Expat Guides

Life assurance for Expats: What is it ? Do you need it ?

Life assurance for expats is a regular premium contract (you pay monthly or quarterly for example) which provides a lump sum payment (to an...

Expat Financial Planning: Your Monthly Budget

Welcome to the start of all financial planning. For expats living in Shanghai your monthly (or weekly) budget has most likely dramatically changed from...

China expat life assurance: Protect your financial responsibility

If you make a list of topics for a financial advisor to discuss with clients in order of priority, life assurance should always be...

Expat Families: Save now, Retire earlier.

Expats living in Shanghai and being paid a high salary have a unique opportunity to do some heavy lifting when if comes to their...

Private Wealth Management for Expats.

‘Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.’ – Warren Buffett Investment is a topic rich in flavour. Whatever takes your fancy is possible...

Independent Financial Advisers for Expats – The good and the bad !

You get the calls most day from IFAs – or Independent Financial Advisers in Shanghai and other big business centers in Asia. Sometimes they...

Offshore Expat Pension Plans

The phone rings, and it’s someone you don’t know claiming they can help improve your financial situation. As you wonder how they got your...

American Expat Tax Saving Strategies

The 'expat life' has numerous advantages, but a drawback to being an American expatriate is remaining subject to the US tax code, which reaches...

Expat Asset Management: Calculate your net worth.

Asset management The first thing to do is make a list of everything that you (or you and your partner) own which has resale value. By...

Education Fund Planning: Expats should figure their big expense Now !

Meet the Smiths.Bob is 34 years old.  He’s been married to Susan for 10 years with 2 children.  Samantha is 9 (born in 1999)...

Visiting Tokyo

RENTLY, I READ AN ARTICLE WHERE ANTHONY BOURDAIN DESCRIBED SOLO TRAVEL IN TOKYO AS “INTIMIDATING” AND “THRILLING.”This...

Visiting Tokyo

RENTLY, I READ AN ARTICLE WHERE ANTHONY BOURDAIN DESCRIBED SOLO TRAVEL IN TOKYO AS “INTIMIDATING” AND “THRILLING.”This...

Giving Birth in Shanghai – Mother Interview

Despite all the excitement and joy that comes with having a baby, the thought of giving birth can be unnerving. And even...

Expat Repatriation: you’ve changed!

You're moving back home. You know the people. You speak the language. You understand the culture. You know how to get things...

Expat Pregnancy in Shanghai – Around the Table.

We talk to a group of Pudong moms about being pregnant and having babies in Shanghai.Several months back,...

Moving to South Korea: Meeting people

Moving to South Korea will no doubt be an adventure. It will of course also be a huge challenge moving to a...