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Breaking Up Is Expensive As Well As Hard To Do

Breaking up is hard enough to do for couples living together without arguing about who owns the belongings and who is responsible for paying...

Don’t Bury Your Head In Sand Over Funeral Costs

The number of deaths and funeral costs are expected to soar as the first of the baby boomer generation reach the end of their...

Don’t Bank On Picking Up Your Pension Cash At 55

Retirement savers are looking forward to retire with a personal pension at 55 years old, but many will find this is a dream rather...

Expat Disposable Incomes Compared

Expats tend to look at the size of their wage packets rather than what’s left once tax and living costs are taken out. Sometimes this...

46% Of Expat State Pensions Frozen

Only 54% of British expat state pensioners have their payments from the government index-linked, according to new official figures. Out of 1.2 million state pensioners...

QROPS List – April 15, 2015

The number of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) has gone up by another 12 pensions during the past two weeks. The latest QROPS List...

Poor Language Skills Show Up Expats

British expats get their red faces from embarrassment due to a lack of understanding foreign languages as well as sun burn, according to a...

Gulf States Green Light For Imposing VAT

Dipping oil prices are forcing Gulf State leaders to bury their differences over a controversial move to introduce VAT. The leaders of the states have...

FATCA List – March 01, 2015

The list of international financial institutions signing up to comply with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is still growing. Another 3,734 registered...

Tax Warning As Expat Bank Accounts Are Closed

Expats with bank accounts in Jersey but live elsewhere are facing a tax avoidance crack down which is likely to spread around the world. Financial...

FX Code Aims To Stamp Out Crooked Currency Fixing

The world’s leading foreign exchanges have drawn up a code of practice aimed at stopping traders from manipulating currency prices. Led by the Financial Stability...

Setback As Chinese Push Yuan As Major Currency

Chinese efforts to make the yuan an international currency have been checked by banks and consumers. Data from SWIFT, the global system that coordinates international...

Budget 2015 – How Were QROPS Affected?

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) had an easy ride in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget 2015 – but did not escape unscathed. Although the Budget...

QROPS List – April 1, 2015

Another 26 Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) were opened by offshore pension providers during the past two weeks, according to the latest official...

Banks Accused Of Forex Charges Rip-Off

Expats believe foreign currency transfers cost too much and that many services have rip-off charges. Only 15% of expats who send money overseas believe the...

Tighter Rules Coming For Defined Benefit Transfers

British companies are making big cash offers to workers to move their pension liabilities off their balance sheets. If you have a defined benefits scheme...

Expats Win Right To Cash In Duff Annuities

Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget 2015 has extended the freedom for pensioners to cash in their annuities to expats as well. From April 2016, any retirement...

Pensions Boost For Women As Shares Soar

Women giving up work this year expect to settle for a retirement income of a quarter less than men, according to new research. The pension...

Soaring Living Costs Prompt Expats To Leave UAE

Tax-free salaries and a jet-set lifestyle are not enough to keep expats in the United Arab Emirates, according to new research. While many agree that...

Big Pay Rises For Top Directors Hike Gulf Salaries

The swelling pay packets of top directors were the main reason average salaries in the Gulf went up last year, according to a recruitment...