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Retiring abroad can be a great experience – but the good times can also come with worries, particularly surrounding your pension and how it’s faring in today’s volatile market place. British pension rules are complicated and fast-changing , so it’s understandable those who live abroad can feel a bit ‘out of things.’ That’s where iExpats can help by delivering the latest headlines and key information explaining everything you need to know about claiming the State Pension from overseas and expat pensions. Our writers also look behind the scenes at the latest trends in lifestyle and living abroad – including detailed reports about Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes QROPS, QNUPS and SIPPS.

QROPS Rule Changes Steered Through Westminster

Tories and the opposition are colluding to see changes to Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) regulations through to the statute book before General...

How Much Cash Does A Comfortable Retirement Cost?

If you don’t want to spend your retirement checking out groceries or stacking shelves in a supermarket because you don’t have enough cash, you...

QROPS Pension Transfers In Limbo Again

The British tax man has thrown another spanner in the works for expats planning to switch their retirement savings to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas...

Make Uprating Expat State Pension A Poll Pledge, Urges MP

Outgoing Pension Minister Richard Harrington has ruined the hopes of thousands of expats still hoping that the government will uprate their state pensions. In a...

1.7 Million Rely On State Pension For All Their Income

If you are spending every penny you earn and not saving for a pension and expect the state to step in and bail you...

Women Victims Of Astonishing Gender Savings Gap

Women are trailing men badly in the savings race for retirement, according to new research. While men amass an average pension pot of £73,600, women...

QROPS Transfer Tax 2017 For Expats FAQ

A series of controversial rule changes have seen 410 Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) close and nine countries lose their QROPS status over...

Self-Employed Skimping On Pension Saving

Britain has the worst record for the self-employed saving for retirement out of 15 countries around the world. A study revealed that just over half...

Why Are QROPS Pensions Delisted By The Tax Man?

QROPS managers must tell HM Revenue and Customs when they are no longer a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme. The managers are then obliged to...

QROPS List – April 18, 2017

More than 400 QROPS pensions were culled and nine financial centres lost QROPS status as the HM Revenue and Customs rule change deadline passed...

Royal Mail Pension Closure Will Be No Red-Letter Day

Closing one of Britain’s largest final salary pension schemes is unlikely to be a red-letter day for the Royal Mail as workers threaten industrial...

It’s too soon to write off annuities, say providers

The death of annuities may have been prematurely reported, according to financial providers. Despite the advent of pension freedoms giving retirement savers easy access to...

SIPPs – A Pension Retirement Option For Expats

The number of retirement savers moving their money into a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) has doubled since pension freedoms started. A fintech hub managing UK...

How To Beat The QROPS 25% Transfer Charge

Expats worried about the new transfer charge on the expat Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) have an option to avoid tax on their...

Pension Savers Lose £9 Billion With Poor Fund Choices

Just saving into any pension and hoping for the best might not be the most effective way to put aside enough money to fund...

£1m Lifetime Limit Isn’t A Savings Cut-Off, Says Minister

Despite the gripes about the decreasing lifetime savings limit on retirement pots, Pension Minister Richard Harrington believes the £1 million cap is too generous. In...
QROPS Loophole

Tax Treaty Loophole Triggers Tax-Free Pension Cash

British expats should read the small print of double taxation treaties between Britain and the country where they now live as they might have...

Mums Missing Out On State Pension Millions

Mums failing to claim child benefit tax credits will miss out on the full state pension, according to a former minister. Steve Webb, who was...

Average Pension Pot Grows As Millions Save More

The average size of a British saver’s pension pot on retirement has soared to £50,000, according to research by a giant financial firm. Pension funds...

Gibraltar Is A QROPS Winner Despite Losing Flexible Access

Gibraltar’s Minister of Commerce Albert Isola has clarified the changes to the financial centre’s Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). Financial experts feared Gibraltar’s QROPS...

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