06th Apr 2023 by Kyle McClellan & Ollie Cutting

Principles of Investing for American Citizens Living in the UK: Introduction

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Kyle McClellan and Ollie Cutting, Wealth Managers at MASECO, have outlined a roadmap of some key principles you should familiarise yourself with before setting sail on your investment journey as an American living in the UK. Over the next few months, we will be releasing each of these seven key principles.


“Principles are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life” ~ Ray Dalio, CIO of Bridgewater Associates.

Beginning your investment journey as an American citizen living in the UK can seem daunting. Whether learning to drive on the opposite side of the road or clarifying how His Majesty will tax your US investments, living in the UK can pose a unique set of challenges. Without the guidance of an experienced advisor or a playbook for dealing with those challenges, it can be very easy to succumb to inertia when thinking about important financial decisions. That inertia, which could relate to restructuring inefficient investments or collapsing structures that are no longer fit for purpose, can compound the financial implications of those challenges and prevent US-connected families from adequately planning for their future.

Although these challenges may be complex and costly, they are all solvable and can present planning opportunities for the informed family.  In a world that provides an almost infinite supply of information to anyone with a smartphone, making the right decision about navigating some of these challenges can be overwhelming.  Instead of paving the way to structuring the ‘perfect’ portfolio or identifying the most effective tax planning strategy, we can inevitably fall prey to ‘analysis paralysis’ by attempting to incorporate every minute detail into a decision.  In our experience, those challenges can be successfully navigated by understanding and implementing the basic principles for investing as an American citizen living in the UK.

Kyle McClellan and Ollie Cutting, Wealth Managers at MASECO, have outlined a roadmap of some key principles you should familiarise yourself with before setting sail on your investment journey as an American living in the UK. Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing their seven ‘Principles of Investing’.

Please email masecocommunications@masecopw.com to receive a copy of our Principles of Investing whitepaper in advance. 

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