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Expat Focus Financial Update July 2018

The world's most expensive city for expats

Expats who are sent overseas by their employers on assignment will find that Hong Kong is the most expensive destination for them to live in, research reveals.
In Mercer's'= annual Global Cost of Living survey they found that the landscape for global business is undergoing change - as are the types of jobs that will be critical in the future.    more ...

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Expat Focus Financial Update June 2018

Where can expats earn the most money?

With most expats heading overseas to enjoy lucrative pay packages, a new survey reveals the best countries for earning.

ECA International says that expats heading to Japan will enjoy the best expat pay packages for middle managers at £269,332 ($356,224). This figure consists of a base salary worth £62,765 ($82,996) with benefits adding £94,614 ($125,111).    more ...

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Expat Focus Financial Update May 2018

HNW expats need more from financial advisors

Wealth managers who succeed are those who offer tailored products to their high net worth (HNW) expat clients in an increasingly competitive sector, says analytics firm GlobalData.

They say a one-size-fits-all approach will not meet the demands from these clients, particularly for the lucrative Chinese market and also with non-resident Indians.

The firm says that the global high net worth expat market has risen from 2014’s figure of 1 million to reach 1.2 million people last year.    more ...

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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 ...