Articles written by:

Jim Atkins BA (Hons)

Loving life living abroad. Born and bred in the North of the UK, travelled as a student and then settled down in Dubai five years ago. Still writing and blogging about stuff what I find interesting and it happens to be related to being an expat. Hope my articles inform other fellow expats, travellers, nomads somewhere around the world.

Retirement Savers Strip £18.75m A Day From Pensions

British retirement savers have withdrawn an astonishing £18.75 million a day from their pensions since spend-it-as-you-like rules were introduced. The government opened the pension treasure...

Playing Your Cards Right Can Beat Bank IT Outages

Bank customers should open accounts with more than one provider to avoid going short of cash and account lockouts. In just 12 months, British banks...

Tax Changes For Foreign Companies Owning UK Property

Expats who own property in the UK will pay corporation tax on their profits for the first time from April, according to new guidance...

World’s Richest 1% Have Double The Wealth Of The Rest Of Us

The richest 1% of the world’s population have more than double the wealth of the rest of the remaining 7.7 billion people combined, according...

One In Three Will Retire In Debt This Year

One in three people retiring this year will have debts averaging nearly £17,500 that will take more than three years to clear. Most of the...

Property Leaseholds Come Under Legal Scrutiny

Outdated leasehold property laws are due for a change - but the lawyers ordered to find a way to make owning a home cheaper...

Scammers Drain £10 Billion From Rip-Off Pension Funds

Pension scammers are likely to rip-off at least £10 billion from retirement savers - and many won’t know they are a victim of fraud...

Rents Rising For Expats In Europe’s Popular Cities

Expats are forking out more to rent a home in Europe’s major cities, according to the latest data. Accommodation web site HousingAnywhere tracks rents across...

YouTube Kid Earns $26m From Playing With Toys

Every parent goes through the nightmare of clearing up huge piles of cardboard, plastic packaging and ripped up gift paper over the holiday season. But...

Bezos Noses Ahead In Battle Of The Billionaires

The battle of who takes the title of the world’s richest man has twisted and turned this year. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos started 2019 in...

What Makes Gold Such A Popular Investment?

Trust is the main driver that makes gold such a glittering prospect for so many investor around the world. Gold is precious to most people,...

UK House Prices And Rents Still Rising

Month-to-month house prices in the UK are still falling - with a 0.2% drop between August and September, according to the latest official data. But...

Pension Tricksters Make 22 Years Of Savings Vanish In Hours

Scammers can make up to 22 years of retirement money vanish within hours if savers fall for their bluster. The average pension scam nets crooks...

Expat Landlords Cashing In On Falling Pound

The number of expat landlords buying homes to rent in the UK is increasing, according to new data. Overseas landlords account for 11% of all...

Homes Are A Financial Lifeline For Over 50s With No Pension

Rising property prices may come to the financial rescue of hundreds of thousands of savers who don’t believe they have set aside enough money...

Mps Back Expat Battle Against State Pension Injustice

British expats have enlisted the help of 40 British MPs to help their campaign against state pension injustice. The cross-party group of lawmakers have signed...

Should Pension Savers Have The Right To Manage Their Money?

Pension regulators are chasing their own tails over the right of retirement savers to manage their own money. The issue providers, savers, advisers and regulators...

How To Give Cash To Grandchildren And Minimise Tax

Kind-hearted grandparents are keen to find ways to help their grandchildren financially. Their plans range from gifting property and large sums of money to tax...

British Expats In Europe Struggle To Pay Their Bills

Retired British expats living in the European Union are struggling to pay their bills rather than basking in sunshine and living a life of...

DB Pension Transfers Top Out At Record High – For The Lucky Ones

Employers were offering record £260,400 pension transfer values at the start of September before the value of golden goodbyes dropped dramatically. The peak was hit...