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Expats again warned about investment scams as mis-selling rates soar

Expats again warned about investment scams as mis-selling rates soar
Over the past decade, complaints over the mis-selling of pension products have reached an all-time high, with headlines on the subject a regular read in on- and offline media. Due to the lack of legal protection from the mis-selling of financial products in a high number of popular expat destinations, the factors of these scams are...

Is Malaysia a favourite destination for older expats?

Is Malaysia a favourite destination for older expats?
Living and working or even retiring in Asia is now more popular than ever before, but the issues of developing countries as regards infrastructure, services and clean air can be problematic. As other Southeast Asian destinations are losing their appeal for many would-be expats, Malaysia seems to tick all the boxes as regards cost of...

Hints and tips on expat insurance needs

Hints and tips on expat insurance needs
Moving overseas is invariably a stressful experience, with the majority of would-be expats forced to navigate a few hurdles before arriving at their personal winning post. Uncertainty is often the name of the expat game, with venturing into the unknown routinely throwing up a few problematic issues before, during and just after the move...

UK expat retirement strategies being wrecked by low pension payments

UK expat retirement strategies being wrecked by low pension payments
A successful expat retirement strategy often depends on a satisfactory pension income topped up by capital released via the sale of the home country property. Even although capital appreciation on property purchase is almost inevitable nowadays, monthly income from a state and/or private pension is crucial in the provision of funds...

Czech city opens centre aimed at supporting new expat arrivals

Czech city opens centre aimed at supporting new expat arrivals
One of the toughest challenges for newly-arrived expats in a strange land is integration into the local culture. The first few months of expat life in any new destination can be stressful at best and distressing at worst, especially if the basics of the new language are difficult to master. In addition, wherever expatriates hang their...

Expat frequent flyers urged to become carbon neutral

Expat frequent flyers urged to become carbon neutral
Expat professionals whose working lives include a good deal of international travel may be feeling guilty about their contribution to global warming. By now, every frequent traveller is fully aware of his or her impact on the environment, but when travel is inevitable what’s an expat who also cares about the planet to do? Whether...

Expats heading for the Netherlands may be out in the cold this winter

Expats heading for the Netherlands may be out in the cold this winter
Expat entrepreneurs thinking of heading to the Netherlands should note that the country’s housing shortage has forced costs through the roof. The Dutch government is now under pressure to take measures to solve the country’s acute housing shortage as property prices continue to soar. Right now, house prices all over the Netherlands...

Dealing with emergencies as a new expat arrival in Beijing

Dealing with emergencies as a new expat arrival in Beijing
If you’re newly arrived in China and haven’t yet got to grips with Mandarin Chinese, dealing with an emergency can be your worst nightmare. Even in your own country, responding to an emergency situation can be intimidating, but for new arrivals in China it can be an expat’s worst nightmare. Some while ago, English-speaking expats in...

Will Brexit wreck the Spanish property market’s expat buyer sector?

Will Brexit wreck the Spanish property market’s expat buyer sector?
Will a full Brexit mean Spain is less of an option for Britons buying permanent homes? Spain will always be a favourite destination for British retirees and small business entrepreneurs, but how will Brexit affect its popularity over the next five years? Spanish regions such as the Costa Blanca are packed with Brits living a laid-back,...

Expat IFA businesses in the Caymans in for a shock

Expat IFA businesses in the Caymans in for a shock
The Cayman Islands are now heading for an EU blacklist after a failure to stem tax abuse. Both the British Virgin Islands and the Caymans were grey-listed last year due to companies claiming tax advantages although they had little or no economic presence on the islands. As a result of failures to address the situation, the EU has now...