Wealthy DIY Investors Don’t Need Financial Advice

IFAs are fast becoming irrelevant to a new breed of wealthy and sophisticated investors ready to take on managing their own money. Research shows that DIY investors feel competent dealing with their own portfolios with little professional help. Online platforms and robo-advice are making their task even easier, says research by Cerulli Associates, who spoke […]

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 […]

Tax Avoidance Crackdown On Wealthy Expats In Spain

Wealthy British expats in Spain face a tax crackdown as huge amounts of information about their offshore finances is swapped with other countries. Spain’s tax authority, the Hacienda, has new powers and technology to scrutinise data received under the international common reporting standard. Under Spanish laws, every expat should have filed a Modelo 720 tax […]

Mining Digital Coins Is More Expensive Than Digging For Gold

Mining cryptocurrency worth a dollar is three times as expensive as digging out a gold nugget worth the same amount of money. The energy needed to rive farms of mining servers has outstripped the total energy consumed by entire nations and the global environmental impact of the hunt for wealth from digital currency is yet […]

Spotify Manages To Hit The Right Note With Investors

The world’s largest music streaming service has completed the first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Share prices opened at $165.90 – much higher than the expected $132 guide price set by the NYSE in the lead-up to the float. After an initial surge, the price settled at $149, valuing the company […]

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 […]

Who Can Have A QROPS Offshore Pension?

QROPS are widely available but come with some restrictions for expats seeking to move their retirement money overseas. With almost 1,300 current schemes across 28 financial centres, a QROPS pension is almost available for any expat. Expat is the first key word. QROPS are designed as a place for retirement savers who have savings in […]

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 […]