Don’t Expect The Tax Man To Offer A Sporting Chance

Homeowners planning to make some extra cash from renting their properties to sports and festival fans this summer need to be on guard for the tax man. If potential renters can see an online advert on web sites like AirBnB, so can HM Revenue and Customs, warns London tax accountant Stefanie Stapleton of Blick Rothenberg. […]

Rip-Off Small Pot Pension Advice Fees Scrapped

Rip-off advice fees for retirement savers with small pot pensions have been scrapped under a new law. The new rules mean retirement savers with pensions that have safeguarded benefits must no longer look for expensive financial advice if they want to cash-in their pots. Safeguarded benefits include benefits such as guaranteed annuity rates. Under the […]

Slumping Pound Boosts Expat Pay In the UK

The Brexit effect of the falling pound has seen British cities plunge down the rankings in the latest list of the most expensive places to live in the world. London has traditionally sat near the top of the rankings, but has even fallen out of the top 100. The city is now the 103rdmost expensive […]

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 […]