Expat Financial Advice


  Buying Property Abroad This Summer? Make The Most of the Foreign Exchange Rates

Simon Hilton
Articles - Financial

by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

It’s that time of the year when many people are heading away on their summer holidays, and such breaks away usually involve three stages; the anticipation in the build-up before you go, the sheer enjoyment of being there, and the disappointment but inevitability of having to leave a week or two later. Just imagine if you didn’t have to go home. Imagine if you moved abroad to start a whole new adventure.   more ...

  British Sporting Disappointment But UK Economy Gives Reason For Expat Cheer

Simon Hilton
Articles - Financial

by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

Britain has suffered a disappointing summer of sport, with the recent failure of England’s football team in the World Cup, a whitewash for England’s rugby players in a three test series against New Zealand and defeat in the cricket versus Sri Lanka, who won their first ever test series in England. Add in Andy Murray’s worst Wimbledon performance since 2005, and that caps a pretty miserable month or so for those of a sporting persuasion. Thankfully, the UK economy isn’t suffering in quite the same way; in fact the opposite is true – it continues to flourish.   more ...

  Rocketing House Prices At Home Make Overseas Property A Real Option For Expats

Simon Hilton
Articles - Financial

by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

In what appears to be a symptom of rocketing property prices in the capital, a garage in Kensington was recently put up for sale at £300,000. That’s more than the UK’s average house price, which I’m sure you’ll agree is absolutely remarkable.

Foxtons, the estate agent marketing the garage, speaks of its generous proportions – with room for two cars – and the fact that it’s “located in a highly sought-after area.” Plus, it has “easy access to Kensington High Street.” But it’s still only a garage.   more ...

  A Strong Pound Means Expat Money Goes Further

Simon Hilton
Articles - Financial

by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

We’re already a third of the way through 2014 – clichéd I know, but seriously, where has the time gone? – and so far, it’s been a good year for sterling. A succession of strong data has kept the pound on top of most other currencies, and what a difference a year makes - at the beginning of last year, sterling was weak, data was poor and the UK economy had been downgraded.

Expats looking to buy a property in Europe will be pleased to hear that this strong pound will enable them to get more for their money. Whereas just over a year ago, a pound will have got you €1.15, it will now get you €1.21.   more ...

  Spring Has Sprung – Time To Spring Into Action With A Property Abroad?

Simon Hilton
Articles - Financial

by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

After what has seemed like a never-ending winter, spring appears finally to have sprung. We’ve tasted a little sunshine and experienced some warmth and maybe, it’s just injected a little more positivity into our lives.

However, you never know when the warm sunshine will be replaced by cold rain. British summers are well known for being anything but, well, summery, and promises of barbeque summers (remember that classic) have turned out to be nothing more than a damp squib.

Maybe you’ve decided enough is enough, and are contemplating a move away to warmer climes, where the way of life is more relaxed and the weather is slightly more dependable.   more ...


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Simon Hilton - Currency Transfers Tom Zachystal - US Investment Advice Oliver Heslop - UK Expat Tax Advice Marian Wellman - US Expat Tax Advice Sharon Hill - French Mortgages

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