How to read a mutual fund fact sheet - 5 key points

How to read a fund factsheet – 5 key points to avoiding a $5,000 mistake

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A fund factsheet is the “nutritional information” of the investment fund, summing up the objectives, holdings, fees, risks, and performance of a mutual fund you might choose to invest in.  I rarely meet an investor that reads the entire offering document or prospectus of most stocks or funds they buy, and even the “executive summary” […]

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How much should I put in a 529 college savings plan each year?

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529 college savings plans have no hard and fixed annual contribution limits, unlike IRA, HSA, 401(k), or many other US tax-deferred accounts.  Rather, 529 plans are often subject to state-set overall contribution limit that you should not put in more than 4 years’ worth of expenses at the most expensive university you could spend the […]

Invest Outside the Box on Amazon

It’s official, my first book “Invest Outside the Box” is available on Amazon August 14th!

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Just noticed my book “Invest Outside the Box” has finally appeared on Amazon with an available date of August 14th – looking forward to seeing it on shelves and on the desks of practitioners!  

Cambridge university, one of 415 on fafsa.ed.gov's 2018-19 list of 529 plans list of foreign universities

List of Foreign Universities on the US DoE list, for 529 Plans

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529 plans are one of the best US tax-advantaged vehicles for college savings.  While 529 plans are sponsored by a US state, you do not need to be resident in a state to participate in that state’s 529 plans, nor will investing in a state’s 529 plan limit you to that state’s schools.    In […]

We recommend the Utah 529 plan as one of the best 529 college savings plans for US taxpayers living overseas

Why I recommend Utah as the best 529 plan for US taxpayers living overseas

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529 plans are a US tax shelter providing 100% tax-free treatment of investment gains if used for qualifying educational expenses.  529 plans are set up by a state, but no matter where you live, you can invest in the 529 plan of any state, and use 529 funds to pay for out-of-state (and even some […]

G for got it - what I hope a 10 year old child will say after buying their 10 first stocks

10 first stocks to buy a 10-year old to start investing early

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My latest article describes how to choose the 10 first stocks to buy a 10-year old, and why I think it’s important to start kids investing in individual companies rather than mutual funds from an early age. As I disclose: I bought Coca-cola for my older child and PepsiCo for my younger child because they […]

The Best 529 Plans for Expats can fund four or more years at America's finest universities, including UC Berkeley

Best 529 Plans for Expats in Hong Kong

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529 plans are one of the most tax-efficient ways for US taxpayers to save and invest for college and other higher education fees.  The best 529 plans for expats (which here refers to any US citizen or green card holder living outside the United States, regardless of where you were born) overlap with the best […]

Saving for College and Retirement: Starting with these primary school language books

Jan 17 Presentation at the AWA: “Saving for College and Retirement”

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I’ll be presenting to American Women’s Association in Hong Kong on January 17th, 2018 at 10am about saving for college and retirement, and look forward to hearing some good questions on finding and funding universities, 529 plans, IRAs, and 401(k) rollovers, as well as more personal questions.  Details are also on page 24 of the […]

US Trusts and Estate Planning Seminar

US Trusts and Estate Planning Seminar Dec 13th 6:30pm in Central, Hong Kong

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California-based attorney and asset protection expert Vivian Yuan is back in Hong Kong as a visiting speaker on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30pm for our US trusts and estate planning seminar. Alaska, Wyoming, and South Dakota trusts are among those can be used by both American and non-Americans to better control investment and business assets […]

Tariq Dennison teaches 1-day repo workshop to professional bond traders in Manila, Philippines on October 24th, 2017

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On October 24th, 2017, GFM’s Tariq Dennison presented an intensive 1-day repo workshop to over 60 professional bond traders in Manila, Philippines, with the goal of developing an active and liquid repo market for local Philippine peso bonds. “Repo” is short for “sale and repurchase agreement”, and is the main way banks and funds finance […]