US & UK Taxable Brokerage (Account Options)

I’ve lumped US and UK taxable brokerage accounts together because they’re conceptually very similar. There are slightly different challenges, based on the available investments, but I’ll call out where they differ. For most Americans in the UK, you’re best off with a US account, if you can get somebody to let you have one! SynopsisContinue reading “US & UK Taxable Brokerage (Account Options)”

S&S ISA Experiment – Getting Started

One of the triggers that got me started with this site was my recent experience of opening a Stocks & Shares ISA. I’d like to share my experience so far with all of you, in the hopes it might help if you’re in a similar situations. I’ll also post periodic updates, to see how thisContinue reading “S&S ISA Experiment – Getting Started”

UK Lifetime ISA (Account Options)

Lifetime ISAs are a relatively new product, and are an interesting hybrid of a “normal” ISA and a pension, kind of like a Roth IRA. Your money is locked up until age 60 except for a first home purchase, but it’s tax advantaged. The low contribution limit means this won’t be a huge part ofContinue reading “UK Lifetime ISA (Account Options)”

UK Stocks & Shares ISA (Account Options)

ISAs are a really interesting kind of account – there’s nothing even close to them in the US, where you can invest, allow your investments to grow tax-deferred, and then withdraw them whenever you want. Sadly, that means the IRS doesn’t recognize them as anything special – but I think they still have a placeContinue reading “UK Stocks & Shares ISA (Account Options)”

UK Self-Invested Personal Pension (Account Options)

A Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) is a common type of retirement savings vehicle in the UK. It doesn’t have a neat equivalent in the US – it’s kind of like a 401(k) but just for you. Synopsis A SIPP is very similar to a UK employer-provided pension, although won’t typically have employer contributions (it’s allowed,Continue reading “UK Self-Invested Personal Pension (Account Options)”

Before You Move

I’ve put together this list of things you might want to do if you’re a US citizen thinking of moving to the UK, but you haven’t left the US yet. Not all of these are required, and the list can’t be 100% comprehensive for everybody’s individual situation, but it might save you some serious pain.Continue reading “Before You Move”

US Roth IRA (Account Options)

Number 2 in the series on account options – full list is at Account Options. Edit 07Jul21: I’ve changed my view on whether Roth IRAs need to be opened before leaving the US – I no longer think that’s a requirement, although it’s logistically easier. I’ve updated the post to reflect that. Edit 13Aug21: ThereContinue reading “US Roth IRA (Account Options)”

Welcome

Thanks for finding my new site, focusing on FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) for Americans who live in the UK, or want to. This site grew out of an idea that I had after helping a number of people on both Facebook and Reddit. There is lots of information out there about how to invest forContinue reading “Welcome”