Moving overseas and starting a new life as an expat in an exotic location is exciting. The first few weeks or months are a honeymoon period and the thrill of exploring a new home is enthralling and sometimes expensive as you act like a tourist rather than a seasoned Brit abroad. It’s worth setting … Continue reading Retirement planning mistakes made by expats
IFAs and pension providers talk up the benefits of pension transfers – but is changing horses so close to retirement worthwhile? Moving pensions is only worthwhile if you are achieving some financial objective and sometimes consumers must weigh up the cost of switching against the benefits. If you feel that moving your pension might … Continue reading Reasons for transferring a pension – and one why not
How much money is needed to pay for a comfortable retirement is the question everyone would like answered. Really, it’s a question without an answer because too many variables apply. The main problem is that none of us know how long we will live, so have no idea how much cash we need for … Continue reading How much do expats need to save for retirement?
Thousands of British expats retire to Australia, but those who go without a plan face a financial nightmare. The Australian government has some tough rules for expats – even the British. They will want to see that any potential long-term resident has enough money to pay their way. Australia does not have a free … Continue reading How much does retiring to Australia cost?
The longest journey for an expat starts with a single step – and that’s usually deciding to leave home to seek a new life overseas. Australia is one of the most distant but most popular destinations for British expats. Besides a sunny climate and healthy outdoor lifestyle, Australia presents no language problems and has … Continue reading Tips for expats moving to Australia from the UK
Sorting out your money for retirement is more complicated than arranging to have your pension paid into the bank after you give up work. Pensions come with lots of options and making the right financial choices for you may mean talking about your plans for later life with a professional adviser. Moving money can … Continue reading Planning for a comfortable retirement
Expat life is complicated enough having to cope with a new language and culture, but don’t forget to sort out your finances. Managing pensions and investments in the UK while living sometimes thousands of miles away in a different time zone takes organisation and patience even with online access to banks and financial providers. … Continue reading Five big retirement planning mistakes of UK expats
Retiring early is the dream for most expats in Dubai but the financial reality is few know if they can afford to give up work. For too many years, retirement has been decided by age rather than financial status. As soon as you reached 65, you stopped work and received a state pension. Now … Continue reading Retirement planning for UK Expats in Dubai
Sometimes changes at home or work can lead to retirement savers transferring their pensions between providers. If you are considering a switch, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about pension transfers explained. Do I have to leave my pension when I leave a job? No. You can take your pension with … Continue reading Early pension transfers
British expats working in Australia may have payments into a superannuation pension even if they do not intend to retire there. Employers should make the payments for all eligible employees even if they are only temporary residents. On leaving Australia, expats can reclaim this money under the ‘departing Australia superannuation payment’ or DASP. Expats … Continue reading How to claim a super DASP as an expat leaving Australia