

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Apr 18 2015

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WealthBar Can Build Index Fund Portfolios For Canadian Expats

There’s a new investment firm on the block called WealthBar. And it’s going to help Canadian expats. For years, Canadians overseas have had just a couple of investment options. They could build their own portfolios through an offshore brokerage account.

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Apr 14 2015

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Why American Expats Overseas Should Invest With AssetBuilder

Image courtesy of Pixabay I’ve been reading Scott Burns‘s articles for years. He’s one of America’s favorite financial writers. For more than 40 years he has brought straight-shooting coast-to-coast money columns to American breakfast tables. His syndicated column gets published in more than 80 newspapers.His no-nonsense approach led to the creation of the Couch Potato portfolio, in …

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Nov 18 2014

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What To Do If Zurich International Holds Your Money Ransom

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  Recently, I received an email from a British couple. They had invested in a Zurich International Vista plan. These are extraordinarily profitable for a salesperson to flog. As such, they have spread like pandemics among global expatriates. British investors tend to be the most likely victims. The couple that emailed me is locked in …

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Aug 07 2014

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Is This The Beginning Of The End For Offshore Pension Commission Structures?

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Offshore pensions provided by firms like Friends Provident, Zurich International, Generali and a slew of others are lopsided products geared to make money.   But to whom do the spoils flow?  Most have hidden charges totaling 3.5 percent to 4 percent each year.  So the investor can hardly gain traction against inflation over time. Financial …

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May 11 2014

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British Expatriate Investors Can Buy Index Funds From Anywhere In the World

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Image courtesy of pixabay.com British expatriates have far cheaper investment options than getting stuck with expensive, inflexible offshore pensions, such as those provided by Friends Provident, Generali Vision and Royal Skandia. Instead of paying roughly 4% or more each year, index investors could pay 1/12th of this cost.  And unlike most offshore pensions, they could …

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