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Lisa Smith

Experienced journalist who specializes in expatriate financial matters and global finance news. Expat for over 20 years with my wonderful two children. An ex financial adviser, consultant, teacher and a writer and in my spare time I enjoy surfing. You can usually find me at the beach or in a cafe reading or writing. Currently doing a great deal of investigation, research and reading in to expat pension and retirement plans. Also researching into the South Africa Expat tax developments. I would love to hear your comments on any article I write, it really does fuel my passion for journalism :)

The World’s Most Valuable Unicorn Companies

Explore the realm of unicorn companies, privately owned startups worth over $1 billion, and delve into their rarity and significance in the business world. Learn how these companies are valued and what sets them apart.

20 Countries With No Income Tax

Discover a list of 20 countries that do not impose income tax, along with insights into the expat communities in these tax-free destinations. Learn about the factors that make these countries attractive for those seeking tax relief.

Is the Sun Going Down on the US Dollar?

After almost a century of dominating the money markets and calling the shots over the world economy, emerging and developing countries have had enough of the US dollar and want change

Binary Options in Black And White

Binary options are investment contracts with a simple true or false outcome. Although banned in the UK for retail investors, they remain popular elsewhere. This article explains how binary options work, their associated risks, and the variations between US and non-US trading.

UK Property Market Rising, But For How Long?

The UK property market shows resilience as house prices hold steady amidst the soaring cost of living. Rightmove reports record asking prices, while the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals a 5.5% year-on-year rise. However, price growth is slowing, with varying views from lenders Halifax and Nationwide. Rents are outpacing the cost of living, with an annual increase of 4.9%, according to the ONS.

Malaysia Residence By Investment Factsheet

Malaysia, a thriving Asian country, entices expats with its flourishing economy, affordable living, and picturesque landscapes. From lush rainforests to beautiful beaches, modern cities, mountains, and plantations, Malaysia offers a wealth of opportunities.

Europe Voted The World’s Happiest Place

Europe dominates the list of the world’s happiest countries, with Finland claiming the top spot for the past six years. However, nearby Scandinavian countries like Denmark and Iceland follow closely behind. The report highlights factors such as wage equality, social support, freedom, and low corruption contributing to the happiness of the people.

Top 5 Real Estate Agents In Geneva

Find a perfect home in Geneva, Switzerland, with the help of the city’s top five estate agents. Geneva is a global hub for banking and international aid organizations – like hosting the headquarters of the International Red Cross. The Swiss lakeside city has dramatic views of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, and is split into the old town and the canton, offering diverse neighborhoods for expats to settle. However, moving to Switzerland as an expat can be complicated, with varying regulations impacting expats and residency, narrowing options for housing in Geneva.

Top 5 Estate Agents In Hong Kong

When planning to settle in Hong Kong, finding the Top 5 Estate Agents is crucial for expats facing unique challenges in the real estate market. Explore our guide for hassle-free property hunting, whether you’re looking to rent or buy.