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Forbes Magazine blogs

Smart Currency Exchange founder and CEO Charles Purdy is a contributor to Forbes. Read his latest blog, Carney And The Curious Case Of The Recent Interest Rate Rise. It concerns the impact of monetary policy on exchange rates and how market sentiment can force the hand of the Bank of England: “the City was expecting an interest rate rise and woe betide the Monetary Policy Committee if they decided to keep rates on hold…”


New guides: Healthcare Abroad 2018 and How to Negotiate

Our partner Property Guides conducted a survey of its readers this summer and found that accessing healthcare abroad was one of property buyers’ biggest worries as Britain prepares to leave the EU. Will our EHIC cards work? (Quite possibly). Will we be left by the roadside if we have no insurance? (Probably not). Where is state healthcare free? (Most countries, for now).

Healthcare Abroad 2018 gives the low down on your healthcare options, as well as analysing the quality of healthcare in 13 of the most popular holiday home and relocation nations.

When you find the house of your dreams, how do you ensure you’re paying a fair price? Some overseas agents will ramp up the price for a “wealthy” overseas buyer, but this guide puts you in control. It’s written by an estate agent and is packed with insider tips. Download How to Negotiate Abroad.

Your Overseas Home, Epsom

Epsom Downs Racecourse will host the Your Overseas Home on 18th November 2017 with Smart as sponsor and the only currency company in attendance. The event is designed to help people looking to move abroad with both the logistics of moving, and in finding their perfect home.

The event will take place in Epsom’s Duchess Stand, which can host up to 800 guests. Industry experts at the event will be on hand to advise on pricing, how to navigate the legal process of the move, understanding the implications for tax and inheritance, and to discuss protecting your budget.

“Moving abroad can be a costly experience at the best of times, so we’re pleased we can offer free advice that can help potential buyers make life-changing decisions affordably”.

Charles Purdy, CEO at Your Overseas Home

Tracy Rusbridge, Regional Business Development Executive of Jockey Club Venues London said: “This is the first year we’re hosting Your Overseas Home’s event and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the exhibition in full swing. We’re proud to host an event that will change lives, and are set to do all we can to ensure a successful launch at Epsom Downs Racecourse.”

The event is free to attend, to register please visit the Your Overseas Home website. There will be several more Your Overseas Home events throughout 2018 so do keep checking back.


Quarterly forecast from Smart Currency Business

Our sister company Smart Currency Business has produced its latest quarterly forecast for the run-up to 2018. With the Brexit negotiations at a critical pass (or impasse if the rumours are to be believed), and the GBP/USD rate affected by the usual monetary issues plus Presidential tweeting, where will we be in three months’ time? The report analyses economic data, political unpredictability (or is that priced in these days?) and crystalizes the published opinions of the leading global financial institutions.

A Place in the Sun Live

Smart Currency Exchange was at several property shows this autumn including A Place in the Sun Live at Birmingham NEC and in Glasgow, and the French Property Exhibition in London. We were able to explain how protecting your budget from currency risk is the vital first step in any property purchase overseas.


On 26 – 28th January we will also be at The France Show held in London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre.

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