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    UK pension liberalisation and how the changes affect expats

    Spectrum, Published on 18/01/2015

    » In his 2014 budget, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the most significant pension liberalisation of the past century. The action by George Osborne affects all people with UK private pensions. It’s worth noting, however, that the UK state pension, funded by national insurance contributions and run by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), is unaffected, although these old-age pensions are also subject to a different reorganisation and revision of rules.


    Modern succession planning for expats

    Spectrum, Published on 21/09/2014

    » Do you want to comprehensively protect your assets from potential predators? Trusts are one of the least understood and most undervalued forms of asset protection. Yet they are often very simple to use, and for this reason attitudes toward the use of trusts are beginning to change for many expats.


    The business of living life as an expat

    Spectrum, Andrew Wood, Published on 07/09/2014

    » Expats living abroad are often surprised at the effort required to effectively manage their affairs. Those of us who have left our home countries have usually not emigrated in a single step, yet many resolve not to go back to live in their home country if they can help it.


    When the expat shoestring breaks

    Spectrum, Andrew Wood, Published on 18/05/2014

    » Asia is tantalisingly attractive and living here makes us feel elated and happy. The carefree lifestyle can distract us from the realities of unexpected events. This can become a trap, leaving you financially vulnerable and exposed.


    The UK budget and the expat

    Spectrum, Andrew Wood, Published on 06/04/2014

    » The recently announced UK budget has raised a number of eyebrows. Initial responses are mixed, as there are perceived tax disadvantages and pension advantages, so what do the changes really mean for expats?


    Is Fatca just for fat cats? US expats beware

    Spectrum, Andrew Wood, Published on 23/03/2014

    » The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) will take effect on July 1. If you are a US expat what does that mean for you?


    Personal protection expats should have

    Spectrum, Andrew Wood, Published on 23/02/2014

    » Many expats sincerely believe that mishaps and accidents will never happen to them. They continue their daily lives almost in oblivion and never think of the consequences of sickness or accidents. It is only when someone becomes the victim of a life-changing event or witnesses the devastation it can cause — maybe to a friend or family — that they actually realise and accept that this actually happens to real people.


    Young expats need to take an interest

    Spectrum, Andrew Wood, Published on 27/10/2013

    » Financial planning for the young expat _ what does this really mean? The last Net Worth column on this subject stimulated a number of queries. Most of these revolved around the practicalities or creating financial reserves and their use during retirement.

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