How The Political Revolving Door Influences Investing

The world may seem a different place in a few months as a serious of political events unleashes uncertainty about the future of several developed countries. And that political uncertainty is one of the factors that undermines economic growth and market sentiment, according to a detailed study by economist Stephanie Kelly of financial firm Standard […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oil Exploration Drops To Lowest Level For 64 Years

Oil and gas contractors kicking their heels waiting for the market to pick up may have more time on their hands. Spending on new oil and gas projects has slumped to $450 billion – down from $780 billion just two years ago and the lowest investment level in 64 years. International industry watchdog the International […]

90% Of Retirement Savers Can’t Spot A Scam

Most retirement savers are confident that they can spot a pension fraud – but nine out of 10 picked a scam when asked to choose from three mock-up adverts offering financial advice. Consumer watchdog Citizens Advice asked 2,000 people whether they felt safe from scammers, and 75% said they were confident they could spot a […]

Five Top Hints And Tips For Newbie Expats

If you are a new expat looking for in-the-know information from other expats who have already carved a new life overseas, here are some hints and tips: 1.    Don’t make a decision based on a happy holiday Living overseas is a lot different for dipping into a tourist location for a couple of weeks. Permanent […]

What Can A QROPS Pension Do For Me?

Forget the glossy brochures and time sifting through technical information and get to the nitty gritty – what can a QROPS do for you? Well, you gain all the benefits of a UK personal pension and then some. Four key points to think about are these: 30% tax-free lump sum While your UK pension is […]

120,000 Savers In Rush To Take Pension Cash

The first official independent figures detailing how new pension freedoms are working for consumers have been released. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the pension industry regulator has put the data together for the first three months of pension freedom, which started on April 6, 2015. The figures show: 204,581 pensions have been accessed by consumers […]

Easy ways to stop spending and start saving

Saving money does not have to be about complicated pensions, savings accounts or investments – for many savers some simple easy steps to spend less can make a difference. Cutting back is all about self-discipline and learning how to say no sometimes when you are tempted to buy those little luxuries because why shouldn’t you […]

Pension Freedom – Taxing Your Retirement Cash

Working out how much pension cash you will actually have can be rather taxing. Remember that the following tax rules apply to UK taxpayers and that expats who are tax resident elsewhere will have a different pension tax regime. They should take local professional financial advice about the best way to take their pension cash. […]