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 […]

Is Another Global Housing Bubble Set To Burst?

Bankers are warning that house prices are too high despite years of correction since the credit crunch – and that another bubble may burst pushing the global economy off course again. The problem, say experts as Swiss bank UBS, is that a bubble is only spotted on bursting but if historic events that led to […]

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 […]

Five Top Hints And Tips For Newbie Expats

If you are a new expat looking for in-the-know information from other expats who have already carved a new life overseas, here are some hints and tips: 1.    Don’t make a decision based on a happy holiday Living overseas is a lot different for dipping into a tourist location for a couple of weeks. Permanent […]

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. […]

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 […]

Dubai Financial Advice

Expats find managing their money in Dubai a lot different from choosing how to save and invest back in Britain. The whole structure of lending, borrowing and saving is different because Dubai imposes a Muslim financial structure rather than looking at rules and regulations based on the legal code in the UK. Although IFAs have […]

120,000 Savers In Rush To Take Pension Cash

The first official independent figures detailing how new pension freedoms are working for consumers have been released. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the pension industry regulator has put the data together for the first three months of pension freedom, which started on April 6, 2015. The figures show: 204,581 pensions have been accessed by consumers […]