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Episode 3- What to Consider Before Retiring Overseas

When people think about retirement, it does not always mean retiring in the place where they grew up in or the city they raised their family in.

“During the course of their working career, most people chat to family and friends about what retirement means to them in order to figure out their own future. Often, we look at others and their struggles to either correct our own course – hoping not to end up like them – or mirror those actions to achieve the same success.”

When people think about retirement, it does not always mean retiring in the place where they grew up in or the city they raised their family in.

It can often be a brand new location to start their retirement years, essentially creating a new lease on life.

Over recent years, there is a growing trend in Bermuda of individuals who are ready to retire or who have just retired leaving the island to make the most of lower living and/or a more adventurous lifestyle. Whether you are choosing to move to the US or Canada or something a little more exotic like Panama or Spain; making sure you plan accordingly is key. Retiring overseas can be a great idea but without research and a clear understanding of what is involved, it can be a very bad idea.

Sometimes when people are moving somewhere new, they get wrapped up in the excitement of moving to a brand new country and forget to do crucial planning; however, this crucial planning can certainly make or break the success of the relocation, and if planned without a great deal of research, it can also cause financial hardships. I myself have often thought about the glamour of living in a new country, navigating my way through to embrace the cultural differences and integrate into a new society, enjoy new cuisines, and make new friends.

Nevertheless, I also recognize that there are more considerations that we need to think about before booking that plane ticket.

Here are eight questions you should be comfortable answering prior to making the move:
1. Have you spent more than a month there and lived like a “local”?
2. How will you get access to your money?
3. Can you get the medical care you need?
4. How hard is it to establish residency?
5. Are there any tax implications on your assets and/or your retirement income?
6. Do you speak the language?
7. How do you plan to see your family?
8. What essential items do you need to bring with you?

Retiring aboard can be a wonderful experience and depending on the place, can sometimes stretch your retirement income a whole lot further. If you conduct your research, plan correctly and anticipate any potential challenges, you may have a far more enjoyable retirement long term.

Carla Seely is the Vice President of Pension, Life and Investments at Freisenbruch-Meyer. If you would like any further details, please contact her at cseely@fmgroup.bm or call +1 441 297 8686.

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Freisenbruch Meyer Group staff photo: Carla Seely

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VP, Pensions, Life and Investment

Tel: 297-8686

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