The Cost of Advice

Most expats have gone into their bank or perhaps been cold called by a financial advisory firm and then bought a life policy, a savings plan pension or an offshore investment after seeing the salesman. The service often appeared to be free and therefore it was painless. This is very much the “old” model: the financial adviser has sold a product on a one-off basis.

Expat financial advice is likely to have been limited to the sale of the product rather than considering how the new addition linked to what was already in place within the ‘bigger picture’.

You need to know up front whether or not the service is appropriate for you. Below is a summary of the scope of our advice and typically what it costs. We will always confirm in writing before beginning work of what we intend to charge for our service.

Initial Discussion

We offer all new clients an initial meeting which is at our expense and without any obligation. This can take place at our offices in Singapore, at your home or another convenient location. We can also do this via video conference.

Following this first meeting, we will write to you with our initial thoughts about your personal finances and how we can help you. You will get your 'snapshot' of your financial position including an inital financial forecast. It will also cover some key points that should be acted on.

Financial Planning and Advice

The next step is to proceed to planning your 'what if' scenarios and building a plan that is for you. We can charge a fixed fee for this service depending upon the complexity of your situation.

For Financial Planning with full cash flow analysis, tax and estate planning and the all important 'what ifs'. Using market-leading software, our goals based, interactive financial plan is designed for you - Starting at $3,000

For project or specific advice the fee is $500 per hour.

Please note that our fees will be higher in some cases depending on the complexity and scope of the advice we are delivering.

We will always tell you exactly how much you will pay before you agree to proceed with our services. If you do not wish to proceed then you can walk away


To implement any financial solutions will depend on the type of financial plan you need or want. Our advice may not require any changes.

  • Implementation of regular savings strategies
    • The initial report fee will be offset against this cost
  • Implementation of a new lump sum investment
    • 0-3% of the total amount invested for a lump sum depending on the level of investment
  • Implementation of insurance policies.
    • We are paid by commission from the insurance company.

Maintaining the Investment

To deliver these services we charge you on the value of the assets that we manage for you.

  • Less than $2m
    • 1%
  • Above $2m
    • 0.5%

Our fees are payable by invoice or if it is more beneficial for you by charging against the funds in the investment.

Platform/Product Cost

• Platform/Product for Regular Savings: 0.10%-0.30% pa

• Lump Sum Platform/Product: 0.10%-0.30% pa plus admin and dealing fees.

Compare us with others

We are sometimes asked how our fees compare with our competitors. Many offshore advisers do not charge separately for the advice and implementation but bundle the price together which you only pay if you buy an offshore savings plan or protection product.

You should ask how much the adviser is earning and where his remuneration is coming from. You can then identify where the conflict of interest is and if the adviser has a vested interest in truly independent advice that is right for you.

If they will not tell you how much the commission is for the product then you should walk away.