Expat Pension Transfer News

Latest 10 news items tagged Pension Transfer

22 Jul at 6 PM 2014

New study reveals expats see pension industry as greedy and incompetent

The shocking results of a new study have revealed that retirement savers view the entire pensions industry as incompetent, greedy and corrupt. The research, undertaken by the UK’s National Employment Savings Trust, was intended to survey savers in the auto-enrolment workplace pensions scheme, but has also clearly tapped into the justifiable dissatisfaction felt by users of on and offshore financial product providers. To put it mildly, customers have lost all confidence in insurers and pensions firms. According to the survey,...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2014

FCA warns against FAs pushing risky SIPPS assets

A recent warning from the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency concerns financial advisors who transfer clients’ occupational pension funds to SIPPS containing risky assets. In a recent article, CEO of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) Mark Neale noted the considerable increase in wrongful advice claims against FAs over the past year. He added that the FSCS strongly supports the FCA’s action in attempting to deal with the issue. According to the FCA, advisors are still operating business models which restrict...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2014

When is a QROPS a QNUPs and vice versa

For expats living overseas and fast approaching retirement age, investing their pension pot in the most tax effective manner can be very confusing. QROPS, QNUPS and SIPPS have been around for some years now, but many soon-to-be retirees could be forgiven for being totally confused as to which is more beneficial foe them. Basically, all Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes, (QROPS) are also Qualifying Non-UK Pension Schemes (QNUPS), but a QNUPS may not necessarily be a QROPS. Got it? Taking the better-known QROPS first,...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Will expat consumers benefit financially from UK pension reform

Now that the initial shock of the UK’s March budget pension reform announcement has faded, it’s time to evaluate the reasons behind it and the real-time financial benefits to retirees. Analysts are suggesting that the innovative policy wasn’t motivated purely by the wish to give pensioners more power over their savings. The behind-the-scenes reality, they say, is that the government has been locked in years of wrangling with product providers over the high charges and low performances of the then compulsory annuities. In...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats enjoying the strong pound warned to watch out for fluctuations

UK expats living in the Eurozone and further-flung destinations are enjoying a boost in pension payments at the present moment, but are warned to watch out for future currency fluctuations. The global economic crash wiped a third off pension payments for UK retirees living overseas, but the ongoing British recovery has seen sterling soar against the euro over the last half-year. Economists believe the pound will strengthen further due to the European Central Bank’s preference for a weaker euro to support the rcontinental region's...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Skipton offer expat buy to let mortgages on selected UK properties

Skipton International, the offshore Channel Islands base of the well-known high street building society, is now offering expat mortgages on UK buy-to-let properties. Including UK buy-to-let options in expat pension planning has traditionally been tricky for those requiring mortgages, but the recent rise in UK property prices has encouraged a few offshore banks to offer the service. Skipton is the latest to jump on board with its plan for UK citizens living and working overseas. The scheme is available to native UK citizens only,...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Are QROPS transfers available to British expats in the USA

As the world gets smaller, many more Brits are heading to the USA, leaving their pensions back in the home country. Given the present chaos and uncertainty in the British pension system, migrants to America might well be less than happy about leaving a large proportion of their lifetime savings several thousand miles away. The good news is that it’s possible to transfer pension savings into a QROPS whilst living and working or retiring in the USA. Many investment-savvy expats feel they have cause for concern over the safety of...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expat medical problems made worse by language barriers

One of the major expat concerns is the adequacy of local health systems in the host country, particularly if emigration includes the children of the family. Moving abroad and settling into an unfamiliar country with a young family is a stressful experience at the best of times, made even more difficult when health problems occur. Even if comprehensive health insurance has been provided as part of a salary package, finding the right medical practitioner can be complicated by language issues. It’s easy to lose confidence in a...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Thailand living with uncertainty after military takeover

Western long-term retirees and expats legally married to Thais are fearing repercussions to their visa statuses following the recent military takeover. The recent panicky departure of over 200,000 Cambodian workers back across the border has increased expat fears that immigration crackdowns may be expanded to include those on marriage and retirement visas. One English language newspaper recently published a plea on its postbag page from a concerned expat with a Thai wife and family. The writer asked why contributions to the Thai...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Visa application data reveals expats and their tangled love lives

The complications of cross-border relationships involving expats’ love, marriage and even divorce issues have been revealed by a study of immigration assistance patterns. Immigration assistance company Global Visa’s analysis of around 5,000 cases over the past few years has revealed the secrets of expat relationships and love lives. Apparently, almost 33 per cent of all visa applications are now rejected by immigration officers, with refusal numbers doubled since 2012 due to stricter rules in many countries. Fascinating facts...