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Expat Focus Financial Update 02 February 2017

700,000 expats lost their jobs in the GCC last year

A report has revealed that 2016 was a tough one for expats working in the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) six-nation community, with around 700,000 expats losing their jobs.

The findings come from Hayes Group International who say that 4% of the region's 17 million-strong expat workforce lost their jobs.    more ...

Financial > Expat Focus

Expat Focus

11 Common Money Mistakes Made By Expats

This simple list of some of these financial errors made by expats will help prepare an expat for their new life experience.

Moving costs

Most expats will need to pack up and move most of their personal belongings to their new home and will need to put together a budget and stick to it.    more ...

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Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 25 January 2017

Expats' offshore bank accounts closed

Expats who have accounts with an offshore bank are being contacted and informed their accounts will close this summer.

The move by Nationwide International could affect thousands of British expats around the world.    more ...

Financial > Expat Focus

Expat Focus

Five Finance Tips For First-Time Expats

Money makes the world go round, or at least it did at one time. Years ago, most people made the decision to work in a foreign country mainly because of the financial benefits that came with it. A majority of them then chose to return home when they had accumulated a significant amount and could lead a comfortable life.    more ...

Financial > FC Exchange

FC Exchange

Buying Property In Europe? Here’s What Your Money Will Get You And Where

Will Hewitson, FC Exchange

Will Hewitson, FC Exchange

Glistening shores with warm sand to walk on, cities filled to the brim with culture you watch on travel programmes, new languages to learn, exciting food to eat, winding alleyways holding mysterious adventures, and spacious property you’d only ever dreamed of…    more ...

Financial > Expat Focus

Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 18 January 2017

Expat opportunities will grow in 2017

A leading immigration services provider says opportunities for expats will continue to grow in 2017 with many multinational firms finding a shortage of skilled labour for their ambitions.

The survey was undertaken by Envoy and it found that multinational firms are looking to access global markets and will have excellent opportunities for 'globally minded employees'.    more ...

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Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 12 January 2017

London will remain a top location for expat businesspeople

Despite Brexit, London will continue to attract expats from around the world to enjoy excellent opportunities, new research suggests.

Many critics of the vote to leave the European Union have expressed fears that London will be seen as a less attractive location for expats around the world when the UK eventually leaves the EU.    more ...

Financial > Expat Focus

Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 05 January 2017

Expat salaries could rise by 5% in 2017

Expats around the world could see an average increase of 5% this year, says ECA International.

However, when real salary increases are analysed, the worldwide average is set to be 1.5%, which is a fall from 2016’s 1.6% average.    more ...

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Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 22 December 2016

Tokyo reclaims most expensive expats’ city title

The world's most expensive city for expats is Tokyo, which has reclaimed the title from London.

Tokyo has not been in the top spot since 2012 when the yen rose. London has fallen from the top spot since the Brexit vote sent sterling plummeting.    more ...

Financial > Geoff Birch

Geoff Birch

Expat Investment Trust Opportunities After The Brexit Vote

Geoff Birch

The papers have been full this year of Brexit and like many others I confess I was somewhat shocked on the morning of 24th of June to read that the UK had actually voted for Brexit. When I had gone to bed Nigel Farage was quoted as saying “I think Remain has just edged it”, and I thought so too. I had to read the BBC website headlines three times when I logged on it the morning just to take it in.

So markets initially plummeted but now most of the doom and gloom that was forecast has not actually come to pass at all. Sterling took a dip and that only spurred British companies stock prices higher due to higher overseas earnings to be repatriated in GBP. What it also did for us though is throw up a number of opportunities in the investment trust field.    more ...