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Abandoning the ‘Lottery Mentality’

Of course, few people consciously bank on winning the lottery to fund their retirement. However, many have a subconscious lottery mentality that prevents them from doing what is likely to be in their best long-term financial interests: that is, sitting down with a wealth manager or independent financial advisor to develop a regular savings plan and retirement strategy that will work towards a set of financial goals.

Quite simply, those who don’t plan for their retirements as soon as possible are unwittingly entering a kind of lottery in which their future and that of their dependents are placed entirely in the lap of the gods. The same can be said for those who bring a scattergun, uneducated or myopic approach to retirement investment: without a well-diversified and intelligently researched portfolio of retirement investments, you are engaged in a game of chance in which the odds of a favourable outcome are not stacked in your favour.

Regular Savings – a First Step?

A regular savings plan is often the first step towards successful expat retirement planning. By simply saving money on a monthly basis and investing into a vehicle that offers the potential for growth, expats can increase their chances of reaching their financial goals.

Inevitably, it is a better idea to put money into a regular savings vehicle than any kind of lottery. For example, if you spent £10 each week (two tickets twice a week on the Euromillions draw) over the course of 30 years this would amount to an outlay of £15,600 with, probably, little to no return.

If you instead put the money into a modest savings account, you will still receive some return, but by making a slightly larger regular contribution to a savings account or investment vehicle – for example, two hundred pounds a month – you greatly increase your chances of having your money work for you and, if you invest early, of also enjoying all the benefits of compound gains.

But time is of the essence – it is never too early to sit down with your wealth manager to develop a regular savings plan for your retirement – you certainly don’t want to be one of the 15% of millennials who consider the lottery to be part of their retirement plan.**

Expat Retirement Planning with Blacktower FM

Blacktower FM is committed to helping clients develop a regular savings plan that aligns with their expat retirement planning goals.

We work across the UK, Europe and the Caribbean to help our clients confidently plan their long-term futures. For more information contact us today.

*   https://www.lottery.co.uk/euromillions/odds
** https://myirionline.org

This communication is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice, investment recommendations or investment research. You should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this communication is correct, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions.

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French PM makes expat tax regime commitment

Finally, some good news for British expats in France who are clients of expat financial services providers; the French government has said that it will look to make its expat tax regime Europe’s most favourable – a move that is clearly designed to take advantage of uncertainty in London created by Britain’s decision to exit the EU.

The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that the favourable tax regime for expats in France would be extended from the first five to the first eight years of residence; the move goes some way to redress perceptions of an overly regulated and unfairly taxed financial sector in France.

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In the Absence of the Investing Golden Goose Play the Long Game

CoinsOn many occasions, lay investors have a tendency to confuse banking and property revenues as useful gauges of the overall strength of the investment economy. But, however healthy (or unhealthy) these two sectors appear, this should not be allowed to cloud the investment opportunity available to you via your expat financial services manager.

This is why we should not be overly concerned that returns in banking investments currently sit below historical averages – what this potentially marks is simply the residual impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the fact that banking and the wider investment economy have evolved with the advent of new and disruptive players in the finance sector.

For example, a new piece of research by Accenture showed that in 2005 there were 24,000 firms operating in the worldwide banking industry; today this stands at around 15,000. But this alone cannot be seen as a true reflection of the current climate because during the same period we have witnessed the dawn of 600 FinTech firms, 1,900 payment institutions, 700 new banks, and 400 subsidiaries of existing banks – there has also been some consolidation in the area.

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