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Practical Ways to be Wealthier

In our complex world of financial options and endless possibilities it is really no wonder that people get confused. This can often lead to decisions which have undesirable or unfortunate consequences. How to be Wealthier? KISS One of the key principles which is as old as the hills is ‘keep it simple stupid’ (KISS). In [...]

Celebrate New Year Resolutions – Use Them Wisely

Did you blink over the holidays and wonder where they went? Christmas probably passed and before you could turn around you may have missed all the fun as it whizzed by you. We seem to travel through time so rapidly these days. When we get to the New Year we tend to extend celebrations within [...]

2016 – Markets, Economies, Currencies – Where to Next

One of the most significant events of 2015 came late and was well past all expectations in terms of timing. The American Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) made a Federal Reserve (Fed) base rate revision up by 0.25%. This has sparked mixed reactions and created expectations, both good and bad, around the globe. Although the [...]

The Practicalities of Property

Last time we discussed different property investments. See ‘A Different View of Property Investment‘. Now let’s look at a practical example. Gordon is a 38 year old professional expat who is likely to stay abroad for his entire career. Married with two children he is thinking about their tertiary education which will start in 15 [...]

A Different View of Property Investment

Property is generally seen as very secure investment. But are you aware that property investment can be used in some enterprising ways to achieve multiple financial goals simultaneously, at little to no cost to you as the investor? It just takes a little ingenuity to make this happen. Very often expats see property investment as [...]

Global Markets – A House Of Cards?

Global economies along with global markets are looking more like a ‘house of cards’ as time progresses. Or are the cards held in place by glue; or is it bricks painted to look like cards? What happened in China over the last year? If you look at the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) equity index, as [...]

Do You Have a Will?

If you have not already made a Will, you should. If you do not have a Will, you may be putting the distribution of your assets and the guardianship of your children at risk. If you do not make a Will and you die you are said to die intestate. The distribution of your estate [...]

Stimulus Measures Set to Boost Chinese Stock Market

With China’s benchmark index reaching its lowest level since 2009, market-boosting measures are set to be implemented. Chinese stocks have risen for two consecutive days due to the speculation, with the Shanghai Composite Index reaching 2033.19 at the close on September 24th. The government is set to introduce austerity measures if the index falls below [...]

Oil Reaches 4-Month High

The Federal Reserve’s plan to buy mortgage securities helped push demand for commodities and stocks. Oil was the biggest mover in the past seven days, with futures reaching a new 4-month high. Prices breached the $100 dollar mark after the Fed issued plans to purchase debt in the third attempt of quantitative easing. The Central [...]

Greece Wins Second Bailout

Greece won their second bailout earlier today after European governments reached an agreement with private investors, along with dipping into the European Central Bank profits to shield the nation from default. Greece were awarded aid in the amount of 130 billion euros, taking the total sum received by debt-stricken nations (Greece, Portugal and Ireland) to [...]