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I cover entrepreneurs and people who create and forge their own living from creating an idea and seeing it through to implementation. Having an idea is the simple part. I started my own clothing enterprise in 2005 and have witnessed the importance of social media in the evolution of business –although I do think the value of Facebook in growing a business is perhaps over played in some quarters. I am constantly looking at new investment opportunities and schemes being introduced to help start-ups get off the ground. I don’t have lots of spare time, but I am partial to cooking and reading, although never at the same time.

Expats Can’t Even Escape The Tax Man When They Die

The long arm of the tax man can still grab some of your money even if you live or retire abroad as an expat. Some people must still pay inheritance tax in the UK even...
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Claiming UK State Pension As An Expat

Many expats rely on their state pension payments to make ends meet, but can Britain be relied on to top up the payments in line with inflation each year? Unfortunately, for many retired expats the...
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Bing Ban For 500,000 Cryptocurrency Ads

Microsoft’s internet browser Bing blocked more than 5 million cryptocurrency ads last year. The data was revealed in Microsoft’s annual review of advertising quality. Microsoft explained that digital advertising is a powerful and open channel. “it is...
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Entrepreneurs Raise Billions From Tax-Efficient Investments

Savvy investors have ploughed cash worth billions into tax efficient savings, the latest official data shows. HM Revenue & Customs oversees three investment schemes offering generous tax breaks, raising almost £3 billion in the 2017-18...
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Self-Employed Will Only Save For Retirement If Forced

Half of the self-employed would willingly save into a pension - but only if the government brings in automatic enrolment regulations. Otherwise, thousands of workers will continue without any retirement savings, says a new report...
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Online Shoppers Just A Click Away From Crypto Payments

If you want to go shopping online to pay in cryptocurrency, a new app for one of the world’s leading shopping platforms will open the way. Magento is a market-leading shopping and payment software system...

Bitcoin Hanging On $4,000 By The Fingertips

Bitcoin is hanging on to a $4,000 plus price tag by the fingertips and may dip below again within a few days. Current trading puts Bitcoin at $4,036.50 with the cryptocurrency rallying from a start...

Monero Hard Fork Only Days Away

Monero is the latest cryptocurrency to face a hard fork - but the upgrade is to improve the blockchain rather than increase the throughput of transactions. Other hard forks - like the recent Bitcoin Cash...

Retirement Finances Are Too Complicated For Most Savers

Savers find working out their retirement finances years in advance is too complicated, say pension experts. Actuaries from the US, Britain and Australia looked at why people in each country seem to struggle with pensions...
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Most Pension Scammers Are Advisers, Say Financial Firms

Crooked advisers are to blame for most investment scams, according to a probe by pension providers determined to root out the fraudsters. The Pensions Scams Industry Group (PSIG) came to the conclusion after scrutinising more...

Pooling Pensions Could Give Better Outcomes For Savers

Financial experts are advocating more pension tinkering after an international study of workplace schemes concluded retirement savers could benefit from pooling resources. The study looked at defined contribution pensions offered by employers and found that...

House Price Rates Drop By 50% Worldwide

House price rises are slowing down across the world, according to property experts. Prices in almost nine out of 10 countries tracked by international property consultants Knight Frank returned increasing values – but the rate...

Rising UK Inflation Is Good News For Pension Savers

Expats saving for retirement and drawing the state pension are the biggest winners from the latest spike in the cost of living. Inflation has hit a five-year high of 3% for the year to September–...

Getting An Expat Mortgage Is Not As Easy As You Would Think

British expats with home thoughts from abroad find getting a mortgage is a challenge. Many of the 4 million Brits choosing to live overseas want to keep their options open by owning a home in...

HMRC Chasing Expat Contractors For Unpaid Tax

The British tax man is asking foreign governments to chase down expats working overseas who have failed to pay the right amount of tax. Almost £6 million was raised for HM Revenue & Customs by...

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