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How Non-Americans Can Benefit from American Brokerage Accounts

This past week, my office phone rang several times with non-Americans inquiring about opening American brokerage accounts. Given the hassles of dealing in some of the more popular offshore jurisdictions, and given the many benefits of keeping … [Read more...]

What Should You Do About the FBAR?

Whenever I mention the acronym FBAR, Americans often say one of two things: “F what??” or “I don’t need to do that.”  What’s an FBAR? The “Report of Foreign Bank Accounts” (FBAR) is a required U.S. government form, which is important in the … [Read more...]

How to Solve this Common Problem with American Brokerage Accounts

I often receive calls at my office from people who say that they have a problem with their American brokerage account because their U.S. investment advisor asked them to change firms. It’s not because they don’t meet the minimum balance requirements. … [Read more...]

What is the Best Way to Transfer Dollars to Israel?

When clients ask to transfer dollars from their U.S. investment account to their Israeli bank, the details they must provide sometimes take them by surprise. Living in a different country from your assets means that money transfers are necessary to … [Read more...]

Are You Getting the Social Security You Deserve?

The “Greenberg Settlement,” the resolution of a class-action lawsuit brought against the Social Security Administration (SSA), changes the way American olim receive their American Social Security payments.   Under the SSA’s Windfall Elimination … [Read more...]

What To Do If You Can’t Buy U.S. or Israeli Mutual Funds

Since Americans living abroad are frequently denied the opportunity to buy mutual funds, how can investors diversify their portfolios without being responsible for the day-to-day management of dozens of individual stocks and bonds? One possible … [Read more...]

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