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A former accountant, I have previously written blog pieces and articles for a variety of industry publications. Now residing in Switzerland, I like to keep a keen eye on developments in the pensions and investments sector, while simultaneously enjoying skiing, tennis, golf and travelling in my spare time.

Gibraltar Flexes QROPS Financial Muscle

The tiny financial centre of Gibraltar has been flexing its Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) muscles. The British Overseas Territory rates as equal fourth with The Netherlands for the jurisdiction opening most QROPS pensions...

Rip-Off Fund Managers Sell Investors Short

City watchdogs are warning investors are paying too much to fund managers who look after their retirement cash. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) claims many fund managers market their schemes as managed funds when all...

US Expats Becoming The World’s Financial Outcasts

US expats are fast becoming the world’s financial outcasts as Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and other tax laws begin to bite. Around 7 million Americans live outside the USA, but in a tax...

Savings Providers Ordered To Clean Up Their Act

£160 billion cash held in onshore savings accounts was earning interest at 0.5% or less in 2013 – and confused investors often do not know how much banks and building societies are paying in...

80 Billionaires Richer Than 50% Of The Rest Of Us

Global wealth is gravitating into the hands of the rich elite at an alarming rate that will soon mean 1% of the population will control more cash than the rest of the people in...

Retirees Expect £17,000 A Year Pension Income

People giving up work this year expect to have an annual retirement income of £17,000 – the highest level for more than six years. Flexible access to pension funds and more consumer confidence in the...

Property Investors Win Holiday Resort Legal Battle

British expats and second homers have won a landmark victory in Turkish courts to reclaim millions of pounds paid to a holiday resort developer who went bust. Around 55 property investors joined together to sue...

Gulf States To Issue ‘Go Anywhere’ Travel Visas

Visiting the Gulf States for expats and holidaymakers is about to become a lot easier with the introduction of a free travel area. Senior officials are ready to implement cross-border travel between the six Gulf...

Violence Against Expats Increases After ISIS Threats

Police refuse to comment whether a spate of attacks against western workers in Saudi Arabia are linked to militants in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Four attacks are under investigation in the...

Invest In Buy To Let For Just £1,000 Down

Investors who want to take part in the buy to let bonanza but do not want to get involved in managing their own properties can buy a slice of  Britain’s first residential real estate...

Elderly Expats May Die Before Compensation Is Paid

Hundreds of elderly expats have their retirement cash trapped in a suspended investment scheme that may not pay compensation until after they have died. Almost 5,000 investors have cash locked up in EEA Life Settlements...

Call For Tighter Regulation Of Virtual Currency Vaults

The Bank of England is warning that virtual currencies could pose a serious threat to financial stability if their growing popularity leads to a mainstream take-up in Britain. As a result, the bank is urging...

£120,000 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...

Malaysia Offers Golden Visas To Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs can win a golden visa for Malaysia in a bid to boost the country’s business and trade. The government is targetting entrepreneurs, finance executives and wealthy business angels with the new measure. Successful applicants will...

Billionaire Buffett Tells Investors To Go For Trackers

When billionaire Warren Buffett offers financial advice, most wise investors take the time to stop and listen. That’s why he’s announcement that when he dies, his vast fortune will go into a tracker fund as...

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