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Expats and using a VPN

VPN networks for Expats

It sounds a little strange, but we recommend that every expatriate and traveller who is going to use the internet extensively while travelling or living overseas should obtain a VPN service. VPN stands for "Virtual Private Network" and we describe below what it is and why we think it is a necessity.

Bank Robbery Offshore

Poor AUD Interest Rates for Expat Australians

Offshore Term Deposits - A (continuing) poor deal for Australian expats and offshore investors

Superannuation for Australian Expats

Superannuation for Australian Expats

Legislation was introduced into the Australian Parliament this week to increase compulsory employer super guarantee (SG) contributions from 9 per cent to 12 per cent. This is to be done in regular stages over the next seven years and the current age limit of 75 for making contributions will also be removed.

It pays to regularly review your mortgage

Review your Australian mortgage while overseas

Current Australian mortgage interest rates are at near 30 year lows, although there are signs that rates will rise in the medium term.

A Financial Checklist

A Financial Checklist for Australian Expatriates

This is not difficult. The Checklist below is simply a summary of the things you need to consider or do if moving overseas from Australia on a long-term basis.

Health Insurance : Often the biggest obstacle to a worry free retirement overseas

overseas health insurance for retired Australians

We are very much in favour of Australians considering retirement overseas, particularly into some of the lower cost Asian countries. It is not without it's challenges, and you need adequate financial resources, but in many cases it will provide retirees with an interesting lifestyle unattainable in Australia.

Retiring Overseas and the Australian Age Pension

retiring overseas on an Australian pension

Many Australian are attracted to spending all or part of their retirement offshore - perhaps to be closer to family or because cost of living differences mean that they can potentially have a much more relaxed and enjoyable lifestyle.

Australia doesn't have an Inheritance Tax, or does it?

Australian Inheritance Tax

Strictly speaking, Australia has no inheritance tax – however, the rules around the application of capital gains tax (CGT) for non-residents differ from those applying to resident Australians where there is an inheritance. As a general rule, capital gains tax (CGT) applies to any change of ownership of a CGT asset, unless the asset was acquired pre CGT (September 1985).

Australian Education Survey 2013

How well does Australian schooling rate?

The results of the OECD's first international survey of adult skills shows that Australian adults perform very well compared to other developed countries when it comes to literacy skills, but when it comes to numeracy the performance is only average.

Buying foreign property

Australians buying overseas property

Some signs are appearing that the apparently never-ending financial crisis in Europe is coming to an end - indeed, the UK is currently experiencing a significant turnaround.