First in our calculator series is a simple retirement calculator

Simple retirement calculator

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As I have often mentioned publicly and in my book, I have long preferred a simple rule of thumb I call the “4 house pension” to many of the retirement calculators I have seen online.  That said, I have started brushing up on my JavaScript to write a few smartphone-friendly pages to do quick cost-benefit […]

HKMC Annuity provides guaranteed income for life for Hong Kong

HKMC Annuity guarantees fixed income for life – is it a good deal?

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This month, HKMC Annuity Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the HKSAR Government’s own Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation, closes its first subscription round for the HKMC Annuity policy that promises a guaranteed fixed income for life for Hong Kong permanent residents aged 65 and older.  According to the HKMC Annuity plan calculator, a 65 year […]

How to have over $1,000,000 in MPF by age 40

How to have over $1,000,000 in MPF by age 40

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If you have worked as a professional in Hong Kong since the first MPF scheme was launched in December 2000, and contributed the minimum each month into a low-cost Hong Kong stock index fund, you should have over $1,000,000 in MPF by now. MPF stands for Mandatory Provident Fund, and is Hong Kong’s equivalent to […]

IRA Deadlines for 2018

US IRA Deadlines for 2018

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Spring is here, Easter is this weekend, and April starts next week, which for Americans may all serve as reminders of the April 15th (April 17th in 2018) tax filing deadline for US taxes. Even if you are taking an extension to file your 2017 US tax return, remember that you may still need to […]

MPF vs ORSO

MPF vs ORSO: How to Decide, How Much to Put In

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When starting a new job in Hong Kong, some employers offer new employees the choice of MPF vs ORSO for retirement savings.  Many employers only offer MPF, and while I earlier posted some data on some of the best MPF plans in Hong Kong in lowering fees below 1% (still many times higher than many […]

Investing Retirement Accounts: Starting with $20,000,000, a retiree withdraws $800,000 in the first year, and 2% more each following year. At 4% and 5%, the retiree runs out of money, while at 6%, the account keeps growing.

Investing Retirement Accounts: What rate of return vs level of risk to aim for?

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When investing retirement accounts, we are often told to invest aggressively (mostly in stocks) when saving as young employees, and then rotate more and more of the account towards more conservative investments (bonds and REITs) as retirement approaches.  One overly simple rule is to allocate 100 minus your age in stocks, so that a 20 […]

Vintage ad for a convertible car: more romantic than considering Roth conversions as an expat?

Roth conversions as an expat: if, when and how much?

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Considering Roth conversions as an expat is similar to considering if, when, and how much to do one when living in the US. What is a Roth conversion? A Roth conversion turns a traditional IRA (on which you may have already gotten a tax deduction, but will need to pay tax when you withdraw at […]

Tariq Dennison and Peter Lewis on RTHK Money Talk Xtra

Investment Suitability for the Elderly, Sat Nov 25 8:30 on RTHK Radio 3

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On tomorrow’s episode of “Money Talk Xtra” with Peter Lewis, Tariq Dennison will answer questions on how to evaluate the suitability of different investment products and strategies for elderly investors. The show will air Saturday, November 25th at 8:30am on RTHK radio 3. Retirees often focus on reducing risk, but sometimes to the point of […]

best MPF schemes by fund expense ratio

Best MPF Schemes by Average Fund Expense Ratio

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When looking for the best MPF schemes, either as an as an employer of Hong Kong employees, or as an employee rolling over funds from an old job, the two most important factors to look for are: Low expenses Diversified fund choices It is important to note that it is usually not wise to choose […]

IRA Contribution Limits 2018

8 Questions Most American Expats Should Ask Every Year About IRAs and Retirement Savings

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In the US, many employees have 401(k) plans that automatically deduct a significant portion of their salaries into a tax-advantaged retirement account.  Many 401(k) plans only allow these savings to be invested in a limited selection of mutual funds, and some 401(k) plans only offer expensive, poorly performing funds rather than low-cost index funds or […]