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 overlap with the best 529 plans US residents are likely to choose, with the exception of residents of US states with high state and local income […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 28 Countries for overseas college education, according to THE World University Rankings

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In preparation for today’s college savings seminar, I updated the following table on which countries have the most universities, students, and international students in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings top 200 universities. Perhaps not surprisingly for an English language publication, the US and UK together hold 95 of the top 200 spots, with […]

Videos of Jim Rogers speaking in Shenzhen February 25th 2017

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This past Saturday, February 25th 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen, legendary investor Jim Rogers spoke to packed rooms about China, investing, the dollar, and having children, especially girls.  Below are just three short videos from the event posted on our YouTube channel “GFM Money Minute”: Be inspired!

How to earn more than a STEM education with STEAMS

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STEM education is necessary, but STEM graduates who also understand accounting and sales (which together I sometimes call “STEAMS”) will have a significant advantage in understanding which technologies are worth investing in and how to effectively serve them to the public.  Adding these two business subjects to four “hard science” subjects is similar to how I […]

Asians spend 7.5x on education but 1/3x on housing vs Americans? From a 2015 Milken interview

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One of my favorite things to listen to in the background are interviews with influencers that occasionally say something to get me thinking about something I might not otherwise have thought of.  Today I happened to be listening to a 2015 interview of Michael Milken with ASU Professor Jeff Cunningham. Among other things, I was surprised […]

Understanding the "Fiduciary Rule" and why investor education is so important

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Update on March 8th: Tony Robbins recently posted a video similarly emphasizing investor education on Investopedia. Last Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which may halt the planned application of the “fiduciary rule” to large numbers of financial advisors and product providers to retirement plans.  Opponents criticize this move as helping hide […]

Your Financial Life in Hong Kong, Part 4: Saving for Retirement and US College Education from Abroad

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This is part 4 in my 8-part guide to your financial life in Hong Kong. It is mostly intended for foreigners (especially US citizens or green card holders) living in or moving to Hong Kong looking to better understand “the system” and better manage their money both in and outside of Hong Kong.  This one […]