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Netherlands urged to slash 30% expat tax break

Netherlands urged to slash 30% expat tax break...Lock icon

The Dutch government may be looking to reduce a 30% tax break used by wealthy expats after it was deemed “too generous”, according to a new report.

Published : 14, Jun 2017
Qatar blockade to hit UAE expat businesses

Qatar blockade to hit UAE expat businessesLock icon

The move by the UAE to join other Gulf nations in cutting ties with Qatar affects travel by expatriate residents between both states and even extends to comments made by individuals on social media.

Published : 14, Jun 2017
PEOPLE MOVES: UK govt, Killik & Co, Australian Tax Office

PEOPLE MOVES: UK govt, Killik & Co, Australian...Lock icon

UK prime minister Theresa May has reshuffled her cabinet as uncertainty mounts over how long the Conservative Party can hold on to power. The deputy Australian Tax Office commissioner has resigned after being being caught up in a fraud scandal, while Killik & Co has appointed a head of wealth planning.

Published : 13, Jun 2017
Sipps drive sharp rise in UK pension complaints

Sipps drive sharp rise in UK pension complaints...Lock icon

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) received 15% more complaints about pensions in 2016/2017, with Sipps one of the most complained about products, despite a 6% drop in the number of people contacting the financial redress service.

Published : 13, Jun 2017
Fecif offers ‘unprecedented’ insight into European IFA sector

Fecif offers ‘unprecedented’ insight into European...Lock icon

European IFAs will have a better understanding of their industry following detailed analysis of the continent’s advice sector by the European Federation of Financial Intermediaries and Financial Advisers (Fecif).

Published : 12, Jun 2017
Financial advice tops Channel Island Ombudsman complaints

Financial advice tops Channel Island Ombudsman...Lock icon

Nearly half of the investigations handled by the Channel Islands’ Financial Ombudsman (CIFO) last year related to investments and funds, with financial advice the single most complained about area.

Published : 12, Jun 2017
Hong Kong’s new Insurance Authority eyes mis-selling crackdown

Hong Kong’s new Insurance Authority eyes mis-selling...Lock icon

Hong Kong’s new insurance regulator plans to work closely with its mainland China counterpart to protect consumers when it officially takes over from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) on 26 June.

Published : 12, Jun 2017
Science beats psychology in advice, says S Africa’s PCH

Science beats psychology in advice, says S Africa’s...Lock icon

With South African clients focused on overseas investment opportunities, local wealth manager Private Client Holdings (PCH) uses investment science rather than psychometric testing to advise clients.

Published : 12, Jun 2017
Int’l IFAs expect ‘softer Brexit’ as British PM clings to power

Int’l IFAs expect ‘softer Brexit’ as British PM...Lock icon

As Britain adjusts to the news that prime minister Theresa May will form a minority government backed by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists, advisers around the world expect that the UK’s shocking hung parliament result will lead to a “softer Brexit” approach.

Published : 9, Jun 2017
PEOPLE MOVES: SEC, First State, Ashburton

PEOPLE MOVES: SEC, First State, AshburtonLock icon

The US regulator has appointed co-directors of its Enforcement Division, while First State Investment is losing its head of global resources and Ashburton Investments bolsters its multi-asset team.

Published : 9, Jun 2017
May’s ‘moment of madness’ dementia tax backfires in UK election

May’s ‘moment of madness’ dementia tax backfires...Lock icon

The UK Conservative Party’s pledge to introduce a so-called ‘dementia tax’ could have cost prime minister Theresa May a clear majority in the UK general election, say UK advisers, as Britain now faces the prospect of a Conservative government backed by Northern Ireland Unionists.

Published : 9, Jun 2017
Bob Pain steps down as chairman of Investors Trust Assurance

Bob Pain steps down as chairman of Investors Trust...Lock icon

Bob Pain has resigned as chairman of the board of Cayman Island-based international life company Investors Trust Assurance SPC as of 1 June 2017.

Published : 9, Jun 2017
Sterling drops, markets composed after UK election surprise

Sterling drops, markets composed after UK election...Lock icon

The universally acknowledged poor decision by UK prime minister Theresa May to call a snap election and then alienate her core voting base, resulting in a hung parliament, initially dented sterling by around 2% but has had little real impact on the stock market.

Published : 9, Jun 2017
UK hung parliament ushers in uncertainty over Finance Bill

UK hung parliament ushers in uncertainty over...Lock icon

Financial advisers in the UK are facing an unprecedented period of uncertainty as Britain woke up to a hung parliament on Friday, casting doubts over the future of key tax policies dropped from the Finance Bill in the run up to the snap election.

Published : 9, Jun 2017
‘Questions need to be asked’ about the Rops list suspension

‘Questions need to be asked’ about the Rops list...Lock icon

HM Revenue & Customs’ list of recognised overseas pension schemes (Rops) may be back, but the delay in issuing it has to be carefully analysed, says Montfort International managing director Geraint Davies.

Published : 8, Jun 2017
UAE securities regulator re-opens door for fund registrations

UAE securities regulator re-opens door for fund...Lock icon

Asset managers can now complete the process of registering and promoting funds in the UAE following the release of fresh guidance from the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA).

Published : 8, Jun 2017
Holborn Assets ‘temporarily’ ceases all regulated UK activities

Holborn Assets ‘temporarily’ ceases all regulated...Lock icon

Holborn Assets Ltd has applied to the Financial Conduct Authority to temporarily cease all of its regulated activity with immediate effect, but has no plans to close its UK operations, managing director Christopher Wicks confirmed to International Adviser.

Published : 8, Jun 2017
Rops list sees Aussie rebound but Channel Islands wane further

Rops list sees Aussie rebound but Channel Islands...Lock icon

After missing its Monday deadline, HM Revenue & Customs released an updated recognised overseas pension scheme (Rops) list on Wednesday that saw Australian scheme numbers rise, while Guernsey and Jersey continued their declines.

Published : 7, Jun 2017
Labour’s land value tax unlikely to apply to gardens

Labour’s land value tax unlikely to apply to gardens...Lock icon

Plans by Britain’s opposition Labour Party to impose a ‘land value tax’ are unlikely to apply to gardens and other “productive land”, despite criticism the policy could cost the average home £5,539 (€6,346, $7,149).

Published : 7, Jun 2017
FCA orders another UK firm to immediately cease pension advice

FCA orders another UK firm to immediately cease...Lock icon

The Financial Conduct Authority has ordered Glasgow-headquartered Intelligent Pensions to stop providing pension advice in the latest in a series of actions taken by the UK watchdog to clamp down on pension transfers.

Published : 7, Jun 2017

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