The Days of Banking Secrecy And Tax Evasion Are Coming To An End

The global economic downturn has fast-forwarded the annihilation of banking secrecy, forcing the world of offshore banking to change from concealment to transparency. It is now impossible to hide

Swiss Bank To Reveal 4,450 names To US Tax Authorities

The long running legal dispute between the US tax authority and Swiss bank UBS has been settled with UBS agreeing to hand over the names of 4,450 of its American clients to the Internal Revenue Se

Could Bonds Be Your Answer To Low Bank Interest Rates?

With more positive news emerging on economic recovery, savers will be hoping that interest rates should soon rise off their historic lows. Unfortunately expectations are growing in the City that

Landmark Tax Accord In Fight Against Tax Evasion

The UK has signed a landmark Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the notoriously renowned tax haven of Liechtenstein. It marks an historic breakthrough in the global quest to stamp out

Sizzle Or Fizzle, It Doesn?t Really Matter

So far this year stockmarkets have followed the seasons. Winter was gloomy, with darkest days in early March. As we moved through spring the sun began to break through the clouds, with stockmark

UK Revenue Announce Details of New Disclosure Opportunity

The UK?s New Disclosure Opportunity (NDO) - a second so-called tax ?amnesty? ? begins in September. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has declared that it is the final opportunity to disclose previo

Choosing A Guaranteed Investment

While guaranteed investments have always had a role to play in a balanced, diversified portfolio, they are particularly attractive in the current climate of low interest rates and stockmarket vola

QROPS - The New Face Of Pensions

UK pension schemes have always been restrictive. Now, the ability to transfer your UK pension to an international pension arrangement known as a QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schem

Balancing The Need For Returns With The Need For Security

Have you watched your bank interest earnings plummet over the last year? Although the Bank of England base interest rate stopped just short of zero, 0.5% is so negligible it may as well be zero f

Reasons Why UK Tax Will Have To Rise

Will you find that you have to contribute more of your hard earned money to the government to help it reduce its fiscal deficit and pay for its social welfare commitments, particularly the escalat