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QROPS transfers to get cheaper

The chancellor says he hopes that pension firms will make it easier for retirement savers to switch funds; however, one important side effect of this is that it will be easier to make QROPS transfers, whether they are in France or other countries inside the EU. Those looking to make the most of the situation though are likely to have to wait around two years before Osborne’s vision becomes law.

News of the developments follow announcement of Financial Conduct Authority investigation into pension exit charges.

Perhaps as a response to the investigation and associated government pressure, a number of providers, including Standard Life and Prudential have agreed to put a cap on exit fees of 5% of the fund value; LV and Royal London have also said that they will be capping fees.

“Only 3% of our customers paid exit fees between April and December 2015,” said a spokesman. “We constantly keep this under review and will only make a deduction to recoup underlying costs when the amount is fair and the company does not profit from the charges.”

The Financial Conduct Authority has said that by its calculations around 670,000 over 55s could be hit with exit charges of more than 5%.

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The value of local advice for South African expats

Manuela RobinsonOver the years, the trend for South African nationals to seek out new lives and experiences in Portugal has continued to grow and grow; I myself made the move back in 1988 as a fresh-faced economics graduate from Witswatersrand University in Johannesburg, and I’ve never looked back. It’s easy to see the appeal for South Africans – the year-round sunshine and vast expanses of Atlantic coastline are a familiar part of daily life, just as they are back home – but the secure location and easy access to the rest of Europe is something really special. Being as there’s over 11,000 KM of distance between the two countries, a mere 12 hrs by plane give or take, there are going to be some big differences in the way of life, even if there are those obvious similarities. It’s probably advisable for any emigrant to arrive armed with a willingness to accept how things are done in their new home country rather than try to carry on as before and hope for the best. This is never more true than when dealing with your finances.

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The End of NHR? Not the End of the World but Planning is Everything

50 Euro notes and Portugal flagTime may be running out for British retirees to move to Portugal in order to take advantage of its valuable Non-Habitual Resident tax programme. Currently, talk abounds that the scheme will come to an end in 2018 and be replaced with a 10% net expat tax regime from the first day of the New Year. Luckily, for those who feel they may be tempted by a move to Portugal, any move before this cut-off date will ensure that they are able to enjoy the benefits of NHR status as they currently stand.

However, it is important to bear in mind that UK QROPS, QNUPS and SIPPS pension transfers usually take around three months, so, although nothing concrete has yet been announced, time is of the essence for any person to make the most of both NHR status and any associated pension transfers.

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