Axa reports record revenues as CEO rules out Generali bid

Axa reports record revenues as CEO rules out Generali...

French insurer Axa said revenues crossed the €100bn (£84bn, $105bn) mark for the first time in the company’s history as chief executive Thomas Buberl distanced himself from a bid for Generali’s German life insurance business.

Published : 23, Feb 2017
European earnings growth set to drive equities in 2017

European earnings growth set to drive equities...

European corporate earnings are on course to post one of their best years since the financial crisis, says Mark Denham, the new manager of the Carmignac Grande Europe Fund.

Published : 23, Feb 2017
Castle Trust launches multi-jurisdictional Rops

Castle Trust launches multi-jurisdictional Rops...

Gibraltar-based Castle Trust Group has launched the Centurion Retirement Plan featuring recognised overseas pension schemes (Rops) in Gibraltar and Malta that allow free switching between the schemes and jurisdictions to suit clients’ changing needs.

Published : 22, Feb 2017
Swiss-Hong Kong fund recognition scheme garners interest

Swiss-Hong Kong fund recognition scheme garners...

The planned Switzerland-Hong Kong mutual fund recognition scheme has already begun to attract interest from Asian fund managers interested in the lucrative Swiss market.

Published : 22, Feb 2017
Spanish princess’s husband gets six years over €6m tax fraud

Spanish princess’s husband gets six years over...

The brother-in-law of King Felipe VI of Spain has been sentenced to six years in prison and fined more than €500,000 (£426,565, $530,810) after being found guilty of charges including embezzlement, fraud and tax evasion.

Published : 21, Feb 2017
British widow in France refunded over pension advice

British widow in France refunded over pension...

A British widow has been refunded for poor advice she received from a UK adviser while living in France.

Published : 20, Feb 2017
Northern Trust expands in Europe with UBS buy

Northern Trust expands in Europe with UBS buy

US-based Northern Trust Corp is to buy UBS Asset Management's fund administration servicing units in Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Published : 20, Feb 2017
Luxembourg hits record of €3.7trn AUM despite Brexit jitters

Luxembourg hits record of €3.7trn AUM despite...

Assets under management in Luxembourg-domiciled funds grew by 7% to €3.74trn (£3.18trn, $3.97trn) last year, the latest data from the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) shows.

Published : 17, Feb 2017
Spain 'hopeful' of a deal on UK expat rights after Brexit

Spain 'hopeful' of a deal on UK expat rights after...

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy says he believes a deal can be done with Britain to preserve the rights of British expats in Spain after Brexit.

Published : 17, Feb 2017
iShares European ETF first to top $20bn

iShares European ETF first to top $20bn

Blackrock's iShares Core S&P 500 Ucits ETF has become the first European ETF to top $20bn (£16.1bn, €18.9bn) in assets, coinciding with new highs in the S&P 500 index as the reflation trade continues.

Published : 16, Feb 2017
British expats living in Europe face Brexit backlash

British expats living in Europe face Brexit backlash...

British nationals living in the European Union can expect to face a backlash following the UK’s treatment of foreigners, a leaked report has warned.

Published : 15, Feb 2017
Five things you should know about estate planning in Portugal

Five things you should know about estate planning...

For British expats living in Portugal, or for those with Portuguese assets, the local equivalent of inheritance tax maybe relatively straightforward, says director of Blevins Franks Jason Porter, but succession law is very different. If advisers do not understand the rules, their client’s estate may not be distributed in line with their wishes or could attract more taxation than necessary.

Published : 14, Feb 2017
Sarasin & Partners launches eurozone equity fund

Sarasin & Partners launches eurozone equity fund...

Asset management group Sarasin & Partners has launched the Sarasin Systematic Eurozone Equity fund, which aims to provide investors with capital growth over the long term.

Published : 13, Feb 2017
Alexander Beard launches euro Sipp for British expats in France

Alexander Beard launches euro Sipp for British...

International IFA firm Alexander Beard has unveiled a euro-denominated self-invested personal pension (Sipp) aimed at British expats living in France.

Published : 13, Feb 2017
Over 90 countries ‘screened’ for EU tax haven blacklist

Over 90 countries ‘screened’ for EU tax haven...

The European Union has written to more than 90 countries warning them that they are being “screened” and may appear in a planned “blacklist” of tax havens.

Published : 10, Feb 2017
Aviva sells 50% stake in French life insurer Antarius

Aviva sells 50% stake in French life insurer Antarius...

British insurer Aviva has sold its entire stake in France’s Antarius to a Société Général subsidiary but confirmed that it will continue to manage a chunk of its assets.

Published : 9, Feb 2017
European investors pile into EM debt

European investors pile into EM debt

European investors have turned positive on emerging market debt again in January after two months of net outflows, reports Blackrock.

Published : 8, Feb 2017
Spain targets HNWs over tax evasion as data-sharing goes live

Spain targets HNWs over tax evasion as data-sharing...

Spain has announced new measures to crack down on tax fraud by wealthy individuals, as the country becomes one of the early adopters of the ‘automatic exchange of information’ regime.

Published : 8, Feb 2017
BlueBay AM opens office in Germany

BlueBay AM opens office in Germany

Global fixed income manager BlueBay Asset Management has opened an office in Munich to provide clients in Germany with "on the ground" support.

Published : 6, Feb 2017
Malta ups number of adviser qualifications in new deal

Malta ups number of adviser qualifications in...

Malta is upping the number of adviser qualifications it offers as part of a new deal that strengthens ties between the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (Cisi) and the island's Institute of Financial Services.

Published : 6, Feb 2017

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