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My focus is predominantly on the world’s financial markets. As a former female stock broker, I was once a rare breed indeed in what is still a predominantly male-dominated industry. I serve on the board of one of the largest brokerage houses on Wall Street. I’ve lived in New York for 25 years and divide my time between writing for Money International and nurturing young talent in females interested in entering the industry.

What Are Your Rights If A Flight Is Cancelled?

What are your rights to a refund if an airline cancels your flight before you are due to go on the trip? Thousands of expats face this dilemma as budget airline Ryanair axes thousands of...

Brexit Countdown Ticks On As No Deal Beckons

The Brexit countdown is ticking away despite the lack of action in Westminster - and with three weeks to go, a no deal split looks on the cards. MPs just cannot stop squabbling about how...

Landlords Leave Students In Damp Homes Infested By Rats

Landlords are accused of ignoring complaints from thousands of students live in horrid homes infested by rats. The shocking revelation comes from a report by the National Union of Students that asked more than 2,000...

Has The Price Of Bitcoin Bottomed Out Yet?

Bitcoin is slowly slithering down in value after reaching a record high of almost $20,000 a year ago. The markets have wiped another 3.5% of the leading cryptocurrency’s value, sending the price down to $3,360...

What’s Best For Savers – A Pension Or ISA?

If you have some extra cash savings ready for investing at the end of the financial year, what’s best – a pension or an ISA? Both offer tax-efficient saving, but deciding which one offers the...

Google Does A U-Turn Over Crypto Exchange Ads

Google is the latest internet giant to make a U-turn by overturning an advertising ban on cryptocurrency exchanges. The search goliath joined Facebook and Twitter earlier in the year with a blanket ban on cryptocurrency...

Saudi Production Cuts Trigger Oil Price Rise

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia triggered a price rise by announcing a cut in production from December. The key Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) player is turning the tap off on 500,000 barrels...

Petition Protesters Want Annuity Change In Budget 2018

A pressure group wants Chancellor Phillip Hammond to cash in their poor-performing annuities as part of his Autumn Budget 2018. Hammond is due to announce his Budget in Parliament on October 29. Lobbyists Your Pension, Your...

Singapore Is Top World City For Expats

Singapore has been crowned the favourite city for expats for the fourth time in a row. The Expat Explorer survey from HSBC Bank claims the city state ticks most of the boxes on every expat’s...

Who’s Winning The Digital V Hard Currency Battle In 2018?

The investment return on Bitcoin has outstripped the yield of three major currencies this year, according to new data. Bitcoin was not the only cryptocurrency champion - EOS won over 11 currencies and VeChain performed...
Brexit

No Deal Brexit Scares As UK Readies For Worst Scenario

Scare stories are abounding about what could happen to the UK if politicians fail to hammer out a Brexit deal before the March 2019 deadline. As Brexit Day fast approaches, the British government has published...

Setting A Retirement Date As An Expat?

If you are a British expat trying to work out your retirement options, just how do you calculate when you can stop working and receive a pension? The problem is you have different retirement dates...

QROPS Transfers – Numbers Down But Values Go Up

The number of British expats switching their retirement savings to offshore pension schemes is falling - but the average value of a transfer is still rising, according to the latest official figures. Fewer expats are...

Couples Would Rather Talk Money Than Dating Histories

Three out of four people in a couple would rather tell their partners about their finances before they met rather than their dating history. That’s the result of a new survey into relationships and debt....

Worried Pensioners Will Stay Pay A Mortgage In Their 70s

Pensioners have some real worries about where they will live once they reach the age of 70, according to new research. One in seven (14%) are resigned to still having to pay a mortgage when...

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