Performance-only financial consultants earn their revenue from investment performance. Since our remuneration depends on your investment’s success, we’re extremely motivated to make the finest investment choices for you. We do not receive commissions for financial product sales. Our priority is personalised investment advice and strategies that meet your financial goals. By charging a performance fee, we want to build a mutually beneficial relationship where our success depends on your investment.
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We aim to be the leading alternative choice for expats looking for an intelligent approach to their finances, that want a proven academic approach to investing their money and that puts them at the centre of their finances, not advisor profit.
Before you are engaged as a client, a financial consultant must tell you and make it clear how much they will charge you. It is part of the strict set of rules that we must follow. It is very important that you fully understand any fees we charge and we are more than happy to discuss these with you. We will breakdown any fees.
Our consultation is free. Some financial advisers charge per hour, however, we charge a yearly performance fee as a percentage of the value of your investments. We will outline this and make it clear before you agree to proceed with any of our services.
We do NOT take any commission from any product providers.
As a reputable and highly rated financial consultant, we will tell you what services we offer and we can confirm that we are an independent financial consultant. The phrase ‘independent financial consultant’ has a specific meaning that is set out in the rules that financial consultants have to follow as stipulated by their financial regulator.
To be classed as independent, we must be able to offer an unbiased, broad range of retail investment products and offer consumers unrestricted financial advice based on a truly comprehensive and fair analysis of the whole market.
For your information, a ‘restricted’ financial consultant tend to only be able to offer a limited range of investment products or products from a limited number of providers. Therefore, a restricted financial consultant does not provide an unbiased service or range of products, which could limit the investment products they can offer you.
Just to make it clear, Expat Wealth At Work is an independent financial consultant, offering financial advice to expats in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.
Financial planning is basically all about your money and you. In financial planning, a financial consultant looks at your current financial position. This includes your pensions, investments, savings and all your assets. They will then listen to what your goals are now, for the medium term and for the rest of your life! This information will then help them to construct a financial plan for you that is suitable for your own individual circumstances. It is important that your spouse/partner is involved wherever possible as often these plans are joint and there can be tax advantages to the financial plan also.
A financial plan is the plotted course set out by your financial consultant, taking you from your current financial situation to where you want to be. It outlines what will need to take place to make it happen, using various options and levels of risk to get there. It should be relatively comprehensive.
Everyone’s financial plan is bespoke and designed specifically around their needs. Expat Wealth At Work focus on the needs that are most important to you first. We cover a range of key areas when developing your financial plan, with the focus on making it as easy as possible for you to understand why we are planning to recommend particular courses of action. They include:
As with many situations, people who have a plan are much more likely to reach and achieve their objectives. Let’s face it, money is very important in respect to the more of it you have, the more options you have and life goals you can accomplish. Therefore, ensuring you have a solid financial plan in place is crucial.
A financial plan allows you to focus on exactly what you need to do to achieve your goals by identifying any restrictions or obstacles that you need to overcome. Please be aware that cash flow modelling and financial planning use assumptions with respect to growth rates, inflation and spending patterns. These assumptions may not play out in reality. It is recommended that these plans are reviewed on a regular basis so that any shortfalls are addressed and revisited on a regular basis.
No, we are here to work with you and it is important to us that you feel you have our support throughout our relationship. If you have any concerns, please call or email us and we will do everything we can to help. We pride ourselves on responding to clients very quickly and we are passionate about ensuring you receive a great level of service.
This tends to be annually, depending on our client’s needs. It all depends on the level of service you have with us. All of our clients have a bespoke relationship with us as and we fully understand that they all have different needs.
Absolutely not. We feel that our service provides excellent value and hope you will never want to leave us. However, you are able to leave at any time. When we have our first meeting, we will explain that Financial Planning is a long-term project that is bespoke and designed around you and will evolve with you as you progress throughout your life. We will talk you through the benefits of utilising our services and offer insights into why we do things the way we do. Most of our clients never leave us and we truly hope you won’t either.
A core element in our service is the ongoing reviews that we undertake, as well as providing our initial recommendations. For example, within our wealth management service, this could take the form of an annual review to analyse the value of your existing financial investments and discuss any changes to your circumstances which may affect your finances. At this financial review, we will also make a fresh recommendation regarding your investment funds, risk analysis and we will assess the provider and make changes accordingly but always with your consent. You will receive a report explaining why we are making the recommendations. This will ensure we are regularly assessing the market for you and the suitability of your portfolio.
We will review changes in current tax rates and tax allowances. We will reasses your income and expenses and your personal circumstances and will recommend what may or may not be appropriate for you based on all of these changes. We will signpost any improvements that we believe could be made to ensure you are utilising all the tax allowances in the most tax-efficient manner for your particular circumstances. In practical terms, this could be a change to how you structure your income or where to direct any savings contributions to. We will also review your risk profile too. You do not have to commit to using our ongoing service, however, if you do decide to, we will clearly explain all of the options involved so you are well informed.
We will help you to plan appropriately and sensibly for a secure retirement. We will get to know your finances in detail and your life objectives and will factor all of these into our planning for you. We use cash flow modelling and forecasting to help you plan with confidence and will include stress testing that will help ensure you have contingency plans in place for unforeseen disruptions to your plans. Many clients find it difficult to explain what they want to achieve at first but as the initial meeting progresses and using our knowledge and experience we can help you understand and prioritise what is important to you and your family and will set you on a clear course of action.
At Expat Wealth At Work, we like to get to know our clients, which we begin to do in greater details with an initial meeting. As we get to know you, we can then help you to identify your life goals. These always have a financial aspect to them. We then take this knowledge to create your bespoke financial plan, which shows how your goals can be achieved.
We will talk you through our process to help us decide how best to advise you and which investment and savings products are suitable and appropriate for you. As an unbiased Independent Financial Consultant, we will need to talk through your current provisions, plans and goals, as well as your attitude to risk and any future life changes that you are already aware of.
Our independent financial advice doesn’t always lead directly to a product sale. Expat Wealth At Work’s role is to assess your financial needs and show you how to reach your goals. This is the service we offer you, rather than being dependent on you taking out a product.
Through our discussions with you and also by utilising specialist software and analysis tools for each of our clients, this enables us to assess your attitude to risk. We will then quantify with you your risk level in terms of asset structure and potential and likely returns. We also discuss your investment horizon and your level of comfort and understanding of risk. We will ensure you are satisfied with your risk profile before proceeding with any recommendations. Once all parties are satisfied with your agreed risk profile we then ensure that any recommended investments are aligned with this and updated on a regular basis.
Remember, you are entitled to ask any questions you like, it is your money after all. It is crucial that you have full confidence in us and we will actively encourage you to engage with us if your confidence is not 100%.
If you can’t find what you are looking for here, then perhaps it may be detailed somewhere else on our website. If you have looked already, then please feel free to contact us using any method that you prefer. Our ‘live chat’ is quite helpful and we can usually answer your questions quite quickly. If not, please just e-mail us.