Don?t let the investment tail wag the tax dog

It may not be absolutely clear at the moment whether stockmarkets and other asset classes have now hit the bottom and are starting to recover or whether the recent G20 summit demonstrated that

HMRC Gets Tough On QROPS Abuse

For many expatriates and those planning to become non-UK resident, the introduction of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pensions (QROPS) has brought with it unexpected benefits for their deferred

Switzerland agrees to relax banking secrecy - ?The beginning of the end of tax havens?

The ?tax haven? landscape has shifted. Over a matter of days a number of key jurisdictions, including Switzerland, bowed to global pressure and pledged to adopt international standards of tax

Are Bonds The Place To Be With Your Money?

Recent financial events have been momentous. Our grandchildren and great grandchildren will probably be studying the credit crisis and all its consequences in their economics courses.

How Will The ?Tax Black Hole? Be Filled?

If the economic downturn isn?t depressing enough in putting a tight squeeze on personal finances, more gloom lies ahead for taxpayers. When the recovery gets under way they will probably face t

The Cost Of A Ripe Old Age

We hear reports of new potential cancer treatments around the corner that could change the face of the disease for the better. Stem cell technology could be leading the way towards a continuous

Longevity And Its Impact On Your Finances

Provided we?re of sound health and mind, most of us would relish the prospect of a nice long life. The longer we live the more time we?ll have to enjoy the company of our loved ones, share in t

Offshore Financial Centres Face New Challenges

Offshore Financial Centres (OFCs) have been under increasing pressure over recent years to rid themselves of the ?tax haven? label. There has been an international drive for them to become fina

Will Your Pension Be An Inheritance For Your Family?

Do you remember John Major telling us how wealth was to cascade down the generations, and that his aim was to eventually abolish inheritance tax? All these years later UK inheritance tax (IHT)