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Avoid whole life insurance – what to do instead

Whole life insurance plans have always been controversial globally. They exist mainly to make the insurance company and their sales ‘advisor’ lots of commission. You must avoid them, escape from them and warn other people, as there is a slick marketing machine designed to part you from your money.

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The Unbiased Guide to Expat Investing

Discover how to invest in stock and bond funds (ETFs) as an expat – cheaply, quickly and sensibly. Maximise your saving power while you work abroad!

Moving Home

In an ideal world, you need to prepare for moving countries over a year in advance. If it comes at you unexpectedly, then do what you can. Here is a short guide to help you with this daunting task.

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What to do if your nest egg is locked up in a savings plan

Reader question – what to do if you find yourself trapped in a long-term savings plan.

Having invested into equity and bond funds over the last two years I can no longer put money regularly into my savings plan. I have some US$100,000 invested. What should I do?

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Expert opinion: is it safe yet to get a savings plan in the UAE?

This is a great article from Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence featuring us and many other voices of reason in the UAE market. It discusses some of the problems with the selling of personal savings plans here and why there is reason for cautious optimism about the future.

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5 reasons why you should never invest in a long-term offshore savings plan

Financial advisors are often trying to get expats to invest in long-term savings plans. They sound good in theory but 99% of the time they are completely inappropriate. You will probably either make unimpressive gains or lose money. So just say no and tell your friends to say no too. Here’s why. Almost no financial advisor on commission is going to tell you this, which is why I have to.

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