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Currency Risk – Don’t Ignore the Basics

Every day we’ll open the newspaper, or turn on Bloomberg to listen to market and investment risks being discussed. Whether it be political risks such as ‘trade war’ between the US and China, political instability in the Middle East or high levels of household debt in Australia, there is no shortage of risks to be [...]

Aussie Expat’s Guide to Buying Property in Singapore

It was 5 years ago that I decided to leave my home town of Perth and become an Aussie expat in the lion city of Singapore. As a home to many multinational firms, it’s a culturally diverse place and a popular settlement destination for many expats. One of the many facets that you quickly learn [...]

Australian Property Rule Changes for Aussie Expats

Given our particular affinity to Australian property, the latest update to the Main Residence Exemption may not come as welcome news to most Australian expats. Last year in the Australian Federal Budget, it was indicated that the main residence exemption was set to be removed for Australian expats. This was not positive news at the [...]

Medicare for Aussie Expats in Singapore

Deciding to move to Singapore and become an Australian expat in this city state can be a big change for many people, which brings with it a number of important decisions. Of these many decisions, one of the most important is deciding what to do about you and your family’s health insurance. This is also [...]

The Gender Retirement Gap & Expat Women

With International Women’s Day having just passed a couple of weeks ago on the 8th March, I thought it would be a valuable insight to share some of the key risks for expat women when it comes to the gender retirement gap and what you can do to prepare for and overcome these risks. There [...]

Am I An Australian Tax Resident?

Today there are well over one million Australians living and working abroad, so it’s clear that we are a very mobile group and this is likely to continue. With increased earning potential and career prospects being key drivers for many to move abroad, it’s important to consider the key question: “Am I an Australian tax [...]

How Can I Access My Super

Superannuation is Australian’s retirement savings vehicle, and one of the largest and most advanced in the world. For anyone currently working in Australia, their employer will make a mandatory contribution of 9.5% into their chosen superannuation fund. This is imposed under the Superannuation Guarantee Laws in Australia to ensure that every Australian is regularly saving [...]

Singapore Ranks #1 as Expat Destination

The HSBC Expat Explorer survey has been released, and the lion city of Singapore has taken out first prize for the top destination to live among expats. Norway has come in at second place, and New Zealand has ranked third overall coming in at first place for the best ‘experience’ destination. To put this in [...]

Singapore Budget 2018 – Australian Expat Edition

The Finance Minister of Singapore, Heng Swee Keat delivered the 2018 Singapore Budget on Monday of last week, so we’ve scoured through it to identify what changes will impact Australian expats and others living in, or considering moving to the lion city of Singapore. First and foremost, Singapore’s GDP growth lifted last year to 3.6%, [...]

Death, Taxes and Superannuation

For most Australian residents, and the Australian expats planning to retire down under, superannuation will in many cases be one of the most tax efficient ways to save for and provide your retirement income. Providing your superannuation is managed appropriately and you receive the right advice, it can offer significant tax and estate planning benefits. [...]