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The UK Frozen Pensions Anomaly

15th February 2016

What we’re going to write in this relatively short article is directed to those that have worked in the UK and are now residents outside of the UK whilst having left behind a frozen pension, including those who have already moved their UK pension overseas into a QROPS. So if you’re a British expat or […]

South Africa Rate Hike Negative Impact on Consumers

7th February 2016

South Africans are feeling the financial pain after the Reserve Bank decided recently to hike the interest rates by 50 basis points from 6.25% previously, up to 6.75%. This is the first interest rate hike this year in a series of multiple rate hikes that will follow and push the benchmark rate to 11% by […]

Holborn Assets Reviews The South African Markets

31st January 2016

Holborn Assets believes that the slowdown in the global economy will remain soft and the implication will be felt on South Africa’s ability to recover from an anemic third-quarter growth of only 0.7%, which makes us expect a slightly weaker outcome in 2016, we now expect a GDP growth of only 1.2% in 2016. Emerging […]

British Expatriates Set to Lose Tax Credits Benefits

24th January 2016

According to The Guardian, UK Prime Minister David Cameron could ban British expatriates from claiming tax credits for up to four years as part of a compromise agreement with the European Union over renegotiating the UK’s terms of membership. Under this deal thousands of British expats could lose tax credits for up to four years. […]

Strong Pound Buys More For Expats

17th January 2016

Currency exchange rate fluctuation can have a big impact on the expat life, especially if we take in consideration that the South African Rand was one of the world’s worst-performing currencies in 2015 after dropping more than 26% and continued to slide another 15% in the first trading days of the new year. The Pound […]

The Impact of the Chinese Stock Market Crash on South Africa

11th January 2016

South Africa’s economy edges closer to recession after having a rough 2015 that saw its economy contracted by 1% in the second quarter of 2015, the lowest level in six years.  The outlook for South Africa’s economy could get worse this year, as the Rand, South Africa’s national currency, has reached its’ lowest level in […]

South African Rand Devaluation

4th January 2016

The South African Rand has fallen to an all-time low against not just the US Dollar but against many of its other counterparts, including the British pound.  The dramatic depreciation of the Rand started at the end of 2010 but the devaluation has aggressively picked up during this past year.  Living in South Africa as […]

The Effect of Currency Exchange Rates on Expats

28th December 2015

One of the critical issues that many expats need to deal with is the constant battle with the currency exchange rate movements.  With more than 200,000 British expats living in South Africa, large sums of money are transferred between the two countries and between the South African Rand and the British Pound.  Many of the […]

Living as a UK expat in South Africa, Economic benefits

20th December 2015

Living as a UK expat in South Africa comes with a lot of benefits; it brings a good quality of life, low cost of living and a warm climate.  Since British expats are not required to register with British authorities, we can only have an estimated figure of the British diaspora, but nevertheless, the South […]

Holborn Assets Reviews: the South African Financial System

8th December 2015

South Africa is recognized as having one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of financial governance, which is actually quite strange because South Africa is still an Emerging Market and in many ways it’s lagging behind developed economies.  Healthcare and educations are considered some of the worst in the world.  This is […]

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