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Should you keep hold of UK investments in Spain?
Finance
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Expatriates often prefer to keep UK investments like Premium Bonds, ISAs, savings accounts, bonds and shares, but do they make financial sense for residents of Spain?

However well we have settled into our new lives in Spain, most UK nationals living here maintain some British habits. Whether it is a Sunday roast, following the football or watching British soaps, there are some ties we do not want to lose.

The same often applies for UK savings and investments. While many expatriates prefer to stick with what’s familiar, just how suitable are these arrangements for Spain?

 
Should you transfer UK pensions overseas? The pros and cons of QROPS
Finance
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

While transferring to a QROPS can offer tax efficiency, estate planning flexibility and currency benefits for UK expatriates, is it suitable for everyone?

One of the many UK pension options for British expatriates today is transferring to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). Despite being widely seen as the answer for expatriate retirees, QROPS are by no means a one-size-fits-all solution.

What is a QROPS?

QROPS is a label for foreign pension schemes that meet HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) rules to receive transfers from UK-registered pension funds. Introduced in 2006, this enables British expatriates to simplify their affairs by taking their pensions with them. Schemes only make the HMRC list if they meet similar conditions to UK pensions, such as not being generally accessible before age 55.

 
Balancing the Chancellor’s books… could your UK pensions be affected?
Finance
Thursday, 19 August 2021

The UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak, like his counterparts in Spain and the rest of Europe, has a difficult balancing act to find ways of raising revenue while still keeping public support strong for the government. And pensions and property are being brought into sharp focus in the media when it comes to the options he has available.

With the pandemic having caused the UK, Spanish and most other governments to provide huge financial support to keep their economies afloat, they now need to raise a lot of money over the coming years to pay what effectively is massive government debt – and taxation is one of the most obvious routes.

But what does that mean for you? 

 

 
UK-based financial advice and services post Brexit. 4 things to consider
Finance
Thursday, 19 August 2021

If you take financial advice from the UK but live in Spain, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta or another EU country, what do you need to think about post-Brexit?

Over six months into 2021 Brexit is no longer a novelty, but we are still learning exactly how we are or may be affected.  While in many ways day-to-day life hasn’t changed for British expatriates, there are some inconveniences – some minor, some not so minor.

 
Brexit implications for buying and selling Spanish property
Finance
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
While Brexit has led to some key changes, such as to freedom of movement and customs, the good news for those hoping to buy or sell property in Spain is that Brexit has had little impact here. 
 
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