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Are Index Fund Investors Simply Smarter?

We hear a lot about the low costs of index funds.  Sure, they outperform most actively managed funds.  As a result, many people assume that those who buy index funds are simply smarter.  But investors’ intelligence can be measured in other ways.  Those that buy high and sell low are...


Top Ten Tips For International School Teachers To Build A Solid Retirement

Many international school teachers don’t think enough about retirement.  And that’s understandable.  The whole concept can seem confusing. But it isn’t.  And those who fail to plan are planning to fail. That could mean eating dog food instead of gourmet, during your golden years. So, what are the top 10...


Andrew Hallam on The Art Of Charm

No, I’m not sharing how to find a romantic partner. Instead, I was interviewed by Jordan Harbinger at The Art of Charm, “Where Ordinary Guys Become Extraordinary Men.” So what’s my contribution to the “extraordinary” part? Harbinger and I discussed how to manage money.   You can listen to the...


In Defence of Advisors Who Sell Variable Annuities

“How could my financial advisor have done this to me?”  Many ask this question after they buy a variable annuity.  You’ve heard that most of these products are nasty. Some say high fees burden them. Others complain that they’re inflexible. They penalize investors who try to sell before a predetermined...


Why Vanguard’s Balanced Index Fund Could Be An Investor’s Panacea

You’re sitting at a fancy new restaurant. The ambience is perfect.  “Your taste buds will tango,” says the celebrated chef.  The back of the menu oozes with promise. We have award-winning chefs.  We grow our own organic herbs.   We butcher your meat and catch your fish the second you...


An Expat’s Guide To Growing Wealth

    An out-of-town visitor was being shown the wonders of the New York financial district.  When the party arrived at the Battery, one of his guides indicated some handsome ships riding at anchor.  He said, “Look, those are the bankers’ and brokers’ yachts.” “Where are the customers’ yachts?” asked...


Expats In Norway: Build A Stronger Portfolio With Norwegian Stocks

Investors in Norwegian stocks keep getting dumped from a chair lift. Over the past three years, they have risen, fallen, risen and fallen again. Since January, Norwegian stocks have fallen nearly 10 percent. Since November 2010, when GlobalXFunds created an ETF to track the Norwegian market, Norwegian stocks have gained...


Canadians: Three Good Investment Books You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

In 1973, three years before Vanguard created its first index fund, Burton Malkiel wrote the classic book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street. It ruffled plenty of Wall Street suits. The Princeton economics professor argued that actively managed mutual funds were a waste of money. He said most of them perform...


How To Live Better, Travel More, And Work A Lot Less

Sandi Gelles-Cole has worked in the publishing industry for more than 30 years.  She’s an editor, author and writing coach.  But things are getting tough. “Big publishers are outsourcing fewer projects,” she says, “and authors are paying much less for free-lance editors.”  Such changes have slashed her income. Instead of...


What To Do If Zurich International Holds Your Money Ransom

  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...


Malaysians Building Low Cost Global Portfolios

YOU’RE settling into a task at work. The phone suddenly rings. On the other end, is a smooth talking gentleman, offering you an investment opportunity in an offshore pension. Think twice before agreeing to a free consultation. Malaysians and expats are easy pickings for offshore pension sellers. And it’s easy...

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