I initially contacted Martin at Smart Money Asia after reading an interview he participated in with Retire Japan. I was struck by Martin’s reasonable, welcoming tone and the depth of the information he provided. It was clear from the outset that Martin isn’t trying to sell investments or pull potential clients into expensive savings plans they can’t get out of. I followed up by contacting Martin through the Smart Money Asia website for a one-hour coaching session to discuss my retirement plans, my current level of preparedness and future options. He proved very helpful and knowledgeable on all counts. He understands the plight of expats in Japan who intend on living or retiring in the country for the long term. Where he didn’t know or couldn’t advise on certain issues, he was very open and honest in addressing the situation and in recommending potential resources. All in all, I found Martin’s coaching session quite helpful, reasonably priced and easy to organize. He communicated in a timely and courteous manner. I would recommend his services wholeheartedly. – Iain W.
Martin was very helpful answering all of my questions and providing explanations that were easy to understand. He is very knowledgeable about the myriad of products that exist so it was very comforting to know that the information he shared could be trusted. His coaching program and long-term management options are very flexible and fees are reasonable. Martin also answered some follow-up questions I had by email after the coaching session had finished and this was very appreciated. – Paul R, Yokohama.
I was referred to Smart Money Asia by a friend and really glad to have used Martin’s coaching services. He was really helpful from the start and we could work at my pace. I wanted to start investing in Japan and with no experience, Martin was a great guide. He recommended a NISA which is a tax-free investment fund. He took the time to walk me through the Japanese website and help me pick where to invest the money. I think for anyone who doesn’t have a good grasp on investing in Japan and Japanese, I would highly recommend working with Martin. With his coaching services, it’s different from someone selling you different financial products, which is refreshing. I will be using Martin again when I need his help. He is quick to get back on emails and very informative as well as trustworthy. – Alex, Tokyo
I really appreciated Martin’s coaching: he helped me understand some financial principles that are especially relevant to expats, and the information is so much clearer and more actionable than the endless opinions, theories, and data-sets you find in books, online forums, and the like. I feel I have saved a lot of time and energy wondering about what a reasonable approach would be for somebody in my situation, and was able to reassess my financial goals and reallocate my savings & investments. I’ll go back to Martin to keep things on track. – Ben, Tokyo
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