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Expat Focus Financial Update 26 September 2016




Cities favoured by expats are 'most liveable'

Australia and Canada are not just firm expat favourites to enjoy opportunities; they also top the charts for being the world's most liveable countries, says a survey.

According to rankings published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Melbourne in Australia is the world's most liveable city, followed by Vienna in Austria.    more ...


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Tom Zachystal

Merrill Lynch Closing Brokerage Accounts For US Expats


Tom Zachystal

Merrill Lynch has recently been sending letters to many of their US citizen clients living outside the USA saying that their accounts will be closed as of October 1, 2016. The letter typically states the following:

We have conducted an extensive review of our non-US resident client business to determine whether we had the ability to continue to effectively serve your wealth and investment needs under increasing business requirements and regulatory restrictions. Having completed this analysis, we believe you would be better served by a firm or firms that can meet your comprehensive wealth and investment management needs. Therefore we will no longer be servicing your Merrill Lynch Wealth Management account(s) and/or credit facilities effective October 1, 2016.    more ...


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7 Practical Tips For Saving Oodles Of Money As An Expat

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(c) pexels.com

Moving abroad is the culmination of a lot of planning and preparation and also, for many people, the result of lots of dreaming to land the job they really want.

The expat may have landed a fantastically well paid position but they still need to prepare thoroughly to avoid serious financial problems since they will need to manage their money between two countries with differing economies and currencies.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 12 September 2016




Kuwait hits out at 'worst ranking' survey

Hot on the heels of the Expat Focus story last week that Kuwait has been ranked as the worst country in the world for expats to live in, its officials have criticised the survey.

The report by InterNations has been condemned by several MPs and one official has called for an investigation.    more ...


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FC Exchange

What Does It Take To Become An Expat? Some Things To Consider

Will Hewitson

Will Hewitson

By the end of this article it may well seem that the purpose of it has been to put anyone off the idea of ever becoming an expat but it really isn’t! All it is aimed at doing is promoting some thought around what aspects of life need to be given consideration and making sure you have some things in place.

If you are a British expat does it mean accepting that ‘The Full English’ isn’t a global phenomenon and that tea will never taste the same again?

If you are an American expat does it mean that you have to accept that Thanksgiving and July 4th will not be the big celebrations that you have been used to?    more ...


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Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 05 September 2016




Best and worst destinations for expats revealed

The best destinations around the world for expats have been revealed in the latest InterNations Expat Insider survey.

The survey questioned more than 14,000 respondents in 191 countries and 174 nationalities.

In first place is Taiwan, which has knocked Ecuador from the top spot. Malta takes the second position, with Ecuador now in third place.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Should UK Expats In The UAE Transfer Their Pensions?

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(c) MichaelGaida on Pixabay

UK expats in the UAE and around the world will have been alarmed to hear the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), which protects salary-linked pension schemes, warn that retirement incomes are at risk and many expats will be wondering whether to transfer their pension.

The PPF says that many people expecting a 'gold-plated' final salary scheme have been misled and those pension schemes that are in jeopardy need to be honest with their members.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Expat Focus Finance Update 29 August 2016




Huge sums lost by British expats in pension scams

British expats are being warned that Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated financial advisors are endorsing pension liberation scams which could see them losing a huge chunk, if not all, of their pension savings.

Pension Life is a group that helps pension liberation scam victims. They are warning that independent advisors are persuading expats to plough their pension pots into unregulated investment products.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 22 August 2016




World's most expensive city for expats revealed

London is no longer the most expensive city for expats. This title has now been claimed by New York, closely followed by Hong Kong.

That's the verdict from property consultancy Savills, which analysed how much it costs an employee to work in an office and rent a home for one year.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Five Questions You Must Ask Your Expat Financial Adviser

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(c) Dave Dugdale on Flickr

Many expats choose to move abroad to earn more money and save for an enjoyable retirement; at some point they will therefore need to speak with an expat financial adviser.

However, this is easier said than done since most expats do not have extensive financial experience and will need to rely on recommendations or advertisements in their local media.    more ...