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The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat Hardcover – Oct 27 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Oct. 27 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119020980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119020981
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exploit your offshore status to build a robust investment portfolio

Most of the world's 200 million expats float in stormy seas. Few can contribute to their home country social programs. They're often forced to fend for themselves when they retire. The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing is the world's only book showing expats how to build wealth overseas with index funds. Written by bestselling author, Andrew Hallam, it's a guide for everyone, no matter where they are from.

Warren Buffett says you should buy index funds. Nobel prize winners agree. But dangers lurk. Financial advisors overseas can be hungry wolves. They don't play by the same set of rules. They would rather earn whopping commissions than follow solid financial principles. The Global Expatriate's Guide To Investing shows how to avoid these jokers. It explains how to find an honest financial advisor: one that invests with index funds instead of commission paying windfalls.

You don't want an advisor? Fair enough. Hallam shows three cutting edge index fund strategies. He compares costs and services of different brokerages, whether in the U.S. or offshore. And he shows every nationality how to invest in the best products for them. Some people want stability. Some want strong growth. Others want a dash of both.

This book also answers the following questions:

  • How much money do I need to retire?
  • How much should I be saving each month?
  • What investments will give me both strong returns, and safety?

The Global Expatriate's Guide To Investing also profiles real expats and their stories. It shows the mistakes and successes that they want others to learn from. It's a humorous book. And it demonstrates how you can make the best of your hard-earned money.

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Praise for THE GLOBAL EXPATRIATE'S GUIDE TO INVESTING

"In a world full of finance books it is a pleasure to find one that (a) does not pull its punches and (b) is written with a sense of humor. Take it on your next long-haul flight. It is full of fascinating facts and gives unambiguous advice. The considerable knowledge and passion of the author makes this an easy read. The advice is clear and is supported with evidence. The book is written with expatriates in mind, but there is wisdom here that applies to all. I recommend this book—it has clear advice and will make you smile."
—Ben Sherwood, Principal, Hillier Hopkins LLP, Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors, UK; author, The 7 Secrets of Money

"Expatriates everywhere should thank Andrew Hallam for his clear, smart, and entertaining guide to financial freedom. His book is aimed at a growing and often overlooked group—people who are working outside of their home countries, often drawing big paychecks, but baffled by a maze of unfamiliar investing options. If that's you, look no further for sound advice on how to see through the sales pitches and construct your own path to affluence."
—Ian McGugan, The Globe and Mail, Toronto

"I have purchased a copy of this book for every member of my staff. It should be mandatory reading for any expatriate corporate or educational wellness program!"
—James Dalziel, Ed.D, Head of East Campus, United World College of South East Asia

"Andrew Hallam has hit another home run with his second book, The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing. His research is impressive and is made all the more believable by stories of the good and bad choices of real people. Peppered with common sense and plenty of humor, the Guide is a must read for expatriates looking to do the right thing regarding their retirement funds. Andrew Hallam shows us the money."
—Paul Chmelik, Director, The American Embassy School, New Delhi, India

"Andrew Hallam has filled a void for all those navigating the treacherous waters of expatriate saving and investing. This should be the first book read by the Aussie exec in Hong Kong, the British teacher in Saudi Arabia, or the French engineer in Malaysia. Witty, readable, and profitable; don't leave home without it!"
—William Bernstein, author, The Four Pillars of Investing and A Splendid Exchange

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Format: Hardcover
I give this book 5 stars. I only wish this book had existed ten years ago when I decided to leave home and become and expat teacher. I also used Hallam's first book, Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School, to help create a diversified portfolio of ETFs. In The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing, the writing style is very straight forward and simple to understand. You don't need to have a background in finance or business to understand the main points and then put them into practice.

One of the first things I learned while reading this book is how much offshore pension plan schemes, full service brokers and fully managed funds often charge investors in exorbitant fees, commissions and backload penalities, etc. The book explains how to avoid falling into these needlessly expensive traps and how to go about creating your own balanced portfolio minus, the expensive fees and commissions.

New investors will also find the discussion explaining what exchange traded funds are and how they work useful. Additionally, there is some helpful information about the various discount brokers that accept expat clients and the pros and cons of each discount broker (e.g., some discount brokers do not accept clients living and working in certain countries). The book breaks down the various fees that these brokers charge in commissions and for account maintenance. The book clearly explains a number of different investment strategies that one can choose to follow, such as the simple Couch Potato strategy, fundamental indexing or the permanent portfolio. However, the message is clear: don't try to predict the markets. Instead, build a balanced, diversified portfolio of exchange traded funds and contribute to them monthly or quarterly.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Hallam hits a homerun with his latest book on both the importance of investing wisely and the horrors endemic within the financial advisory business. Like the Wealthy Barber of years ago, this book goes deeper into the facts and figures of global markets, and how important it is to invest wisely.

Like his previous book, Millionaire Teacher, Mr. Hallam outlines everything you need to know about personal finance, going deeper into inarguable facts and figures. No matter where you live, or where you want to live, Hallam outlines how simple it is use the market (and time) to your advantage.

Financial Advisors around the globe, those of you who have continuously charged inflated fees, shame on you.

Why this isn’t MUST reading in every classroom on the planet boggles my mind.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Every expat should read this book. It lays out how to save for retirement without being sucked into a long term, fee heavy, penalty heavy offshore retirement fund. How? By investing in simple low cost diversified index funds. If those words scare you, fear not, all is explained in simple English for those with no investment experience. It is a common sense approach to the minefield that is investing. As I recall, Andrew talks about different strategies for Americans, Canadians, Brits, Australasians, Europeans and other nationalities. Each group has its own section, so there are specifics for those particular nationalities.
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This second edition was an easy and interesting read. It reinforced the things I learned in Mr. Hallam's first book and added specifics for me as an expatriate living overseas. There are great suggestions and practical ideas on how to go about building an index fund based portfolio. There are also specific examples for those of us from various areas of the globe (USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Europe, Asia, etc) who need to understand some of the specifics of our regions or countries before starting on the investment journey! Highly recommend this edition of Millionaire Teacher!
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