Who Can Have A QROPS Offshore Pension?

QROPS are widely available but come with some restrictions for expats seeking to move their retirement money overseas. With almost 1,300 current schemes across 28 financial centres, a QROPS pension is almost available for any expat. Expat is the first key word. QROPS are designed as a place for retirement savers who have savings in […]

It’s A Great Time To Cash In Your Pension For A QROPS

Beleaguered companies are offering huge financial incentives to buy retirement savers out of their final salary pensions. Expats in Australia can take the chance of doing a deal and cashing in their pensions – and here are the risks and advantages explained. What’s the offer? Some FTSE350 employers are dangling huge wads of cash in […]

Cut-Price Set Up Costs For New Range Of QROPS

A leading Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) provider is offering a cut price deal for expats transferring their retirement savings. As part of a focus on QROPS for British expats, STM Group has set the establishment fee for the offshore pensions at zero until March 31, 2017. The incentive covers all STM QROPS – […]

Royal Mail Posts Pension Warning For 94,000 Staff

The Royal Mail has posted a warning to 94,000 workers that the company’s final salary pension scheme is too expensive to run. The company pays £400 million a year into the scheme, but has calculated by 2018, the cost of running the pension and paying benefits will be more than double that – at close […]

Will QROPS Become A Brexit Casualty?

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) may become one of the Brexit casualties if negotiators axe Britain’s adherence to Europe’s freedom of movement and capital rules. The rules are two pillars of the European Union and are at risk in the forthcoming Brexit talks. The British government has made clear that securing national borders and […]

Can You Transfer Your Pension To A QROPS?

QROPS are generally good news for many expats as they offer tax and investment benefits that are not available to retirement savers who leave their pensions in the UK. But QROPS transfers are not available to millions of retirement savers with money held in many workplace schemes that are under threat from underfunding by employers. […]

The Danger Of Dealing With Dodgy QROPS Advisers

If you are switching money between pensions to a SIPP or Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS), you need to know who you are dealing with. Besides a home, a pension probably represents the largest single amount of money most people have, and ensuring financial advisers are honest and trustworthy is a priority before handing […]

How To Speed Up Your QROPS Transfer

International IFAs are grumbling about Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) rule changes that mean some transfers take up to six months. The new rules require a UK regulated IFA to review offshore IFA advice to expats transferring final salary pensions to QROPS. They are complaining that the rule means pensions transfers are slowed down […]

What Can A QROPS Pension Do For Me?

Forget the glossy brochures and time sifting through technical information and get to the nitty gritty – what can a QROPS do for you? Well, you gain all the benefits of a UK personal pension and then some. Four key points to think about are these: 30% tax-free lump sum While your UK pension is […]

How To Switch Your Pension To A QROPS

Switching your pension to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) is not as complicated as many people may try to make you believe. QROPS have many tax and investment benefits for British expats, while HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has a habit of  changing the rules without warning to exclude some retirement savers from […]