Millionaire Teacher Speaks


After seeing how many shoddy investment products are sold in the Middle East, I realize that I should get off my butt and speak at many more international schools and businesses in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

I’ve set up an email account for those who would like to book me to speak about the following:  the amount of money you should be saving; the investment firms that you should avoid like the plague; and where you should invest your money to give you the best (evidence based) odds of investment success. 

I can share information on the best financial advisors and show how you could build portfolios on your own.

I can be reached directly for talk/seminar bookings here.

Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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3 Responses

  1. George Van Pelt says:

    Hi Andrew– I am an international school teacher currently living in Abu Dhabi. (Very sorry to have missed your Dubai talk!)

    I read “Millionaire Teacher” about a year ago, and recently finished paying off my school loans. I’ve saved a nice little chunk of money to begin a long-term investment in a Vanguard fund, as you book seemed to suggest.

    However, upon filling out the obligatory signup info, I could not get past the address of my employer; the site would not accept anything other than a US-based employer. I called, and they told me over the phone that due to some “foreign-earned income” laws, they block all overseas investors…despite the fact that I file taxes, hold a US residence, etc.

    This was really frustrating, and I’m not sure that I thoroughly understood the implications of making investments with my income earned internationally. Can you please advise? Should I simply use another site/source? Am I doing something wrong?

    Feel free to contact me directly at

    Many thanks,

    • Hi George,

      You can use a company called Interactive Brokers to build portfolios of ETFs (a type of index fund). As mentioned in my book, the Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing, Vanguard doesn’t allow U.S. expats to open accounts with them. Here’s link:


  2. Jason says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I want to piggyback on what George asked. I currently have some IRA’s with Vanguard, but became an international school teacher during the 15′-’16 school year. I have strategically not updated my address to an international address and left my address as my parents house in the US.

    Now, with the nest egg I have built up, when I’m back in the US this summer I want to now open 3 new (non-IRA) accounts (the 3 Admiral Share Vanguard funds from your book from the American Expat chap) My plan is to mark myself as either unemployed, self-employed, or mark employed and put my old US school district address. I also plan to open a 529 for the kids.

    Is my employment idea legal? I don’t what to break any laws or windup owning a bunch of penalties.


    Thank you,


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