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.

Buy To Let Rents Set To Punch Through £1,000 Ceiling

Buy to let rents are about to break through the £1.000 a month ceiling across the UK, according to new data. The average rent of...

Huge Rise In Probate Fees Scrapped By Justice Minister

The government has scrapped a controversial move to put up probate fees that would have seen wealthy families paying thousands of pounds to administer...

Queen’s Speech 2019 – Expat 15-Year Voting Rule Ignored

Any new law to scrap the 15-year voting rule for expats looks dead in the water after the Queen’s Speech. In her speech, The Queen...

Woodford’s Fall From Grace Complete As He Throws In Towel

Following a star player in the stock market is not paying off for investors as the fall-out from former FTSE darling Neil Woodford plays...

Queen’s Speech No More Than Tory Election Stunt, Claim Rivals

The Queen has announced a raft of new bills in what is widely regarded as a Conservative manifesto for a General Election rather than...

Brits Abroad To Lose Emergency Medical Cover In No Deal Brexit

Emergency medical care for Brits in Europe is at risk if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. Current arrangements allow Brits with an Emergency Health Insurance...

Brexit Is Putting Off Foreign Property Investors, Say Landlords

Property investors in the UK are worried Brexit is discouraging expats and foreign buyers from purchasing prime homes and commercial real estate in Britain. Foreign...

IRS Set To Cancel Passports For US Expats With Tax Debts

Thousands of US expats with large tax debts may be stranded overseas when  they lose their passports from this month, warns the Internal Revenue...

Pension Scammers Trick Savers Out Of Millions

Three scammers who tricked more than 200 savers to switch £12 million of retirement cash to a pension liberation scam have been banned from...

Retirement Saving Numbers That Just Don’t Add Up

Few of savers put enough cash aside to fund a comfortable retirement, but studies suggest this is because most people don’t understand how much...

CGT Changes On The Way For Expat Landlords

British capital gains tax rules for residents and expats are aligning in April 2020 - which means running a check over your finances sooner...

Brexit No Deal Fears Triggers Expat Exodus

Tens of thousands of British expats want to hand back their passports because they are so worried about their residence rights after Brexit. A poll...

HMRC Quizzes Renters In Expat Landlord Crack Down

Expat landlords are facing a crackdown as the tax man grills tenants about their finances. HM Revenue & Customs has sent thousands of letters to...

House Price Boom Slows Across Europe

House prices are booming across Europe leaving  the modest 1.5% year-on-year increase in the UK languishing near the bottom of the pile. Although average house...

Stressed Brits Spend Hours On Life Admin Every Day

The average British adult spends 34 minutes carrying out life admin, like dealing with money and filling out forms for insurance. Add to that another...

Spain Is Top Retirement Destination For British Expats

Brexit uncertainty has not impacted the favourite places for British expats to retire. A new poll asked more than 1,000 Brits over 50 considering a...

The World’s First Sovereign Cryptocurrency Explained

Marshall Islands minister David Paul has explained why the small Pacific country is switching to cryptocurrency. The Marshall Islands currency is pegged to the US...

Five Big Money Mistakes Savers Make Before Retirement

Most people look forward to their retirement as a time for some peace and relaxation away from the torment of daily toil they have...

QROPS Transfer Delayed For Two Years After Advice Mix-Up

The Financial Ombudsman has censured a pension provider for wrongly ordering a client to pay the QROPS overseas transfer charge. The complaint was made by...

Only 38% Of Tax Bonanza Is Real Money, Say Accountants

A crackdown on tax avoidance has boosted UK tax revenues by £13 billion - but claims of billions more raised from investigations is just...