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Kevin Barnett

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I sit on the board of two London Asset Management companies and also owned my own brokerage before merging it - and its extensive portfolio – with a major firm in 2006. I now prefer to spend my time analysing areas of growth and opportunity, while providing training for newly qualified individuals. I have always written on finance throughout my career, and have made contributions to publications such as Financial Planning, Risk Magazine, The Financial Times and International Business Times.

Property Tax Shock Awaits Returning British Expats

Expats looking to move back to the UK could face unexpected property tax bills. Everyone buying a home in England must pay stamp duty on property purchases of more than £125,000, while Scotland and Wales...

Pension Freedoms Can Lock Savers Into Paying More Tax

Pension freedoms could cost retirement savers almost £20 billion in income tax over the next decade. But how much each saver pays could vary widely depending on how they decide to access their money, says...

Poor Security Opens Iot Door For Cryptojackers

Poor security and the proliferation of devices on the internet of things has opened a new source of victims for cryptojackers. Improving technology means devices such as routers and TV sticks are targets for the...

Ministers Eye Up High Earners For Rich Pickings

Wealthy landlords, expats and investors could be in the firing line as ministers look for ways to raise more tax. Even though taxpayers are paying more towards government revenue now than at any time in...

Ditch Default Pensions In Favour Of DIY Investing

Financial experts are calling on retirement savers to ditch their default pension funds offered by employers and providers before they give up work. Most savers with a ‘one size suits all’ pension fund with investment...

Pension Savers Should Get A Better Deal, Say Watchdogs

Financial watchdogs want retirement savers to be told more about their pensions and a clearer charging structure if they choose pension drawdown. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) looks after the interests of consumers saving into...

Governments Zero In On Digital Currency Controls

Cryptocurrencies are likely to come under the cosh as governments around the world are calling for regulation to crack down on criminals and terrorists. Government leaders claim the lawless realms of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and...

Bitcoin Trading Loses Thousands Of Dollars

The bitcoin bonanza failed to carry into the new year as the much-vaunted cryptocurrency lost more than a third of value in just a few days of trading. Bitcoin investors lost almost a third of...

More State Pension Reforms Need, Says Think-Tank

More pension reforms are needed to tackle the financial problems of rising numbers of retired people, says a think-tank report. Governments need to look at policies to relieve financial inequality among the elderly and to...

Cold-Calling Ban Aims To Freeze Out Pension Scammers

New rules are on the way to stop pension scammers preying on retirement savers seeking to switch their money into a SIPP or QROPS. The measures lined up by the UK government include: A ban...

Over 65s Buck Marriage And Divorce Trends

Divorce numbers are falling in the UK – but older people are bucking the trend, according to official statistics. While divorce across all age groups dropped by 28% in the past 10 years, the numbers...

Past Mistakes With Money Still Haunting the Over 65s

Financial mistakes have a habit of catching up on consumers who have regrets about how they managed their money when they were younger. Around two-fifths (43%) told a survey that their lives were blighted by...

Land Banking Gang Grab £5m From Scammed Investors

Hundreds of investors ploughed more than £5 million into a scam land banking company stand to win back just 40% of the cash they staked with fraudsters. The investors paid the money to Plott Investments...

Reign Of Spain As Retirement Capital Starts To Wane

The attraction of retiring to Spain for Britons has been lost following the start of Brexit, says a new study. The historic vote to leave the European Union and doubts triggered over the status of...

Disenchanted Workers Give Up Dreaming Of Retirement

Retirement is an unachievable dream for millions of workers who cannot believe they will ever have enough money to give up working. New research reveals that 39% of workers are despondent about their later years. And...

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