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Martha Myron
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Martha Harris Myron, CPA, PFS, JSM, Master's of Law – International Taxation and Financial Services, is a personal finance expert and offers cross-border financial planning for Bermuda residents with international connections through Bermuda, North America and Europe.

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  • The sequence of a capital market crash
    Apr 4, 2020 8:00 am

    The sequence of a capital market crash

    Moneywise is not featuring our 2020 hypothetical portfolio this month, as market values are significantly down from the beginning of the year.

    There were concerns from numerous well-established influential financial luminaries, highlighted...

  • Simple living and the wave to economic recovery
    Mar 28, 2020 8:00 am

    Simple living and the wave to economic recovery

    Bermuda is now more than a week into activation of coronavirus management mandatory self-quarantine actions: with a travel ban for our island encompassing airport, shipping, and with closures affecting businesses, schools, local transportation,...

  • Managing family finances in tough times
    Mar 21, 2020 8:00 am

    Managing family finances in tough times

    In the last few days, our Bermuda Government under the auspices of the current political party, and David Burt, the Premier, have taken steps to:

    • Ramp up financial aid programmes for Bermuda residents and businesses

    • Close the...

  • Good time to consider emergency planning
    Mar 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Good time to consider emergency planning

    Investors may have complacently thought that the continued rise in financial valuations would never end. The outlier, the so-called “Black Swan” event, this time the extremely serious impacts of the Covid-19 virus around the world became the...

  • How to research a stock of interest
    Mar 7, 2020 8:00 am

    How to research a stock of interest

    On January 4, 2020, Moneywise featured a reader’s pretend portfolio. We thank this individual again for the enthusiastic participation.

    This week, we discuss Teladoc Health. “I’m thinking about buying it,” our reader...

  • Long-term investors, don’t panic!
    Feb 29, 2020 8:00 am

    Long-term investors, don’t panic!

    Global trading markets experienced an absolute disruption (expressed in investment terms) last week.

    As fears of contagion from the coronavirus with the possible concomitant reductionor freeze in supply chains’ access for global...

  • A reader wonders if she has Bermudian status
    Feb 22, 2020 8:00 am

    A reader wonders if she has Bermudian status

    A reader who was born in the US, and has a Bermudian parent and a Bermudian grandfather who resides on the island, has asked a question about her status.

    She is 30, and while she has visited her relatives, she has never lived in Bermuda.

  • Our tax issues interconnected with the world
    Feb 15, 2020 8:00 am

    Our tax issues interconnected with the world

    Moneywise answers a reader’s questions, converted for confidentiality to generic anonymity. Any resemblance to any individual, living or deceased, is completely unintentional.

    Readers’ letters...

  • It all adds up: update on national pensions
    Feb 8, 2020 8:00 am

    It all adds up: update on national pensions

    This is an update, 18 years later, of the original Moneywise article published in January 2002.

    It has now been 20 years since the ground-breaking, game-changing Bermuda National Pension Scheme (Occupational...

  • Bonds and their unique characteristics
    Feb 1, 2020 8:00 am

    Bonds and their unique characteristics

    The Moneywise Pretend Portfolio yearlong series has been updated to reflect stock and bond prices at original issue and as at end of January.

    The portfolio is not yet complete as each month in the year-long programme,

    but please take...

  • A look at national pension scheme regulations
    Jan 25, 2020 8:00 am

    A look at national pension scheme regulations

    Dramatic changes to the Bermuda National Pension Scheme (Occupational Pension) Act 1998, the contributory benefit pension plan designed for all eligible employees in the private sector workforce, were announced by the Bermuda Government last...

  • Investing: should you do it yourself?
    Jan 18, 2020 8:00 am

    Investing: should you do it yourself?

    The monthly Moneywise Pretend Portfolio articles are generating interest, raising awareness of investing, and reader questions.

    Investments, even though we don’t realise their impact, are part and parcel of everyone’s financial...

  • Getting started in stock investing
    Jan 11, 2020 8:00 am

    Getting started in stock investing

    Readers have spoken. The launch of the year-long, once-a-month Moneywise pretend portfolio project has generated interest and reader feedback.

    We thank everyone who has taken time from their busy schedules to send commentary. The Moneywise...

  • Reader’s proposal for pretend portfolio
    Jan 4, 2020 8:00 am

    Reader’s proposal for pretend portfolio

    Part four of the of the Moneywise Pretend Portfolio Project.

    The new year is here! The old year is ancient history in the global finance investment world, one that may pause, but never stops.

    The S&P 500 Index...

  • A new year brings new opportunities for you
    Dec 28, 2019 8:00 am

    A new year brings new opportunities for you

    You’ve weathered the holidays. You did your very best to affirm and bring good vibes to family, relatives, friends, and clients.

    This is your commitment made to your world, and certainly they all had to appreciate your efforts.

    Now,...

  • Economic support of Christmas in Bermuda
    Dec 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Economic support of Christmas in Bermuda

    This semi-annual article has been updated for this year.

    Much is made of GDP numbers when talking about an economy. GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product, the monetary measure of the market value of all the final goods...

  • Tips on avoiding holiday overspend
    Dec 14, 2019 8:00 am

    Tips on avoiding holiday overspend

    As ever, the approaching holidays tend to take on an exuberant, some would say completely chaotic, life of their own.

    What will start out — as thoughts almost every year that “we aren’t going overboard again” — lasts for the first few...

  • Stocking up our hypothetical portfolio
    Dec 8, 2019 12:01 am

    Stocking up our hypothetical portfolio

    This is part three of our series featuring a hypothetical portfolio of stocks.

    Today we’ve finished the selection of stocks that we will be reviewing, analysing and tracking for an entire investment cycle, that is...

  • Lump-sum withdrawals: most are prudent
    Nov 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Lump-sum withdrawals: most are prudent

    The National Pension Scheme (Occupational Pensions) Amendment Act 2019 legislation, which will allow employees to take out a quarter of their private pensions as a lump sum on retirement, was passed by MPs in the House of Assembly on November 15.

  • Raising concern about financial accountability
    Nov 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Raising concern about financial accountability

    This week we review the report of the Auditor-General for completion of audit work for the financial year that ended March 31, 2018.

    Eight days ago the report was tabled in Parliament. It was submitted by Auditor-General, Heather Thomas, to...

  • Selection of investments for mock portfolio
    Nov 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Selection of investments for mock portfolio

    This is part two of the Bermuda Hypothetical Investment Portfolio, a continuation of last week’s article where Moneywise introduced the concept for selecting and tracking a pretend portfolio of stocks, bonds, and cash once a month for year,...

  • Managing a pretend investment portfolio
    Nov 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Managing a pretend investment portfolio

    US capital markets were on another tear and another all-time high last week.

    But is it for real? Is it driven by exemplary corporate earnings and corporate buybacks, or by twitter news, tariff vacillations and puffery?

    The inverted...

  • Kicking the tyres of a mutual fund
    Nov 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Kicking the tyres of a mutual fund

    It’s time to review a mutual fund fact sheet, prospectus and financial statements for the oldest operating mutual fund in the United States (since 1924), the Massachusetts Investor Trust (MFS) with current assets under management in excess of...

  • Running the rule over mutual funds
    Oct 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Running the rule over mutual funds

    Following last week’s money flow and investments article, we today begin a review of a mutual fund structure.

    Moneywise noted the recent mutual fund statistics where more than $50 trillion are held and invested worldwide...

  • The money flow effect and investments
    Oct 19, 2019 8:00 am

    The money flow effect and investments

    Incessantly, money flows in liquid-like streams up and down in commerce interactions and economic upheavals.

    At times, the flow will frantically speed up reminiscent of drenching rainstorms, while at other times it settles to a consistent,...

  • Why Bermudian investments matter to you
    Oct 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Why Bermudian investments matter to you

    Considering the role of Bermudian investments and their effect on you and your family. Your first thought: what! I don’t even have an investment account, so this type of article doesn’t affect me.

    Wait. Read on.

    Oh, yes investments...

  • Frustration and despair at delinquent employers
    Oct 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Frustration and despair at delinquent employers

    This is the last in the three-part series of review, comments and responses to the Bermuda National Pension Amendment Act 2019.

    Moneywise thanks the many who read the first two parts of this series last month, and then...

  • What could be better about pension changes
    Sep 28, 2019 8:00 am

    What could be better about pension changes

    This is part two of the overview of the original innovative Bermuda National Pension Scheme (Occupational Pensions) Act 1998, the National Pension Scheme (General) Regulations 1999 and the 2019 amendments to same that were tabled in...

  • Lump-sum pension option coming at last
    Sep 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Lump-sum pension option coming at last

    Part one of two: evaluating the Bermuda National Pension Scheme (Occupational Pensions) Act Amendment 2019 tabled in the House of Assembly on Friday, September 13, 2019, but not yet enacted as law.

    Well, dear readers, the...

  • Lessons for Bermuda in Bahamas tragedy?
    Sep 14, 2019 8:00 am

    Lessons for Bermuda in Bahamas tragedy?

    A human and natural tragedy of catastrophic proportions. Are there lessons for Bermuda?

    According to recent Dorian hurricane media reports, the Bahamas islands most heavily affected areas are lowlands, rising 15 to 20 feet above sea level...

  • What happens when employers steal from staff?
    Sep 7, 2019 8:00 am

    What happens when employers steal from staff?

    Over more than 20 years of practice in Bermuda, anecdotal stories filtered through from employees short-changed by their employers had almost always the same sad outcome — little to no recourse for recovering a 15 to 20 per cent reduction of...

  • The significance of the inverted yield curve
    Aug 31, 2019 8:00 am

    The significance of the inverted yield curve

    Global capital markets have been roiling and boiling in roller-coaster activity for months, as various country twitterheads-in-charge jockey for trade concessions with various tactics, including tariffs and economic sanctions.

    Of course...

  • Employers stealing from employees
    Aug 24, 2019 8:00 am

    Employers stealing from employees

    Our Bermuda forebears and the futuristic-minded leaders of today enacted employment legislation to define employee positions, rights, and future security that far surpass much larger countries.

    The employer-employee relationship is a...

  • Bonds and the inverted yield curve
    Aug 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Bonds and the inverted yield curve

    It was significant news. Bloomberg’s Katherine Greifeld, Ruth Carson, and John Ainger, on Thursday wrote that “the yield on the United States 30-year Treasury bonds dropped below 2 per cent for the first time; the world’s pile of...

  • Mapping a journey to financial freedom
    Aug 10, 2019 8:00 am

    Mapping a journey to financial freedom

    This is the second in a new, possibly monthly, series on the millennial trend to becoming financially independent, retire early (FIRE!). We first covered this phenomenon on July 27.

    FIRE! is a very real financial...

  • Research and have a plan before you emigrate
    Aug 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Research and have a plan before you emigrate

    This is the third and final part of the series for Bermuda residents leaving the island, giving relocation references and general timeline guidance. This first and second instalments were published in The Royal Gazette...

  • Millennials drawn to retire-early movement
    Jul 27, 2019 8:00 am

    Millennials drawn to retire-early movement

    Surprise! Fire — short for Financial Independence, Retire Early, is not about us anxious-about-retiring oldsters.

    Nor is Fire about Fireworks, but a new millennial finance movement, generating a heightened global surge of interest (and...

  • Financial considerations when leaving Bermuda
    Jul 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Financial considerations when leaving Bermuda

    This is the second part of a look at relocating away from Bermuda to the US, UK or Canada.

    Before beginning, a word of caution: this article is general financial information only and cannot, and should not, be...

  • Complications of relocation
    Jul 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Complications of relocation

    More frequently now, according to local social media, and anecdotal commentary, individuals and families have already left Bermuda or are contemplating moving to other jurisdictions. While actual relocations numbers are not quantified, a...

  • Risk, correlation, and modern portfolio theory
    Jun 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Risk, correlation, and modern portfolio theory

    Reader comments sometimes state that Moneywise articles are not as detailed as they should be. Just a gentle reminder that The Royal Gazette personal finance column space size is limited each week, necessitating more general...

  • Understanding the role of preferred stocks
    Jun 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Understanding the role of preferred stocks

    This is part of the Bermuda Fundamental Financial Planner Primer; Segment Two — the First Bermuda Investment Primer

    A reader wrote after last week’s article about the pros and cons of share buybacks, and asked:...

  • Share buybacks: the pros and cons
    Jun 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Share buybacks: the pros and cons

    The following is an excerpt from The First Bermuda Investment Primer, segment two of the Bermuda Pondstraddler Fundamental Financial Planning Primer Series.

    When Warren Buffett, the highly respected, legendary...

  • Adverse child experiences costly in many ways
    Jun 8, 2019 8:00 am

    Adverse child experiences costly in many ways

    When a child arrives in our world as a beautiful, precious new life to be celebrated, as much as we derive happiness from our perception that their future life will be a great success, that is not always the case.

    Children are the future...

  • Be prepared for a hit to the paycheque
    Jun 1, 2019 8:00 am

    Be prepared for a hit to the paycheque

    Today is the day that your monthly paycheques will become smaller.

    This reduction is due to the significant increase in health insurance premiums caused by Government’s mandatory (now legislated) decree that private insurers remit each...

  • Questions about looming healthcare changes
    May 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Questions about looming healthcare changes

    It is official. In a matter of days, the reality is that all local health insurers offering and managing health insurance in Bermuda will commence remitting an additional $233+ per SHB (Standard Health Benefit — MRP) premium to the Bermuda...

  • Household finances take hit from healthcare
    May 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Household finances take hit from healthcare

    All Bermuda residents trying to maintain a reasonable budget for their families, along with saving for a rainy day, continue to cope with more cost of living challenges going forward. This time it is another increase in...

  • A guide towards handy financial information
    May 11, 2019 8:00 am

    A guide towards handy financial information

    This is part two of the annual research ideas publication for Bermuda individual investors.

    Before progressing readers, please keep in mind that this is general information, some sections or statements may not...

  • Where to get your financial information
    May 4, 2019 8:00 am

    Where to get your financial information

    Introducing the annual research ideas publication for Bermuda individual investors — part one.

    Readers of The Royal Gazette often write to me about Moneywise column topics and how my answers and...

  • Considering a simpler life, Bermuda style
    Apr 28, 2019 12:01 am

    Considering a simpler life, Bermuda style

    This is a revised version of a food series published in Moneywise 2008.

    Our Easter bunny has come and gone. Treats of resplendent chocolates, marshmallow peeps, jelly beans, Cadbury creamy-rich eggs, all more...

  • Survival planning for relationships
    Apr 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Survival planning for relationships

    Part two: survival planning for relationships in cases of divorce, becoming a widow/widower, partner incapacitation situations and just plain relationship common sense.

    Readers, you should know that I often use...

  • Financial security after a partner dies
    Apr 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Financial security after a partner dies

    Ladies, have you planned for your future financial security?

    It is a statistical fact that women overall live longer than men. Longevity is in the genes in many Bermudian families where we find female individuals surpassing the 90-year and...

  • Bermuda rates well against economic giants
    Apr 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Bermuda rates well against economic giants

    Bermuda has been held accountable to meet yet another economic compliance hurdle.

    We’ve been in these scrutinised headlines before. We’ve heard it all before — from country friends and economic foes alike.

    Frustratingly, from our...

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