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Our financial planning blogs are designed exclusively for expats

Our blog site is designed exclusively to inform on issues that relate to and impact expatriates around the globe.We cover a wealth of topics that include insurances - pensions - investments - estate planning and tax - all designed to keep you informed and up to date.

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5 common mistakes UK expats make with domicile & tax

Misunderstandings persist around issues of domicile - IHT - Wills & tax

British expats still have some crucial misunderstandings about their domicile status and tax position that could leave them and their loved ones financially exposed and even land them in trouble with HM Revenue & Customs, warns Rachael Griffin at Old Mutual Wealth.

The research from Old Mutual International shows that a lack of knowledge can lead to unexpected consequences.

"Inheritance tax will be a concern for many UK expats and appropriate planning needs to be in place to mitigate any on-going liability.”

Retirement before age 70 'unaffordable' for one in 12

1 in 12 pensioners delaying retirement due to lack of funds

More than half of those planning to retire this year will consider working past the state pension age, with many saying they can not afford to stop work, research from Prudential has suggested.

The group’s annual research found that ‘pretirement’, where people gradually scale back work or change jobs rather than stop working completely, is increasingly common among people of retirement age.

About one in 12 people said they were delaying retirement because they could not afford it, and thought they would not be able to stop working before the age of 70.

Gay man wins landmark pension case in UK court

Gay man wins equal pension rights in landmark UK court case

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the same rights to pension death benefits as heterosexual couples in a landmark case involving a final salary scheme.

On Wednesday, John Walker won his long-running legal battle to allow his husband to inherit the same percentage of his defined benefit (DB) pension that a female partner would be entitled to.

Under existing rules, occupational pension schemes pay out 50% of the value of a pension to a spouse for the rest of their lives after their husband or wife dies - without taking the marriage date into account.

However, an exemption in the 2010 Equality Act allows companies to limit pension benefits for surviving same sex spouses, to benefits accrued since 2005, when the Civil Partnership Act came in.

This means that companies do not have to pay out the full pension benefits to a civil partner in a same sex marriage on pensions built up before 2005.

UK Housing Market Headed For Crash Experts Warn

Experts Warn Of UK Housing Crash

The UK housing market could face a crash to rival the one that buckled the economy in the early 1990s, experts have warned.

Despite a 1.1 per cent growth in the housing market during June, experts are concerned that the prospects are less than clement, with some predicting a particularly gloomy future for homeowners.

Professor Paul Cheshire of the London School of Economics, has said: “The current house price ratio is unaffordable. Wages are failing to keep up with inflation and the housing market is overheated.

Neil Woodford View On The UK Economy

"The UK economy is more unbalanced today than ever before" - Neil Woodford

All the talk of rebalancing the UK economy that we heard from policymakers in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis unfortunately, has led to nothing.

The UK economy is more unbalanced today than ever before.

We had a recent meeting with Darren Winder of the Lazarus Partnership – Darren has been a very valuable input into our investment process for many years and his extensive knowledge and database on the UK economy is pretty much unsurpassed.

We covered a lot of ground during the meeting, but some charts really stood out. Here we provide a few of them, which we believe provide strong evidence of the continued imbalances within the UK economy and the unsustainable nature of recent economic growth.

Celebrity Will Mistakes & Lessons We Should Learn

Very costly mistakes can easily be avoided will a correctly drafted Will

Emma Myers runs her expert eye over three celebrity wills which didn't work out as originally planned...

Celebrities may seem to have it all, but they are only human and can be just as likely to make mistakes as everyone else, especially when it comes to estate planning.

However, making a mistake with estate planning can have serious repercussions for our nearest and dearest, as these examples highlight.

Brits Set To Lose GBP 550M in IHT Due To Poor Planning

HMRC set to capitalise on Brits who do not plan effectively


The predicted £550m wastage is £20m more than last year and an increase of £78m on 2013.

The TaxAction Report 2015, which was carried out in partnership with Prudential, also found that only one in four Britons think their estate will be subject to IHT when they die.

A common IHT planning mistake identified by the report was a failure to place life protection policies under trust, which could reduce a £100,000 life insurance pay out by as much as £40,000.

UK Supreme Court Ruling On Divorce May Open Pensions Floodgates

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A controversial Supreme Court ruling could see thousands of ex-wives and husbands pursuing their former spouse for pension pots years after they divorce if no ‘financial order’ was established at the time, experts have warned.

On May 11 2015, the court allowed the latest appeal in the case of Wyatt v Vince. Ms Wyatt was given permission to challenge an earlier ruling in favour of her former husband, after he had appealed a decision to allow a financial claim issued 18 years after their divorce.

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