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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

September 7th Discovery Bay Presentation on Retirement Planning

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I’ll be presenting at the Discovery Bay Entrepreneurs Networking Breakfast on September 7th at 8am on the topic of retirement planning.  I will be discussing two different profiles of a retirement saver: a pilot with a relatively steady income but hard retirement deadline, compared with an entrepreneur that has more freedom but less income certainty. […]

A Simple, Robust Retirement Savings and Investment Plan: The "4 House Pension"

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When asked how much money is needed for a comfortable retirement, the simplest useful but general answer I have been using is to “own four houses”. Taken literally, the “4 House Pension” can be implemented by actually owning four houses: one to live in, and the other three to generate rental income to pay for […]

The 15-40/7-4 rule: The numbers behind saving 15% of your income

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A widely said rule of thumb is that you should save 15% of your income towards retirement.  According to the IMF, 15% is right around the average rate of total savings in the US and UK, and well within the averages of many Asian countries and other high savers like the Netherlands (Chart below from […]

How I invested my first 10 years of savings, bonuses and 401(k)/IRA contributions and top 10 lessons learned

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Of all the habits I started early in my career, I would rank the habit of paying myself first, saving at least 10% of my income, saving rather than spending 100% of bonuses, and avoiding consumer debt as close to #1 as having paid off well and being well worth teaching my children and grandchildren. […]

Funding your 2016 and 2017 IRA now and automatically – the #MillionDollarDifference

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There are still two more months before the April 16th, 2017 deadline to make a 2016 contribution to your Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) account, and whether you open one with GFM or continue with your existing provider I will usually encourage you to “just do it” if you have qualified earned income.  I have separate […]

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 […]

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Hong Kong's Best Savings Plan – How it Works

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A good savings plan, at a minimum, has the following features: Secure, automated handling of regular monthly contributions Allocation of those contributions to an appropriate balance of stocks and bonds to grow those savings at a rate of 4 – 12% per year, on average Flexibility to withdraw funds or increase contributions at any time […]