Up there in your list of considerations when looking at whether the expat life will suit you and your family is bound to be MONEY.
- How much money will a move overseas cost you upfront?
- How much money can you make during an overseas posting?
- Will my remuneration package cover my living costs?
- How can I save money while I’m abroad AND have a family to support?
- What do I do with the money I am able to save?
- How do I move my money ‘home’ or back to family & friends?
- What happens to my money and savings when the adventure is over?
This section of the website is dedicated to providing you with answers to these pertinent questions and helping you get the most out of your expat experience from a financial point of view. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant so these matters are near and dear to my heart, but I will point you in the direction of those who know best on specialist matters.
Should I seek Professional Help?
The short answer is Yes!
Before you commence an adventure abroad I highly encourage you to seek advice from a tax professional in particular.
A huge amount of benefit from undertaking an overseas posting can come from having properly structured your taxation affairs before you go and benefiting from either tax-free or a reduced taxation status as an overseas resident.
Residency from a tax point of view can vary significantly from your physical residence so there are a lot of important steps to undertake to get your finances in order before departure (and especially your return).
I would also suggest you seek out a financial planner who is familiar with both your home and overseas jurisdiction. They can help advise you on matters from Wills to retirement planning, which again can vary vastly by location, so finding a local adviser who is well-versed in overseas affairs is crucial.
Most financial advisors are happy to provide you with inital consultations for FREE – they make their commissions when you actually buy financial products through them. Pick someone you can have a good continuing relationship with and understands your circumstances – every expat journey is quite unique.
Contact Keri directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help being put in touch with a financial or tax advisor in the UAE.
Overseas Money Transfers
Moving your money abroad is a critical matter – whether its to continue making mortgage payments, support family members or save for the future. You don’t want to see your hard-earned overseas currency whittled away by bank charges and transfer fees.
We recommend using a reputable currency exchange company like Moneycorp or XE Money Transfer for making overseas transfers. Not only can they offer you preferential rates to most banks, but you also get the ease and convenience of 24-hour online access to international transfers and a dedicated account manager to help you make decisions on the right time to move your cash.
You can make one-off payments, fix an exchange rate for a future transfer or create a regular payment plan for your repeat international transfers. Trading in dozens of popular expat currencies, I would strongly recommend you check out their services for planning your international cash movements with currency experts (note we are affiliates for both).
In the United Arab Emirates?
Besides Moneycorp & XE, there are plenty of companies which enable expats to send money internationally to or from UAE. One of them, Currencies Direct, even has local offices in Dubai. It is well recommended to compare the rates between several providers before conduction a large trade.
Our blog posts on Expat Money Matters
- The Cost of Expat Living – Reading between the lines on cost of living surveys and what really matters to you when making comparisons
- Expatriate Remuneration Packages – what should you look for in a remuneration package suitable for the whole family?
- The World’s Most Liveable Cities – the importance of “livable cities” and factors beyond money that need to come into consideration
- The Real Cost of Expat Living – and update on our first cost of living survey article for the 2015 Mercer Cost of Living Survey
Financial Cost Planning Tools
There are a load of FREE tools you can use for planning your expat finances – particularly cost of living.
Please use these links to help you plan how your finances might work in a new location, but these should not be used in lieu of seeking professional help, or seeking out blogs, Facebook groups and websites from real people on the ground in your new location.
- Numbeo – Cost of Living by Cities around the world, indexed against NY City
- Expatisan – Worldwide cities indexer against Prague – data obtained from readers entering costs of daily foods
- SalaryExpectation – Cost of Living Salary Calculator – for of the Economists Economic Intelligence Unit
- easyexpat.com – choose what basket of goods you have in your current lifestyle and location and it will calculate for you what you will need to earn in your new destination
Want to know more about expat finances? Both Mr Globetrotter and I are finance professionals so happy to hear your questions and cover off topics in future posts that are important to you and your expat family
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