Could today's India outshine yesterday's China?

Could today's India outshine yesterday's China?...

Though it might be tempting to view today’s India as yesterday’s China, Rathbones’ head of asset allocation Ed Smith thinks the region's growth prospects could be even greater based on five key indicators.

Published : 17, Aug 2017
How to make the most of unused inheritance tax allowance

How to make the most of unused inheritance tax...Lock icon

The UK tax office has recently updated its rules for transferring any unused portion of basic and additional IHT thresholds when the first person in a marriage or civil partnership dies.

Six of the best US ETFs

Six of the best US ETFs

Passive funds have enjoyed a stellar time in the US as valuations ride higher and higher. Here, IG Group's Oliver Smith looks at the six best ETFs to access booming US markets.

Published : 14, Aug 2017
Post-financial crisis: Where did your money work the hardest?

Post-financial crisis: Where did your money work...

This Wednesday (9 August) marks 10 years since the global financial crisis began, the morning BNP Paribas finally halted redemptions from funds containing now-infamous CDO instruments. We take a look at six sectors to see where you would have been best placed to invest in the decade that followed.

Published : 8, Aug 2017
Three key ways to take financial planning forward: Carrington

Three key ways to take financial planning forward:...Lock icon

In the latest of a series of insights from financial advisers across the world, Mike Hodges, managing director of UK-based Carrington Investments, sets out three initiatives his firm is taking to build the business along best practice lines.

Published : 7, Aug 2017
Top destinations for sun-seeking British expats

Top destinations for sun-seeking British expats...Lock icon

Summer in the UK this year has been a brief affair, so it comes as no surprise that nearly two-thirds of British expats think about the weather when planning their moves abroad. But sunshine isn't the only factor prospective expats should consider.

Published : 4, Aug 2017
Seven 'sinful' stocks to avoid

Seven 'sinful' stocks to avoid

With the FTSE 100 on an almost continual rise, which are the ‘red flag’ stocks that investors should watch out for? Investment bank Liberum lists the seven ‘sinful’ stocks in the top 100 they would “prudently seek to avoid”.

Published : 2, Aug 2017
Questions advisers must ask before clients move to Portugal

Questions advisers must ask before clients move...Lock icon

UK advisers with clients looking to move to Portugal and make the most of tax-efficient opportunities but avoid costly mistakes need to consider seven key questions, according to international wealth and tax management firm Blevins Franks.

Five Sipp facts not many people know

Five Sipp facts not many people knowLock icon

An estimated one million people have opted for self-invested personal pensions (Sipp) as they offer a wide choice and the freedom to invest almost anywhere. Hargreaves Lansdown have put together some of the lesser-known facts about the increasingly popular retirement vehicle.

Published : 31, Jul 2017
Top 10 countries for older people

Top 10 countries for older peopleLock icon

Dramatic increases in the number and proportion of older people is a struggle facing countries around the globe. Researchers at Columbia University and the University of Southern California have developed a barometer to assess, using five social and economic indicators, which are the best countries to grow old in.

Published : 28, Jul 2017
Ten need-to-know trusts for investors

Ten need-to-know trusts for investors

Hits on the AIC website have soared in recent months, but which investment trusts have been peaking investor interest so far this year?

Published : 27, Jul 2017
Five steps to planning a tax-efficient return to the UK

Five steps to planning a tax-efficient return...Lock icon

International tax and wealth management firm Blevins Franks has identified five key planning issues for UK citizens wanting to avoid punitive tax implications when making their move from Europe back to Britain. Click on the slides below to see them.

Published : 26, Jul 2017
Five common mistakes UK expats make about domicile and tax

Five common mistakes UK expats make about domicile...Lock icon

British expats still have some crucial misunderstandings about their domicile status and tax position that could leave them and their loved ones financially exposed and even land them in trouble with HM Revenue & Customs, warns Rachael Griffin, financial planning expert at Old Mutual Wealth.

Will 2017 be the year of the active manager?

Will 2017 be the year of the active manager?Lock icon

Within the fund industry, 2017 was widely heralded as ‘a year for active managers’ after a long period when central bank policy and geopolitical concerns had driven asset prices. Click on the slides below to see whether, with more than half of the year gone, active managers across asset classes have been able to beat their benchmarks.

Published : 18, Jul 2017
Four reasons why HMRC had a bumper year

Four reasons why HMRC had a bumper yearLock icon

Latest figures from the UK tax office show that it netted £29bn ($37.6bn, €32.9bn) in the past year just by cracking down on tax evaders, with overall tax coffers up 7% to £580bn in 2016/17. Here’s a breakdown of why HMRC is having a record year in revenues, according to its annual report.

Published : 17, Jul 2017
Fixed income: winners and losers in H1

Fixed income: winners and losers in H1

As we move through the halfway point of 2017, many investors have grown wary of the risk asset rally and are returning to the relative safety of fixed income funds. But which have performed the best year-to-date? And which have not fared so well?

Published : 14, Jul 2017
Five things you need to know about Qnups

Five things you need to know about QnupsLock icon

For years, qualifying non-UK pension schemes (Qnups) have been seen as a niche product relegated to the realms of ‘aggressive tax planning’, says Martin Hall, director of Isle of Man-based pension provider Optimus. Here he reveals five reasons why it’s time for advisers to re-evaluate their position.

Published : 10, Jul 2017
Ten ways HMRC is catching tax cheats

Ten ways HMRC is catching tax cheatsLock icon

Recent high-profile wins against tax evaders prove that when it comes to cracking down on tax dodgers, HMRC is serious about stepping up not only its surveillance but also about finding innovative ways of catching out tax cheats. Here are some the methods the UK tax office employs.

Published : 7, Jul 2017
UK finance industry conflicted over asset management review

UK finance industry conflicted over asset management...Lock icon

Plans by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority to crackdown on excessive asset management fund charges and improve competitiveness in the sector has been met with a flurry of contradictory responses from different parts of the financial services industry.

Why it doesn’t pay to own property in Spain through a company

Why it doesn’t pay to own property in Spain through...

As tax laws have changed in recent years the disadvantages of owning Spanish property through a company have increased, says Jason Porter, director of European IFA firm Blevins Franks.

Published : 27, Jun 2017

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