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Expats in Portugal lose everything as forex trading firm disappears

Expats in Portugal lose everything as forex trading firm disappears
Expats are facing massive losses after an Algarve forex trading company disappears. Expat investor clients of Almancil-based PremierFX are panicking as attempts to contact the late owner’s adult children all fail. The business, formerly believed to be well-respected in the community, has simply vanished, taking with it hundreds of...

Brexit may result in frozen pensions for expats in Europe

Brexit may result in frozen pensions for expats in Europe
British citizens still planning to retire overseas are being urged to take financial advice about possible changes to social security agreements post-Brexit. EU member states have reciprocal agreements with the UK on social security provisions, but there’s been no guidance as yet as to whether these will remain valid after Brexit kicks...

Healthcare for expat children in Spain

Healthcare for expat children in Spain
Spain’s healthcare system is one of the best in the world, with both public and private options available for expats and their families. If you’re planning to emigrate to Spain with your family, or even considering starting a family once you’re settled down, Spain’s excellent healthcare services are regularly ranked in the top ten...

British expat retirees warned over leaving pensions in sterling

British expat retirees warned over leaving pensions in sterling
The average pension pot for UK expat overseas is around £210,000, but currency fluctuations may cause losses of 20 per cent. A recent analysis of the plunging pound’s effect on British pensions paid in sterling on behalf of UK expats living overseas gives bad news for the estimated 247,000 Brit retirees living abroad. Put bluntly,...

Combining expat entrepreneurship with low tax rates

Combining expat entrepreneurship with low tax rates
Deciding to start your own business is scary enough, but deciding to become an entrepreneur in another country is only for the brave! Becoming a self-employed expatriate may well be the toughest move you’ve ever made, but the internet age is all about taking chances and making your dreams come true, no matter where you’re living at...

Expat property purchase in Malta

Expat property purchase in Malta
Leaving the home country may be a wrench, but finding a new home in Malta is worth the struggle. The Mediterranean island of Malta is now a favourite destination for immigration and property investment. For decades, it’s been known as a favourite for British pensioners looking to spend their retirement in its historic heart, secure in...

Spain in a nutshell for British retirees

Spain in a nutshell for British retirees
Spain is still one of the most attractive destinations for retirees, in spite of possible post-Brexit problems as regards healthcare and pension payments. Need to knows for potential British expats planning to settle in the country include the cost of living and, crucially, the standard and cost of healthcare once the European Health Card...

Eindhoven suburb is hub and home for multinational expats

Eindhoven suburb is hub and home for multinational expats
A recent influx of expat professionals into the Meerhoven district of Eindhoven has resulted in the area’s rechristening as Expathoven. The Dutch city of Eindhoven is bidding to be the Netherlands’ most international city due to a massive influx of expat tech professionals, most of whom have settled in the Meerhoven district. The vast...

Finland as an expat professional destination

Finland as an expat professional destination
The Scandinavian country of Finland may not be a favourite for expat relocations, but it’s got a lot to offer for those who aren’t allergic to cold. \r\n\r\nThe 2008 financial crisis hit Finland harder than many other Western nations, but it’s now accepted as having turned the corner last year after it announced six straight quarters of...

Dutch universities and companies furious over slashed 30 per cent rule

Dutch universities and companies furious over slashed 30 per cent rule
The Dutch government’s cut of three years from the eight-year 30 per cent tax-free rule for expats is now being trashed by universities and academic institutes as well as major companies. The 30 per cent rule has attracted a large number of expat experts to the Netherlands, with many deciding against jobs offered in other European...