Published: 20 Sep 2012 17:49 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 20 Sep 2012 17:49 GMT+02:00
Michael Brinksman at Which Offshore explains how expats can navigate the financial services jungle.
What is Which Offshore?
Which Offshore has been the leading consumer advice group for the burgeoning global expat community over the last 10 years. From humble beginning we are proud to have to grown to be the most authoritative and respected voice for expats around the world.
What is your biggest-selling package?
Which Offshore specialises in connecting expats with our network of quality assured Independent Financial Advisers. IFAs work independently of any bank of or building society and therefore have free reign to examine all financial markets and options that are available to you. Depending on what kind of advice you desire an IFA can offer much more in the way of assistance, be it for a single investment recommendation such as a QROPS or as a long-term financial confidante.
What's the nicest thing a reader has ever said about Which Offshore?
As we all know leaving home to move to a strange country can be a stressful and traumatic experience. One lady who was in the process of moving to Burgundy wrote us a lovely email explaining that she had used the information available at Which Offshore to plan every aspect of her emigration. She described the community's help as 'invaluable' and told us that it was only the resources available at Which Offshore that had given her the confidence to realise her lifetime ambition.
What keeps you awake at night?
There are so many rogue traders out there just waiting to mislead expats when it comes to providing financial advice especially in the QROPS market. It is a source of great frustration for everyone on the Which Offshore team that these practises do go on which is why we are so committed to providing access to impartial advice for expats on QROPS as well as other relevant financial products through our network of qualified IFAs.
If I call you up, will your staff be able to speak with me in English?
Yes, absolutely. Every member of the Which Offshore team speaks excellent English (as well as several other languages) and will be happy to help with any enquiry.
What's the strangest request you have ever had?
We once had a request from a gentleman living in Provence who wanted information on how to obtain pet insurance for his Nile crocodile. I wish I was joking!
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