What’s happening out there in the international financial markets? How will these changes affect you and your family? What new products are coming on the market? Are they any good? How do existing products really work?  Keep up with my financial advice based blog.

The wedding of your dreams - How to budget and save for one

The average cost of a wedding in the UK is said to be not far short of £20,000, but the reality is your wedding day can exceed this figure by a long way. Few couples will have this sort of spare cash lying around, so how can couples best work out how much they can afford to spend on their big day?

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2014 British Budget in a Nutshell

What are the main changes to the UK’s budget for 2014-15 and how will they affect you?

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Living in the UAE? Why you should bank offshore..

As daunting as it may be, the prospect of opening up yet another bank account to add yet another card to your wallet, and remember yet another set of pin numbers this really should one of the very first things you do when you become an expatriate.

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The 5-Year Expat Master Plan

Aside from the lure of sunnier climes many individuals are drawn to live and work in other countries for increased pay, better benefits, even lower tax, and in some cases no tax at all.

Becoming an expatriate can carry with it many financial benefits and the notion that one could come back to their home country not only more tanned, but somewhat richer too.

And so…. the plan is hatched!  The usual time scale considered is 5 years and many expats will spend time conjuring up their 5 year plan master plan. A plan of accumulating as much wealth as possible before moving back to their country of domicile or moving to another location.

But how many expats actually stick to this 5-year plan?

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Top ten tips for living in the UAE

One of the wonderful things about living in the UAE is that it’s a cultural melting pot. The UAE provides exposure to new people, traditions and experiences on a daily basis. Although many of our backgrounds are different, it is fair to say that we expats experience many of the same benefits as well as culture shocks when we move to the Middle East.  Here are some top tips to bear in mind:

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