Financial

What’s the best Currency Exchange for you?

Written by on November 11, 2016 in Currency Information
What’s the best Currency Exchange for you?

Currency exchange in its simplest is just that, exchanging one currency for another but there are different methods of doing this and which one is best for you will depend on what your specific requirement is. Euan Mclachlan at FC Exchange takes a look at converting British pounds to euros and three different options for […]

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Banking In France | Accounts Explained

Written by on November 7, 2016 in Banks and Banking
Banking In France | Accounts Explained

When it comes to banking in France, as an expat, things might be a little different from what you’re used to back home. We ask the experts to explain some of the most common terms and facts about French bank accounts. French Savings Accounts An instant access savings account is called a “Compte sur Livret”. […]

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How To Save Money On Your Euro Transfers

Written by on November 3, 2016 in Currency Information
How To Save Money On Your Euro Transfers

We look at some of the most commonly asked questions about foreign currency transfers and find that it really is possible to save money by using a currency dealer. We ask the experts your questions about how to save money on your Euro transfers… Can I really save by using a currency dealer versus a […]

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How To Make Your Pension Go Further In France

Written by on September 4, 2016 in Currency Information, Financial, Pensions, Retirement
How To Make Your Pension Go Further In France

You’ve worked hard to pay for your dream retirement in France, now’s the time to enjoy that relaxed way of life you’ve planned.  If however, your ties to the UK are not entirely cut, and you have a pension being paid into a bank account in the UK –  then you should consider ways to […]

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Residence Qualification for Expats in France

Written by on August 17, 2016 in Expats in France, Financial, Tax
Residence Qualification for Expats in France

At The Good Life France we like to try to answer some of those tricky finance questions you have about life in France such as what makes someone a resident in France. It’s not always as clear as you might think. We asked the experts at Beacon Global Wealth to clarify the residency question: Question: […]

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Post ‘Brexit’ Bleus?

Written by on June 29, 2016 in Currency Information, Financial
Post ‘Brexit’ Bleus?

It can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that the UK voted on Thursday the 23rd June to leave the European Union. To say that the vote has already caused a great deal of uncertainty and in some areas turmoil would be a massive understatement. Headlines have not made for happy reading and will have caused a degree […]

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How To Make Your French Home More Affordable

Written by on June 29, 2016 in Currency Information, Financial
How To Make Your French Home More Affordable

When I bought my holiday home in France it was a struggle to pay for it but I knew that one day the sacrifices would be worth it. I learned all sorts of ways to make money go further – including converting my hard earned pounds to Euros. The old farmhouse that I fell in […]

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Brexit: Will it affect your money?

Written by on June 21, 2016 in Financial
Brexit: Will it affect your money?

With the EU referendum fast approaching, what impact would “leaving” or indeed “remaining” in the EU have on the British Pound? Our partners at FC Exchange have created a Brexit currency calculator that looks at the potential outcomes for the pound against some of the major currencies. Both the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ camps are becoming […]

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Banking in France | Share Dealing

Written by on June 2, 2016 in Banks and Banking, Financial
Banking in France | Share Dealing

In France, you can hold a share dealing account at your bank, with a stockbroker, or on the internet. The normal safe custody account is called a “Compte Titres”. A share is an “action” and a Government or Corporate Bond is an “obligation”. Most people deal in shares through a specific form of investment called […]

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Bank Beating Exchange Rates

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Currency Information, Financial
Bank Beating Exchange Rates

Picture this: You’ve found your dream property, you can’t wait to enjoy it, the sun, the wine, the laid back life style. But first, you have to make international transfers either in large sums to pay for it outright (or) send regular payments to pay a mortgage or service charges. It brings you back down […]

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