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The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat Hardcover – 23 Dec 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (23 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119020980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119020981
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Exploit your offshore status to build a robust investment portfolio

Most of the world′s 200 million expats float in stormy seas. Few can contribute to their home country social programs. They′re often forced to fend for themselves when they retire. The Global Expatriate′s Guide to Investing is the world′s only book showing expats how to build wealth overseas with index funds. Written by bestselling author, Andrew Hallam, it′s a guide for everyone, no matter where they are from.

Warren Buffett says you should buy index funds. Nobel prize winners agree. But dangers lurk. Financial advisors overseas can be hungry wolves. They don′t play by the same set of rules. They would rather earn whopping commissions than follow solid financial principles. The Global Expatriate′s Guide To Investing shows how to avoid these jokers. It explains how to find an honest financial advisor: one that invests with index funds instead of commission paying windfalls.

You don′t want an advisor? Fair enough. Hallam shows three cutting edge index fund strategies. He compares costs and services of different brokerages, whether in the U.S. or offshore. And he shows every nationality how to invest in the best products for them. Some people want stability. Some want strong growth. Others want a dash of both.

This book also answers the following questions:

  • How much money do I need to retire?
  • How much should I be saving each month?
  • What investments will give me both strong returns, and safety?

The Global Expatriate′s Guide To Investing also profiles real expats and their stories. It shows the mistakes and successes that they want others to learn from. It′s a humorous book. And it demonstrates how you can make the best of your hard–earned money.

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"In a world full of finance books it is a pleasure to find one that (a) does not pull its punches and (b) is written with a sense of humor. Take it on your next long–haul flight. It is full of fascinating facts and gives unambiguous advice. The considerable knowledge and passion of the author makes this an easy read. The advice is clear and is supported with evidence. The book is written with expatriates in mind, but there is wisdom here that applies to all. I recommend this book it has clear advice and will make you smile."
Ben Sherwood, Principal, Hillier Hopkins LLP, Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors, UK; author, The 7 Secrets of Money

"Expatriates everywhere should thank Andrew Hallam for his clear, smart, and entertaining guide to financial freedom. His book is aimed at a growing and often overlooked group people who are working outside of their home countries, often drawing big paychecks, but baffled by a maze of unfamiliar investing options. If that′s you, look no further for sound advice on how to see through the sales pitches and construct your own path to affluence."
Ian McGugan, The Globe and Mail, Toronto

"I have purchased a copy of this book for every member of my staff. It should be mandatory reading for any expatriate corporate or educational wellness program!"
James Dalziel, Ed.D, Head of East Campus, United World College of South East Asia

"Andrew Hallam has hit another home run with his second book, The Global Expatriate′s Guide to Investing. His research is impressive and is made all the more believable by stories of the good and bad choices of real people. Peppered with common sense and plenty of humor, the Guide is a must read for expatriates looking to do the right thing regarding their retirement funds. Andrew Hallam shows us the money."
Paul Chmelik, Director, The American Embassy School, New Delhi, India

"Andrew Hallam has filled a void for all those navigating the treacherous waters of expatriate saving and investing. This should be the first book read by the Aussie exec in Hong Kong, the British teacher in Saudi Arabia, or the French engineer in Malaysia. Witty, readable, and profitable; don′t leave home without it!"
William Bernstein, author, The Four Pillars of Investing and A Splendid Exchange

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(I purchased the book from the US store) An absolute must-read for anyone worried about the burgeoning costs of retirement. I really, really, wish I had learned all of this in my 30s, instead of my 50s! Ex-pats, who are often not eligible for national pension schemes, are lambs to the slaughter for predatory investment companies eager to bilk them of every last penny. Andrew is on a one-man mission to educate us all; his detailed, easy to understand book reveals that simple index funds are a better, smarter, less fee-burdened way to invest in your retirement, and he tells you how to do it. Of course, the predators are are furious (and scared!). One company has already had to pull out of Singapore due to loss of revenue from ex-pats pulling out of their schemes after attending one of Andrew's workshops or reading his books. Hence, I suspect any 1 star reviews with unverified purchase, come from the vultures. They stand to lose millions. As someone who fell victim to one of the companies on Andrew's high-fee hit list (in twenty years the money I invested pretty much just broke even), I was able to pull that out and reinvest in low-fee options that are now earning nicely. So I can personally attest that it works.
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This book shows what types of financial advisors you can trust. It also shows how expats could simply manage their own investments with step-by-step instructions.

It’s a shocker that nobody got around to writing this earlier. The offshore financial advisory industry is full of commission hungry sharks. Only, most of them don’t know that they’re predators. They likely only understand that they can make a great living selling products that pay them a small fortune in commissions.

Whether you hire one of the advisors that Andrew recommends, or whether you build a portfolio on your own (using this book’s strategies) you will be doing three important things:

1 Diversifying your assets
2. Investing in low cost funds
3. Using academically supported methodologies—instead of strategies based on sales rhetoric that line the pockets of others.
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I strongly advise anyone thinking about buying this book to ignore all the tellingly-brief, one-star reviews that were written on February 25 (the fact that they were all written on the SAME DAY should give everyone a clue as to who wrote them!).
Through his books and personal visits, Andrew Hallam is quickly opening the eyes of hundreds (hopefully thousands) of expats, particularly teachers, to the behavior of certain "financial advisers" and the financial companies whose products they sell. I am not referring to the genuine, knowledgeable, well-trained, fee-based financial advisers who give sincere advice with the well-being of the buyer in mind. I am instead referring to the predatory "advisers" who are dedicated to selling a particular product for their own financial benefit . For decades, these "advisers" have been making their fortunes by visiting schools and preying on naive teachers, convincing them that they were selling excellent investment vehicles for savings, pension/retirement funds, or college funds, when in fact it was only an excellent commission vehicle for the individual and the company who was selling the policy. Yes, the blame is partly with the teachers (like me) for trusting these smooth-talking "advisers" and not realizing that the policy fees and charges are MULTIPLES of what would be charged in the USA or UK, and also for not realizing that once you have signed on the dotted line it costs a small fortune to pull out of the policy before maturity. To now try to discredit - with Amazon reviews that are almost certainly phony, no less! - one of the few people who is finally making expats aware of these practices shows up these people for what they really are. Shame on you!
"Financial advisers", if I were you, I would recognize that your days are numbered and start retraining for a more worthwhile, ethical career. Try teaching...
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Andrew Hallam's newest book is a MUST READ for all expats! It is very easy to read and understand. As an expat and investor in index funds, I have never felt more confident and in control in my financial future. The numbers and facts in the passive vs. active investment debate speak for themselves. If the average person actually believes they can beat the stock and bond indexes over the long-term, they are DELUSIONAL! So many people are misled by companies selling pension plans, especially expats, with ridiculous advisor (if that is what you can call them) fees and the reality is you are actually giving away 1/2 of your money (and that is if your "advisor" earns you the market average). Don't let some fast-talking, investment cowboy convince you that 8% - 4% = 12%. As Jack Bogle said, "You get what you don't pay for." What you get is a higher net worth instead of making payments on someone else's BMW. If passive investing is not for you, the least you can do is be aware of your options so you can make the best choice for yourself. The people who gave this book a 1-star rating (I wonder who they could be?) who claim that this book is biased, poorly-written, or hard to understand, obviously cannot pass a 5th grade reading test.
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