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Our consultants sometimes get asked this question by people who make the assumption that a financial adviser is something reserved for the filthy rich who have so much money that they need a dedicated person to look after it. Yes, those clients exist but the vast majority of our clients are ordinary people, just like […]
Many expats come to Asia on generous salary packages and often they benefit from tax advantages too which means that they have an unparalleled opportunity to accumulate significant wealth while they are working abroad. If you are in the fortunate position to have increased your disposable income as a result of moving to Asia, don’t […]
If you’re going to be having a baby soon – congratulations! No doubt your world has been a flurry of doctor’s visits, ultrasound scans, new dietary restrictions for the expectant mum and exciting announcements to your nearest and dearest. When you start to get your head around the fact that in a short time your […]
If you have large cash deposits in UK bank accounts then you might need to re-jig your finances following changes to compensation legislation in the UK. From 1st January 2016 the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has reduced the amount of compensation from £85,000 per person per institution to £75,000 with protection on joint accounts […]
Subjects don’t come much thornier than this! With so many elements to take into account, many of which are unknowable at any given moment in time, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer to this question. Many of the factors which will influence the answer are outside our control – the state of our health, […]
Many of us dream of leaving behind the responsibilities and demands of working life and retiring early to pursue all our unfulfilled ambitions during our extended golden years. However statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions show that increasing numbers of over 50s are in work. More than a third of the workforce will […]
In medieval times the barbaric and brutish Vikings wreaked havoc across the seas of Northern Europe trading, raiding, pillaging, conquering and establishing colonies throughout what we now know as England, Ireland, France, Russia and North America. Some of the seafaring Norseman even braved Scotland despite the fact that medieval chronicles described it as ‘an unwelcome […]
The good news: we are all living longer. Average life expectancy in the UK is rising with one in three of babies born today reaching their centenary. The bad news: most of us are underestimating how long we will live, and failing to save sufficient funds for our retirements. In addition, there are fears that […]
Obviously a university education is the best way for young people to give themselves the best chance of getting ahead in the increasingly competitive job market, but it is also a great training ground for honing life skills, providing as it does, a unique buffer zone between living with parents and being completely independent. One […]
Investing in property came under scrutiny in the wake of the 2008 economic recession; however real estate, historically speaking, has always been a long term sound investment. While it may not be wise to invest all your assets in property, it is still a highly attractive proposition for many with diversified portfolios of assets. For […]
In the UK, the most recent application statistics from the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS) show a 6.3% drop compared to the same time last year. The application deadline for the intake of students for the 2013/14 Academic Year is fast approaching and experts are predicting a marked fall in both applications and admissions. […]
The New Year is here. It is a time of reflecting on past achievements, setting goals and creating momentum to improve performance and be even better than before. As a sportsperson, it doesn’t matter whether a high performance athlete, or a social player out there for a bit of exercise and fun, you still want […]
Our ‘Lifetime of financial planning’ series has examined the importance of financial planning at each stage of life and charts how priorities change over time. In this week’s post, we take a look at the options and responsibilities which arise when people begin to move up the career ladder and earn higher incomes. Generally, as […]
The festive season is over; a time of year when many look to the year ahead to make meaningful life changes. For expats in Asia, the New Year is a perfect time to get serious about financial planning. As the year draws to an end and business typically slows, people are presented with an ideal […]
Since the 1840s, Hong Kong has been a magnet for entrepreneurs from all over the world. It is a true bastion of capitalism which has attracted free-market adventurers and business people for many decades. Even after reverting to Chinese rule in 1997, it remains, in many people’s eyes, ‘the most capitalist place on earth’; a […]
The envelopes which terrorise post boxes on a monthly basis telling people of their financial health are seldom received with open arms. Bank statements lay out in black and white an individual’s financial circumstances and the reality for many is that they do not make happy reading. So much so in fact that a recent […]
Over the past few weeks we have examined how sound financial planning throughout life can put people on the path to financial security and safeguard their savings. In this week’s post of our ‘Financial planning for a better life’ series, we will look at how financial planning for families is important for providing children and […]
Last week in our Lifetime of Financial Planning series, we looked at how financial planning when you take up your first real job can set you on the road to financial security. This week we will examine how young couples who are looking to the future can achieve financial stability by making the right choices […]
The total amount of outstanding student debt in the US has passed one trillion dollars. The enormity of the sum is mind boggling; equal to over 6.5% of America’s GDP. The figure was confirmed in the annual report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Student Loan Ombudsmen, which also revealed some major problems around the […]
In last week’s post of our ‘Financial Planning for a better life’ series of blogs, we examined the importance of good financial planning for students, and how budgeting and being mindful about debt and spending habits can pave the way for a financially stable future. This week’s post will look at how proper financial planning […]
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