Crunch Time For Sweet Eaters As Chocolate Runs Out

Crunch Time For Sweet Eaters As Chocolate Runs Out

If you like to nibble on chocolate, you should start thinking about stockpiling a secret supply because the world is running out of the key ingredient – cocoa. Chocolate industry experts are seriously warning that our sweet dreams could soon become a nightmare. Cocoa is the basic ingredient of chocolate, but world supplies are diminishing. One of the problems is everyone likes chocolate so much that globally, we are eating into cocoa … MUST READ

Expats Finding Love On Their Travels

Expats Finding Love On Their Travels

British expats are finding romance as well as a new life when they move abroad, according to a survey. Half of British expats told researchers for HSBC’s latest Expat Explorer survey that they ended up falling in love with a new partner on their travels. The study also found finding love was … MUST READ

Call For Tighter Regulation Of Virtual Currency Vaults

Call For Tighter Regulation Of Virtual Currency Vaults

The Bank of England is warning that virtual currencies could pose a serious threat to financial stability if their growing popularity leads to a mainstream take-up in Britain. As a result, the bank is urging regulators and the government to develop policies for managing the currencies, such as … MUST READ

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Construction Ends On New World Trade Centre

Construction Ends On New World Trade Centre

One World Trade Centre has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and rubble of ground zero in downtown New York to dominate the skyline as the tallest skyscraper in the West. Two-thirds of the massive building’s 3 million square feet of floor space is now leased. The original twin towers of the … [Read more...]

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Rising Prices Are Good For The Global Economy

Rising Prices Are Good For The Global Economy

It’s a funny old world when the best financial future for most of us includes a steady rise in the cost of living. Rises prices contribute to prosperity because they allow companies to pay higher wages, and higher wages give us more disposable income. Closing that circle means we can spend … [Read more...]

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EU Tightens Pet Passport Rules

EU Tightens Pet Passport Rules

Expat passionate about their pet cats, dogs and ferrets face tougher border checks under new European Union rules. From December 29, 2014, the current pet passport laws change. Tighter rules are aimed at curbing pet owners who try to abuse the scheme and making imported pets easier to trace … [Read more...]

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Gap Between Top Financial Centres Narrows

Gap Between Top Financial Centres Narrows

Competition between the world’s top financial centres is levelling out, according to a new survey. Although New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore continue to dominate the rankings, the difference between Wall Street and the City of London is just a wafer thin margin of a single point, says … [Read more...]

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Whipping Wayward Bankers Into Shape

Whipping Wayward Bankers Into Shape

Trust in the banks is a commodity in short supply as one misselling or rate rigging scandal seems to follow another. To outsiders, a cartel of British, European and US banks seem to operate as if they were part of the Wild West frontier where no laws apply and the fastest and slickest gunslinger … [Read more...]

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Golden Visa Corruption Probe

Golden Visa Corruption Probe

Detectives have interviewed Portugal’s immigration and border service chief about alleged corruption over the country’s ‘golden visa’ scheme. The controversial golden visa scheme offers residence papers to wealthy individuals from outside the European Union. Police say Manuel Palos was … [Read more...]

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Pull Together To Beat Stagnation, Warns OECD

Pull Together To Beat Stagnation, Warns OECD

Global leaders heard that the world economy is still sluggish but will slowly pull clear of the doldrums if governments commit to the right policies at the latest summit of G20 ministers. One of the main problems is no one fits all solution is available as different regions and countries are … [Read more...]

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Soaring Rents Force Dubai Expats To Relocate

Soaring Rents Force Dubai Expats To Relocate

Rents are becoming so expensive in Dubai that two thirds of tenants plan to move home when their lease is next renewed to save money. Around 85% of tenants said their rent had increased this year and that the cost of renting a home was becoming too much for them. Landlords increased rents by … [Read more...]

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Scammer Alert – Don’t Trust Caller ID

Scammer Alert – Don’t Trust Caller ID

The numbers up for fraudsters spoofing telephone caller ID to trick victims into believing they are talking to someone from an organisation they know and trust. Sophisticated technology allows crooks to manipulate numbers on telephones displaying caller ID and sending false identity details down … [Read more...]

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British Expats Shun Making Friends With Locals

British Expats Shun Making Friends With Locals

British expats do not mix well with the locals or other expats once they move overseas, according to a new survey. The British reputation for reserve means many stick with their expat friends from home. One in 10 confess they rarely make friends with any other nationalities and another third … [Read more...]