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Post time 2012-4-10 11:27:30 |Display all floors
This post was edited by YoYo66 at 2012-4-10 11:35

Thousands of Britons have abandoned old-fashioned ideas of retiring to quiet seaside havens at home and are heading overseas to find sunshine and glamour.According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, 252,000 British retirees lived abroad in 1981. By 1991 the figure had more than doubled, to 594,000, then hit a million in 2006. Now a Foreign and Commonwealth Office survey reveals that more than a third of Britons aged 55-plus want to live abroad.
The classic French gîte and Spanish finca remain popular retirement dreams. But many of the British baby boomers reaching their sixties want a sense of adventure, a better quality of life and the individuality of more exotic locations. And more retirees may flee thanks to Chancellor George Osborne’s “granny tax”. This month’s Budget means 4.4 million British pensioners will be worse off as tax-free allowances are cut.
To help you make an informed choice, we have analysed five key factors: a distinctive lifestyle, good weather, a strong economy, reasonable house prices and sound infrastructures. We have come up with some unusual options. Eastern Europe’s economy is as strong as the West’s these days, while the infrastructures in parts of Africa and South America are improving rapidly.
So fasten your seat belt and prepare for take-off. Here are our top 20 retirement destinations around the world.
1 Australia

2 Brazil

3 Morocco

4 British Virgin Islands (BVI)

5 Menorca


6 Turkey


7 Barbados


8 Gibraltar

9 Oman


10 Slovenia

11South Africa


12 United States


13 France


14 Corfu
It can be crowded and prices have stayed high despite economic woes on the Greek mainland.


15 Kenya


16 Russia


17 Egypt


18 Bahamas


19 Thailand


20 Hong Kong
China’s pulsating heart is perfect for well-heeled retirees with business interests. Health services are good, but this is not a place for peace and quiet.



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Post time 2012-6-12 09:36:17 |Display all floors
As the condition of Social Security and most importantly earnings for most employees drop and the cost of living increases, retirement in the United States seems progressively less probable. One can always retire abroad for much less, but one has to do their homework first. Retiring abroad is a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. There’s also the prospect of adventure in a faraway land, the allure of the unknown, and the joy of serendipitous discoveries.

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Post time 2012-6-12 09:39:58 |Display all floors
A recent article on the Wall Street Journal’s website by a retired women describes how she and her husband retired to Bali, one of the islands of Indonesia. They got a 20-year lease for a half-acre of land in 2005 for $50,000, built a home and live a seemingly idyllic life.

However, the article mentions some things that should be borne in mind if considering retirement abroad. First, they leased the land; not all countries, according to Bloomberg, allow foreigners to own property.

For instance, Thailand forbids foreigners from owning property. Bloomberg also quoted a woman who briefly retired to Mexico, who bought a house but had to lease the land it sat on. Switzerland, according to CNBC, only allows foreigners to buy real estate in certain areas.

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Post time 2012-6-12 13:24:58 |Display all floors
With the BRITISH POUND at US$1.6 to BPD1; retiring overseas is a SMART CHOICE!

250,000 EVERY year relocating!
wow!
Big Market for very rich folks, especially those relocated to countries less than 50% the GNP of the UK!

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Post time 2012-6-12 13:27:54 |Display all floors
.......and EX British colony or British Dominions seems to be the TOP CHOICES.
seriously 1/3 of above 55 years old, that's a lot of people!
Age is no impediment for the Adventurous BRITS.

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Post time 2012-6-12 13:41:46 |Display all floors
And best of all places to retire... CHINA!!!
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2012-6-12 14:16:39 |Display all floors
greendragon Post time: 2012-6-12 13:24
With the BRITISH POUND at US$1.6 to BPD1; retiring overseas is a SMART CHOICE!

250,000 EVERY year r ...

Exchange rates dont stand still to state the obvious.  A lot of retired Brits relocated to Spain but wanted to come back when the euro gained against the pound,  its dropped since because of the euro crisis but there is also healthcare and the property market to take into account which has devalued a lot in Spain.

As regards China, RMB will continue to appreciate steadily against the other major currencies so anybody being paid pensions in sterling, dollars, who goes to live there will find their exchanged money worth less.
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