The Theatre Of Expat Financial Advisers

Thetheatre of expat finance - #expat #finance

Or “Why Financial Advisers Wear Three-Piece, Pinstripe Suits” I’m sure you have heard the expression, “Fake it Till You Make It”. It’s a kind of a belief that if you imitate confidence, competence and success, you will realise those qualities in real life. Not a bad philosophy per se and I am a big believer in visualisation and the power of the mind. But the problem is, many offshore “Independent …

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Thoughts On Timing The Markets

Timing the stock market

Can you time the markets? Some people think you can. And some people think you can’t. Critics of the market timing strategy claim that in trying to time the markets, then really, you are trying to predict the future. And if you can predict the future, you might as well predict the next lottery ticket numbers and stay clear of the markets, right? Those in support of market timing believe …

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How To Succeed In The Stock Market

How to succeed in the stock market

I am sorry to have to break it to you, but simply saving your money in the bank is never going to make you rich. That’s because the purchasing power of your money is constantly being eroded by inflation. So, if you want to build your wealth, the solution is to ‘put your money to work’. And that means investing it in something that will provide you with at least …

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Expat Investing: 5 Ugly Truths Revealed

The ugly truth about expat investing

When you’re living and working abroad, wherever it is in the world, you are likely to be targeted at some point by an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA), who wants to help you make the extra income you are probably getting with your expat post “work harder” for you by recommending a suitable investment vehicle. For the most part, investing money for the future is a good thing and can be …

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7 Things To Do Before You Start Investing

Expats tips on investing

Sometimes the easiest way to understand something is to look at a diagram or picture. In finance, we’re often presented with graphs and flow charts to illustrate concepts and outcomes and these visuals can help tell the story much quicker than a sea of text. In financial planning, there is a concept or approach known as the Financial Planning Pyramid, which is designed to help clients to visualise the whole …

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Seven Deadly Sins Of Investing

7 Deadly Sins of Investing

I have seen a few financial articles over the last year or so entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins Of Investing”. I’m certainly no expert on Dante and I have never read Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”, but I did love the film “Seven”. I remember it was always written “Se7en” stylistically and after that, a few more of these kind of visual/phonetic substitutions popped up from time to time: “Lucky Number S7evin”, …

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How To Survive A Stock Market Crash

How to survive a stock market crash

Or: How To Stay Focused On The Long-Term Plan. Depending on when you are reading this, the stock markets could be up or down on the previous year. At the time of writing, many of the major indices (Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, etc) had recently seen some real highs. But I want to talk about what happens when the markets start to slip. Because that does happen. …

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