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Market Summary | April 2017

Market Summary | April 2017

After little movement in March, UK equities lost some of their shine in April as blue chip companies led the market lower, with the FTSE 100 falling by 1.6%. An aggressive initial position taken by the EU on Brexit talks, and a recovery in Sterling to more than $1.29 (a level not seen since last …

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4 ways to future-proof your wealth

4 ways to future-proof your wealth

It’s probably reasonably true to say that most people underestimate the value of financial security but, once you have your finances in order, you’ll absolutely want to try and keep them that way. No matter how thorough and organised you are though, life is still pretty good at throwing unexpected spanners into the works.  Life’s …

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SIPPS, QROPS and QNUPS in a nutshell

SIPPS, QROPS and QNUPS in a nutshell

The Pensions arena, with its ever-shifting legislative landscape, seems to be prolific in giving birth to seemingly incomprehensible acronyms; in fact, it probably wouldn’t be wrong to say that Pensions, as a subject area, suffers from TMA. As an Expat, it’s hard enough just to navigate the continually changing pensions terrain, let alone try to …

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Market Summary | March 2017

Market Summary | March 2017

Markets ended the first quarter of 2017 in a relatively steady manner with equity markets moving sideways and volatility remaining reasonably low. Economically, there was nothing particularly out of the ordinary for investors to digest while political events continue to unfold around the world with the industry paying close attention. The incumbent Prime Minister, Mark …

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5 advantages of International Banking for Expats

5 advantages of International Banking for Expats

An Offshore Bank offering International Banking is a Bank located in any country other than the account holder’s home country; and while many often perceive International Banking as a method of mitigating tax, if executed correctly, it boasts many legitimate advantages for Expats. Let’s take a look at five of the top benefits of international …

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Controlling your finances, wherever you are in the world

Controlling your finances, wherever you are in the world

Cruising the world as yacht crew can make you feel like you’re a citizen of the world, rather than being tied to a particular country and, when you’re not in your home port, you don’t want to be tethered to banks in your home country and any associated tax and interest obligations. We know banking …

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Overseas Property Services Comment following post Brexit announcement

Overseas Property Services Comment following post Brexit announcement

A Comment from Simon Conn, overseas property and finance expert, in light of this weeks Brexit announcement What UK ex-pats are doing in current popular areas of Europe as opposed to the UK. I am currently getting enquiries from clients who live in Cyprus, France, Italy, Portugal or Spain and who either live there or …

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Market Summary | February 2017

Market Summary | February 2017

Political events around the world held the markets’ attention last month and will continue into March. Next week, we’ll know the outcome of the Dutch election and whether UK Prime Minister Theresa May will make the self-appointed deadline to trigger Article 50, so marking the beginning of the UK’s exit from the EU. French election …

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How do you feel about risk?

How do you feel about risk?

There’s no one size fits all approach to determining your attitude to risk, but understanding how you view risk is crucial when deciding where and how you invest. With saving and investing comes inevitable risk; changing economies, shares going up and down in value, and the push and pull of organisational success and prevailing politics. …

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Financial lessons from your Mother (that you should have listened to)

Financial lessons from your Mother (that you should have listened to)

Mother’s Day. The day we celebrate our Mums and let them know how much we love them. Mum is the best teacher we ever had: She taught us how to speak, how to use a knife and fork properly, how to use the washing machine and even helped us choose which university to attend. She …

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