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Inflation – The Asset Eroding Thorn in your Low-risk Investment Strategy

Growth is key for an inflation busting investment strategy

A portfolio that overly emphasises fixed interest securities, annuities or cash savings may struggle to keep pace with inflation and could ultimately result in you needing to make unwanted adjustments to your lifestyle or, worse, could even cause you to run out of money.

With this in mind, it is unlikely that a conservative or “low-risk” expat wealth management strategy is going to provide sufficient income as you get older.

Before August this year interest rates in the UK had remained at or below 0.5% for nearly a decade. When you consider that the inflation rate in the Euro Area averaged 1.97% from 1991 until 2018, it is easy to understand how, even with the recent interest rate rise to 0.75%, relying on UK-based savings could leave you short of enjoying the expat retirement lifestyle you have always dreamed of.

The bottom line is, that while your savings are growing at one rate, the cost of living is rising at another – and if the two don’t match, or your growth rate is lower than the inflation rate, as time goes on, your savings will buy you less and less.

There is only one answer to this and other expat wealth management retirement planning problems: plan ahead and work to diversify your assets so that you can find the balance between growth and safety that is suitable for you and your goals.

Advice from Blacktower Financial Management

At Blacktower Financial Management our experts can help you develop a confident expat wealth management and retirement plan to give you the best chance of having sufficient assets to see out your retirement and any legacy plans you might have.

We are a specialist firm, with many years of experience and our team of international financial advisers understand all the important cross-jurisdictional issues affecting expats. We can help you protect and grow your wealth and provide you with the information and support to make investing choices that are right for you.

Contact us today for more information.

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August Market Review

Blacktower Financial ManagementThroughout history, the month of August has usually been one where investors take a break and the financial markets lose some steam. However, 2020 is far from being an “usual” period in time, and the month of August recorded one of the most aggressive upward trends in some of the global stock markets indices.

Looking back to July, the S&P500 and the NASDAQ continued to shine when compared to its peers, registering some substantial gains in the month. Following this, August continued on this same path and we saw the S&P500 record a 7% gain in the month, while the NASDAQ soared 11%, in this period of usual calmness in the markets.

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Advice requirement question in pension transfers for expats

Pensions transfers for expats may become simpler if the Department for Work & Pensions follows through on plans to drop the requirement for consumers to receive accredited advice before making an expat pension transfer.

News of the DWP’s plan came via a consultation paper published on 30 September. However, before the government gives the go-ahead to any such change in the law as is it relates to pensions transfers for expats, it is first looking for the views of experts and stakeholders.

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