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Should UK Expats In The UAE Transfer Their Pensions?

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(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 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 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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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 08 August 2016




UK pensions 'triple lock' under threat

There are 1.2million British pensioners living in the European Union who have no idea of how the UK's leaving the EU will affect their pension payment.

Their fears have been made worse after a Sunday Times report that the 'triple lock' may be scrapped.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 01 August 2016




Most expensive countries for expat packages revealed

The most expensive country for expat packages in the world's top 40 financial hubs has been revealed as the UK, according to a survey.

ECA International says this is the second year running that the UK has topped its charts, with the average cost to an employer paying an expat middle manager adding up to $390,000 a year.    more ...


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A Guide To International Bank Accounts For Frequent Relocators

(c) SteveHopson.com

(c) SteveHopson.com

For many people, choosing a current account from one of the leading providers is fairly straightforward and is based on criteria such as branch locations, how much of an overdraft they will let a customer have, and what free gifts or incentives they give for opening an account.

However, when an expat relocates overseas - whether that's for a long-term or short-term working assignment - then the limitations of many international bank accounts become very apparent.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 25 July 2016




Best locations for expats revealed

For expats who are looking for entrepreneurial opportunities or who are simply wanting the best place to move to, a new report has revealed which cities offer the best opportunities.

The report from accounting firm BDO says that entrepreneurs should head to Hong Kong with London following closely in second place, while the best places for expats with families are Luxembourg and Vienna.    more ...