Atlas Wealth Management, a Queensland, Australia-based advisory business which specialises in looking after Aussie expats long-distance, has added an outpost in Abu Dhabi, as it extends its reach into the Gulf region.
The new outpost will be headed up by Daniel Hackett, (pictured above left, with Atlas Wealth founder and managing director Brett Evans, right). Hackett will be based in the Reem Island offices of Future Insurance, where he will continue to be employed as well as vice president of Future Insurance’s Abu Dhabi team, Atlas Wealth said in a statement this week.
Hackett, who like Evans is Australian by nationality, is registered with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission to give advice, including on superannuation and investment accounts, and will look to work with Australian expatriate clients throughout the Gulf, Evans said.
Hackett’s nine years of experience in financial services includes having worked as a tax accountant and financial planner in Australia for seven years – after having obtained an accounting degree and diploma in fnancial planning – before heading abroad to advise expatriates, according to a statement announcing his appointment.
“For a long time now, Australian expats in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf have had to try to piece together financial advice from myriad sources, which means that they don’t always end up receiving the right advice,” Evans said, in a statement accompanying the announcement.
“Now that we have a presence in Abu Dhabi, they’ll be able to sit down with a financial planner who not only understands the Australian financial landscape, but most importantly, how that fits in with their being based in Abu Dhabi.”
Atlas Wealth was founded in 2011, and looks after expatriate Australians in more than 20 countries around the world, mainly from its base in Southport, on Australia’s so-called Gold Coast.
As noted in a profile of Atlas Wealth here in 2016, the Atlas Wealth Management business model takes advantage of modern technology to stay in touch with its far-flung Aussie clients. According to Evans, his Atlas Wealth YouTube channel and its presence on Facebook have helped him to keep his clients informed of changes in the marketplace, as well as introduced Atlas Wealth to would-be Aussie expat clients who otherwise might not have found the firm.