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Who needs a financial adviser, right? After all, managing complex financial matters such as wills, insurance, investments, and budgeting is just a walk in the park. Especially for expats, what could possibly go wrong? Let’s dive into this with a healthy dose of reality (and a bit of sarcasm) to see why you might want an expert in your corner and answer your “Do I need a financial adviser” question!

Wills and Guardianship – Just a Piece of Paper?

Sure, drafting a will and setting up guardianship arrangements, especially when you have assets scattered across different countries, is a breeze. Who needs a professional to navigate the intricate legalities of various jurisdictions or ensure your assets are protected and distributed as per your wishes?

Insurance – Who Needs Protection?

Deciphering the overwhelming level of insurance options and figuring out the right coverage for your unique situation is child’s play, right? Why bother with an adviser to untangle the nuances of international insurance policies?

Beneficiaries – Easy Choices, Right?

Choosing beneficiaries for your financial accounts and insurance policies is a snap decision. No need to ponder over the long-term financial implications for your loved ones.

Budgeting and Cash Flow Management – Just Wing It:

Creating a budget and managing cash flow in a foreign currency or economy is something you could probably do in your sleep. Financial advisers and their strategies for optimizing your spending and saving? Overrated!

Accountability and Emotions in Financial Decisions:

We all know that emotions never cloud our financial decisions. So, why would anyone need a level-headed professional to provide objective advice when buying or selling assets?

Debt – Good, Bad, Who Cares?

Understanding the nuances between good and bad debt, leveraging credit for wealth building, or managing debt repayment – these are all instinctive, aren’t they? A financial expert’s guidance seems rather superfluous.

Forecasting and Future Planning:

Predicting future market trends and planning for unknowns in a fluctuating global economy – everyone’s a clairvoyant, right? Who needs a financial adviser for setting realistic financial goals?

Investing – Just Pick a Stock, Any Stock:

Investing is no more complex than a casual game of darts. Analyzing market trends, assessing global economic factors, and tailoring an investment strategy to your unique goals and risk tolerance – sounds like a job for… well, anyone but a financial adviser?

Asset Allocation – Mix and Match:

Determining the perfect mix of stocks, bonds, real estate, and other assets is simple. There’s absolutely no need for a professional’s insight to balance your portfolio against market volatility and align it with your long-term objectives. 

Choosing Structures – Simple Decisions:

Deciding between trusts, offshore accounts, or other complex financial structures, particularly for expats, is surely a piece of cake. Who needs specialized knowledge to navigate the tax implications and legal considerations?

Pricing and Timing – Anyone’s Guess:

Timing the market and understanding the pricing of various investment options – these are skills everyone is born with, right? No need for an adviser to help you navigate through market highs and lows or to identify fair pricing in complex financial products.

Risk, Volatility, and Emotion – Just Roll with It:

Managing risk and emotional reactions to market volatility is second nature to all. Why would anyone require an adviser to maintain perspective during market downturns or to ensure investment decisions are driven by strategy, not emotion?

Matching Risk to Need – Intuitive, Right?

Balancing your financial needs with your risk appetite surely comes naturally. The role of an adviser in aligning your investment strategy with your life goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon is, of course, entirely optional.


So, do I need a financial adviser? Should I bother? If you’ve sensed a bit of sarcasm in our exploration, you’re right on the money. The truth is, the world of financial planning, especially for expatriates, is riddled with complexities and nuanced strategies that are anything but straightforward. A skilled financial adviser offers much more than money management; they bring tailored guidance, deep insight, and the invaluable peace of mind that comes from a professional navigating these complexities.

Book a meeting with me today and let’s get your journey on track!

About Mike Coady

Mike Coady is an expat expert based in Dubai and is on hand to help with all of the above and more.

Mike is an award-winning money coach and industry leader in the financial sector.

Qualified to UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) standards, a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Sales Professionals (FF.ISP), and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD) and featured as a highly qualified Financial Adviser in Which Financial Adviser.

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Blog published by Mike Coady.