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Infinity Financial Solutions are pleased to announce that we are moving our Hong Kong office to new premises from 1st September 2012. We have set up a forwarding service from our old office but to avoid any inconvenience or delay please use our new address from 1st September 2012 Our new address 1202 ING Tower,308 […]
Expat women planning for retirement face different, and in many cases greater, challenges than their male counterparts. Women tend to live longer and earn less. Expat women planning for retirement need to develop a flexible financial plan and start saving at the earliest possible opportunity. Flexibility in a retirement plan is important. Short term contracts, […]
Life insurance can be purchased direct from many insurance companies in Asia. Some people believe that by ‘cutting out the middleman’ there is a saving to be made. In fact, a professional and independent adviser is more likely to save you money rather than the other way around. Buying life insurance direct from one insurer […]
Most expats in Asia enjoy an enviable lifestyle however there are things that can go wrong and sometimes these can have serious consequences. Over the years advising and helping expats with their financial planning Infinity has heard its share of horror stories, as well as plenty little tips that make have made life better for […]
Property investors are looking to London for recession proof investments. Wealthy Europeans are making moves out the failing Eurozone’s crisis hit economies and into the bricks and mortar of the UK’s capital. Asian investors are also taking note of the opportunities of London property investment with significant purchases being seen in both the residential and […]
Time apportionment tax relief is a benefit available to UK expats who may return to the UK in the future. Capital gains made from life assurance portfolio bonds can be liable to a significant tax. However, certain investments, made by UK expats who have returned home, are entitled to a reduction in capital gains tax. […]
Asia’s climate, living standards, cost of living and lifestyle all provide an attractive retirement proposition for many expats. It is possible to retire with a much higher standard of living than would be possible in many western countries. Whether moving to settle and retire in Asia or retiring from a working life in Asia, there […]
Hong Kong expats have access to world class healthcare which is borne out by life expectancy rates well into the 80s for Hong Kong residents. However, world class private healthcare comes at a premium price, and only China and the US rank as more expensive. This makes expat medical insurance in Hong Kong essential. Although […]
Cambodia has launched its first ever life insurance, with the majority government-owned Cambodian Life Insurance Company being officially inaugurated in May. The company is a joint venture between the Cambodian Ministry of Economy and Finance – which owns 51% of the company – and Asia Insurance from Hong Kong, Bangkok Life Assurance, Bangkok Insurance Public […]
Financial planning for the future is not just for the living! It is also essential to seek inheritance planning advice to ensure that our legacies are secure for our children and grandchildren. Inheritance taxes can be mitigated but if they are not planned for the consequences can be expensive. Seeking inheritance planning advice not only […]
Property as an investment can be an important component of a well-balanced portfolio. One of the impacts in Europe of the financial crisis has been a significant reduction in property prices. With lower mortgage costs and fewer local nationals entering the marketplace, this could represent an opportunity for expats in Asia to make European property […]
The earlier we start a retirement plan, the harder our money can work for us. This is a fact drummed into many of us from an early age. However, it is still ignored by a surprisingly large number of people who continue to delay making a retirement plan. Compound growth is the secret weapon belonging […]
Children are expensive, there is no question about it; raising a family can be one of the most expensive commitments of our lives. The cost of keeping up with trends in clothing, toys and gadgets can be daunting but pales into insignificance against the huge costs of education. Every parent wants the best for their […]
Traditional roles in family life are prevalent throughout the world, with women often taking more responsibility for the care of children and the home, for example, than men. While these stereotypes are increasingly being challenged, the fact remains. However, when it comes to the financial affairs of individuals and their families, men are still very […]
Business thought leader to speak on the economics of trust Infinity is delighted to announce its sponsorship of a landmark business workshop in Hong Kong led by Stephen M.R. Covey. Mr Covey is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost business thought leaders. He advises executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies and has influenced thousands […]
Minimising taxes and increasing confidentiality are not the only benefits of setting up an offshore company. Although tax effectiveness is the first and foremost benefit that comes to mind when considering offshore companies, the opportunity to considerably reduce business overheads is also a very attractive bonus. Here are the six key benefits of offshore company […]
Retirement is a time to reap the benefits of our working lives, to fulfil our dreams, whatever they may be, with a nice little nest egg to rely upon. Good expat pension planning can make that happen. Unfortunately, for a growing number of pensioners this is not the case. People are living longer, saving less […]
The 2012 Australian budget included two significant changes affecting Australian expats: Repeal of the 50% Capital Gains Tax (CGT) discount for Non-Residents Increase in Australian Tax Rates for Non-Residents We have summarised the important details and implications of these budget changes for reference. Repeal of the 50% Capital Gains Discount (CGT) for Non-Residents As of […]
Health insurance in Thailand for expats is not a luxury, it is not an option, it is essential. No matter where you are in the country the standards and costs of healthcare and medical facilities can vary enormously. Any long-term expat in the kingdom will have at least one horror story to share about medical […]
A company pension scheme is a programme dedicated to providing a retirement income for the employees of a specific company. The scheme is set up and administered by the company, often using third party professionals and can be either contributory or non-contributory. A contributory pension scheme is where employees make payments direct from their salaries […]
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