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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.

How The Magic Of Compounding Boosts Savings

Investment managers have crunched some numbers to show how the magic of compound interest can boost retirement savings. The example looks at two investors. One starts saving £1,000 a year from the age of 18 until...

Retirement Saving Sees A Reversal Of Fortune

More people are saving for retirement now than at any time in the past 10 years, according to new research. Just one in seven people retiring this year have no pension, compared to one in...

Which Country Lets People Retire At 49?

The privilege of retiring late in life seems to belong exclusively to the most developed countries, new research suggests. Norway has the oldest official retirement age for men and women since the 1970s – 67...

Successful Investing Really Is Just Down To Luck

Human reasoning is riddled with mistakes, false assumptions and misinterpretations, so if investors want to make better financial decisions they need to know how these biases impact on their thinking and how to counter...

QROPS Due Diligence Expected By HMRC Revealed At Last

Retirement savers transferring  pension money to an offshore QROPS are warned to carry out 'due diligence' to check the scheme is not a scam – but are offered little advice about the questions they...

Crowdfunding – Where To Find Independent Info For Investors

Increasing numbers of investors are attracted to crowdfunding to generate a higher return from their cash than banks and ISAs are offering. Crowdfunding is also popular with small businesses and entrepreneurs because the money they...

What Happens To Loyalty Points When You Die?

If you spend hours scouring coupon websites for bargains and loyalty points, have you given a thought to what happens to them when you die? Every year, British consumers amass a massive £5.7 billion in...

Don’t Fall Into These Pension Money Traps

Two years after the start of pension freedoms, unwary retirement savers are still losing money to financial pitfalls. Finance professionals are warning that some savers are facing exit fees of tens of thousands of pounds...

New HMRC Guidance For Taxing Overseas Pensions

HM Revenue and Customs has tried to clarify new tax rules for overseas pensions by issuing more guidance. Accepting the original rule change was confusing for many, the new guidance attempts to give more details...

Rich Will Get Wealthier As Families Leave Big Inheritances

If you already have some money, then the likelihood is you will be left more by your family, according to new research. Despite successive generations becoming financially better off than those before, the chances are...

End Of Year Investment Tax Breaks For Wealthy Run Out

Traditional end of tax year investments for the wealthy are drying up after government rule changes. Venture Capital Trusts (VCT), Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and the enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) look forward to a...

Corbyn Arrives Late For Expat State Pension Battle

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has taken up the fight of state pension unfairness towards British expats. His party has few days to mount a campaign and win a vote in the House of Commons to...

The difference between onshore and offshore funds

Expats will hear about the pros and cons of onshore and offshore investment from their financial advisers, but what do the terms mean? To most expats, banking and investing offshore means handing wads of cash...

Pension Freedom Explained

Pension freedoms may bring more choice about how to spend retirement cash for those who understand their financial options. But the risk is for those who are not clear about money matters, freedom also brings...

Savers Keen To Take Money Matters Into Own Hands

Only a handful of people consult a professional adviser before making important financial decisions. Research by pension giant Aegon revealed only 8% of people speak to a financial adviser before making what could be a...

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