Guernsey bans Sark couple from director roles for 15 years

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A husband and wife from the Channel Island of Sark have each been banned from acting as company directors for 15 years after they were convicted and imprisoned for conducting regulated business without a licence and obstructing justice.

Published : 17, Aug 2017
VAM Funds signs distribution deal with Novia Global and OMI

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Luxembourg-based asset manager VAM Funds has signed a partnership with two platforms for the distribution of its fund ranges.

Published : 17, Aug 2017
Blacklisted tax havens could face four types of sanctions

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The European Commission is understood to be looking at four kinds of sanctions targeted at jurisdictions on its planned tax haven blacklist which is due to be finalised at the end of this year.

Published : 17, Aug 2017
Abu Dhabi creates foundations framework for wealth management

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Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the financial free zone in the capital of the UAE, has launched of a new legal structure to support the growth of its wealth management industry.

Published : 17, Aug 2017
Repealing South African expat tax not ‘crazy’ says tax chief

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A plan to scrap an exemption on taxing foreign employment income is not a “crazy proposal” when compared with other jurisdictions, the head of tax and financial sector policy at South Africa’s National Treasury has said.

Published : 17, Aug 2017
IMF warns of 'dangerous' trajectory for Chinese debt

IMF warns of 'dangerous' trajectory for Chinese...

China’s growth outlook is expected to improve between 2017 and 2021, but the country’s rising debt level skews the figures and raises strong concerns, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Published : 17, Aug 2017
Momentum Wealth Int’l adds ETFs to platform range

Momentum Wealth Int’l adds ETFs to platform range...

Guernsey-based platform Momentum Wealth International has introduced a range of ETFs for the first time, in the expectation that financial advisers will make increasing use of this type of investment vehicle in client portfolios.

Published : 17, Aug 2017
Prudential restructure sees US broker network sell-off

Prudential restructure sees US broker network...

UK insurer Prudential has sold its US independent broker-dealer network to focus on local retirement products just days after announcing plans to merge its UK insurance and asset management businesses.

Published : 16, Aug 2017
Fraud trial of Lumiere Wealth’s Byrne set for summer 2018

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The former managing director of defunct Jersey-based IFA firm Lumiere Wealth, Chris Byrne, will likely stand trial in summer 2018 for, among other things, fraud and knowingly making misleading or deceptive promises to clients.

Published : 16, Aug 2017
Cost of one child’s education in UAE hits AED1m

Cost of one child’s education in UAE hits AED1m...

The cost of putting one child through education from pre-school through to university could reach almost AED1m (£211,456, $272,241, €232,584)for families in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), research from Zurich – Middle East shows.

Published : 16, Aug 2017
DeVere’s Europe expansion continues with first Austria office

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DeVere Group is to open its first office in Austria as part of its “ambitious expansion” across western Europe, which saw the company re-open its office in Madrid three years after shutting it down.

Published : 16, Aug 2017
Axa Life Singapore ordered to pay $3m over bad reference

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Axa Life Insurance Singapore has been ordered by the country’s High Court to pay compensation to a former employee for providing an unflattering reference to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (Mas) and his prospective employer, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore.

Published : 16, Aug 2017
Alibaba sets up Hong Kong wealth management firm

Alibaba sets up Hong Kong wealth management firm...

A subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has set up a wealth management business in Hong Kong and hired a former UBS director of ultra-high net worth assets as managing director.

Published : 16, Aug 2017
Three charged in US oil drilling scam promising 55% returns

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two men and an accomplice with defrauding $15m (£11.6m, €12.7m) from more than 150 investors in a scam that promised high returns from an oil drilling investment opportunity.

Published : 15, Aug 2017
PEOPLE MOVES: Quilter Cheviot, CBA, Stonehage Fleming

PEOPLE MOVES: Quilter Cheviot, CBA, Stonehage...

Australia's largest bank is to lose its chief executive at the end of the next fiscal year, stirring speculation the move might be linked to a money laundering scandal. While, Quilter Cheviot promotes the deputy head of its Birmingham office to the branch's top spot.

Published : 15, Aug 2017
Football clubs feeling the heat of HMRC scrutiny

Football clubs feeling the heat of HMRC scrutiny...Lock icon

Following raids by HM Revenue & Customs on Newcastle United and West Ham and with over 40 players and 12 teams under review, football clubs in the UK are taking a more proactive approach to tax.

Published : 15, Aug 2017
Wide profit gap at FTSE 100 firms sparks talk results spun

Wide profit gap at FTSE 100 firms sparks talk...

The gap between stated and adjusted profits for FTSE 100 companies is at a 10-year high, according to AJ Bell which has raised fears firms are intentionally “muddying the waters”.

Published : 15, Aug 2017
Demand for CII pension transfer qualification soars

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More than 500 people signed up to the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) pension transfers qualification in the first week of its launch on the back of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) tightening advice requirements for the transfer of safeguarded benefits.

Published : 15, Aug 2017
ETF pioneers launch 'white label' platform for asset managers

ETF pioneers launch 'white label' platform for...

Asset managers around the world will be able to sell white-labelled ETFs in Europe when the former co-heads of exchange-traded fund provider WisdomTree Europe unveil what they claim is the continent's first such platform.

Published : 15, Aug 2017
Lloyds Bank may expand into pensions and wealth management

Lloyds Bank may expand into pensions and wealth...

UK high street bank Lloyds, which owns Scottish Widows, may be about to announce a major push into pension and investment products as part of a three-year growth plan.

Published : 14, Aug 2017

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