A Hidden Side Of Life Insurance

“Pssst! – Wanna buy a life insurance policy on someone who hasn’t got long to live?” Sounds a bit of a macabre offer but this is precisely what a number of companies in the traded life policy business have been offering for several years. The role of ‘viaticals’ It may seem to be a little […]

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Protecting Ourselves Against Disasters

Some months ago the headline for this column read ‘Could things get any worse? This was after the Bali bombing and SARS and I suggested that while things could hardly get worse than they were at the time there was always the possibility of a further calamity such as a volcanic eruption, major earthquake or […]

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The Pros And Cons Of Savings Plans

The chances are that most expat readers have some form of savings plan. Savings can take the form of anything from that piggy bank you had when you were little (did anyone tell you about the interest you were losing?!) to life long contributions to a pension plan. The fact is, unless you are extremely […]

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Learning From Disasters

‘We never thought this could happen.’ These were not the words of an individual suddenly faced with perhaps a burned down house or a serious accident but those of many senior members of the US government in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans and the surrounding area. While the authorities were well-prepared […]

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