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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

    ... to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk Does changing my Hong Kong dollars make any cents? Should I switch my Hong Kong dollar savings to Australian, or New Zealand, dollar term deposits to get better returns? Current returns ... is the operative word here because, as my favourite economist says: "All exchange rate forecasts are born useless and die the same way." There is a huge range of different factors that influence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1049532/should-i-switch-my-hk-dollar-savings
  2. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Back-up medical plan a popular choice

    Posted Jul 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... medical plan a popular choice I'm 45 and my annual health checks are great with no hint of the heart problems that killed my Dad and his Dad. My wife is 47 and in good health but smokes. My employer provides generous medical benefits for the family. I love my job and have no plans to move but my industry is fickle. Should I look for some sort of back-up cover? The chance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1287776/back-medical-plan-popular-choice
  3. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Grasp your priorities in life with a budget

    Posted Jul 29th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... sideswipes. The risk management side of financial planning was on my mind this month while climbing in Mont Blanc. To avoid the obvious risks I mostly employed common sense and put one foot in front of, or above, the other. The rest was left to my guide, Mark, a master of risk management. With our fortunes tied together by a length of rope on steep and slippery slopes, he had to assess ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1292609/grasp-your-priorities-life-budget
  4. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Saving stamp duty means leaving home

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... duty means leaving home My wife and I are permanent residents and jointly own our home. We have separated and I would like to buy my own flat. Will I be exempt from the new higher stamp duties? ... in making these changes.   My wife and I are permanent residents and jointly own our home but no other property. We want to build our residential property portfolio. How can we minimise stamp duty? ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1230914/saving-stamp-duty-means-leaving-home
  5. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Prospect of property slump adds to risk

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

    ... to my spouse to halve stamp duty on a new property. Is it also true that mortgage interest costs can only be fully claimed if I solely own the new flat? Yes, as sole owner of your new home, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1241506/prospect-property-slump-adds-risk
  6. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    A bird in the hand may cost you a flock

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... Melanie Nutbeam Melanie Nutbeam, a certified financial planner based in Hong Kong, addresses common personal finance queries. Send your questions to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk A bird in the hand may cost you a flock I'm buying a Hong Kong residential property. Should I buy it in my own name or through a company and trust arrangement? If you are a permanent resident ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1225509/bird-hand-may-cost-you-flock
  7. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Why not put all your eggs in one basket?

    Posted Apr 15th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... Melanie Nutbeam, a certified financial planner based in Hong Kong, addresses common personal finance queries. Send your questions to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk Should I consolidate my MPF accounts? Regardless of the sum in your Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) accounts, it's worth considering consolidation. The MPF Authority (MPFA) is on a mission to encourage people to do this. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1214718/why-not-put-all-your-eggs-one-basket
  8. 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

    ... from foreign shackles and embrace HK We arrived in Hong Kong a few months ago. My partner's initial contract is for two years with another two likely after that. Do you have any personal ... wealth at a faster rate in Hong Kong than elsewhere. My rule of thumb for Australians was that a year of earning in Hong Kong was equal to three at home. That was before Sydney and Melbourne came ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1199070/break-free-foreign-tax-shackles-and-embrace-hong-kongs-low
  9. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Consider all the angles when preparing a will

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... a will is a matter of life and death (and dementia) My wife and I are equal owners of our company. My will provides for my share of the company to pass 50 per cent to my wife and 50 per cent to my three children. Our home is in both our names. If something happens to me or my wife what happens to the company's assets? If you die and your wife survives you, she will own 75 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1131058/consider-all-angles-when-preparing-will
  10. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Swapping Hong Kong for the UK. An adviser here or there?

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... Melanie Nutbeam Melanie Nutbeam, a certified financial planner based in Hong Kong, addresses common personal finance queries. Send your questions to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk Swapping HK for the UK. An adviser here or there? My wife and I are British/Irish. We plan to sell our property in Hong Kong and use the money to retire to Britain. Should we look for an adviser here ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1187876/swapping-hong-kong-uk-adviser-here-or-there

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