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Expat Focus Financial Update April 2018




Number of Chinese HNW expats heading to the UK rockets

The number of Chinese expats looking to utilise the UK's 'Investor Visa' programme has rocketed by 56% over the past year, a wealth advisory firm says.

London-based LJ Partnership says that the number of Chinese HNWIs, and also UHNWI's, who are applying to live in the UK are doing so because of the attractions of living in the country outweigh issues over Brexit.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update March 2018




Looming deadline for declaring offshore assets

HMRC is warning that a deadline for expats to declare their offshore assets is looming.

Those who fail to comply will face tougher penalties if they have not declared the right amount of tax. These penalties take effect from 1 October. HMRC says that anyone with overseas assets will now need to declare these quickly or risk a larger fine. They add that they will prosecute the most serious cases of tax evasion.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update February 2018




Global HNWIs Leave UK For Australia And US

The UK may be losing its traditional position as a leading destination for High Net-Worth Individuals (HNWIs), with more ultra-wealthy people heading to the US and Australia, says a new report.

Research from New World Wealth reports that last year, the UK saw more HNWIs leaving the country than arriving for the first time.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update January 2018




Most expensive places for expats revealed

An annual cost of living index which reveals the most expensive places for expats to live in has been revealed by Numbeo.com. Their figures for 2018 reveal that Hamilton in Bermuda is the most expensive location overall for expats.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update December 2017




Expat Pensioners Suffer Brexit Blow

Most UK expat pensioners are now having to live off an income that is worth 20% less than it was in the Christmas before the Brexit referendum. The findings come from Equiniti, which handles pension payments for more than 60,000 expat pensioners, most of whom are receiving their pensions in the Eurozone.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update November 2017




Growth In Expat Buy To Let Mortgages

Growing numbers of British expats looking for a buy to let mortgages has led to a new high in demand, says one firm.

Research from Liquid Expat Mortgages reveals that over the past year demand has soared, with enquiries for UK buy to let mortgages increasing by 90 percent. This is despite stricter stress-testing regulations introduced by the Prudential Regulation Authority, which is part of the Bank of England. However, thanks to a weak pound, the UK's property market is an attractive investment opportunity for many expats. The firm says that most enquiries are from expats in the UAE, who account for 30 percent of the total, with 15 percent coming from Hong Kong and 10 percent from Singapore.    more ...


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What Might Brexit Mean For Expat Finances?




It's still too early to tell for sure what the ramifications for either a ‘hard’ or a ‘soft’ Brexit might be, since there are other issues to consider, such as:

• The steadily weakening pound
• Uncertainty over pension entitlements
• Interest rates that are below the rate of inflation.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update October 2017




Brexit Could Void Expat Pensions

The UK's chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, has been warned that British expats face losing their pensions and having their insurance voided as a result of Brexit. This is because insurance and pension firms based in the UK may be barred from taking money from EU customers unless the issue of contracts is addressed in negotiations.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update September 2017




UK expat retirees not returning

UK government data reveal that there will not be a wholesale return of British pensioners living in EU countries because of Brexit. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) say there's no evidence to suggest that expat retirees are looking to return to the UK.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update August 2017




British expat retirees rush to Europe

A firm of financial advisers that helps British expat retirees settle in European Union countries says demand for its services is rocketing.

Blevins Franks says that the number of enquiries every month to its website has doubled in the past year, while business has grown by 25%. The financial experts say that British expat retirees will find it more difficult to move to other European Union countries after Brexit. The most popular countries that the expats are heading to currently are Spain, Portugal and France.    more ...