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Have you resolved to get your finances in order in 2019 but don’t know where to start? Here are the five questions you need to ask yourself Was your new year’s resolution to get your finances in order but here you are three weeks in and not quite sure where to start? Well, we’re here to help! If you’re not […]
Infinity is proud to announce its newest addition to the family of services that makes life for an expat easy. The FREE Hong Kong Expat Guide has finally been released after months of tireless work and a compilation of first-hand experiences. Becoming an expat means starting a brand new life in a completely foreign environment. […]
Last year, HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey revealed that western retirees are flocking to the warmer climes of Asia in record numbers. Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines are leading the way in the region for drawing western retirees to their shores. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, over 35 000 people […]
Whether you are a gap-year traveller, a young professional, a family-maker or retiree looking to play out your days in warmer climes, Asia has attracted the lot; and has built an impressively large expat community. In many ways, Asia is an easy destination for expats as it is after all a well-trodden path, however there […]
In recent months, Infinity has had more and more expats contact us to ask how their life insurance in Asia will be affected by the introduction of gender neutral insurance policies. Many will be happy to know life insurance policies issued in Asia are not going to be affected. However, there are some important things […]
International professionals enjoy a lifestyle envied by many. The travel opportunities available to these expats in Asia are not just perks of the job. Moving from country to country is often a commercial and contractual necessity to ensure that their expertise provides benefit to more than one location within the business. As exotic as the […]
A survey last year showed Asia having overtaken Europe for the number of very wealthy individuals and a recent report by the Royal Bank of Canada and Capgemini now places Asia-Pacific ahead of North America in the super-wealth stakes. Super-wealthy individuals or high net worth individuals (HNWIs) are defined by having more than $1mn available […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Thousands of expats move to Asia in search of a better life for their families, and many of these people will be starting businesses for themselves. But what would happen if they were suddenly taken ill, or were no longer able to work – could their businesses survive? When I talk to business owners, I […]
Eagles inhabit the vast grasslands and mountains of the Central Asian Steppe, from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan across into Mongolia. Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan, forbears of the modern nomads, had thousands of hunting birds and their falconry expeditions were detailed by Marco Polo. It is also thought that berkutchi, as the art of eagle hunting is called, has been in existence on the Steppe for some 6000 years. In Mongolia’s Bayan Ulgii […]
When it comes to the crème de la crème of ski resorts, you could be forgiven for thinking of the likes of Chamonix in France, or Whistler in Canada, but you do not have to travel anywhere near so far to get some good skiing in this winter, as Asia has more than its share of ski action. Liz King and Alison Steed take a look at what Asia […]
IF YOU are one of the millions of people battling the bulge before a summer break then you may be wondering if you can manage to lose the love handles without hitting the gym. But can you really make yourself healthier by making a few changes to your diet and lifestyle? Well, yes, you can, and the proof most […]
ASIAN smaller companies have been a key component of the region’s burgeoning fortunes in recent years, but the question is whether they can continue to boost the emerging economies to such good effect in the coming year? Over the last three years, smaller companies funds have performed well. For example, the Japanese Smaller Companies sector has made an average of 8.5%, against a backdrop […]
World markets are continuing to rise and fall like yoyos, but in recent weeks the trend has been downwards. Yes, there have been times when markets have rallied, but the rallies have not been sustained. There is just too much bad news in the wider economic community for any significant rises to stick. The unflatteringly […]
When it comes to cost of living you could be better staying where you are – in South East Asia, that’s the message from a recent expat survey. But are you really making the most of those savings? According to a recent expat cost of living survey you may well be able to count your […]
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