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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 ...


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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 ...