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The Do’s and Don’ts of Expatriate Pensions

Pensions come in many shapes and sizes. Whether it’s an employment based pension or social pensions, you will see many variations. Understanding and qualifying for your specific pension program as a domestic citizen can be difficult enough. Adding in foreign circumstances further complicates your status. There are a few things you want to keep in…

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The Bank that Speaks Your Language

Dutch isn’t an easy language to learn. Visit any bar or café up and down this tiny country and you’ll hear it for yourself. A group of Dutchies speaking at full tilt can sound loud, guttural, and entirely alien. A difficult language coupled with a national love for bureaucracy means that interacting with Dutch systems…

How to handle a challenging move

International relocation isn’t always a case of swapping your comfortable life at home for another equally easy life abroad. Whether by choice or otherwise, you may find yourself whisked halfway around the world to take up a position somewhere most people wouldn’t dream of going. But it’s not all stress and hassle. By keeping a…

Moving Abroad: What Your Company Might Not Tell You

The chance to take up a position abroad can be a dream come true. It can be a chance to experience a new culture, to move forward in your career, and to discover your own capabilities along the way. Of course, much of the experience depends on what steps your company has taken to make…

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Set Up a Dutch Bank Account the Easy Way

Once you’ve got off the plane in the Netherlands, opening a bank account will be one of your first priorities. Just like anywhere else, you’ll need a bank account to get paid, pay your bills, and buy products online and in stores. Banking in the Netherlands is pretty straightforward, but some banks are better than…

What do you know about your Pension?

What do you know about your Pension? Planning ahead pays off. Whether you’re preparing a nest-egg for your retirement or setting aside some funds for your family, it pays to keep on top of your pension. However, most professionals don’t know how to maximize these benefits. On top of this, moving abroad brings with it…

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Expat Finances

by Beacon Financial Education Moving to a new country can be an exhilarating time in your life.  But it can also be daunting.  Moving somewhere foreign comes with a long list of tasks and necessities such as finding housing, adjusting to a new daily routine, and navigating an entirely new culture.  With that being said,…

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Coming to the Netherlands: A Financial Checklist

Coming to the Netherlands is as easy as buying a plane ticket and passing through security at Schiphol airport. But if you want to live and work here, you’ll have to take care of a few financial matters once you touch down in the lowlands. With a mass of Dutch companies competing for your banking,…

Beacon Financial Education

About Beacon Financial Education We are expats too! We understand your specific financial concerns, your apprehensions and your questions. How does living abroad impact your retirement? What are the consequences of FATCA regulation? Are you experiencing PFIC issues? Do you have trouble investing while you’re based in The Netherlands? Do you understand the Dutch tax…