Are You Being Complacent in Today’s Investing Environment?

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2018 is well upon us. It is time for reflection and thinking of the future regarding investing and retirement, When we reflect on 2017 and look at our nest eggs we should have seen very good returns. We may have become overconfident and think that either “I am smarter than the rest” or “I made a killing in the markets,” …

20 Reasons to own an apartment in Dubai

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If buying a property in Dubai has always been a dream of yours since time immemorial then it’s perhaps time to transform that dream into reality today – without delay. With Expo 2020 coming to Dubai and it taking giant strides in terms of development, it’s a great time to be here, Documented below are top 20 reasons why you …

Why most clients need an advisor and why most advisors are not the solution

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I have been in Dubai since the last century (which only seems like yesterday). It is amazing how much has changed, but one thing that has not changed is our ability to control our emotions when investing. I have been a traditionalist when it comes to investing and I am a firm believer in separating protection from investing, this is …

Your Financial Advisor is Your Employee – How Much Should Your Employee be Compensated?

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If you ever take financial advice and invest money. There are a few things about fees to be aware off. It is very easy to pay too much to someone to help manage your investments and most likely you also would not know how much this is costing you. The financial advisory businesses are experts at creating impossible to understand …

Structured Notes

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Low risk high yielding? Or high risk moderate yielding? Structured Notes were banned for sale to retail clients in the UAE by the Central Bank in 2009 Structured notes are not regulated and are meant for institutions and professional investors. If you are going to invest or have invested, then please read this. What is a structured note? A structured …

QROPS? SIPPs Fact or Fiction or Is It Just Scaremongering?

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I have been in Dubai for a while and have observed that QROPS (Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) is often marketed as a solution to SIPPs (self-invested personal pension). It is as if SIPPs was a disease and QROPS was the cure, especially when you see QROPS being so aggressively marketed. However due to the change in the tax laws QROPS …

Concerned About Your UK Company Pension Scheme’s Health?

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Not to worry, we have the UK’s Pension Protection Fund. But know the fine print. In the UK, a company can’t default on its pension obligations unless it goes into liquidation.  And the UK Pensions Protection Fund (“PPF”) picks up the bill – within limits — for any UK company being dissolved without having adequate funding for its current and …

What’s your most valuable asset? Most common answer – My Home

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Or not.  Many people don’t naturally first think of the value of their retirement plan. If you are in the fortunate position of having a defined benefit (also known as a “DB” or “final salary”) pension, perhaps you have read in the press about the high  “transfer values” being offered to folks who choose to transfer out of their existing …