Expat Money News

Latest 10 news items tagged Money

10 Nov at 6 PM 2014

UK mafia gangs investing in property purchase scams in Thailand

For decades, tropical Thailand has been a retirement haven for UK expats for its cheap cost of living and year-round sunshine, but buying a condo has always been a risky business. It’s not just the government rules on the purchase of property by foreigners which can ruin the dream, it’s the continuing off-plan property scams perpetrated by dishonest expat developers. The latest to emerge involves a condo block in Pattaya’s Jomtien district – or it would be in Jomtien if it had been built! More than 100 would-be expats have...
4 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Harlequin pension saver victims hit with financial double whammy

Scammed retirement savers whose cash was lost in the Harlequin property crash are now facing up to ten years’ continuing charges by their pension providers. Affected investors who were persuaded to take out QROPS and SIPPS-wrapped products have not only lost every penny of their savings, but are being charged £500 per annum by the pension providers themselves. Ostensibly referred to as management charges, the totals taken by providers will add some £17 million to the estimated losses. Thousands of pension savers are affected,...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Windfalls waiting for thousands of missing Standard Life expat customers

Tens of thousands of former Standard Life customers have been missing out on a share of the huge cash pile distributed by the company when it went public eight years ago. The former mutual insurance and pensions company has tracked down the vast majority of the 2.5 million customers who were entitled to a part of its massive multimillion payout in 2006. However, 73,000 are still untraceable, with Standard Life believing that many are expats who didn’t inform the firm of their change of address. The average amount due to each of...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2014

US Justice Department cracks down on Swiss banking privacy

Swiss banks are being hounded by the US Justice Department to reveal all details of USA citizens’ secret accounts. Prosecutions as well as FATCA are being used to force traditionally private Swiss banks to give up the full details of money in accounts held by expats attempting to avoid paying tax in their home country. Switzerland was one of the last countries to sign up for the controversial US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Credit Suisse and USB were the first banks to be hit by billions in fines for not revealing the full...
27 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Experts warn life expectancy is useless in financial planning

According to financial experts, estimates of life expectancy are of no use in cashflow modelling as the calculations might result in the loss of all capital before retirement. In an address given at the annual conference of the Institute of Financial Planning, Steve Groves warned his audience that statistics on life expectancy proved that using them for cashflow modelling can cause clients to run out of money well before they die. Graves, CEO of Partnership, explained that an average life expectancy for a 65-year old male is 86.5...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2014

How to avoid the fees and frustrations of conventional currency exchange

One of the most trying aspects of living overseas is currency transfer between your home country or offshore bank account and your account in your host country. Whether you’re retiring overseas, working for a company which pays salaries from the UK, freelancing, or just touring around the places you’ve always wanted to see before you make a decision about permanent residence, the stress and expense of currency transactions is often a negative experience. However, new technologies and several innovative start-ups are about to...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Expats in New Zealand falling foul of cold calling and overseas investment scams

Following on from reports of vastly increased numbers of financial scams in Europe, the Gulf States and Asia, today’s warning to citizens and expats by the Kiwi Financial Markets Authority (FMA) comes as no big surprise. Expats across the world are now being ripped off via an unprecedented number of financial fraudsters lurking in expat communities. The majority of those targeted are older expats and retirees, and pension pots and life savings are more at risk than ever before. The FMA’s action comes as a result of an...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Survey results shock reveals pension fraudsters targeting retirement savers

The results of a recent survey prove that increasing numbers of pension liberation crooks are operating onshore and offshore, defrauding retirees confused about the new pension rules. The research, undertaken by financial firm Fidelity, revealed that 66 per cent of retirement savers are still uncertain about their rights under the new legislation. In spite of massive publicity since the April budget announcement, understanding of the ‘over 55’ rule is still causing problems and leaving savers at risk from scammers and massive tax...
20 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Con man operating Marbella coloured diamond scam jailed for four years

A gang of fraudsters who targeted UK pensioners living along Spain’s Costa del Sol in a coloured diamond scams are now all behind bars. The gang of six, masterminded by Liverpudlian Adam Simmonds, operated a boiler room–style scam in the retirement hotspot of Marbella, hitting on unwary pensioners with offers of ‘rare’ coloured gemstones at hugely inflated prices. The pracitcally valueless diamonds were touted as an investment through the gang’s company, No 1 Gemstones. Thousands of retiree Brits were cold-called with the...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Survey results urge expats to be informed about financial matters

An expat survey conducted amongst new arrivals by the Bank of Canada emphasises that, wherever you decide to settle, getting money matters straight is essential. Although the survey focuses on Canada, its conclusions hold true in all expat destinations worldwide. New arrivals face similar financial challenges wherever they decide to live, and simple mistakes can ruin lifestyles and cause huge losses. Factoring in expenses such as the actual cost of the move itself or transporting pets as well as people often aren’t taken into...