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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.
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Equity Release Lenders Struggle To Match Calls For Cash

Financial firms are rushing to offer equity release loans to the over 65s as they rush to unlock cash for retirement. Rather than downsize, the over 65s prefer to stay in their homes and many...
Property cost

What Sort Of Home Does $1 Million Buy For An Expat?

Just what does a million dollars buy a wealthy expat looking for a home in one of the world’s thriving cities? Not as much as you would like to think, according to research by international...
SEIS

SEIS – A Guide For Entrepreneurs

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme concept gives entrepreneurs a direct way of raising money for start-ups other than the banks. Devised by former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in 2012, the measure was a...
pension

The £50,000 Final Salary Tax Trap For High Earners

If you are on course to pick up a retirement income of £50,000 a year or more from a final salary pension then you may face the prospect of seeing a slice disappear because...

Misinformed Investors Are Hoping For Unrealistic Returns

Over the past 30 years, the average returns of equities on international stock markets have averaged 7.2%, according to the MSCI Worldwide Index. Although investors are hoping for double-digit returns, they are also concerned about...

The World – A Floating Tax Haven Or Lifestyle Choice?

Piles of money have bought happiness for a group of multimillionaires who spend most of their time on a floating tax haven cruising the globe. The World is a unique ship – part cruise liner...
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How To Mind That Gap In Retirement Savings

Most retirement savers have a gap between the money they have and the amount they think they will need to fund a comfortable retirement. Unless they are wealthy, it’s likely most savers believe they do...
Brexit

Brexit Is A Sad Time For Europe, Says Donald Tusk

Brexit is having a disastrous impact on plans for closer integration in Europe, says European Council president Donald Tusk. He claims his time is now spent on patching up a disintegrating Europe rather than promoting...

Crypto Boss Takes Secret Of Missing Millions To The Grave

Cryptocurrency and cash worth more than £100 million is missing after an exchange founder suddenly died on holiday and took his secret passwords to the grave. The cash and coins were stored in cold wallets...

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...

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