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Old 01.04.2010, 21:11
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Investments for Expats

My role once I move to Switzerland will be selling financial investments to expats in the Zurich area/ West Switzerland.

I've registered with LinkedIn and Zing already, does anyone have any tips or other good channels to register with to get the most out of my new role?

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Old 01.04.2010, 22:46
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Not really sure, but please, please dont start cold calling. I'm sick and tired of ** **** and partners calling me....

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Rather you than me; I would say you have a hard task.
Expats in Switzerland are pretty bright and clued up from what I can see.

Maybe you can post some of your Investment schemes on here and we can see how well they really perform; I am talking real value put in against real value coming out; not some theoretical paper figure that states "the value stated is not necessarily what you will receive if you were to cash it in now"
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Old 01.04.2010, 23:25
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I've registered with LinkedIn and Zing already, does anyone have any tips or other good channels to register with to get the most out of my new role?

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I wish you every success.
So far most of the schemes currently offered do not comply with Swiss Law or require the investor to participate in dubious activities or require the investor to invest in currencies that do not maintain parity with the CHF.
For example it is easy to get 10% or more annual return on investments in South Africa but the Rand is falling through the floor so your actual net return could be negative.
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Re: Investments for Expats

Strange you mention the rand falling through the floor - i just recently had a look and thought exactly the opposite.
See here for instance - especially over longer periods:

http://www.x-graphs.com/cacti/graph-...ew-492-all.php
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Old 01.04.2010, 23:49
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Strange you mention the rand falling through the floor - i just recently had a look and thought exactly the opposite.
See here for instance - especially over longer periods:

http://www.x-graphs.com/cacti/graph-...ew-492-all.php
Well 5 years ago 1 CHF bought 5 SA Rand, now 1 CHF buys 7 SA Rand. I grant you that over the last year the Rand/CHF rate was quite volatile but averaged around 1 CHF buys 7 SA Rand.
Myself I suspect when the 2010 FIFA World Cup effect dies away then the Rand will continue its downward spiral versus the CHF. But what do I know, maybe the Rand will recover?
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I've registered with LinkedIn and Zing already, does anyone have any tips or other good channels to register with to get the most out of my new role?

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welcome McP

if you hadn't already announced what you do, i would have said there's no need to tell everyone (pssttt... some ppl who sell investments to expats in CH have had a bit of a bad reputation recently)

as for a tip... do not cold call or spam people here.
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Re: Investments for Expats

Sorry Dino, was incase anyone who hadn't seen the other thread was wondering what I was talking about!

Don't fancy cold calling, done that in a previous job here in the UK and it was horrendous.

I want to build a good rep here and a trusting client base. I'll be honest, I've not had to do it on this scale before though, but I'm willing to learn as I go.

Dino, what happened to give people a bad reputation? (So I don't end up doing the same)
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I want to build a good rep here and a trusting client base. I'll be honest, I've not had to do it on this scale before though, but I'm willing to learn as I go.

Dino, what happened to give people a bad reputation? (So I don't end up doing the same)
I'm not sure i would like you to "learn as you go" whilst investing my money. Why don't you learn with your money and when you worked out how to do it successfully come back and tell us all about it ?

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McPuffin,

Look at all schemes offered since the 60's
Unit Trusts, Pension Plans; Endowments/Endowment Mortgages; Investment Funds; Hedge Funds etc etc.
The only people who appear to have made money on these schemes are the sales reps (oops Financial Advisors) with commission and the traders that play with them with guaranteed fees.

What amazes me is that even when interest rates were 7% and with the Tax Relief back payment of up to 40% from the government; pension funds were hardly increasing in value. I was warned about this in 1993 and have never ever advised a pension fund for anybody and that still stands today.
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I hate agreeing with a dictatorship but Singapore seems to have it right. Government-backed compulsory savings for retirement.
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I hate agreeing with a dictatorship but Singapore seems to have it right. Government-backed compulsory savings for retirement.
The country got it right in more than one way... the guys that annoy us so much here to the extent that we are not allowed to discuss them on this forum got a governmental kick in the ass over there.
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I hate agreeing with a dictatorship but Singapore seems to have it right. Government-backed compulsory savings for retirement.
ohh ... you don't like how they encourage savings in the land of the free and the home of the brave??
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