Lizards and Pigs Edition

Millionaire Teacher Talks: January – May 2017

11 Countries; 81 Talks; 39 Schools


Last night, we visited some new friends outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Pele and I sat on their outdoor teak chairs, under a huge outdoor fan. 

Frogs croaked in the field next to the house.  At one point, Pele felt a caressing touch.  She figured it was me.  Within seconds, she jumped out of the chair. 

A lizard was on her arm.  It then headed south, latching itself to her butt.

The next morning, we were having breakfast at Country Retreat.  Pele started to play with my feet beneath the table.  That was pretty exciting.  It got even more exciting when I noticed that someone (or something) was now licking my feet. 

I looked down to see a friendly little pig beneath the table.

Since January, Pele and I have been on a nonstop speaking tour of schools, businesses and communities. 

We haven’t charged speaker’s fees.

The schools (or the teachers) have paid for our flights or taxis.  We have mostly stayed with teachers, meeting many new friends in the process.

Monday, May 8th is the final stop on this tour. 

We’ll be speaking at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School, outside Chiang Mai Thailand. 

Music teacher, Gina Ryan, organized our visit.

It’s an intimate, quaint end to our 5-month long speaking tour.   We’ve drawn some really big crowds at many international schools. 

In some cases (The American International School of Muscat is a great example) almost every teacher showed up. 

Other times, such as at GEMS Modern Academy, in Dubai, the administration ensured that every teacher came.

In sharp contrast, Prem Tinsulanonda International School will have just six teachers present.  They paid for our flights.  Gina and her husband, Chai, generously paid our accommodation at Country Retreat Resort.

If any of the other teachers at Gina’s school want to attend, please contact Gina.  Unfortunately, the talk is not open to the public.

I’ve enjoyed sharing what I know about low-cost index fund investing. 

We’ve also made many new friends since January. 

We’ve uncovered some of the industry’s lizards and pigs, while doing our best to empower financial education.

Thank you, everyone.

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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