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UK Golden Visa toughened and two expat startup visas introduced

UK Golden Visa toughened and two expat startup visas introduced
UK Golden Visas are now being toughened up in order to stop ‘dirty money’ purchases. For ultra-wealthy expatriates needing the convenience of a second passport, visa-free access to a number of countries and permanent residency, Golden Visas have been the easy way out, but the net is now tightening. Recent reports of money laundering...

Expats having problems understanding retirement savings products

Expats having problems understanding retirement savings products
Planning retirement finances years ahead is far too complicated for the majority of expats. Given that it’s almost impossible for most expats committed to furthering their careers to predict their financial needs when they hit 65 or so, it’s no surprise the majority put off retirement planning until much later in their lives. Another...

Where to go if Thailand doesn?t want you any more

Where to go if Thailand doesn?t want you any more
For decades, anywhere south of the USA border with Mexico has been the destination of choice for American retirees due to easy access to the home country and ready-made expat communities. Since the rush to retire overseas became truly international, the Mexican border with North America has been the favourite exit for literally millions of...

FAs in Dubai struggling against expat lack of trust and declining interest

FAs in Dubai struggling against expat lack of trust and declining interest
A recent survey has revealed Dubai financial advisers are losing clients due to reluctance to commit as well as a dearth of harsh regulations aimed at preventing financial scams. Published by the Insight Discovery consultancy, the expat survey took place across the UAE and asked consumers what changes their financial advisors needed to...

Prague now tops for expat workers

Prague now tops for expat workers
Expats at all levels now make up over a quarter of Prague’s entire workforce. A recent report states that, out of the city’s approximately 700,000 workforce, 200,000 are expatriates and make up around 15 per cent of the Czech capital’s entire population of 1.3 million. The report, released by the city’s Institute of Planning and...

Working expat women give opinions about favourite destinations

Working expat women give opinions about favourite destinations
Retiring overseas for a life in the sun is only one aspect of becoming an expat, but where are the best locations for working women as regards successful careers? Far too many surveys of the best destinations for a successful career are aimed at male expats, with their female equivalents left wondering if they actually exist in the...

Checklists for a fast pre-Brexit exit from your home country

Checklists for a fast pre-Brexit exit from your home country
If Brexit is the last straw and you’re planning to beat the rush to leave your present country of residence, planning is essential due to uncertainty. Even at this late date, there’s no real idea of what will happen over the next few weeks. Wherever in Europe or the UK you are right now, your shortlist of essential tasks will take...

Thailand then as against Thailand now for expat retirees

Thailand then as against Thailand now for expat retirees
For decades, the lure of Thailand’s Land of Smiles drew both working and retired expats in droves to its warm weather, glorious beaches, friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle. Many of those attracted by Thailand’s cheap cost of living, easy long-stay visas, traditional culture and friendly locals were single, elderly men looking to...

Advice on escaping post-Brexit Britain via a move to Greece

Advice on escaping post-Brexit Britain via a move to Greece
Many UK citizens are mulling over the thought of a post-Brexit Britain, and not liking what they’ve found. Greece has long held a fascination for British would-be expats, although its recent financial troubles have limited the numbers of those taking the chance to remake their lives in the welcoming country. All that’s over now, and...

Thailand no longer an inexpensive destination for expat retirees

Thailand no longer an inexpensive destination for expat retirees
Thailand’s former reputation for being an inexpensive destination for Western expat retirees as now shattered, according to a recent survey. The bad news came as part of a Numbeo report on Southeast Asian destinations, with Malaysian and Indonesian cities now less expensive than most of Thailand’s most popular visitor and expatriate...