How I triumphed over bone cancer and reshaped my investing strategy
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In May of 2009, when I was 38 years old, I outran 13,000 competitors to win the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, an annual 5.6-kilometre race in Singapore.
As I broke the finish tape, I felt what many other runners would feel under the circumstances: short-term invincibility.
I had no idea that I had bone cancer…
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- Andrew Hallam Sep 30, 4:44 AM
Hi Murray, AES International is probably the ONLY reputable firm in the Middle East. And yes, my books are available in bookstores there, and on...
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Hi Andrew, Firstly, brilliant website! Just 2 quick questions, as i'm an expat based in the UAE: 1. Is AES International (in Dubai) a reputable...
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Mark Zoril of PlanVision has finally helped me get clarity on investing and my portfolio. After years of working with big companies who didn't have...
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Andrew/Adrian, When ASD gives 18.2% + 11.2% to Raymond James (RJ) each month, where does RJ hold the money for the quarter until you transfer...
- Andrew Hallam Sep 29, 1:30 PM
Hi Mark, Maintaining about 40% in VSB would give you a sweet spot: stability but not enough bonds to hinder overall growth. That's my personal...
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Hi Justin, I'm unsure what you are asking. Are the indexes that they would buy domiciled in the U.S.? If not, then great. If so,...
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Hi Andrew, I managed to find an IFA in Singapore that builds portfolios using low cost index funds from Vanguard and Dimensional. They are Providend...
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Hi Andrew, Thank you so much for your reply. Yes you are right, I have predominantly been very cautious about how the stock and generally...
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I cant believe some of things I have read here. The guy passing the Series 7 with an 80% only studying for two weeks is...
- Patrick Sep 27, 6:54 PM
Beautiful stuff Andrew. Thanks a million. I'll be sure to have this response ready. Cheers Patrick
- Andrew Hallam Sep 27, 3:24 PM
Hi Patrick, The answer lies in the Stanford published paper by Nobel Prize winner, William F. Sharpe. It's called the Arithmetic of Active Management. If...
- Patrick Sep 27, 1:19 PM
Hi again Andrew I had an interesting challenge the other day. As a Couch Potato convert I've managed to convince a few people to pull...
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Hi Andrew, I am an Aussie expat who set up a brokerage account with DBS Vickers a few years ago based on the knowledge I...
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Andrew, These investment firms for international expats sound usurious! I mean, who takes 4% fees these days?!! At a time when we are optimizing portfolio...
- Ben Sep 24, 11:03 PM
I've been with Interactive Brokers for almost a year and its been wonderful. Learning their trading platform isn't hard if you watch the tutorial and...
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THAILAND PP Hello Andrew know you are busy please could you suggest on my earlier post i would really welcome your or other index investor...
- Karl Wilcox Sep 24, 5:07 PM
Hi Andrew In Millionaire Teacher you talk about the epiphany that you had when you met the mechanic who told you about compound interest and...
- Andrew Hallam Sep 24, 4:44 AM
I recommend a short term bond market index, something like VSB. It will beat inflation over time, no matter what happens to bond prices because...
- Conservative Investor Sep 24, 1:33 AM
Andrew, I read Millionaire teacher in 2012 and was hooked. It made sense to me on every level. I immediately switched to a 60/40 equity/bond...
- Rob Sep 23, 7:03 PM
I am a British expat in Dubai and am definitely only looking at passive investments so in this case index funds. Thanks very much
- Rob Sep 23, 3:55 PM
Oh and that would be 1 ETF per transaction in order to reduce costs??
- Andrew Hallam Sep 23, 2:51 PM
Hi Rob, Which mutual funds are you referring to? What's your nationality? The answer depends on these two factors. Even an index mutual fund will...
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