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Income insurance protects against loss of earnings from illness or an accident. Expats in Asia concerned about covering monthly expenses in the face of a debilitating medical condition should consider taking out income insurance in order to avoid a potentially catastrophic financial situation. The long-term interruption in the income of the main provider in a […]
Multi-currency mortgages are property loans set up across different currencies. Also known as foreign currency mortgages, multi-currency mortgages differ in that they do not have to be set up across two or more currencies with portions of the loan being set apportioned to different denominations. Multi-currency mortgages are not only used when purchasing property across […]
Retiring in Thailand is an attractive and popular option for people from many countries. The tropical climate, friendly people, low cost of living and high standards of healthcare all come together to make Thailand one of the world’s most popular retirement destinations. Thailand boasts a substantial expat population with many retirees from the United States, […]
Today we are going to take a look at the impact taxes have on retirement savings. Let’s jump straight in by examining some numbers: Compound interest, given time, creates significant growth. If you invest $10,000 at 5%, it will grow to $16,289 after 10 years and $20,789 after 15 years. Jump 25 years after the […]
Inflation is the investor’s enemy and expats in Asia looking to save and invest need to be aware of the role inflation can have on their financial health. The US has seen inflation averaging around 3.4% since the early 1900s. At first glance, 3.4% seems low and entirely manageable in the context of savings and […]
Life insurance should be at the top of financial planning priorities for expats in Cambodia and anyone with family financial commitments should give serious consideration to obtaining suitable life cover. Life insurance guards against financial hardship for our nearest and dearest. For anyone with no dependents; no children, spouse or parents, no mortgage and no […]
Employee medical cover is healthcare insurance provided through a group insurance plan for a business’ employees. As part of a remuneration package or as a discounted perk, employee medical cover provides benefits for employee and employer alike. Employees can enjoy the peace of mind provided from knowing that health issues will not be a burden […]
We live in times of greater job mobility; changing jobs is a common part of the modern career path. These days there is a tendency to change employers more frequently, but this can leave a trail of broken pension pots which are all too often neglected. Pension planning for expats can be somewhat complicated. This […]
For their own peace of mind, expatriates in Shanghai should take out a reliable health insurance policy to cover their time in China. High quality medical care is expensive in Shanghai and even relatively minor treatments can run up a large bill. Ensuring you have the right level of health insurance can save you from […]
Elite credit cards like the American Express invitation-only Centurion ‘Black Card’ are now being joined by other credit card providers seeking to claim their piece of the growing high net worth action in Asia. Mastercard have announced that they will be rolling out the World Elite card in Asia shortly. They will join the ranks […]
Financial planning is one of those tasks that most of us can find an excuse to avoid. Financial planning is, quite frankly, something of a chore and is often not given much in the way of priority. As with any job that is not much fun, it is essential to keep the goals in mind. […]
Hong Kong workshop review On 4th September at the Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, Infinity had the pleasure to sponsor an inspirational workshop delivered by Stephen M.R. Covey, author of Smart Trust. Mr Covey explained to a full house that trust is an economic driver to the point where it […]
There is often confusion regarding Qualifying Non UK Pension Schemes (QNUPS) and Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). QNUPS and QROPS are similar schemes and are very closely related. It is important to understand the differences to avoid additional confusion in the already complicated process of pension planning. While a QROPS can accept UK pension […]
Asia has always attracted the more adventurous travellers and has also provided many opportunities for entrepreneurs from around the world. Asia’s expat entrepreneurs stretch back to the time of silk and spices; to an era when international trade in exotic goods offered the bold the opportunity to gain huge wealth. Today, audacious business people still […]
Medical costs can be frighteningly high and are rising well above the headline inflation rates. This means that medical insurance for expats and their families is essential. There are many factors to consider when choosing medical insurance for expats in Asia. Our checklist offers some of the more important things to take into account: Geographic […]
Financial advisers look after wealthy clients. They invest large sums of money and manage complicated investment portfolios. These gurus of the financial world make international share trades involving convoluted and complex trading and banking systems. This common misconception of the way financial advisers are perceived often prevents people from receiving good advice. Good financial advisers […]
This is the second post in our two articles on how debt can affect your financial planning. Yesterday we focused on the dangers of bad debt and how it could derail your financial planning for the future. Today we look at why not all debt is a bad thing and how some forms of borrowing […]
For most of us debt is an unavoidable fact of life; mortgage payments, outstanding credit card balances, student loan repayments and vehicle financing are all part of financial planning for the majority of household budgets. Most people consider debt to be a burden and of course all debt has to be repaid, but contrary to […]
Going back to school after the long summer break is a time filled with excitement and trepidation for all children. It can also be a time of back to school financial stress for parents. School fees, new uniforms, sports kits, stationery, after-school clubs and activities; the list of things that need to be paid for […]
There can be many reasons why people don’t save enough for a financially secure future. There simply might not be enough money left over at the end of the month or servicing debt may make it difficult to start saving. Many people have never developed a culture of saving and may not even really know […]
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