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Expat Focus Financial Update 12 September 2016




Kuwait hits out at 'worst ranking' survey

Hot on the heels of the Expat Focus story last week that Kuwait has been ranked as the worst country in the world for expats to live in, its officials have criticised the survey.

The report by InterNations has been condemned by several MPs and one official has called for an investigation.    more ...


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FC Exchange

What Does It Take To Become An Expat? Some Things To Consider




By the end of this article it may well seem that the purpose of it has been to put anyone off the idea of ever becoming an expat but it really isn’t! All it is aimed at doing is promoting some thought around what aspects of life need to be given consideration and making sure you have some things in place.

If you are a British expat does it mean accepting that ‘The Full English’ isn’t a global phenomenon and that tea will never taste the same again?

If you are an American expat does it mean that you have to accept that Thanksgiving and July 4th will not be the big celebrations that you have been used to?    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 05 September 2016




Best and worst destinations for expats revealed

The best destinations around the world for expats have been revealed in the latest InterNations Expat Insider survey.

The survey questioned more than 14,000 respondents in 191 countries and 174 nationalities.

In first place is Taiwan, which has knocked Ecuador from the top spot. Malta takes the second position, with Ecuador now in third place.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Should UK Expats In The UAE Transfer Their Pensions?

(c) MichaelGaida on Pixabay

(c) MichaelGaida on Pixabay

UK expats in the UAE and around the world will have been alarmed to hear the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), which protects salary-linked pension schemes, warn that retirement incomes are at risk and many expats will be wondering whether to transfer their pension.

The PPF says that many people expecting a 'gold-plated' final salary scheme have been misled and those pension schemes that are in jeopardy need to be honest with their members.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Expat Focus Finance Update 29 August 2016




Huge sums lost by British expats in pension scams

British expats are being warned that Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated financial advisors are endorsing pension liberation scams which could see them losing a huge chunk, if not all, of their pension savings.

Pension Life is a group that helps pension liberation scam victims. They are warning that independent advisors are persuading expats to plough their pension pots into unregulated investment products.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 22 August 2016




World's most expensive city for expats revealed

London is no longer the most expensive city for expats. This title has now been claimed by New York, closely followed by Hong Kong.

That's the verdict from property consultancy Savills, which analysed how much it costs an employee to work in an office and rent a home for one year.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Five Questions You Must Ask Your Expat Financial Adviser

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(c) Dave Dugdale on Flickr

Many expats choose to move abroad to earn more money and save for an enjoyable retirement; at some point they will therefore need to speak with an expat financial adviser.

However, this is easier said than done since most expats do not have extensive financial experience and will need to rely on recommendations or advertisements in their local media.    more ...


Financial > Expat Focus

Expat Focus

Expat Focus Financial Update 15 August 2016




Expats rate the best countries for weather

Among the many reasons for moving overseas to live and work is to enjoy a better climate; a new survey reveals which are the best countries for expats looking for this.

The survey was conducted by expat network InterNations who asked 14,000 expats who live in 195 countries what they thought about their current weather.    more ...


Financial > Tom Zachystal

Tom Zachystal

Charles Schwab Announces Account Closures For US Citizens In Five Countries, More Expected


Tom Zachystal

Over the last few years I have written a number of articles on why US brokerage firms are closing accounts for American citizens living outside the USA and how we help those affected address the situation. It seems the severity of this issue is increasing.

Recently Charles Schwab, which up until now was pretty good at accommodating US expats, has sent letters to US citizens living in New Zealand, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and South Korea saying that by the end of August their accounts will be frozen in the sense that they will only be able to liquidate investments but not re-invest the proceeds.    more ...


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Expat Focus

Common Expat Investment Scams And How To Avoid Them

(c) Government of Zimbabwe

(c) Government of Zimbabwe

Investment firm AES International issued a warning to British expats living in Spain to be wary of potential financial fraud after scammers targeted them because Brit savers now have access to their pension pots at the age of 55.

The firm's head of pensions, James McLeod, said: “There are many unregulated and unqualified advisers working in Spain who see the pension eligibility rules as an opportunity for swindling hard-working people out of their life savings.”    more ...