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The Smart Account™ gives you privileged access to what was previously available only to the wealthiest investors and large institutions.
Choose a risk profile and start with as little as 100,000 USD (or equivalent), then add to your account at your convenience.
Grounded upon Nobel prize-winning academic evidence, our team works as your guide to better results.
Preserving your capital is important, but you are targeting performance higher than that of traditional saving schemes
You are prepared to accept more frequent fluctuations in the value of your capital to achieve higher performance
You are ready to take more risk to achieve capital growth over the long term
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“Successful investing isn’t about guesswork or gurus. Matching your unique requirements with risk-appropriate access to these exclusive funds is a smarter way to get yourself better results.”
“Thank you AES International for helping me and my family with your low cost no-nonsense approach. It is refreshing!”
“In the short time that I’ve been using AES I’ve made nearly ten thousand pounds and couldn’t be happier!”
“With this sort of service you also expect to be paying very high fees, but it’s just not the case. I would definitely recommend AES.”
This is an antidote to the products sold by traditional financial services firms.
You get a simple solution designed to give you a more disciplined, lower cost, reality-tested approach.
You get complete transparency, total flexibility and the huge advantage of Dimensional Funds (DFA).
Our team of qualified, fee-only advisers are also on hand when you need us.
Better results and value for a fraction of the traditional cost.
The Smart Account™ employs a long-term investment strategy. You get a strategy of diversification, smart indexing and smart asset allocation matched to your reality.
We apply science with a deeply human and personal approach to everything you experience.
It’s a methodology that works, proven time and time again.
You, if you’re an expat with an initial minimum of $100,000 (or currency equivalent) to invest, who wants a more disciplined, lower cost, reality-tested approach.
Combining the inherent advantages of DFA Funds whilst removing hidden costs can add substantial value.
Its suitable for those who value professional advice and don't want to worry about their own (DIY) investment decisions.
You have penalty free access to your money at any time.
Take just 10 seconds to fill in our contact form and one of our team will be in touch.
We believe DFA funds will substantially improve your investment results for the following reasons:
You can read more on this subject in this blog.
We bring a clear-eyed and transparent approach to all fees. One we hope you’ll find to be refreshing and simple.
Our fees for the different investments are listed on the main web page above.
There are three costs associated with doing business with us:
If any of the below apply to you, then yes, we can certainly help.
1. Do you worry about money… but not enough to take action?
2. Do you think investing and money is complicated?
3. Would you feel good if you could know, or understand better, how investing works?
4. Do you want to avoid paying high fees and commissions?
5. Do you want your money to be handled by highly qualified and regulated professionals who know what they’re doing and who you can trust?
6. Are you too busy to do the research and on-going portfolio management yourself? Do you have better things to do?
7. Do you wish you could have a conversation with no jargon and easily accessible information that you can use to help make money decisions about your wider life?
8. Have you handed money over to someone at a bank or some sort of broker/salesperson without truly knowing what is happening to it?
9. Do you want penalty free access to you money whenever you want it?
10. Do you want your financial decisions to be on autopilot, to not have to think or worry about them?
11. Do you want to maximise your returns whilst only taking the an appropriate amount of risk?
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Experience tells us the most successful savers invest with a specific goal or need in mind – it helps focus attention on the end result.
And…a portfolio needs time to grow.
So think 5 years as a sensible minimum.
The Smart Account™ is available in EUR, USD and GBP.
Your initial cash transfer will be automatically invested in the portfolio you selected in your account application.
Available cash is invested once per month, on or around the tenth working day.
Simply transfer additional money to your account, regularly or at your convenience.
In order to guarantee your cash will be invested at the start of the month, please note that the last funding date will be the last working day of the preceding month.
Once the minimum top-up amount is reached, your available cash will be automatically invested in your Smart Account™, on or around the tenth working day of the month.
How much you should save will depend on your reason for saving, your other financial commitments, and your disposable income – which makes answering this question hard!
There are some excellent calculators online to help you work out how much you need, depending on your reason for saving, and the amount of time you have to save.
You can transfer money in any of the 6 currencies available.
These are USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, AED and CAD
Your cash will then be converted into the currency of your chosen portfolio, prior to the investment date for the month. Standard FX rates will apply.
You can switch your risk profile at any time free of charge, pending agreement from you and your adviser this is still in line with your financial plan and individual circumstances.
We employ a “buy and hold” strategy.
This is based upon the scientific research that over time, no one can time the market.
A few simple beliefs include:
The focus for the investor should always be how much can you, the investor, risk losing, and how long are you willing to stay invested in the market.
Yes. AES is a fee-only, advice-driven firm specialising in the provision of risk-appropriate passive investing strategies with a fiduciary standard of care.
There are distinct and quantifiable benefits to enlisting the services of an evidence-based financial planner although we believe advanced financial planning is not required or deliverable for everyone.
As part of our CSR initiative 'to help change the way the world invests' we have a large Knowledge Library and Video Library on our website designed to help smaller investors make good investment decisions on their own.
Dimensional Funds are only available through select advisory firms and to institutions. This blog explains why.
If you’re a “do-it-yourselfer,” and you like the idea of engaging in the process of investing, than you may find one of the “DIY” trading platforms reviewed on our website a good way to manage your own money, reduce management expenses, and purchase vanilla index funds.
If on the other hand, you buy into the idea of evidence-based-investing and want to avoid speculative thinking but don’t want to do it by yourself, the Smart Account™ is an excellent option.
Depending on circumstance, and your brokerage firm, the answer is a qualified yes.
Your advisor can guide you through the process and help you find the right answer for your specific needs.
And like this when you view your portfolio:
We believe in “buy and hold”.
Introducing a timing mechanism into the model is, to our way of thinking, a different approach.
Yes, dollar cost averaging is a risk-reducing manoeuvre for some, but we suggest making sure you are in the right model for your circumstance.
We further suggest that you are comfortable with an asset allocation you feel you can hold indefinitely.
You will be given access to our client portal which provides our clients with convenient access to account information including instant access to account balances, positions and transaction history.
You can deposit funds into your account via bank transfer from a bank account in your name.
Once the deposit has been received into your account, your adviser will assist you to complete a dealing instruction to invest the funds.
Transfers can be requested for any business day (allowing up to 5 business days to complete a valid transfer request).
Recurring transfers (deposits via a standing order and/or withdrawals) can be set up as required.
Your adviser will be able to provide the required forms in each circumstance as required.
The Smart Account™ is designed to minimise the risks of investing errors, and to simplify what can sometimes be a complex process, therefore it’s not a facility for buying and selling stocks, bonds, funds, structured products or any other types of investment.
Your assets are held offshore, in Jersey, by our custodian Platform Securities International Limited.
Your portfolio will grow free from tax.
Your tax obligations will likely depend on where you’re resident for tax purposes, and because we are not tax advisers we recommend you seek qualified advice from a tax specialist wherever you live.
The onus is on you to declare and pay taxation due.
Bloomberg and CNBC report current financial industry thinking – that’s an industry that benefits financially from convincing people to buy and sell all the time.
Clever, or even scary sounding predictions are just guesswork.
No one knows the future – just stay invested and ignore the noise.
Turn the TV off or switch channels!
AES proudly act in accordance with the internationally recognised fiduciary standard.
This means we are obligated to make decisions that are in your best interest.
This ensures we conduct ourselves with the utmost care and professionalism, to the highest ethical standards, and manage your investment based on your benefit, not our own.
Within the international and offshore space, we believe this standard makes a true difference.
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Yes we do. An X-Ray Review™ is a no cost, no obligation, diagnostic review of your existing pensions or investments (minimum value of 100,000 USD or currency equivalent).
Our ScientificSystem™ gives you a methodology based upon Nobel prize-winning evidence and common sense.
As a fee-only firm, prices will always be quoted up-front to ensure you are satisfied and not surprised. Find out more.
We cut YOUR costs and improve YOUR returns, enabling you to live a better life. Read more about our investment code.
Tax often represents the biggest financial outlay over the course of your entire lifetime. Whether to help meet increasingly complex tax obligations, to help you plan ahead for your future and your family's future, or to understand the tax treatment of specific products or structures, e.g., an offshore investment bond - our specialists advisers can assist you.
In an increasingly globalised world, the fall-out from a family death can be extremely challenging. Find out how AES can help with your estate planning needs.
Transferring out is an irreversible decision because associated guarantees are lost. Find out more.
Read our comprehensive analysis of your pension options from a taxation point of view.