Making smart financial decisions one journey at a time.

Should I contribute to US social security as an expat business owner?

“Should I contribute to social security?” You might think that is an odd question to ask. Afterall, most of the US citizens with earned income have no way to opt out of paying into social security system. This is because US payroll tax, which funds social security...

Three questions to ask regarding your cross-border finance

If you have moved internationally in the near past, you may have noticed that it is difficult getting straight forward answers about what to do with your cross-border finances. You may have gone to financial advisers in your resident country. As soon as they hear you...

Accumulating wealth in the US as a visa holder

15 years ago, when I came to the US to study, most of the international students I knew wanted to stay in the US and get their green card. As my life brought me to other countries, I came to meet more people for whom the US is only one stop in their global journey....

A Tale of Money Transfer from the US to China

You may have read my International Transactions 101 series on this blog. While I detailed how money transfers and exchanges actually happen in the back end of each service, I have not actually tried every single method personally. A while ago I’d had the opportunity...

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