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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 a 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 ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update October 2017




Brexit Could Void Expat Pensions

The UK's chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, has been warned that British expats face losing their pensions and having their insurance voided as a result of Brexit. This is because insurance and pension firms based in the UK may be barred from taking money from EU customers unless the issue of contracts is addressed in negotiations.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update September 2017




UK expat retirees not returning

UK government data reveal that there will not be a wholesale return of British pensioners living in EU countries because of Brexit. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) say there's no evidence to suggest that expat retirees are looking to return to the UK.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update August 2017




British expat retirees rush to Europe

A firm of financial advisers that helps British expat retirees settle in European Union countries says demand for its services is rocketing.

Blevins Franks says that the number of enquiries every month to its website has doubled in the past year, while business has grown by 25%. The financial experts say that British expat retirees will find it more difficult to move to other European Union countries after Brexit. The most popular countries that the expats are heading to currently are Spain, Portugal and France.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update July 2017

(c) geralt on Pixabay

(c) geralt on Pixabay

Falling pound leads to falling cost of living

The cost of sending expats to live in the UK has fallen dramatically because of the falling value of the pound, according to a survey.

ECA International says that the UK's cities have now fallen below Bangkok, Dublin and Rio De Janeiro in its Global Cost of Living Rankings.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update June 2017

(c) geralt on Pixabay

(c) geralt on Pixabay

British expats facing potential tax penalties

As part of a worldwide drive to bring about financial transparency, HM Revenue and Customs is to receive financial data about British expats living overseas.

This means that thousands of British expats could now be at risk of financial penalties for having undeclared savings accounts.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update May 2017

(c) Pavel Fertikh on Unsplash

(c) Pavel Fertikh on Unsplash

QROPS questions for jurisdictions

British expats need to be aware that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to ask financial centres around the world whether they are breaking the UK’s pension rules.

This follows media reports in Gibraltar that HMRC is asking for offshore pension jurisdictions to reaffirm that they comply with UK pension legislation that covers British and foreign pension savers moving their pension pot overseas without incurring a tax bill.    more ...


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An Expat Guide To Investing While Living Abroad

(c) William Iven on Unsplash

(c) William Iven on Unsplash

One of the largest attractions for heading overseas to work as an expat is for the lucrative opportunity such an assignment will bring, which means understanding how to invest while living abroad will help you to enjoy the best returns.

There are a wide range of strategies that are potentially available to help an expat capitalise on investment opportunities outside of their home country.

However, many expats will simply decide to invest in their home country because that's an investment environment that they already know and can appreciate.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 27 April 2017

(c) Olu Eletu on Unsplash

(c) Olu Eletu on Unsplash

Call to unfreeze expat pensions dismissed

Hopes that UK expat retirees may see their pensions being unfrozen have been dealt a blow.

Richard Harrington, the pensions minister, has revealed that there are no plans under changes to Social Security benefit rules that will see state pension payments being unfrozen.    more ...