This article will review a relatively new platform in the expat market, The Investment Platform (TIP), which is based in Mauritius.
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What is TIP?
The Investment Platform is an expat focused solution, which is based in Mauritius, and also offered to some locals in Latin America and beyond.
With a completely open architecture structure, which in human terms means that the investment choice is wide-ranging, this is becoming a more popular option in the market.
What are the costs associated with this platform?
The main costs are:
Management charge – 0.55%
Dealing fees. – 0.1% + a 35 Euro flat charge
Any fees you negotiate with your advisor
The main positives associated with this platform are:
- It is a near complete open book. You are able to gain access to a countless number of investments whereas some other offshore platforms are more restrictive
- The costs stack up well against the majority of the competition although the exact charges will depend on which advisor you pick
- There are some excellent options for Americans offered on this investment platform. Most non-US platforms don’t want to deal with Americans these days, so this is a significant advantage.
- Small minimums of $1,000 so this solution can work for regular investments even though most clients use it as a lump sum platform
- No geographical restrictions in terms of where clients can be taken from within reason. Therefore, for expats that are portable and moving from country to country, this can offer a good solution to minimise hassles when you move.
- A Mauritius base gives this platform a tax-efficient angle for many expats, although this will depend on your nationality and country of tax residency.
- Can be held with a range of other solutions, such as SIPPS and QROPS for British pensions.
- They can accept money directly from other providers if you are dissatisfied with some of your existing investments
- Decent online system with 24/7 access
- Available in numerous currencies including EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, SGD and USD.
- Excellent investment safeguards which ensures that your money should be safe in an extreme situation like a financial crash.
The main drawbacks with this solution are:
- The client onboarding process is relatively good compared with many providers out there and miles better than the traditional companies I previously mentioned. However, there are easier options out there in the market, which are quicker and have less paperwork attached to them.
- Your results will depend on your advisor and advisory company. Person 1 could be getting excellent returns whilst Investor 2 could be receiving sub-par performance and service. This is the same for all the major advisor-led solutions though and can’t be blamed on the platform.
- The platform costs, IT system and investment choice are all better than average but in each case, slightly better alternatives can sometimes be found. This does depend on many factors though, including how much you have to invest.
Overall, this is a good solution in the expat market. Your overall returns, however, will depend on how your account is being managed by your existing advisor/advisory company.
It is therefore important to consider which company you engage with, before going into this product.