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I have over 15 years’ experience writing for and about some of the world’s most dynamic business centres. I write mainly now about expatriate finance and tax-efficiency, but my focus for Money International involves most areas of economics in truth. I live in Paris, France currently but am constantly travelling around the world, to meetings predominantly, but occasionally for leisure and family time. I am a surfer at heart, which surprises many.

Don’t Forget Your Pension When You Move Jobs

What to do with the money in your pension pot is not one of the things that leaps to mind when changing jobs - but it should. Next to a home, a pension is probably...

Plain Talking Pension Firms Dump Confusing Forms

Retirement savers can expect some plain talking from pension providers after the companies have reviewed and rewritten thousands of documents to make understanding financial jargon easier for consumers. Consumers have repeatedly claimed their pension paperwork...

How To Hide Cash In An Offshore Tax Haven

Funnelling money through an offshore tax haven is not illegal – providing the idea is not to hide the true extent of your wealth from the tax man so you pay less tax than...

QROPS Transfer Charge Is Opportunistic Tax On Expats

The Overseas Transfer Charge is an opportunistic tax on expats who have no one to speak up for them when the British government decides to demand extra money from their offshore pensions. Expats suffer financially...

House Prices Rising Faster Than Stocks And Shares

House prices in Britain have outstripped the huge rises seen in stocks and shares over the past decade, according to property experts. The total value of homes in the country has increased by 48% to...

What Is The World Trade Organisation?

If Brexit talks break down and Britain walks away from the EU without a deal, here’s a look at the rules and regulations that will manage how the UK trades with the rest of...

UK Needs Tougher Economic Plan To Survive Brexit, Says OECD

Economists have sounded the alarm about Britain’s financial policies and are urging the government to reverse controversial spending decisions. The Organisation of Economic Co-Operation and Development is an economic think-tank with many of the world’s...

Expat Pensions Secured After Brexit But Tough Talks Grind On

British Brexit secretary David Davies says agreement has been reached with the EU over pensions for expats – but that the EU needs to show more flexibility in talks. Without revealing details, he briefed MPs...

House Prices Rise At Fastest Rate In Three Years

Global house prices have gone up for the fourth quarter in a row, according to a new report. Average increases have hit 6.5% - the highest level since the first quarter of 2014, says the...

Tax Man Should Lift The Secrecy Over QROPS

It’s about time the tax man came clean over what is believed to be so wrong about QROPS pensions for expats in so many countries. The number of these pensions available for expats has yo-yoed...

Putting Off Retirement Can Add £50,000 To Your Pension

If you are considering taking an early retirement, then think again – working an extra few years could put almost an extra £50,000 into your pension pot. Financial experts have calculated that by working for...

Tenants Pay Better Than Tourists On Sunshine Isles

Long term rentals on the holiday isles of the Balearics generate more income for property investors than holiday lets, according to a new study. The discovery was revealed after a long-term argument raging on the...

Pension Incomes Hit Highest Level For Nearly 3 Years

Pensions can be worth thousands of pounds more a year than expected as average retirement incomes reach a 33-month high. Retirement income has risen by 5.2% in the second quarter of 2017, compared to the...

Property Pension Dream Of Millions Who Don’t Own Homes

Half the adult population consider owning property as a foundation of wealth for their retirement even though millions do not own a home. People seem obsessed with property, with more than 8 million planning to...

Pensions v ISAs – Which Is Best For Savers?

Paying money into an ISA has all changed this month with the advent of the new lifetime individual savings account or LISA. If you are a UK taxpayer, the ISA upgrade opens some new retirement...

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