UK Autumn statement 2015 – the facts for expats

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, presented the UK Autumn Statement and Spending Review to Parliament on 25th November. This is a comprehensive, and lengthy, report so I have picked out a number of the points which may affect expats and these are explained below.

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12 financial myths plus some facts.

As with anything there are myths, stories and  old wives tales in respect of financial issues but what are they and what is the reality?

In this article I cover several of the common myths and explain the reality of the situation.

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UK mortgages for UAE based expats

No matter what is happening in the rest of the world, interest in the UK housing market remains strong with many people looking to buy a property as part of their portfolio of investments, or as a future home.

Changes to the way in which UK mortgages are underwritten, which came into effect in April 2014 under the guidance of the Financial Conduct Authority, have made it harder to anyone to obtain a mortgage and the options are even more limited for expats.

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To panic or not to panic, that is the question…

With the turmoil in the markets in the last couple of weeks it is understandable that many people have been worried about their investments. The fall in the Chinese stock market triggered a knock-on effect in other global markets and all looked a little worrying for a few days although we have since seen some upward movement.

Is this enough to stop you panicking? Should you be worried?

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UAE mortgages and beyond…

I would like to let everyone know that I now have a dedicated in-house mortgage desk which can source a wide range of products and services from the whole of the market.

If you are interested in buying a new apartment or villa, refinancing, or would like to release equity from an existing property, we can assist. The strong and well-established relationships we have with some of the leading banks in the UAE means we can access the best rates, along with the best service.

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Seven rules for smart investing

With so much in the press about investing, as well as lots of conflicting opinions and information, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction, or even wishful thinking. I have therefore put together a simple guide of seven practical tips that are both logical and easy to follow.

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UK Budget July 2015 – the main points for expats

UK Budgets seem to come thick and fast these days and the latest one was announced on 8th July. This article is a brief overview of some of the main points with particular reference to any changes that could affect expats.

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