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UK inheritance tax is, understandably, deeply hated by those who have worked all their lives to accumulate wealth to pass on to their spouse, children and grandchildren. With IHT payable at 40% on all assets over the value of £325,000 – less than the value of the price of a home in some parts of […]
As we get older, start families and take on financial obligations, life insurance becomes increasingly important, perhaps even more so for expats. Here are five questions to ask yourself to work out just what level and type of cover you need. 1. Is life insurance necessary for me? If you have enough wealth to provide […]
The plight of a British citizen visiting Thailand over New Year highlights the importance of having medical cover whether you are travelling abroad on holiday or living away from home for an extended period of time. The problem with both travel and medical insurance is that it can seem a waste of money until you […]
When the new UK pension freedoms were announced last year, Pensions Minister Steve Webb famously quipped that people were free to blow their retirement savings on a Lamborghini if they so desired and the government leapt to defend his comments. Pension freedoms became a reality for over 55s on 6th April this year and while […]
For many people, the term ‘offshore banking’ conjures up images of tax avoiding, exploitative billionaires hiding their ill-gotten gains in secret, which is perhaps one reason why some banks now prefer to use the phrase ‘international bank account’. In actual fact both these terms simply refer to an account that is located outside the country […]
The financial crisis of 2008 has a lot of bad things to answer for but here’s one positive outcome. According to a study recently released by Scottish Widows, the UK is turning into a nation of savers. Apparently three quarters of Brits are now saving on a regular basis, over a third of them claiming […]
It has to be said that the financial industry has not always had the most spotless of reputations and you don’t need to go far to hear a beef from someone who has been mis-sold a life insurance product. Any attempt to sell a financial product or service by misrepresenting that product or by misleading […]
If you have a family, life insurance is a no brainer to ensure that your family are left financially secure should you pass away. However, for singletons, the issue is less clear cut. Although many financial websites suggest that single people with no children do not need life insurance, this is not necessarily the case. […]
Many people – wisely – take out life insurance as part of a comprehensive financial plan, in fact, in some cases, it is a condition of taking out a loan such as a mortgage. However, far fewer consider their need for critical illness cover, even though evidence suggests that they are far more likely to […]
Not a terribly cheery subject this one but something that all expats really should consider and make provision for to save additional stress for your loved ones down the line if a terrible event should occur. Unfortunately death does not take your location or finances into account when it strikes. According to the UK Foreign […]
As a British citizen living abroad, I had assumed that should my children, who are British citizens even though they were born outside the UK, choose to attend a UK university, that they would pay the same fees as their cousins who were born in the UK and have always lived there. A little research […]
Earlier this month the UK government announced a crackdown on so-called ‘health tourists’. While new measures are aimed at making savings of £500mn by preventing visitors from accessing free NHS care, they will also affect British nationals living abroad. This runs contrary to indications from the Department of Health last year that UK expats would […]
There is no denying the fact that a university education in the UK is costly. Tuition fees have been steadily rising since they were first introduced in 1998, reaching £9,000 a year under the current coalition government after the last hike in 2012 which controversially broke a key Lib Dem manifesto promise. Tuition fees don’t […]