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Saving for Education – Now is the Time to Act

Plan ahead to ease the burden

Like most financial decisions, forward thinking is paramount to making it work. Quite simply, the sooner you consider and act on the issue of education fee planning, the lower your monthly costs will be – ultimately, this means less stress and, crucially, greater leeway and greater choice.

Long-term savings vehicles are almost always going to represent the best option for those engaged in education fee planning. This is because short-term vehicles are likely to prove too risky and may even prove harmful to your prospects of realising your long-term goals.

Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken with expat regular savings and in the majority of cases this is likely to involve the creation of an intelligently diversified investment portfolio. In many cases this may be able to provide reliable yields without too onerous a monthly financial commitment.

Remember, although education fees are expensive, they can be attainable. Rather than scrimping to meet the costs as you send your child off to school, plan for them; by taking the path of investment you can get capital markets to do the lion’s share of the work for you.

You may need some education for a strong regular savings plan

Just like you trust the teachers at a place of learning to impart the best knowledge to their pupils, so it follows that if you are undertaking a set of expat regular savings and investments then you may need a little expert help.

Blacktower has offices across Europe and beyond and we are able to offer intuitive advice based on your personal needs, investment goals and time horizon. To start on the road for education fee planning contact us today, to see how we can help you.

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Details of new pension transfers course released

Any person with either a personal or professional interest in pension transfers in Grand Cayman will be interested to learn that the UK’s Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has announced details of a new pension transfers qualification that is designed to enhance the knowledge of those providing pension transfers advice.

The new level 4 Certificate in Pension Transfers is comprised of four compulsory units, including a new advanced level 6 unit called “(AF7) Pension transfers”, as well as the following three CII level 4 units:

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Yet again what another country does or doesn’t do could have huge implications of the rest of Europe and the Western world. 

The clock is ticking for the Greek government to pay back the International Monetary Fund over €1bn (£720m) in loans in early May, as well as fund €1.4bn Treasury bill redemptions, and other major payments, including coupon payments on Greek government bonds.

It would appear that the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has been sidelined in Greek debt negotiation talks, but as Holly Cook from Morningstar says “The situation hasn’t changed that much, no matter who is actually doing the talking, they can’t stray too far from what their original mantra was, because their original mantra was all about anti-austerity… They’ve got a relatively tight margin for maneuver.”

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