financial new year's resolutions

Top 3 Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

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I find new year’s resolutions a great place to regularly set and review “SMART goals“. I am fortunate to live in Hong Kong, where the January weeks between the western new year and Chinese lunar new year provide a relatively quiet and cleaning-oriented time to both review the resolutions I completed (or not) the previous […]

Whole life vs term life insurance: the "Buy Term Invest the Difference" calculation

Whole life vs term life insurance: the “Buy Term Invest the Difference” calculation

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Deciding between whole life vs term life insurance should rationally be driven by the numbers, especially the “buy term invest the difference” calculation below to illustrate the difference between the two types of life insurance.  As much as insurance companies advertise a warm image of caring families, and while a good life insurance agent naturally […]

How Much Financial Advisors Charge – Pricing by Account Size and Other Factors

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More than almost anything else, I believe the financial services industry needs greater price literacy and price transparency.  In almost any other business, customers are used to looking at and comparing the prices of the goods they buy from a store or website and the services they buy from a tax preparer or hairdresser, but […]

10 Non-Personal Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

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Even in the many years before I decided to start competing in the space of financial advisors, I noticed a paradox among financial advisors: A. There were both enormous differences between what different people calling themselves “financial advisors” actually do, yet B. Financial advisors have a hard time differentiating themselves from their competition As a […]

Noodles represent long life, but what are your odds of living to age 100?

Mortality Tables By Country – Your Odds of Living to Age 100

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As a financial planner, I was trained to assume a client will live to age 100 in order to be at least 95% confident that the client would not outlive their savings.  By what are your odds of living to age 100?  According to the US Social Security Administration (first link below), a male born […]

Financial Planning Service Package

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GFM Asset Management runs discretionary, separately managed portfolios of stocks, bonds, and currencies for individual clients, as well as providing comprehensive financial planning.  Our specialty is financial planning and portfolio management for families whose financial lives span multiple countries. Our most popular financial planning package includes the following services with an IFPHK CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM Professional: Review of your […]