Do You Want To Make Money Or Just Fool Around?

I figured life was great. 

I taught high school English on an island in the Pacific.  I could ski on weekend mornings. After lunch, I could ride my bike or kayak in the ocean.

When I wasn’t grading student essays, I wrote about money.  I had a freelance gig with MoneySense magazine.

It wasn’t a tropical paradise, but it was an outdoor mecca. 

I lived on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. And my job provided a gold-plated pension.  Upon retirement, it promised income every month until I pushed daisies.  

I imagined the money rolling in, while I would bask on a tropical beach in my 60s. However, I soon asked a question that might sound familiar: “What distant gems might I be missing?”

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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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8 Responses

  1. Sébastien says:

    Hi Andrew,
    Unfortunately, the link to your latest article doesn’t work.
    I am an expat in Singapore and really enjoy your books and articles and hopefully thanks to you on the path to early retirement.
    Thank you for teaching us about money!

  2. Leo Ehrlich says:

    Hello Andrew, I’m a big fan of your work, and I wonder if you have any advice on the following…. What is the cheapest way of transfering money internationally? Is bitcoin a feasible solution?

  3. Subash says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I am an Indian and live in Singapore for the past 8 years.
    Recently I had a meeting with AXA team in Singapore regarding the AXA wealth treasure program. They are running a program which gives starting bonus of 100% to match up the investment we made and access to AI funds. Have you come across this product before which is available in Singapore and do you have any feedbacks on these products?


    • Hi Subash,

      Don’t go anywhere near that firm. Build a low-cost portfolio of index funds instead. There are too many sharks out there masquerading as people that want to give you something for nothing. Run from this one!


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