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The European Health Insurance Card Explained

19th January, 2014 Financial

If you live in Europe you are entitled to certain health benefits via the EHIC, the European Health Insurance card. So what is it, and how does it work? I thought it would be useful to look into the benefits and downsides of the EHIC.

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Relocating on a budget – become an expat on a shoestring

15th November, 2013 Financial

It’s one thing choosing a country to move to with a low cost of living. But what about the process of becoming an expat itself? There are obviously expenses involved, so how do you keep them as low as possible? Here’s our guide to relocating on a budget.

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The cost of living in Shanghai

23rd August, 2013 Financial

Shanghai is an increasingly popular destination for our expat community, with its growing influence on global commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology and transport. Sited on the delta of the mighty Yangtze River in the east of the country, Shanghai is a popular tourist destination as well as the showpiece of China’s booming economy. If you are considering living there, what can you expect as far as the cost of living is concerned?

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Insuring your belongings as an expat

21st March, 2013 Financial

You might be moving abroad with very few possessions, taking up fully furnished accommodation. Or you may be moving lock, stock and barrel, taking your home contents with you as well as your personal possessions. Either way it’s important to insure yourself against all the usual risks: theft, fire, floods, storms and so on, which is why I decided it would be useful to look into home insurance for expats.

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Managing expat finances – Finding the best advice

5th March, 2013 Financial

You’ve found somewhere to live. You’ve settled in. You’ve sorted out residency in your new home country. But what about your long term finances? It’s best to get the money side of life sorted out before you leave but because it isn’t always possible, I thought it would be useful to take a look at how to get your finances in good shape in your new home country.

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The hidden costs of living abroad

27th February, 2013 Financial

If you’re moving overseas and starting to calculate how your finances might stack up, it can be tricky to predict where some of the costs will come from. I have heard a few stories of left-field costs from expats recently, which is why I decided it would be useful to look at some of the unexpected costs that can take a large chunk out of your budget and, unless you are aware of them up front, make your expat life more of a financial challenge than it needs to be!

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Making your money go further in your new home country

29th January, 2013 Financial

Most of us prefer to budget carefully these days rather than spend, spend, spend like so many people did before 2008, when the word economy took a nosedive. But what about when you move abroad? The chances are it will be just as important to stick to a fixed budget in your new home country, at least at first while you get used to things. So what are the pitfalls? And how can you make the most of your hard-earned cash? I thought it would be useful to look at ways to make sure you don’t overspend in your new expat life.

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5 common mistakes expats make when sending money abroad

18th June, 2012 Financial

At some point in the expatriation journey, you will need to make or receive international payments. Boring part of the process? You could argue so. For many, the financial aspects of relocation, whether it is arranging your insurance cover to currency matters, are tiresome and expensive.

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The cost of living in Hong Kong

20th March, 2012 Financial

I love Hong Kong. It’s a fantastic vibrant city with so much going on. And even better is the fact that the cost of living in Hong Kong can be far lower than you might expect – if you know where to look.

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