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New loan aims to corner the expat buy to let mortgage market

New loan aims to corner the expat buy to let mortgage market
Buy to lets in the home country are still favourite investments for British expats working overseas, with a new entry to the specialist mortgage sector hoping to tap into demand. For expat professionals working overseas, the British expat buy-to-let property sector has provided a successful investment strategy for some years, even...

Malaysia scores with expat families for education and healthcare

Malaysia scores with expat families for education and healthcare
Malaysia is climbing the ratings for its ease of settling in for expat families. Whilst Singapore holds the crown as the best world country for expat professionals on relocation, Malaysia is creeping up the ratings as a family-oriented destination. According to a recent survey, reassignment to the tropical country is a smooth transition...

Gulf States change direction towards the West and its investment potential

Gulf States change direction towards the West and its investment potential
Since the introduction of VAT in the United Arab Emirates, it seems expats aren’t worried about its effect but other developments are causing concern. Although the UAE is still a popular destination for expatriates eager to grow their careers and earn enhanced salaries, high rental charges and increasing international school fees are...

South Korea still an attractive option for expat professionals

South Korea still an attractive option for expat professionals
South Korea’s buzzing capital of Seoul may not immediately spring to mind as an expat professional haunt, but its high-energy scene has a lot to offer. The energy in this fascinating city is almost palpable and is believed by locals to spring from the vitality emitted by its waterways and nearby mountain ranges. A popular legend tells...

Is Russia the last frontier for expat professionals

Is Russia the last frontier for expat professionals
It has to be said that Russia isn’t exactly the first relocation which springs to mind, but is it as unfriendly as it seems? The world’s largest country regularly features near the bottom of expat surveys, mostly due to its unbelievably harsh winters and the seeming unfriendliness of its population. The most-heard complaint from those...

Very early retirements and emigration is the new first world trend

Very early retirements and emigration is the new first world trend
A recent study shows more and more professionals are planning on retiring early and moving overseas. A newly emerging trend in first world countries of working hard to get capital and retiring early as expats overseas is changing the accepted lifestyle norm to a new way of living. From as early as 30 to around 50 years old, emigration and...

Pros and cons of Shenzhen versus Bangkok for expat startups

Pros and cons of Shenzhen versus Bangkok for expat startups
Over the past few years, Asia’s popularity as a startup hub has grown, giving choices between major cities in several countries. Starting up a small business takes a lot of research and planning as well as a good dose of faith in your own abilities. Choosing the right location is essential and involves analysing the practicalities of...

Private health insurance for expats in Singapore

Private health insurance for expats in Singapore
Singapore is a favourite amongst upwardly mobile expat professionals, even although it’s one of the world’s most expensive locations. The city-state of Singapore has been a land of opportunity for countless expats, and is still drawing in its fair share of top professionals. Salaries are high and, although relocation packages have...

Is Cape Town the answer for adventurous expat professionals

Is Cape Town the answer for adventurous expat professionals
If you’re looking to emigrate for work reasons and none of the usual destinations appeal, South Africa and its capital Cape Town might well tick your boxes. Relocation nowadays seems to concentrate on just a few well-known destinations, with massive salaries, upscale extras and high-flying career success the main draws. However, if a...

Fluctuating expat packages in Asia hit Singapore hardest

Fluctuating expat packages in Asia hit Singapore hardest
A recent survey concentrating on pay and remunerations for expats working abroad has noted Singapore’s cost of employing an expatriate has fallen by around US$12000. When costing an expatriate package, companies factor in three main elements – cash salaries, tax and benefits such as international school costs, accommodation and...