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Implications of the Joint Agreement for British Expats

The recent breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations has given some clarity to the question of expat rights. Jason Porter of Blevins Franks commented, ‘A landmark agreement has been reached in Brexit talks which should cement the rights of UK citizens resident in other EU countries. The most important aspect is obviously the right to reside, but very ...

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Expats Investing In New Areas In UK Property Market

There is mounting evidence that expats are taking advantage of the weakness of the pound to invest in the UK market and that increasingly they are investing outside London and the South East. New research from Liquid Expat Mortgages indicates that there has been a 20% year on year increase in expats and foreign nationals within UAE investing in UK property. The investment are in buy-to-lets and fi ...

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Tax On Return To The UK?

We are in the process of considering a return to the UK. We left in April 2015 and we are resident in the Philippines. If we return we plan to sell our property in the Philippines to use as payment for a property in the UK. The question is, will the money to be transferred be subject to UK tax? Jason Porter, a director of expat financial advisers Blevins Franks, answered this question. “The date o ...

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With Weak Pound, Expats Are Keeping The Rural Property Market Alive

Hugh Graham writing in The Sunday Times sets out how the weakness in the sterling rate as a result of Brexit is enabling expats to snap up bargains and buy their dream home in the country back in the UK.  The statistics support the anecdotal evidence that this is having an impact on the market.   This sponsored article is published in full here: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/by-taking-advantage- ...

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Swap The Metropolis For Hidden Pleasures Of A Tiny City

There are many myths about expat life in Luxembourg, and one of these is that it is boring. David Charter of The Times sets out the hidden benefits of life as an expat in Luxembourg once you get to know your way around.   This sponsored article is published in full here: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/swap-the-metropolis-for-hidden-pleasures-of-a-tiny-city   Luxembourg is not London. The onl ...

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Pensions Apartheid Is Keeping Expats Trapped In The Past

Patrick Hosking, the Financial Editor of The Times, sets out the pensions anomaly faced by British expats due to the UK’s two-tier approach to indexation of pensions. Depending on where you retire to your pension may be ‘frozen’ and not have the benefit of the ‘triple lock’.   This sponsored article is published in full here: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pensions-apartheid-is-keeping-expa ...

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Top Savings Rates For Expats – December

Many expats can benefit from using offshore bank savings accounts. They are useful for working in different currencies and for gathering interest without deduction of taxes. By Iain Yule See the article ‘British Expats – Do You Need An Offshore Bank Account’.   The best current offering for sterling offshore savers is Skipton International’s 1.25%, if you have £10,000 and can give 200 days’ notice ...

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Portugal Proves Popular For Tax-Free Income

Very popular with retiring Britons, Portugal offers sunny living, an interesting property market and important tax advantages for retirees from overseas. Beyond its obvious sunny appeal, Portugal offers much for Britons looking to retire abroad, with the potential to receive tax-free UK income for a decade through ‘non-habitual residency’. Many Britons have discovered that Portugal is a fantastic ...

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How Do I Land A Job In The Middle East?

I am looking for a job in the Middle East, ideally the UAE, and wondered if you might have some tips about how to go about this? I have experience in the finance, medical and engineering sectors. Rebecca Steele, from expat financial advisers AES International, based in Dubai, answered this. “Having been a job seeker myself in the Middle East my best advice would be to research companies you are in ...

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Number Of Expat Workers Over One Million By 2021

The global trend for international mobility looks set to continue as smaller and medium-sized multinationals, in particular, drive growth and encourage greater movement of employees around the world. This is a key finding from a study by Finaccord, which reveals that the number of multinationals worldwide is on course to reach 13,900 by 2021 while the number of employees who are classed as expatri ...

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