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Articles > Malaysia


Top Expat Neighborhoods in Kuala Lumpur

Posted on Saturday July 20, 2013 (16:15:22)
As the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has emerged as a major attraction for white-collar, Western expats throughout the years. Much like Singapore, expats from the United States and Britain are attracted to Kuala Lumpur due to its rising quality of education and health care, as well as its improving infrastructure. Unlike Singapore, however, Kuala Lumpur offers expats a cost-effective place to say while sustaining a high standard of living. There are many diverse areas throughout Kuala Lumpur in which to reside, but expats clearly seem to favor certain neighborhoods over others. Although the increasing expat population has driven up property values slightly, there are still many affordable options available to those looking to relocate to Kuala Lumpur.   more ...

Articles > Singapore


The Best Singapore Schools for Expat Families

Posted on Saturday July 20, 2013 (16:10:15)
For expats with families, education is a top concern. Singapore has one of the top-rated education systems in the world, integrating the most successful aspects of other country’s systems in conjunction with its growing and redeveloping infrastructure. With the choice between international schools and local schools, many parents may be confused as to where to begin. International schools are a better option for expats looking to move to Singapore for a limited time because they follow the curriculum of a home country. However, for expats looking to live in Singapore long-term, a local school may be a more viable option. Whatever path an expat sends their children down, they are guaranteed to participate in one of the most rigorous systems in the world. However, there are schools that stand out as the best of the best in Singapore, providing an appealing array of options for expats.   more ...

Articles > Malaysia


Sarawak and Sabah: Opportunities for Expat Professionals in East Malaysia

Posted on Friday July 19, 2013 (19:15:08)
Sarawak and Sabah comprise what is known as East Malaysia, or Malaysian Borneo. In contrast to the major industrial and commercial centers of Kuala Lumpur and Petaling, the island territory is comprised of mostly lowland rain forests and is home to just about a fifth of the total Malaysian population. Many expats that choose to relocate to Malaysia for its low cost, but high standard of living settle in popular neighborhoods around Kuala Lumpur. However, this is not to say that there are not opportunities for expats on this island. Although travel can clearly be problematic, there are limited opportunities for expats that want to settle in East Malaysia.   more ...

Articles > Hong Kong

Hong Kong

The British Influence in Hong Kong: How Much Remains?

Posted on Friday July 19, 2013 (15:26:18)
As a product of 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong has only been independent since 1st July 1997. In recent years, Hong Kong has undergone a sort of identity crisis, leaving some yearning for the days of British control. How much the city has changed is up to debate, as Brits and foreigners alike still feel a dominant Western presence throughout. Many expats already living in Hong Kong considered the change to be more of a formality than transformative occurrence. This may be the reason why many expats find Western comfort in this Asian city, as the British influence is woven throughout the entire society.   more ...

Articles > Singapore


Should You Join an Expat Group in Singapore?

Posted on Friday July 19, 2013 (14:45:52)
In consideration of Singapore’s westernized and cosmopolitan way of life, most expats find acclimating to the new environment a smooth process. However, moving to any distant location poses some possibility for culture shock and, invariably, the adjustments that must be made to overcome it. Instinctively, many individuals will extend a plea for help to their family and friends back home, who cannot relate to their new, and sometimes intimidating, situation. Enter, expat clubs, the groups that pose myriad benefits for those who seek them out. Most expats from countries like the United States, Europe and Australia consider expat clubs to be a great way to meet people with similar endeavors on their horizon. For this reason, there are multiple clubs in existence, each of which is tailored to an expat’s needs or past home country, allowing them to adjust among those just like them.   more ...

Articles > Singapore


Singaporean Culture Shock (or Lack Thereof)

Posted on Wednesday July 17, 2013 (11:04:05)
Sometimes referred to as “Asia lite”, it is no surprise that many expats report little to no culture shock when relocating to Singapore. The modern infrastructure and cultural blend of natives and foreigners creates a unique culture and easy adjustment process to the way of life in this expat hotspot.

So, What is Culture Shock?

Culture shock is caused by the stress of being in a new place and adjusting to new foods, customs, languages and people. Manifesting in constant complaints about the climate, a preoccupation of being robbed or cheated and being overly concerned with health and lowered work performances, many people experiencing culture shock find themselves withdrawing from their daily tasks. Expats living in Singapore report few, if any of these problems. With so many other expats relocating to live in the country, there are numerous friendly and helpful sources to resolve any problems that materialize. To further address any concerns American or British expats may have upon relocating, however, common sources of culture shock are addressed below.   more ...

Articles > Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Neighborhoods: Where Expats Should Live and Why

Posted on Wednesday July 17, 2013 (10:57:37)
Hong Kong lures expats from around the world in spite of its crowds and high cost of living. Like many cities around the world, each neighborhood in Hong Kong has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Hong Kong has retained much of its Western influence in some of these neighborhoods, offering comfort and a homely feeling to many expats who settle here.

While it is possible for expats to navigate through the process of Hong Kong real estate, local agents often have a hard time accommodating Western demands. Thus, there are many expat-specific agencies situated in Hong Kong to serve this specific purpose. Through whichever method they decide upon, expats looking for homes in Hong Kong can expect to choose from a number of neighborhoods that are either expat-friendly or house a large number of expats.   more ...

Articles > Singapore


Singapore: The Fourth Most Popular Expat Destination

Posted on Wednesday July 17, 2013 (10:35:27)
Singapore has recently been ranked fourth behind the United States, United Kingdom and Australia in the Hydrogen’s Global Professionals on the Move 2013 report. Housing approximately nine percent of the world’s expats, Singapore draws workers primarily because of its highly regarded technology and finance industries. As an innovative and well-educated country, expats witness vast improvements in their family finances and disposable incomes upon moving to Singapore.

In addition to the financial benefits to be had, Singapore’s culture and safety is also quite appealing to expats and their families. It is no surprise that people decide to stay in this city that has retained much of its charm from the British colonial days, for its cutting edge environment appears to be the way of the future.   more ...

Articles > Andorra


Will Andorra, Europe's Most Accessible Tax Haven Star, Implode?

Posted on Thursday July 04, 2013 (14:31:07)
by Roger Munns, International Property Tribune

From the late 1970's Andorra was a European tax haven star, with many taking residency, but with income tax set to be introduced, will it kill the goose that lays the golden egg?

Cheaper than Monaco and the Channel Islands for property and with no income tax the number of people taking residency in Andorra has historically been good for the last forty years.

But over the last two years the number of residency applications in Andorra dropped as the country's parliament debated whether to introduce a minimum investment level for new entrants, but once the government had taken the decision the number of people viewing property in Andorra rose again.   more ...

Articles > Financial


Why Is My US Brokerage Firm Closing My Account?

Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2013 (09:17:19)
Tom Zachystal
Contact Tom for a free, no-obligation discussion of your financial situation if you are a US citizen living abroad or a foreign national living in the USA.

Many US citizens living abroad have recently been contacted by their US brokerage firms to inform them that their accounts have either been frozen such that they can no longer change their investments or that they need to close their accounts entirely.

Even large brokerage firms and banks such as Fidelity and Wells-Fargo in many instances no longer want to deal with non-US resident clients through their US offices. Often there is little in the way of explanation, just a letter in the mail or a phone call from a broker who is following instructions and doesn’t really understand the issue.   more ...