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Expat Saving & Investing workshops 101 & 102 – learn everything you need to know to invest sensibly and start making your money work hard for you.
Totally updated to get you through the craziness of 2020 and beyond!
“Every attendee that I’ve spoken to has loved Steve’s workshop.” – Andrew Hallam, author of Millionaire Expat
“Probably the most important workshop of my life.” – Julian Labuschagne, Dubai
“One of the best things I’ve ever done.” – Alison Soltani, Al Ain
‘Best weekend I’ve had, especially during the lockdown’ – David Walker, Dubai
Next workshop (online via Zoom) Fri/Sat 14-15 August  AVAILABLE – BOOK NOW

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Events

Future Events

Contact Steve here if you would like him to speak at your conference, corporate learning event or social gathering. Talks are always engaging and easy to understand!

Expat Saving & Investing Workshop 101 & 102

Find out more here about these workshops and when the next one is taking place near you.

Recent Events

05 July 2020 (Dubai) Safe Space – Dealing with Financial Stress with Steve Cronin

It was a great experience giving a talk to this fantastic community based in Dubai.

The audio recording of the talk is available for playing here.

The video and audio recording of this talk is available for viewing here.

16 February 2019 (Dubai) SimplyFI – Boost Your Income, Slash Your Expenses & Get Out of Debt

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A free afternoon from some of the UAE’s top personal finance experts and over 100 people attending! This time it was all about actionable tips and productive ways of thinking that help you to ‘grow the gap’ between your income and savings. Get out of debt and avoid getting trapped in long-term savings plans. Steve talk was called ‘Let’s Talk About Debt!’ Interestingly, most of the attendees were very good at managing their debt already – hoping to reach people with serious issues in future sessions. 

 Using the Mentimeter app was a joy, crowdsourcing lots of ideas on how to reduce expenses, avoid debt etc in real time and taking the pulse of the audience’s issues.

16 February 2019 (Dubai) Women Investment Forum

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A really interesting mix of people creating an inclusive platform for thought leaders and female business professionals. Steve talked about how to take control of your finances in Saving Made Simple, Practical and Memorable. Women often feel less confident about investing than men but have been shown to be better long-term index investors, as they stick to the rules rather than investing in fun new things or trying to time the market.

28 January 2019 (Dubai) Leverage  Knowledge in Financial Markets to Grow Personal Wealth

An entertaining evening at the DIFC organised by the Lebanese financial lecturer Jihad Al Hokayem. After their talks on digital currencies, financial analysis and systemic debt, it was great to hear the other experts promote sensible long-term investing using cheap, diversified index funds for personal investment portfolios.
Steve was talking about how to invest sensibly without getting distracted: Too Much Knowledge can be Dangerous – Keep it Simple.

28 November 2018 (Dubai) Unwind the Grind – A Practical Guide to Financial Independence

A fantastic free evening from the millennial-inspiring platform Unwind the Grind. After a panel discussion about our own Financial Independence journeys, we covered the ‘Why of FI’ along with some practical advice on how to get there. To finish we had some roundtables on specific areas of FI, so that no question was left unanswered! I think we were still going as the cleaners moved in…
Steve was talking about 10 Steps to Financial Independence, as well as leading a roundtable discussion on How to Invest Cheaply & Sensibly.
 
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Steve’s talk on the 10 steps to Financial Independence

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What is Financial Independence?

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My Financial Independence journey

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Thinking seven generations ahead

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The index won’t go to zero

Past Events

Memorable free event packing over 100 people in the garden to listen to Andrew Hallam talk about how to invest as an expat. Great community vibe with everyone bringing food and drink to share on a beautiful evening under the stars.

Community event sharing food, drink, stories and advice in the Dubai sunshine.

Radio

ArabianBusiness

28 April 2020 (Dubai) – ArabianBusiness Live on Facebook channel

Steve talks about taking care of your finances during the COVID-19 crisis. Managing your personal finance, job loses, credit cards all get discussed here
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23 February 2020 (Dubai) – The Agenda (News Review)

Steve reviews the day’s most interesting local and global news.

27 November 2019 (Dubai) – Business Breakfast (Insurance agents)

Steve spoke about how the UAE regulators are helping to combat bad insurance agents.

18 November 2019 (Dubai) – The Agenda (How do you get out of debt)

Steve and Tom weigh the pros and cons of the new insolvency law for individuals.

10 February 2019 (Dubai) – The Agenda (News Review)

Steve reviews the day’s most interesting local and global news, as well as giving out some personal finance tips: spending money vs happiness and love, Harrison Ford in town with a mission, doughnut economics (yum),  my first pop concert, desalination and salty seas, courts adding Hindi, the youth bulge and the 2019 outlook for savers…

10 December 2018 (Dubai) – The Agenda (News Review)

Steve reviews the day’s most interesting local and global news, as well as giving out some personal finance tips: how to save money over Christmas, could the Chinese switch off our internet infrastructure, why you shouldn’t eat after 10pm, good news from 2018, plus how many camels you can safely fit in the back of your truck.

20 June 2018 (Dubai) – The Business Breakfast

Steve discusses the impact of the UAE Central Bank capping bank fees.

5 April 2018 (Dubai) – The Business Breakfast

Steve goes head-to-head with the Chairman of Globaleye in a robust discussion about why less than a third of people in the UAE trust their financial advisor.

Podcasts

Hidden Hero

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Strategictech Coaching

The host Oskar speaks to Steve about handling your finances during the crisis.  Listen to the recording here.

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A Life of Education

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Financial Independence Europe

Steve talks to the awesome Araminta about his life in Dubai and how to reach Financial Independence as an expat. Araminta is a little genius (joking, she’s like 7 feet tall) who helps young people get financially savvy with her website Financially Mint.
Listen to the recording here, with some nicely detailed show notes.

Pocketful of Dirhams by The National

Steve talks to the host Alice Haine, the personal finance editor of The National and Gillian Duncan, a news reporter at The National, and share his tips on how to save more effectively. 
Listen to the recording here, with some nicely detailed show notes.

Steve talks to the host Alice Haine, the personal finance editor of The National, Andrew Scott, a video journalist at The National, and Stuart Ritchie, a director and chartered financial planner with the global wealth advice company AES International about how he keeps investing in a portfolio of low-cost index-funds no matter what is happening in the world.
Listen to the recording here, with some nicely detailed show notes.

Profile Articles

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Millennial Revolution

FIRECracker and Wanderer from Millennial Revolution are truly living the FIRE lifestyle. Having retired in their early thirties, they spend their days blogging and travelling. They’ve pretty much visited every country in Europe now and are showing no signs of stopping. Their blog is really informative for those wanting to retire early and indulge in some geoarbitrage (that’s living somewhere else to save/earn more money). It’s also damn funny.

Steve [was honoured to be invited to do a guest post] writes about life in the UAE and provides some top tips for how to invest as an expat. You can read it here.

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The National (UAE)

The National is great! Always promoting sensible investing and highlighting the problem of unscrupulous, commission-driven financial advisors in the UAE.
Steve talks about why investing in long-term savings plans from insurers is a terrible idea.
You can read it here.
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Financial Independence Europe

The shownotes for this podcast are so detailed that it could easily be an article. Steve talks with Araminta about his life in Dubai and how to reach Financial Independence as an expat.
You can read it here.

Newspaper Quotes

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The National (UAE)

Can my bank take two credit card payments at once if I miss a month?

I’ve been paying off my credit cards for 11 years

How do I resolve my 20-year Dh2.69 million loan?

Can a bank file a bounced cheque case in Sharjah if I live in Dubai?

I’ve lost my job, so can I claim on my loan’s insurance policy?

I lost my job and left the UAE owing Dh71,000. Can I return?

I owe Dh100,000 because my employer has not paid me for a year

I moved to the UK in 2014 still owing Dh12,000. Can I return to the UAE?

Supporting my family back home has tipped my finances into the red

How can I secure a buyout loan if my employer is not listed?

I owe my sponsors Dh37,000 after quitting my job as a maid and driver

My salary is late and I’m missing repayments. What should I do?

I arrived in the UAE in 2017 debt-free. Now I owe over Dh100,000

I consolidated my debts three years ago, then I built up more

I’ve been paying off the same loan for 10 years

American absconder wants to pay off his liabilities with assets he left behind

I can’t control my credit cards due to multiple charges

I borrowed Dh55,000 to invest in Bitcoin and lost it all

After two redundancies, 70% of my Dh22,000 salary goes to the banks

Single mother earning Dh5,500 owes Dh155,000 to banks and private money lenders

Dubai resident’s four credit cards have become a lifeline

Bank ignores finance chief’s pleas over loan he gave straight back

My lender is threatening a travel ban over my Dh105,000 liabilities

The balance on my credit cards has not reduced in 10 years

My salary cut is making it impossible to repay the Dh95,000 I owe

I’ve borrowed Dh70,000 to support my family in India

Hospital employee pays Dh1,000 a month in late payment fees on his Dh110,000 liabilitie

Gulf News (UAE)

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Expat Saving & Investing workshops 101 & 102 – learn everything you need to know to invest sensibly and start making your money work hard for you.
Totally updated to get you through the craziness of 2020 and beyond!
“Every attendee that I’ve spoken to has loved Steve’s workshop.” – Andrew Hallam, author of Millionaire Expat
“Probably the most important workshop of my life.” – Julian Labuschagne, Dubai
“One of the best things I’ve ever done.” – Alison Soltani, Al Ain
‘Best weekend I’ve had, especially during the lockdown’ – David Walker, Dubai
Next workshop (online via Zoom) Fri/Sat 14-15 August  AVAILABLE – BOOK NOW

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