Opening the newspaper or reading news websites online paints a grim picture of the world financial market. Over the last several years, economies in some of the biggest countries in the world have found rising inflation and lower employment. What this means to you as an expat will depend on what country you are coming from, what country you are moving to and how you protect yourself financially.
Learning about the current financial outlook in your adopted country is the first step you should take. There are dozens of different currencies used around the world, and expats will often use more than one frequently. For example, it is not uncommon to pay ongoing bills, such as a mortgage or credit card debt, in the currency used in your home country while paying your current rent in a totally different currency. What will be most important to expats is how these frequently used currencies meet- the exchange rate between them. Finding a quality foreign exchange broker to assist in moving your funds back and forth is an important consideration, as even a small difference in the exchange rate from one broker to another can translate to hundreds or thousands of dollars in the long term.
Other important financial considerations an expat will have to make come under the realm of banking. Opening a bank account in your new country is a necessity for most people, while still tending to one or more accounts back home is also important. To ensure that you are growing your savings faster than inflation is rising will mean finding an international or overseas bank account with good interest rates.
Many expats do not realize that leaving their home country does not automatically remove the need to file taxes in the home country. While it will be necessary to file a tax return in your adopted country, it is equally important to stay on the good side of the law by filing in your home country as well. Often, not filing is not only illegal, but will mean high fines and fees in the future. Unfortunately, finding information on how to file from abroad is not always easy, and a tax specialist is often the answer.
ExpatFinder.com is prepared to help you with all your financial concerns, from finding a qualified foreign exchange broker to listing top international banks, learning how to trade or buy stocks in your new country to filing taxes and more.
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Fri, May 17 2013 -
The EU economy contracted by 0.2% in the first three months of the year, marking another period of recession for the sixth quarter. The bloc’s economy performed below economists’ expectations of a 0.1% decline. Nine EU member states were in recession while Germany, the largest economy in...
Thu, May 16 2013 -
Ratings agency Fitch upgraded Greece’s credit rating from CCC to B- as the debt-laden country is showing progress in managing its finances. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s also raised the country’s credit ratings to C and B- , respectively. However, all three ratings are still within the junk...
Wed, May 15 2013 -
The offshore savings market continues to dwindle as more banks shut overseas branches. Profits have declined in some major banks including Santander, which had a 26% fall in profits for the first quarter of the year. British bank Barclays also announced a 25% decline in profits for the same period....
Wed, May 15 2013 -
Lloyds Banking Group has decided to sell 28 branches to Spanish bank Banco Sabadell in an effort to trim down its international businesses. Lloyds Bank’s branch network served about 50,000 expat mortgage customers in Spain. The bank assured its continued customer support stating that the sale to...
Tue, May 14 2013 -
Cyprus has received 2bn euros from international lenders as first instalment of a 10bn-euro bailout loan. The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) confirmed that 1bn euros will be transferred within the next couple of weeks. After Greece and Cyprus, European authorities are now looking into Slovenia...
Dealing in foreign currency and learning to send money overseas are just facts of life for expats. Find information on international money transfer, international account or other expat bank services and money transfer during your relocation so you know you are getting the best deal when you much use foreign currency exchange. Transfer money to a country of your choice through remittance services or locate the best currency exchange and money transfer companies with ExpatFinder.com’s currency exchange specialists.