Pension Reform Bumps Need Ironing Out

Pension Reform Bumps Need Ironing Out

Financial firms are warning that new flexible access pensions may cost retirement savers thousands of pounds in tax if they fail to nominate who should receive any unspent funds when they die. Under the new

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Retirement
Pension Reform Bumps Need Ironing Out

Pension Reform Bumps Need Ironing Out

Financial firms are warning that new flexible access pensions may cost retirement savers thousands of pounds in tax if they fail to nominate who should receive any unspent funds when they die. Under the new Taxation of Pensions Bill outlining the rules for ...

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Wealth Managers Pass Advice Test

Wealth Managers Pass Advice Test

Wealth management firms and private banks looking after the financial affairs of well-off investors have been given a clean bill of health by financial watchdogs. After a review of how several firms in the market operate, the Financial Conduct Authority ...

Tax
Osborne Reveals CGT Rule Change For Expats At Last

Osborne Reveals CGT Rule Change For Expats At Last

Expats face complicated new capital gains tax rules (CGT) when they dispose of land or a home in the UK. Chancellor George Osborne indicated changes were on the way in Budget 2014, but has kept the wraps on how the new tax would work until now. The new ...

Investments
Commercial Property Is Investment of the Year

Commercial Property Is Investment of the Year

UK commercial property is one of the best performing investments - recording a massive 20% growth in the past 12 months. Commercial property showed the best return on nine different assets over the year ending October 2014, according to Lloyds Bank Private ...

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Age counts when making financial decisions

Age counts when making financial decisions

If you are over 53 years old, the likelihood is your number’s up if you want to manage your money effectively, according to a Harvard University study. Professors at the US university found that people made less reliable financial decisions once they ...

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Packing An Expat’s Life Into A 20-Foot Container

Packing An Expat’s Life Into A 20-Foot Container

It’s depressing for expats to think they can load their whole life in to a container and see their furniture and belongings drive off on the back of a lorry. The container ships by road, rail or sea, depending on how far an expat is relocating. Shipping ...

Retirement
Flexible Pensions Destroy Annuity Sales

Flexible Pensions Destroy Annuity Sales

Sales of annuities are plunging as retirement savers delay making pension decisions pending next year’s wholesale reform of the market. The number of annuities bought by retirement savers dropped by 56% in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the same ...

Investments
How Tracker Funds Work For Passive Investors

How Tracker Funds Work For Passive Investors

Tracker funds do what they say on the label – they follow the movements of a specific index, so the value of an investment rises and falls with the value of the underlying index. Investors who do not want to put a lot of hard work and research into their ...

Currency
Virtual Currencies Become A Real Target

Virtual Currencies Become A Real Target

Governments are turning their tax avoidance big guns on virtual currencies in a bid to track down one of the last international bastion’s financial secrecy. Virtual currency exchanges are likely to be the next target for authorities is searching out hidden ...

Investments
Invest In Buy To Let For Just £1,000 Down

Invest In Buy To Let For Just £1,000 Down

Investors who want to take part in the buy to let bonanza but do not want to get involved in managing their own properties can buy a slice of  Britain’s first residential real estate investment trust (REIT). Cost of entry to the buy to let market is ...