Expat Exchange Rates News

Latest 10 news items tagged Exchange Rates

10 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Wealthy Brits overseas rushing to buy into booming UK housing market

International buyers, including wealthy UK expats living in the UAE, France and Switzerland are rushing to take advantage of Britain’s booming real estate market and weak sterling exchange rates. A survey by a British bank has revealed that the boom in house prices in London and the Home Counties combined with a weak pound has attracted attention from an increasing number of overseas buyers as well as high-earning expats. Over a third of those surveyed were planning to purchase UK buy-to-let properties during the next two years....
7 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Bitcoins in turmoil after further hacking losses

The arrival of Bitcoins as a unique, online currency seemed to be a boon for expats struggling with exchange rates, with many also using the currency as an investment and watching its value soar. As with many other good things which come to bad ends, it now looks as though the Bitcoin boom is well and truly over, due to the discovery of yet another hacked loss of £362,000-worth of the virtual coins. The Flexicoin Bitcoin exchange has closed down following the discovery of 896 ‘coins’ missing from an electronic vault. On...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Surging sterling gives dilemmas over expat incomes

The surge in the £ sterling over the last few months has seen the currency bounce upwards by more than 10 per cent, in contrast to a good number of other currencies seen to have moved in the opposite direction. The gloomy outlook at the beginning of 2013 has slammed into reverse, with the pound faring better by far than the dollar and the euro. Reasons include an overall expectation that rates will rise in the near future, the booming housing market and improving retail sales figures. On the negative side, employment data is...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Singapore now the 30th most expensive country for expats

Having moved in 2013 from 31st place last year to 30th, Singapore is still well down from the leader, Caracas, and price rises in the city state have slowed in recent months. The results of ECA International’s latest Cost of Living survey also revealed that Singapore had slipped in the regional ranking from 8th to 9th, placing it behind Hong Kong for the first time in three years. ECA’s surveys are regarded as accurate due to the company’s position as providers of information and knowledge to businesses with employees on overseas...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2013

QROPS for expats in countries without providers

Much has been written about the desirability of transferring an expat retirement pension to a QROPS, but what if you’re living in a country which has no listed providers? Around 180 countries are not represented in the global QROPS market place with its over 3,000 pension funds, giving rise to worries amongst retirement savers who wish to invest. The solution for many would appear to be a ‘third-party QROPS’, although the same care should be taken as regards checks and balances, small print and the legality of the FA who’s...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2013

Expat retirees in Canada hit hardest by decline in sterling

Currency fluctuations since the 2008 financial crisis have hit British expats all over the world, but retirees in Canada have been the worst sufferers from the falling pound sterling. Taking the UK state pension as it was in April 2007 as a benchmark, foreign exchange expert have calculated the losses to British pensioners in a number of worldwide destinations. At that point in time, sterling was strong against a range of currencies, and bought 2.29 Canadian dollars. Six years later, the exchange rate has fallen to 1.65 CA$ to the...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2013

Beating currency movements can boost expat pension power

Retiring overseas on a pension from the home country can be a daunting business due to the effect of currency fluctuations on a fixed monthly amount. Most pensions need to be paid into bank accounts in retirees’ new countries of residence, leaving the recipients open to the vagaries of currency fluctuations as well as excessive inter-bank charges. Savings invested in home country accounts give little help as rates are at an all-time low and not expected to increase in the near future. British expats living in Eurozone states...
8 Oct at 6 PM 2013

Offshore financial institutions inflict more misery on expat savers

Cynical offshore building societies and banks, once seen by expat savers as a safe haven with fair returns, are now leaving their customers high and dry. Expat savers, especially those living outside the EU, have already seen their currency exchange rates fall and bank charges increase, and are now seeing their offshore savings rates drop to an all-time low. Many banks are simply closing savers’ offshore accounts with little notice, and others are paying interest at less than onshore rates. The best, if that’s the word, rate...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2013

Recovery of sterling gives good news for expats

After a good while spent lurking at the back end of the currency pack, the pound sterling is racing back to life against major currencies, spurred on by positive economic news. The summer slump in sterling exchange rates may have pleased exporters but it did nothing for holidaymakers and expats who saw their regular pension transfers dwindling monthly. More promising economic indices over the last several weeks have seen the British pound regain its position as the top-performing major currency over a period of six months....
19 Aug at 6 PM 2013

Expat Cyprus Swiss bank mortgagees mount court action

Thousands of expats in Cyprus who purchased residential property or second homes on the island with mortgages hedged against the Swiss franc are faced with losing everything. Between 20,000 and 30,000 homes valued at millions of pounds are involved in the scandal, which broke when island banks demanded that the full amount due on the mortgage loans be repaid. Expat owners of the properties were encouraged at the time of purchase to hedge the risk with Swiss franc loans, but the collapse of the euro against the rising Swiss currency now...