Analysis, Financial Planning, Politics

What the UK Election Result Means for Expats

20 May , 2015  

London Great Britain

As the Queen confirmed David Cameron’s second term as Prime Minister of the UK, the cloud of political and financial uncertainty lifted, and investors are now hoping to reap the benefits. In the housing industry, expats who have invested in UK property should start to see a more aggressive rise in prices. With no threat […]

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Analysis, Financial Planning, Investments, Market Watch

Searching for Value, From Pigs to Property!

13 Apr , 2015  

Business Man Upward trend-min

Many may think that successful investment managers are nothing but gamblers, sharks, charlatans, cowboys and crooks. These are individuals who use the concept of the “market” as an imaginary platform to showcase their so-called “skills”. Although one will come across the odd con-man, both on Wall Street and in Southeast Asia, who will have you […]

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Analysis, General, Market Watch

Business Events in Review from TWM

9 Apr , 2015  

Worldwide Business Events

March 1st- 7th • In a big victory for the City of London, a court in the European Union overturned a decision by the European Central Bank that would have forced clearing houses to relocate their euro-denominated business to within the euro zone. • Actavis, a drugs company, issued $21 billion in bonds, making it […]


Analysis, Market Watch

European Banks Fail Stress Tests

12 Mar , 2015  

Success Text

American banks pass their “stress tests” whilst European banks fail. The stress test review, carried out by the Federal Reserve, is designed to gauge whether the biggest banks operating in the US have the “ability to lend to households and businesses even in times of stress”. In other words, to test how prepared they are […]

Analysis, Financial Planning, Long Term Savings

Fund Managers Are Paid Too Much

9 Mar , 2015  


One of the most successful fund managers in the UK has openly criticised his industry for charging clients too much and overpaying its managers. There is a difference between fund managers actively managing a fund, and following the herd. According to Neil Woodford, the majority of fund managers claim to be doing the former, when […]

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Analysis, Financial Planning, Market Watch

Eurozone Not Viable

9 Mar , 2015  

London Great Britain

One of the UK’s most successful fund managers has warned that the eurozone is not viable in its current form. Neil Woodford, who set up his own investment fund last year, said that the concept of treating Greece like Germany was “fundamentally flawed”. In addition, Mr. Woodford said that continuing uncertainty over Britain’s EU membership […]

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Analysis, Market Watch

US Growth Slower Than First Thought

2 Mar , 2015  

American Economy

The US economy slowed down more than first thought at the end of 2014 according to revised official figures. The Commerce Department initially estimated growth at 2.6% between October and December but the most recent estimate is that the world’s largest economy grew at an annual pace of 2.2% during that period. The revised figure […]


Analysis, Explained, Long Term Savings, Market Watch


23 Feb , 2015  


A recent portfolio review for a client led a very interesting discussion. My client has small part of his investment flowing into an energy fund. Though the fund is all encompassing (from fossil burning to wind farms), the recent and dramatic changes in the price of a barrel of oil has impacted the funds value […]

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Analysis, Financial Planning

Women: Better educated, but paid less

19 Dec , 2014  


Having attended the final Network Girls HCMC event of the year last night, I was reminded what a wonderful experience it is to a professional woman working overseas. It is an honour and privilege to have had a good education, and be able to travel freely around the world because of it. I perhaps take […]

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