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Many investors come to us with a niggling feeling that something isn't quite right with an investment or with their pension. Our free X-Ray Review™ is a detailed and technical analysis of the savings, investments and pensions you already have. It looks at the commission you have paid, the fees, charges and terms to which you are subject, and examines your results against the benchmark. Our experts then provide scientific evidence and advice to get you peace of mind and better results.
Expatriates, and those with international investment requirements, have significant financial opportunities.
For example, they often have higher earning/saving potential, sometimes substantial tax benefits, or they may be enjoying an overseas retirement…
Making the right decisions, in any of these situations, so you ensure your assets are working efficiently within this often confusing and sometimes risky environment, is critical to gaining maximum long-term financial success.
International, cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and offshore investment advice can be complex.
In part, this is caused by the interplay of different tax, legal and regulatory frameworks.
We strongly believe the best international investment advice is received from a professional, fee-based advisory firm that specialises within this specific area.
Their expert advice is free from the inherent conflicts commonly associated with the likes of banks, wealth managers and so-called IFAs.
The short answer is, easily!
After initial discussions around your goals or queries, and the services and solutions we can offer, we then take great care to establish your investment account correctly, or direct you to a platform where you can self-invest.
If you become an AES client, we can work with you to make the best, well-informed decisions about how to invest your money to achieve your financial goals.
We don’t believe that you should ever attach weight to predictions of future returns.
Markets are simply too complicated for that.
However, we believe that while past performance is absolutely not a guarantee of future returns, long-term historic market behaviour has been very consistent.
In particular, history shows that asset class volatility (or risk) is highly consistent.
We don’t expect this to change - it’s often said that the four most dangerous words in the English language are ‘This time it’s different’!
So, we carefully consider the lessons the market has taught over centuries, and follow modern, best practice in employing properly-designed, risk-managed and efficient portfolios.
Over the long term, higher-risk portfolios tend to generate higher returns, but they will be more volatile than their lower-risk alternatives.
Experience shows that clients with the highest returns are those who are able to stay the course for the longest period of time, through volatility, and the regular periods of downturns that markets always experience.
We aren’t tax advisers, so we can’t give professional guidance on your tax exposure.
International investors may benefit from very low, or zero tax rates in the countries where they live. But tax, especially where it involves cross-border issues, is increasingly complex - and you must be very careful to take tax advice from a reputable, properly qualified tax adviser, who is qualified to give opinions on the tax exposure you will have in the countries that are relevant to you.
Whatever you do, make sure you understand and follow the tax laws, as the penalties for even inadvertent tax evasion may involve very large fines or even imprisonment.
There are tax advisers with whom many of our clients work, and we can give you their contact details, just ask us - this does not serve as a recommendation however, or tax advice.
No. There are two types of investment management: advisory and discretionary.
AES International is not a discretionary investment manager, which means that we don’t have authority for the final investment decision-making and transactions.
Instead, we give you professional advice.
Advisory investment managers advise their clients about which investments to choose.
It is then up to the client whether or not they take this advice.
Successful investing requires a long-term perspective, but we recognise that circumstances can change and that your plans may need to be revised accordingly.
It is fundamental to our approach that you can withdraw any or all of your money whenever you like, without penalty, cost or delay - and there’s no minimum investment period.
We maintain a commitment to help all expatriates with their financial planning regardless of their wealth, wherever we can.
However, given that our minimum annual fee for bespoke, international financial planning is £1,250, we believe our advisory services are best suited to those with at least £250,000 to invest.
The minimum investment within our self-directed, Index Account is just £50,000 and we have a wealth of free, financial education resources in our Knowledge Library and blog to help you make the best, well-informed decisions.
There’s a rule that applies to expat investing, it’s as simple as ABC…and it’s common sense. If you are from country A, and you live in country B, then you should keep your investments in country C.
If, for example, you are British, living in the UAE, you should make sure that your savings are held and managed in a third country - one where the rule of law, tax regulations and ease of doing business are all at the highest level.
There are lots of good reasons for this – not least that the country where you live may have tax or inheritance rules that are very different to what you would want or expect.
Keeping your wealth in a third, neutral jurisdiction, keeps you safe from unexpected risks, and maintains your tax efficiency until you return to your home country or move to another expat location as well.