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How to apply for a 10-year golden visa in the UAE

How to apply for a 10-year golden visa in the UAE

November 26, 2020
Over the past few weeks, the UAE has seen a number of legal and immigration changes that will have a big effect on life in the Emirates. Among them is a very significant expansion to the UAE’s golden visa scheme, which offers a 10-year residency visa to expatriate workers in certain professions. So how does the visa work? How do you find out if you are eligible to apply and why is this important for the country?

Host Alice Haine is joined by Haider Hussain, partner in the UAE office of immigration specialists Fragomen.
How will the new UAE inheritance law affect you?

How will the new UAE inheritance law affect you?

November 17, 2020
The UAE government has embarked on one of the biggest overhauls of the legal system in years. Among the changes are amendments to family and personal law with new regulations covering divorce, couples living together and other areas affecting people’s daily lives. From a personal finance perspective, however, one of the most interesting changes centres on wills and inheritance. So how significant is this change? When will it take effect? And what does it mean for people looking to write a will now?

Host Alice Haine is joined by Siri Hashem, senior counsel at UAE law firm Fichte and Co, and Devanand Mahadeva, head of the inheritance and personal law practice of the Goodwins Group in the UAE.
Are we saving enough to fund a 100-year life?

Are we saving enough to fund a 100-year life?

November 10, 2020
With life expectancy rates rising rapidly across the globe thanks to advances in healthcare and better living standards, many of us will get the chance to celebrate our 100th birthday.
 
But the financial implications of hitting such a milestone mean that the concept of traditional retirement is fast disappearing. After all, can we really afford to fund our golden years for up to 40 years when you factor in the average retirement age of 65? So how do we fund our longer lives? Are retirement funds and state pensions sustainable if people are going to live for so long after giving up work? And should we all be considering a much longer career than planned?
 
Host Alice Haine is joined by Andrew J Scott, a professor of economics at the London Business School and co-author of The 100-year Life – Living and Working in an Age of Longevity.
How the US election affects your investment portfolio

How the US election affects your investment portfolio

November 2, 2020
As the world waits for the outcome of the US presidential election, investors have every right to feel nervous. Last week saw global markets spiral downwards on the back of uncertainty about the election result and heightened restrictions across Europe due to a rise in the number of coronavirus cases. Some analysts say that political risk is now a major issue for investors because markets respond far more aggressively to political outcomes than they did before.

So, how much difference does a Joe Biden win or Donald Trump win really make to an investor's portfolio? How should investors position themselves in these uncertain times? And with so much volatility, is a passive approach the best route to take?

Host Alice Haine from The National is joined by Samy Chaar, chief economist at Swiss private bank Lombard Odier, who is helping to guide investors through the days ahead.