Rookie to Rocky

Vietnam’s economy races ahead and there are no signs of stopping Vietnam may not be the last virgin territory in Southeast Asia. We can all agree that accolade probably belongs to Myanmar. So what is really going on in Vietnam and why is there such an attraction for business and the boom in the economy?

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Animals at home means better life

Dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, parrots, fishes, turtles… Those who have animals at home certainly know some of the benefits that living with another form of life involves and, in recent years, even several scientific research has confirmed the positive impact of having pets. Having a pet indeed would imply multiple benefits for human health, both

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Rules to Live (And Save) By

I’ve highlighted 10 easy financial planning principles to guide expats to their financial goals. Don’t downgrade your lifestyle when you retire. Aim to earn at least as much as you do now, adjusted for inflation We often find that folks are willing to compromise with future earnings and accept that they will earn less on a monthly basis when they retire. We believe

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Money On My Mind

Tips for saving money when starting your career in Southeast Asia Saving money is one of the major benefits of living and working in Southeast Asia—professionals in countries such as Vietnam are fortunate enough to earn high salaries, while benefiting from low cost of living at the same time. According an HSBC survey, expats in

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Real at Stake

Five perilous myths of property investment You will have heard term “safe as houses”—this is exactly how many people describe their attitudes towards property investing, believing that it’s the safest haven for their money and an appropriate platform to shelter long-term savings. Indeed, property can be a worthwhile investment. Owning a number of properties, mortgage free, in a robust market, with all your rentable space

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Die Another Day

Knowing the difference between term-life insurance and investment-linked insurance can protect your family’s future. I’m an expat living in Hanoi, Australian by birth, with a wife and two young kids. I’ve been thinking about what would happen to my family if I were to pass away as I do not have enough money saved up

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Saving Private Capital

Is private equity right for me? I am a UK citizen who has been living in Saigon for about 10 years. I have substantial savings generated from working as a c-suite executive for many years. My wealth manager often recommends that we invest our savings in publicly traded equities and related assets. I have been

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The REIT Thing

Play the real estate market with little capital Dear Sven, I’m interested in investing in property, however, I do not have a large amount of cash on hand and do not want to take out a mortgage loan. Since buying property can be quite expensive, is there any way I can access the property market

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All or Nothing

Before investing in binary options, read this Dear Sven, I’ve been reading about a few investment platforms where I can register for online that allow me to manage my investments with relative ease. Some of the platforms advertised seem to offer products producing very high annual returns, some of which I am not familiar with,

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Fringe Benefits

How to set up an employee pension plan in Southeast Asia I am a manager of a footwear production company, with factories and operations in Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia. I started the company with three partners about two years ago. Since then the company has become profitable, but at the same time we face

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