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My focus is predominantly on the world’s financial markets. As a former female stock broker, I was once a rare breed indeed in what is still a predominantly male-dominated industry. I serve on the board of one of the largest brokerage houses on Wall Street. I’ve lived in New York for 25 years and divide my time between writing for Money International and nurturing young talent in females interested in entering the industry.

Singapore Is Top World City For Expats

Singapore has been crowned the favourite city for expats for the fourth time in a row. The Expat Explorer survey from HSBC Bank claims the city state ticks most of the boxes on every expat’s...

Who’s Winning The Digital V Hard Currency Battle In 2018?

The investment return on Bitcoin has outstripped the yield of three major currencies this year, according to new data. Bitcoin was not the only cryptocurrency champion - EOS won over 11 currencies and VeChain performed...
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No Deal Brexit Scares As UK Readies For Worst Scenario

Scare stories are abounding about what could happen to the UK if politicians fail to hammer out a Brexit deal before the March 2019 deadline. As Brexit Day fast approaches, the British government has published...

Setting A Retirement Date As An Expat?

If you are a British expat trying to work out your retirement options, just how do you calculate when you can stop working and receive a pension? The problem is you have different retirement dates...

QROPS Transfers – Numbers Down But Values Go Up

The number of British expats switching their retirement savings to offshore pension schemes is falling - but the average value of a transfer is still rising, according to the latest official figures. Fewer expats are...

Couples Would Rather Talk Money Than Dating Histories

Three out of four people in a couple would rather tell their partners about their finances before they met rather than their dating history. That’s the result of a new survey into relationships and debt....

Worried Pensioners Will Stay Pay A Mortgage In Their 70s

Pensioners have some real worries about where they will live once they reach the age of 70, according to new research. One in seven (14%) are resigned to still having to pay a mortgage when...

Financial Pitfalls Of Day-To-Day Living In Retirement

Once you have reached retirement, it’s too late to worry about what might have been if you had saved more while you had a job. The focus on finances changes tack and you need to...

Brits Lead The Way In Expat Home Purchases In Spain

Expat demand for homes in Spain is surging upwards, according to the latest official figures. After years in the doldrums, the Spanish property market soared by 20% in the last three months of 2017 with...

Inheritance Tax For British Expats

If you are an expat and want to ensure your wealth goes to the people you intend when you die, then you need to understand inheritance tax rules. You must remember is your place of...

Million Workers Set To Flee Employer Pensions

Financial experts are predicting more than a million retirement savers will transfer out of their direct benefit workplace pensions over the next 25 years. The number of savers looking to escape their direct benefit schemes...

Expats Returning Home To a Care Lottery

Expats returning home to find a care home near friends and relatives face a funding lottery, according to new research. More than 120 councils responded to a freedom of information inquiry asking them how much...

Bitcoin Landmark As Futures Market Opens Trading

Bitcoin flirted with a $20,000 valuation before falling to $18,500 at the close of the first day of trading futures on the massive Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The day marked another step towards acceptance as a...

QROPS Concerns As Offshore Provider CEO Arrested

Thousands of QROPS retirement savers are wondering about the future of their offshore pensions after one provider closed and another saw the CEO arrested. Alan Kentish, CEO of STM Group was arrested by police in...

Stressed Pensioners Claim Their Retirement Is Ruined

Frazzled pensioners say they expected a carefree retirement but instead their supposed golden years are ruined by stress. A fifth say that giving up work just meant replacing one set of stresses with another. They also...

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