More of us than ever thinking about moving overseas

husband and wife laughing while walking along the beach moving overseas

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MoneyPlus Features Team

14th October 2015 at 3:52pm

Some new research has just come out stating that more than half of Britain’s wealthiest individuals are planning to spend the majority of their retirement on foreign shores. But it’s not just the wealthy that are tempted by moving overseas, it would appear those of us on more modest incomes are actually increasingly likely to make this a permanent move.

Brits abroad

The research stated that two in five of those with an income of more than £60,000 are planning on spending most of their time out of the UK with a further 8% looking to emigrate permanently, and another 7% aiming to enjoy a few years abroad before returning home.

But it appears those with an income of less than £25,000 are more likely to leave permanently – with 12% of those surveyed by Old Mutual Wealth in this position saying they were planning to leave the UK for good.

Moving abroad – things to think about

As these statistics further endorse the research we’ve done into this popular trend, we thought it would be handy to give you all the links to our move abroad series in one easy, well packed carryall.

A home away from home – moving abroad

Hear the real life experiences of Elaine Smith as she plans a dream move to sunny Florida.

Managing your money and a move abroad

You’ve finally made up your mind to make that move abroad, and of course you’ll be focused on all the practical aspects of such a move. But what about your savings – how will they operate once you’ve left the UK?

Living overseas and UK residency

If you live abroad but still come back to the UK regularly – could you be considered to have UK residency?

Assets in the UK and death overseas

In our internationally mobile society, it’s becoming increasingly likely that people may hold assets in more than one country. How would your UK assets be treated in the event of your death overseas?

UK investments – worried about your security whilst overseas?

Since the financial crisis in 2008, there have been some consumer concerns over how well their pensions, investments and savings are protected should something happen to their financial institution.

Make working abroad tax efficient

Are you moving abroad to work? You’ll need to think about how you manage your existing assets back in the UK.

Expatriates retiring in the UK – what you need to know

And what if you decide to come back having lived abroad? Your move away took a lot of time and planning and your move back will need equal consideration.

Things to consider

Any move abroad is a big one and we hope by running this series we’ve helped give you a few pointers on things to think about.

Join the conversation

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