Is the expat investor really better off today when it comes to protection than in the "good old days", when markets seemingly were simpler to understand and regulate? Is an all-encompassing regulatory framework for the financial markets even feasible? Where is the sensible middle ground between intrusive rules and the uncontrolled elements of financial services "cowboys" and consumer internet "experts"?
Having looked at yield versus growth, asset balancing, gold, commodities, banking and general investor comprehension in Net Worth in March and April, we have received some interesting responses from readers. One common theme in many of the discussions has been the relevance of compliance, and how expats can benefit when making investments through the various regulated jurisdictions available today.
If you consult an adviser in Thailand he may offer you more advice than a similar person in Hong Kong or Singapore. While on the face of it this might appear good, he could be advising on products and services that he is not qualified to discuss. This is because Hong Kong and Singapore impose far heavier regulations on international financial advisers in such matters.
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