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    Reverse mortgage, saving on income tax and resident status

    Business, Published on 09/02/2015

    » NnnI recently attended a seminar on saving for retirement at the Emerald Hotel. During one talk, the speaker mentioned a "reverse mortgage" as an alternative that Thailand urgently needs. What does this mean? And how could it help those who have not saved enough for retirement? I didn't have the guts to ask at the seminar.

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    How to make your IT family happy

    Business, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Every company's technology situation has unique aspects, yet most share a common trait: No matter how much they spend on technology, executives are often disappointed with the results. This creates a tension similar to how Leo Tolstoy described families: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." And with technology spending expected to grow at 3.1% annually over the next five years, IT leaders feel intense pressure to deliver better results.

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    Greek drama and Chinese rout push shares down

    Business, Published on 06/07/2015

    » Recap: Greece's debt default weighed on global stock markets last week ahead of yesterday's referendum. The start of this week promises to be choppy as US investors return from a long weekend and markets weigh the results of the Greek vote.

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    Leaving less to the taxman and making use of fund benefits

    Business, Published on 22/09/2014

    » nnnThe new inheritance tax is closer to reality. I know the details have not yet been finalised but I'm quite worried about ignoring it given the military has been doing things pretty quickly lately. If we wait to act we might end up paying a high tax. I'm 65, my wife is 62 and we have two sons and two daughters. Our combined assets include two shophouses for rent, a few land plots in Thailand and an apartment in England that generates rental income. We also have investment in private and government bonds and some in equities. What should we do to keep our tax payment as low as possible?

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    Living below the line

    Business, Published on 15/05/2017

    » Thailand is Southeast Asia's second-largest economy, generating 14.4 trillion baht a year and home to some of Asia's richest people. However, almost a fifth of the country's population lives in poverty and, appallingly, 4 million are estimated to live below the poverty line, with an income of 30,000 baht a year or 2,500 baht per month.

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    Banker, author, nature lover

    Published on 15/04/2017

    » These days, the head of Thailand’s Kasikornbank Plc (KBank) spends much of his time saving trees in the remote province of Nan, and promoting his romance novel, rather than running the country’s second-largest lender in Bangkok.

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    Prasert richest SET tycoon for third year

    Online Reporters, Published on 09/12/2015

    » Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, founder of Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Plc (BGH) and Bangkok Airways Plc (BA), has been ranked the richest businessman on the Thai stock market for the third year running with publicly listed shares worth 62.36 billion baht, up 7.69% on 2014.

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    Financial Planning For Athletes: The Golden Rules

    Business, Published on 09/11/2015

    » Working with sports stars is often a dream come true for many financial planners. So you can imagine how excited I was when I was asked by the manager of Nakhon Ratchasima FC to hold a financial planning workshop for the Swat Cats last month.

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    SEC clamps down on insider trading

    Business, Nuntawun Polkuamdee, Published on 28/11/2014

    » Insider trading offences by the managements of listed companies are on the rise this year. The offenders' excuse? Their lack of knowledge of rules and regulations.

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    Rags to riches to ruin: Beating the third-generation curse

    Business, Published on 16/06/2014

    » For family businesses, transition is the toughest phase; few families that own and operate companies survive beyond three generations, a curse that summarises the life cycle of a business from rags to riches and then ruin. In the three-generation effect, a family business usually starts with the patriarch establishing the company to provide for his or her family. The second generation inherits the business and grows it, then comes the third generation squanders it.

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