Money Matters

Predicting the future is always a risky business. Accurately forecasting when changes will happen is impossible. However if, like Kondratieff, we look at the economy as a series of cycles1,…

A seventh year of bulls?

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
March signalled the sixth anniversary of bulls dominating the S&P 500 - and the run may have some more fuel in it yet, but for how long? Six years of…
Recently, China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), reduced its reserve-requirement ratio (RRR) by a record-equalling 1% (or 100 base points). RRR is the percentage of depositors’ balances…

Thailand Tax Changes

Friday, 01 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 18 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
There have been a number of changes to Thailand’s economic and business environment since the current government took power last May; not least in the area of taxation. Here’s a…
As well as ‘getting more exercise’, one of the items that can be difficult to achieve in a To Do list is setting - and more importantly, sticking to -…

Preparing for the Digital Afterlife

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
I’ve long held in great importance the concept of helping clients make sure their affairs are in order should anything happen to them. The right planning can ensure loved ones…
In the early hours of 23rd March, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that his father and independent Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, had died. Lee’s death…

Liberté, Égalité, Fiscalité!

Friday, 03 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 14 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
Foreign owners of property in France could be in line for a tax rebate - and it’s all thanks to a Dutchman. Gérard de Ruyter was working in France between…
The last time that we were in debt-deflation was the 1930s. It took extreme policy measures to end debt deflation back then. Not the New Deal, not the Rentenmark but…
I’m increasingly described these days as a perma-bear or something of a pessimist. I think this is a little unfair because as I often point out, I’ve only been bearish…
In the Chinese system, 2015 is referred to as the Year of the Goat, Sheep or sometimes Ram. Officially, 2015 belongs to the sign wèi, which is identified with the…
You see, there was one tiny flaw in the plan […]. It was b*******s. - Captain Edmund Blackadder1 Post-World War II, there was a determination that the horrors that had…
With the Thai government making several announcements regarding residents’ visas over the past few months, it’s probably an opportune moment to explain the different types of permit or visa. As…
I recently noticed a report which concluded that members of Generation X are poorer than those from the Baby Boom generation. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ financial security and mobility project…

Thailand in 2015: What next?

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
Once again it’s the time when finance experts try to make predictions for the new year. Global economy is turning Japanese The global economic backdrop in 2015 remains a debt…
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