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Expat Focus Financial Update 2 May 2016




Thousands of expat oil and gas jobs to go

The slump in oil prices has seen 84,000 jobs in Texas disappear in the last 16 months, and 150 workers are laid off every day in Britain's oil and gas industry.

In addition, a recent OPEC summit which wanted to freeze production levels but failed in its bid will lead to thousands more jobs in the oil sector disappearing.    more ...


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New Expat? Don't Become A Victim Of Bad Financial Advice




For many expats, working temporarily overseas or deciding to emigrate to a new country means having to make financial plans to help prepare for their future income.

While this is easy to do in a home country, it's a more complex situation when living abroad and the expat is vulnerable to unscrupulous salesmen.

Indeed, one national British newspaper investigated the standard of financial advice being offered to expats and described the situation as a 'financial Wild West'.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 22 Apr 2016




'Panama Papers' may not affect expats - yet

While few UK expats have been caught up in the Panama Papers scandal which revealed how the powerful and rich use tax havens to hide their wealth, they may be affected if there is a clampdown on offshore financial centres.

The fears come after a leak from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, which revealed how they helped clients from around the world store money in tax havens.    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 13 Apr 2016




Expats face scrutiny after offshore data leak

The world's biggest ever data leak has spurred financial investigators into action to find out who has been hiding money in tax havens to avoid taxes and hide their wealth, with expats set to face closer scrutiny over their offshore assets.

The action follows the leaking of 11 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, which has been accused of helping clients launder their money, avoid taxes and dodge sanctions.    more ...


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Don't Let Property Investing Become Too Taxing

Mark Dean

Mark Dean

This guest post is courtesy of Dean Mulally, Managing Director - IFA, UK & International at Mark Dean Wealth Management.

Investing in property seems the natural choice for many investors these days. But should you be buying actual bricks & mortar or are there smarter ways to invest in UK property?    more ...


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Expat Focus Financial Update 04/04/16




The most expensive cities in the world

The cost of living in a chosen city for an expat is a key piece of information to enable them to make a decision about their job's potential and whether they can afford to live there – but who can they rely on for accurate information?    more ...


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Expats: Where To Earn The Best Money And Enjoy Life


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When expats move abroad for work they want to earn the best money and enjoy their new life, but which are the best locations for expats to enjoy both?

The question isn’t easy to answer since we all have different needs as well as expectations when we decide to follow a career path overseas. However, with surveys available of people who have already moved abroad, finding the most popular countries and cities is made much easier.    more ...


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Save Or Invest? How Expats Can Beat Low Interest Rates


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One of the biggest motivations for moving abroad to work is for the enhanced income and opportunity to save lots of money. But in a low interest rate environment, should an expat save or invest?

There's no doubt that savers based overseas and in the UK have been on the receiving end of a raw deal for several years now, with interest rates barely helping an expat’s savings keep pace with inflation and certainly not after tax has been deducted.    more ...


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Currency Transfer for Expats – Transferring Money Overseas


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There are many ways of sending your money from one country to another without ending up in a mess. As in many things, expats can save themselves a LOT of trouble and cost if they do a little research and shop around.

Standard International Bank Transfers

Let’s consider the basic sort of expat money transfer requirement, and make the assumption you want something a little safer than using brown envelopes full of cash in the post!

For most expats, currency transfer consists of getting small to medium sized amounts transferred regularly from your UK bank account into your new overseas bank account in the local currency. These may be pensions payments, benefits, or any other form of income.    more ...


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Self-Employed Taxes in France – An Expat Guide


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France is a country of many beautiful images. One of the most prevailing is that of the small French business. Whether a small farm, the baker or the local carpenter and odd-job man, everything that comes to mind suggests a small and perhaps rural enterprise.

Although France has the largest economy in Europe and vast ultra-modern industries, this ‘shed based business’ is the image that many expats have of France. Indeed the small 1-2 person business it is an image cultivated by the French government as being part of the “French Way” and in fact small businesses constitute a very large part of the overall French economy.    more ...