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US and China concerns undermine investor sentiment

US and China Concerns Undermine Investor Sentiment

June finished on a subdued note for many investors. Although most leading equity indices still ended the first half of the year in positive territory, share prices experienced widespread falls over the month, with investor sentiment undermined by concerns from both west and east. The US Federal Reserve sent shockwaves through equity markets with suggestions […]

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Expatriate Life Insurance (Term and Whole of Life)

7 Life Insurance Questions and Answers for Expats

When it comes to buying life insurance as an expatriate, there are many questions that can come up. Buying life insurance should be simple, but more often than not, there is something that comes up that can be more than a bit confusing. Here is a look at some of the common expat life insurance […]

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Great Financial Advice for Expat Wifes and Expat Husbands

5 Financial Planning Tips for Expat Spouses

I originally planned to write this for International Women’s Day. However, having thought about it, it doesn’t make a difference whether you are an expat wife or an expat husband accompanying a working partner, the points below are equally valid. So here are my top 5 financial planning tips for an expat spouse, whether you […]

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UK State Pension 2012 - Expat

UK State Pension for Expats – Making Voluntary National Insurance Contributions

While you are an expat, whether working or as a non working spouse, it would be worthwhile maintaining your contributions to the UK state pension system. You can do this by making regular voluntary National Insurance Contributions (NICs). There are 2 types of NIC that you can make, Class 2 or Class 3. To qualify […]

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Common Expatriate investing errors

5 Expat Investment Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

1. Maintaining Too Many Accounts Given the lifestyle of the typical expat, moving from one country to another, it is all too easy to collect an excessive number of bank, pension and other financial accounts. Each month the typical expat is inundated with numerous paper and electronic statements from various financial institutions. In some cases, […]

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The 25 Documents You Will Need Before You Die

Organizing Your Death Folder

Have you ever thought about how you would like your affairs to be left in the event of your sudden death? I have been working with expatriates around the world for the past 11 years. Having done so, I have found that it is common for important documents to be scattered across different locations. Some […]

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Consider this when looking into QROPS

Consider This When Looking Into QROPS

I know that QROPS schemes have their place and they certainly have real benefits for some. However, if your current pension is a with-profits scheme, here is something that you MUST ask before deciding to trade it in for a QROPS. Does your current scheme have a guaranteed annuity? A lot of with-profits schemes do […]

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Write a Will

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Write a Will

1. When you die, you would rather someone else decided what will happen to your property, possessions and assets. 2. You don’t particularly like your family and would like to make things that much more difficult for them in the event of your death. 3. You are concerned about the size of Britain’s deficit and […]

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