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  1. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Should I switch my HK dollar savings?

    Posted Oct 01st 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... On the face of it, that looks attractive. But both currencies are trading at historically high levels. If either currency depreciates, even marginally, you could lose your interest earnings, while if the currency depreciates significantly, you will suffer a capital loss when you exchange your money back to Hong Kong dollars. Of course, you could be lucky and find that at the end of six months ...

  2. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Break free from foreign tax shackles and embrace Hong Kong's low rate

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... eye on currency movements. Ensure your bank allows for ease of changing and receiving foreign currencies at competitive rates. Avoid borrowing in a foreign currency, as this can go badly ...

  3. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Prospect of property slump adds to risk

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... mortgage, currency risk needs to be managed. Also, you haven't said where you plan to retire, so future currency risk may need to be considered. You are effectively putting your home- ...

  4. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Rules shift on Australian pensions, assets

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... to superannuation. Finally, with a decline in the Australian dollar of around 8 per cent in six weeks, it's worth thinking about how to optimise asset management from both a currency and a tax ...

  5. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: Can you retire on HK$10m?

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... per cent), rent from property (30 per cent) and interest from four A-rated bonds in different currencies (30 per cent). We also own gold (4 per cent), have an MPF (3 per cent) and a pension (3 ... were in the financial sector, where returns averaged 4.03 per cent. Overseas stocks may also have done a little better, but those returns involve currency risk. My guess is you hold Hong Kong ...

  6. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: a new year, a new financial plan

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... to the relevant assets. Credit card debt and accrued tax liabilities, for example, are listed next to cash while mortgages are listed next to the relevant property. Use a common currency for all assets, but record the currency and prevailing exchange rate for individual assets. Although software is available to assist with updating asset and liability values, a simple Word or Excel document ...

  7. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: Critical Illness Cover

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:51am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... your application or claims may be fruitless. Review your cover regularly, especially if it’s in a foreign currency. The policies mentioned are all straight insurance policies designed to meet ...



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