Brexit Briefing: EU And UK In Talks Stalemate

Britain and the European Union still seem poles apart in the latest round of Brexit negotiations despite efforts from London to try and break the deadlock. Three issues are dogging the talks and even an intervention from British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at moving the stumbling blocks has failed to see any significant progress […]

HMRC To Ask The Rich What They Think About Paying Tax

HMRC is spending £80,000 trying to find out how Britain’s wealthiest taxpayers feel about tax compliance. Researchers want to speak to these rich taxpayers but feels few will want to help the inquiry. The target for the report is anyone earning more than £20 million a year as their tax affairs are handled by personal […]

Bitcoin Cash Trading Pulled On Insider Trading Rumours

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange pulled the plug on trading Bitcoin Cash after fears insider traders were manipulating the price. Bitcoin Cash is a spin-off of virtual currency Bitcoin designed as an upgrade to shorten transaction times. Developers rewrote some of the blockchain technology underpinning online currencies to allow servers to crunch bigger lumps of […]

Expat Wins Right To Take Job Gripes To British Tribunal

Expats working overseas for British companies may take claims before UK employment tribunals following a landmark ruling. Lawyers claim the case could mean thousands more employees scattered around the world working for British-based firms gain protection from employment laws in the UK. Until the case went before a tribunal, the general rule was where a […]

Tax-Free P2P Booming As High Interest Rates Draw Lenders

City regulators  have granted approval to several new ISA  wrappers that allow tax-free peer-to-peer lending. Peer-to-peer lending (P2P) lets investors pool their cash to earn more interest than many traditional savings offers. New innovative finance ISAs let investors lend up to £20,000 a year – although the ISA limit can be spread over the three […]

It’s A Great Time To Cash In Your Pension For A QROPS

Beleaguered companies are offering huge financial incentives to buy retirement savers out of their final salary pensions. Expats in Australia can take the chance of doing a deal and cashing in their pensions – and here are the risks and advantages explained. What’s the offer? Some FTSE350 employers are dangling huge wads of cash in […]

Brexit Could Have Been Worse For The UK, Says Economists

Brexit’s not that bad really, says economists who forecast recession and financial chaos after the June referendum to leave the European Union. As the world moves on, successive companies claim they have suffered no downturn on their profits from Brexit. The Organisation of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) even reckons Britain will be the only […]

Cold-Calling Con-Men Warning For Would-Be Investors

Fraud investigators are warning investors not to fall for promises of untold riches made by tricksters who call them out of the blue. The government’s Insolvency Service is concerned that so many investors hand their savings to crooks offering alternative investments with unrealistic returns. In the latest, Gary Arnold, 31, of Waltham Forest, East London, […]

How Saving Instead Of Borrowing Boosts A Pension

Retirement savers are more concerned with repaying debt or covering day to day living costs than increasing their pension contributions. Almost two-thirds say they would ease their financial stress if they had some extra cash rather than put the money into a pension. Less than a fifth facing a struggle to keep on top of […]

Will In Specie Tax Grab Affect QROPS Pensions?

The UK tax authority has slammed another nail into self-managed pensions by barring tax relief on in specie investments to schemes with 26 providers. Thousands of retirement savers are now concerned that the ban will spread to other pension providers. An in specie contribution allows retirement savers to move property or other assets into a […]