Archive for the ‘Expat Trends’ Category

Expats rate Singapore as the best country to open a business, followed by Hong Kong and the US. These were the results of the fourth annual NatWest International Personal Banking (IPB) Quality of Life Index. NatWest found expats in Spain, Portugal and France least positive about their business environments. The study, conducted in cooperation with […]

To say it’s been a rough couple weeks for global financial markets is putting it lightly. Equities have been falling for over two weeks now as investors abandon stocks for traditional havens such as gold, the Swiss franc, the Japanese yen and (ironically, enough) US Treasuries (the latter despite Standard & Poor’s downgrading the US’ […]

Mercer has released its 2011 Cost of Living Survey, allowing expats to see where their dollar will go furthest. The survey is based on two key data points: the relative strength or weakness of the local currency against the US dollar over the last 12 months and price movements relative to a baseline (New York […]

Some time ago Time’s Helena Bachmann observed a growing phenomenon among American expats: renouncing their citizenship for tax reasons. Bachmann’s story was written in the spring of 2010, and noted According to government records, 502 expatriates renounced U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the fourth quarter of 2009 — more than double the number of expatriations […]

Expats living in Russia earn the most, with both the highest income and disposable income, according to HSBC’s 2010 Expat Explorer Survey. Russia was top of the heap when expat destinations were ranked by income and likelihood of owning more than one property, followed by Bermuda and Saudi Arabia. Singapore (the #1 expat destination in […]

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