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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 […]
Last week, in the second of our weekly posts on a “lifetime of financial planning”, we discussed the importance of instilling the idea of financial planning in children. There is no denying that children who learn how to plan their finances and save money responsibly have a far greater chance of avoiding financial trouble in […]
Last week, in the first of our of weekly posts on a lifetime of financial planning, we looked at how people can improve their lives by financial planning. Today we focus on children and how by giving them a financial education and instilling them with a culture of saving parents can lay the foundation for a […]
At Infinity, the belief that financial planning can improve people’s lives in at the core of what we do. Taking control and understanding their finances allows people to plan for the future. Today, we publish the first in a series of weekly blog posts on how financial planning throughout a lifetime can help people meet […]
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 […]
Retirement shortfall is endemic around the world. State pension deficits exist across Europe and many countries around the world have been trying to balance their books by raising the retirement age. This inevitably transfers the onus of planning pensions from the state to the individual terms of planning for a comfortable retirement. The Australian Financial Services Council (FSC) […]
Financial planning is an essential discipline, but becomes even more vital when dealing with different currencies and tax jurisdictions. The financial life of an expat can be complicated; salary, expenses, investments and assets may often be across several currencies and countries. The goals for financial planning remain pretty much the same – protect the financial […]
Increasing life expectancy due to ever improving but expensive healthcare, inflation and lower returns on savings all indicate the growing importance of retirement planning for an acceptable income during your retirement years. Incredibly, many people still do not give retirement planning its due priority. Retirement planning should not be ignored as the consequences can be […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As an expatriate there are many opportunities to make the most of your money; there are also serious but easily avoided financial errors made by some expats. Being aware of the pitfalls, combined with good advice from a professional and independent financial adviser can help to ensure that there are no nasty shocks. 1. Crippling […]
Expats in Thailand are involved in a wide variety of businesses from hotels, restaurants and tour operations to hi-tech data warehousing, software programming and all points in between. As in any other country, there is a substantial list of financial, legal and bureaucratic requirements to be dealt with in order to operate smoothly, legally and […]
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