Medical insurance for maids, other domestic staff and dependents

I have written about the new Dubai Health Authority (DHA) rules several times but as the deadline for Phase 3 is fast approaching I thought it would be useful to clarify the requirements and explain how you can arrange suitable cover.

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The Benefits of Offshore Banking for Expats

The term offshore, in connection with banking, used to evoke images of tax fugitives or money laundering but in reality offshore banking is a very useful tool for personal money management. Offshore banks are highly regulated and the services on offer are very similar to those offered by your standard high street bank but with some added benefits.

To find out if an offshore account is right for you, and how to open one, read on.

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Another New Year but what about your financial resolutions for 2016?

Many of us make New Year resolutions, but how many of those are about our finances? Making sure you are financially fit is as important as vowing to visit the gym regularly but once you’ve taken the initial steps is less time-consuming and you can do most of it whilst sat comfortably on your sofa. A bonus for many of us!

2016 moneyWe all have to spend money but can you do it more smartly? Invariably we could all spend less and save more and a little focus rarely goes amiss. With that in mind here’s a list of 10 steps you can take to get yourself financially fitter in 2016.

 

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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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