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EEA 'death bonds' investors finally receive £49m payout

EEA 'death bonds' investors finally receive £49m...Lock icon

Investors in the ill-fated EEA Life Settlements Fund received a $49m (£39.6m, €59.8m) payout in October for their shares in the so-called ‘death bonds’.

Published : 28, Oct 2016
Nutmeg preparing to launch free advice chatbot

Nutmeg preparing to launch free advice chatbot...Lock icon

Online investment platform Nutmeg has confirmed that it is in the testing stages of launching its automated advice service.

Published : 28, Oct 2016
Unit-linked products under pressure in Asia

Unit-linked products under pressure in AsiaLock icon

Singapore outpaced Hong Kong for sales of unit-linked investment and savings products in the first half of 2016. As the industry awaits third quarter data, Bryan Low of Provisca reflects on the trends seen in the figures so far.

Published : 28, Oct 2016
EU agrees to delay Priips until 2018

EU agrees to delay Priips until 2018Lock icon

The European Commission (EC) has decided to delay the introduction of the controversial Priips regulation by one year.

Published : 28, Oct 2016
New UAE mutual fund rules to come with a sanctions regime

New UAE mutual fund rules to come with a sanctions...Lock icon

New mutual fund registration rules introduced by the UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) in August, and currently within a six-month implementation grace period, are expected to come with a series of sanctions for breaches of the regime.

Published : 28, Oct 2016
Australian Rops get STM super boost

Australian Rops get STM super boostLock icon

STM Group Australia’s managing director Stuart Denness is looking to re-energise and reinvigorate the country’s recognised overseas pension scheme (Rops) market following two years of uncertainty.

Published : 27, Oct 2016
The case for investing in fine wine and classic cars

The case for investing in fine wine and classic...Lock icon

With investors facing increasingly poor returns from traditional investments, the case for putting your money in alternative investments such as wine, classic cars, stamps and whisky is getting stronger, says Adam Benskin, executive director at international IFA firm Strabens Hall.

Published : 27, Oct 2016
PEOPLE  MOVES: WHIreland, KBI Global Investors, Miton

PEOPLE MOVES: WHIreland, KBI Global Investors,...Lock icon

WHIreland hires a new wealth planner for its north of England division as KBI names a new senior VP of business development. Miton poaches British Steel’s pension fund manager while a former Punter Southall employees returns to the firm.

Published : 27, Oct 2016
Why advisers are shutting up shop in Dubai's free zone

Why advisers are shutting up shop in Dubai's free...Lock icon

Rising rents in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) and the cost of regulatory compliance maybe to blame for the sudden spate of departures from the free zone by three financial service providers.

Published : 27, Oct 2016
HMRC data shows £7.6bn withdrawn since UK pension reforms

HMRC data shows £7.6bn withdrawn since UK pension...Lock icon

Nearly £7.6bn ($9.2bn, €8.5bn) has been paid out of UK pensions since reforms came into effect in April last year, according to the latest figures published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Published : 26, Oct 2016
IFA bdhSterling denies a fall in demand for Rops

IFA bdhSterling denies a fall in demand for Rops...Lock icon

The director of the newly-rebranded bdhSterling has revealed that the advisory firm has seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients looking transfer their pension into a recognised overseas pension schemes (Rops).

Published : 26, Oct 2016
GSAM sees `expansion phase’ where others see stagnation

GSAM sees `expansion phase’ where others see stagnation...Lock icon

Risk assets remain attractive as central banks shift policy and investor sentiment based on market fundamentals starts to return, said Neill Nuttall, co-chief investment officer of the global portfolio solutions group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Published : 26, Oct 2016
South Africa contemplates introducing new wealth tax

South Africa contemplates introducing new wealth...Lock icon

South Africa’s government could be looking to introduce a wealth tax as the country struggles to deal with extreme income inequality coupled with a dwindling tax base.

Published : 25, Oct 2016
ANALYSIS: Is the EMD buying spree going to hold this time?

ANALYSIS: Is the EMD buying spree going to hold...Lock icon

Saudi Arabia’s record debt sale last week showed that emerging market bonds remain in strong demand with yield-hungry investors. However, the question is whether appetite could reverse as quickly as it has in the past.

Published : 25, Oct 2016
Australian expats in the US could face taxes on super accounts

Australian expats in the US could face taxes on...Lock icon

Australian expats living in the US may have to pay taxes on their superannuation pension accounts, following changes to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) reporting requirements for such schemes.

Published : 25, Oct 2016
PEOPLE MOVES: Schroders, HSBC Private Bank, Rowan Dartington, Hargreaves

PEOPLE MOVES: Schroders, HSBC Private Bank, Rowan...Lock icon

Schroders big-wig Robin Stoakley moves on from his role as the asset manager’s head of UK intermediary business as HSBC Private Bank hires a new head for its APAC division. Rowan Dartington poaches former Brewin Dolphin sales guru as platform giant Hargreaves Lansdown appoints a new tech head.

Published : 25, Oct 2016
ANALYSIS: Fiscal fears stoke bond bull capitulation calls

ANALYSIS: Fiscal fears stoke bond bull capitulation...Lock icon

The death of the 30-year bond bull market that has formed the backdrop for most City careers has been predicted many times. It has yet to come to pass. But, if one were looking for signs that it is reaching an inflection point, the last seven days has proved a fertile hunting ground.

Published : 24, Oct 2016
Global Qrops is the latest to rebrand amid dampening appetite

Global Qrops is the latest to rebrand amid dampening...Lock icon

UK-headquartered Global Qrops has rebranded as bdhSterling amid similar moves by other firms that may signal a dampening appetite for recognised overseas pension schemes (Rops).

Published : 24, Oct 2016
UK to water down non-dom CGT reforms on offshore trusts

UK to water down non-dom CGT reforms on offshore...Lock icon

The UK government is considering plans to water down upcoming reforms to the tax rules governing non-UK domiciles whose permanent home is based overseas, due to concerns they may force out Britain’s wealthiest foreigners.

Published : 24, Oct 2016
Thailand's political impasse could impact portfolios

Thailand's political impasse could impact portfolios...Lock icon

Thai equities have mostly recovered after plunging in the wake of the death of the King, but now the military-appointed government is attempting to navigate official approval of a new constitution and handle the first royal succession in seven decades.

Published : 24, Oct 2016

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