How To Spot A Rogue Financial Advisor

How To Spot A Rogue Financial Advisor

Dealing with firms without an authorisation to give financial advice can cost investors their life savings. The Financial Conduct Authority publishes a list of more than 3,000 firms trading without permission in the UK – and warns that dealing with them means investments are not protected by the Financial Ombudsman nor the Financial Services Compensation Service if they go wrong. To help investors identify they are dealing with a licensed … MUST READ

Why Brits Want To Move Abroad To Work

Why Brits Want To Move Abroad To Work

Global cities tend to have large expat populations – from the waiter on your table at lunch to the senior executive you report to at work. New research has looked at the lifestyle and work expectations of thousands of these expats – including Britons who want to move overseas and those who have … MUST READ

Bill Gates Tops USA Rich List For 21st Year In A Row

Bill Gates Tops USA Rich List For 21st Year In A Row

Microsoft founder Bill Gates sits atop the prestigious Forbes 400 rich list of the wealthiest individuals in the United States for the 21st year in a row. Like the rest of the rich in America, Gates is gaining wealth as stock market values of listed companies increases. His personal net worth … MUST READ

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Retirement

How To Spot A Pension Liberation Scammer

How To Spot A Pension Liberation Scammer

Pension liberation fraudsters are still trying to persuade retirement savers to hand over their pension cash despite an ongoing campaign by regulators to outlaw the scam. In a bid to help pension investors avoid rogue advisers, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has recently released a list of … [Read more...]

Currency

Fed Puts US Rate Rise On Backburner

Fed Puts US Rate Rise On Backburner

Worries about interest rate rises in the United States may have been put on the back burner by the Federal Reserve. Minutes of the latest open market committee meeting cite concerns about the strengthening dollar and fear of global economic growth faltering may put off a decision to hike … [Read more...]

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Travel Shares Dive As Ebola Threat Hits Europe

Travel Shares Dive As Ebola Threat Hits Europe

Shares in travel firms have plunged on stock markets across Europe as information about the first Ebola cases in Europe have hit the headlines. A nurse in Spain has tested positive for the deadly virus – the first European case detected. Health authorities say three other patients are … [Read more...]

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Optimistic Over 55s Borrow To Spend On Luxuries

Optimistic Over 55s Borrow To Spend On Luxuries

Savers approaching retirement are ignoring austerity pleas from the government and leading a massive spending spree. Britain’s economic revival is giving the over 55s renewed confidence in their spending power, says new research by financial firm Aviva. As a result, their monthly spend of an … [Read more...]

Tax

Inheritance Tax Trap For Unwary Pension Savers

Inheritance Tax Trap For Unwary Pension Savers

Scrapping the 55% tax charge on leaving unspent pension funds to family and loved ones has been welcomed by many retirement savers – but they still need to watch out for a tax trap. Chancellor George Osborne has axed the 55% penalty for retirement savers over 75 years old who have not drawn all … [Read more...]

Retirement

State Pension Cash May Run Out In A Year

State Pension Cash May Run Out In A Year

The British government’s national insurance piggy bank is nearly exhausted and could plunge paying the state pension into crisis, according to a think-tank report. The state pension is paid out of the National Insurance Fund, which, says the study, has been gradually draining away since the … [Read more...]

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£120,000 Cash Bonanza Awaiting Missing Customer

Cash Bonanza Awaiting Missing Customer

Financial life and pensions giant Standard Life is trying to track down expats who have not claimed a share of a multimillion pay out when the firm went public in 2006. The company has £113 million stashed away and has started a major campaign to find around 280,000 customers who are entitled to … [Read more...]

Currency

Strong Pound Is Good News For Expat Spenders

Strong Pound Is Good News For Expat Spenders

A stronger pound is good news for expats who have more spending power overseas. Sterling has seen a steady rise against other major currencies over recent months, and the signs are that as the UK economy outpaces recovery in Europe, the gap will continue to widen between the value of the pound … [Read more...]

Investments

What Does Ethical Really Mean For Investors?

What Does Ethical Really Mean For Investors

Investors are keen to buy in to ethical funds and companies but feel they do not have enough information to make their investment decisions, according to new research. Around two-thirds of investors want to put money into ethical investments, buy more than half (57%) want to know more about the … [Read more...]

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Uneasy Ukraine Faces Election Unrest

Uneasy Ukraine Faces Election Unrest

Expats and travellers are warned that stability in The Ukraine may worsen as parliamentary elections are taking place. Election day is October 26, 2014, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is concerned that demonstrations may turn violent in the run-up period. The FCO has told … [Read more...]