Retirement

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 Scheme (QROPS), QNUPS and SIPPS.

The Best Time To Sort Out Your Retirement Income Is Now

Sorting out your pension so you know how much money you and your partner must live on in retirement is a crucial financial planning...

What You Need To Know About QROPS Pension Transfers

If you want to retire abroad as an expat, one of the financial decisions you must make is what to do with your pension. One...

What Is The QROPS Overseas Transfer Charge?

The QROPS overseas transfer charge is an exit tax on funds switched out of a UK pension or another QROPS that effectively takes away...

When Will I Get My Pension Cash?

If you are dreaming of giving up work at an early age, then think again unless you are sure you will have other income...

QROPS List – February 15, 2019

The latest HM Revenue & Customs data for expats with QROPS offshore pensions. HMRC QROPS List - By country Financial jurisdiction No of QROPS Australia 827 Austria 5 Barbados 1 Belgium 1 Bulgaria 3 Denmark 2 EU Institution 1 Finland 1 Germany 9 Gibraltar 31 Guernsey 62 Hong Kong 4 India 11 Ireland 65 Isle of...

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You are likely to live longer and in better health if you live in London and the South-East, according to a new report. The research...

Time To End Pension Tax Stupidity, Says Former Minister

A former pensions minister has hit out at the ‘stupidity’ of the way pension withdrawals by the over 55s are taxed. The latest figures from...

Five Reasons For Consolidating Small Funds Into A QROPS

Expats can make the most of their retirement savings by moving any small funds into a larger tax-efficient QROPS. Making the move is sound financial...

Where In The World Can You Have A QROPS?

Freedom of going where you want, when you want is one of the main reasons for making the expat lifestyle choice for many. The notion...

Unlocking Pension Billions To Boost Retirement Cash

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman wants to unlock billions of pounds locked in workplace pension funds to fund start-ups and infrastructure projects. He wants to boost...

Watchdog To Probe Financial Firms Pushing Risky Investments

Financial watchdogs are to get to grips with how advice firms deal with customers who want to stake their money in risky investments. The Financial...

QROPS List – February 1, 2019

The latest HM Revenue & Customs data for expats with QROPS offshore pensions. HMRC QROPS List - By country Country No of QROPS Australia 807 Austria 5 Barbados 1 Belgium 1 Bulgaria 3 Denmark 2 EU Institution 1 Finland 1 Germany 9 Gibraltar 31 Guernsey 63 Hong Kong 4 India 11 Ireland 65 Isle of Man 350 Jersey 49 Kenya 2 Latvia 3 Liechtenstein 2 Luxembourg 2 Malta 38 Mauritius 2 Netherlands 34 New...

QROPS And The Lifetime Allowance

One good reason for switching a UK pension fund to an offshore QROPS for expats is to avoid the lifetime allowance. The lifetime allowance is...

Tax Relief Boost Pensions By £44 Billion

Retirement savers saw their pensions boosted by £43.7 billion by The Treasury last year, according to the latest official data. The figure was £2 billion...

BT To Take Pension Row Back To Court

BT is still waging war in the courts to change the way pension rights are worked out for thousands of workers. Despite losing twice in...

Judges Throw Out BT’s £2 Billion Bid To Change Pensions

Judges have thrown out a bid by telecoms giant BT to change the way pension payments are worked out. The company wanted to adopt the...

Portugal: enchanting wealthy retired expatriates

When the financial crisis in 2010 knocked Portugal’s economy, hundreds of thousands of its populace fled making the most of the EU’s...

Company Pensions Slip £9 Billion In The Red

The pension schemes of Britain’s largest 350 companies tumbled £9 billion into the red last year. The 28% dip saw pension underfunding increase from £32...

250,000 NHS Staff Dump Generous Gold-Plated Pensions

Hordes of NHS workers are dumping their gold-plated pensions even though they could face an impoverished retirement. Nearly 250,000 staff have dropped out of the...

QROPS List – January 1, 2019

The latest HM Revenue & Customs data for expats with QROPS offshore pensions. HMRC QROPS List - By country Country Number of QROPS Australia 803 Austria 5 Barbados 1 Belgium 1 Bulgaria 3 Denmark 2 EU Institution 1 Finland 1 Germany 9 Gibraltar 31 Guernsey 60 Hong Kong 4 India 11 Ireland 65 Isle of Man 350 Jersey 49 Kenya 2 Latvia 3 Liechtenstein 2 Luxembourg 2 Malta 38 Mauritius 2 Netherlands 32 New...

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