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Expat Focus Financial Update January 2019




British expat pensions after Brexit

Fears that the expat pensions for British expats in the European Union will be frozen have been dispelled by the UK government.

Previously, the government said it would maintain its 'triple lock' for pensions if this was reciprocated by the EU but this led to widespread worry in the expat community. Now, the government says that the UK state pension will be uprated for those who are living in the EU in 2019/20.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update December 2018




UK expats face EU pensions freeze post-Brexit

Around 500,000 British expats who live in the European Union are facing the prospect of their state pensions being frozen should there be a 'no deal' Brexit. The Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, has published a policy paper saying that the government is currently planning to preserve a UK national’s state pension rights when they live in the European Union.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update November 2018




Expats head to the US for career and money

A boost to income and a better quality of life continues to drive expats to take up career opportunities in the US, a survey reveals.

The new Expat Explorer survey published by HSBC found that more than half of those questioned said they had lived in the US for more than five years and have enjoyed career development.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update October 2018




Expats boost income by £16,000 by moving overseas

The annual HSBC Expat Explorer survey has revealed that when expats head overseas they add an extra £15,967 ($21,000) on average to their annual pay.

The best paid expats are in Switzerland, the US and Hong Kong, the bank says. Of those who replied, 45% of expats said they earned more money by moving abroad to do the same job, while 28% said they were handed a promotion for moving.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update September 2018




British expats can transfer pensions post-Brexit

Fears that British expats will not be able to transfer their pensions post-Brexit have been allayed - even if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal.

The promise has been made to Parliament by Pensions Minister Guy Opperman, who says that the rights of British citizens and their pensions will remain unchanged. He said in a statement: "The EU and UK have agreed the terms of implementation already lasting until the end of 2020."    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update August 2018




Post-Brexit pensions issue highlighted

A worrying situation for paying British expat pensioners who are living in the European Union needs to be tackled as a matter of urgency, MPs have been told.

Under current rules, payments of life policies and pensions affecting around 38 million policyholders in the European Union could be illegal if the UK leaves the EU without a deal that includes this protection.    more ...


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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 ...