Investments Articles

HMRC Wants To Cut Red-Tape For Investment Tax Breaks

Investors may find staking money into start-up and early stage businesses easier as the government looks at streamlining granting permission for companies to join tax incentive schemes. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is overwhelmed by floods of applications to raise funding, which have tripled in the past four years. Entrepreneurs must have HMRC … [Read more...]

Unfair Taxes Throttle Britain’s Startup Entrepreneurs

Heavy capital gains tax burdens are discouraging entrepreneurs to develop companies to their true potential, claim business experts. Accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young argues entrepreneurs who sell their business for more than £30 million have to hand 22% of the proceeds to the government in tax. But those selling a business for £6 million or … [Read more...]

Cash Is King – Even For A SEIS Start-Up

FarmDrop entrepreneur Ben Pugh has shared some insights about investing in a start-up business. Despite having to worry about sales, marketing, distribution and innumerable administrative tasks as a start-up, he explained the main worry is running out of cash before the business begins to make money. As a result, he argues controlling cash … [Read more...]

Universities Look To SEIS To Fund Spin-Off Companies

Cambridge University invested a record £2.3 million in research spin-off projects under funding raised under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). The university runs three SEIS fresh start funds and a mixed Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund for developing projects spawned in the … [Read more...]

Miami Property Runs Out After Year Of Record Sales

Fears that property for sale is running out in Miami may undermine its record-setting year of sales in 2012, according to real estate agents. Last year, sellers also saw asking prices increase for family homes and apartments in Miami with this trend being reported across Florida. The reason for the boom, says the Miami Association of Realtors … [Read more...]

What expats really think of their home from home

What expats really think of the countries they live and work in has thrown up a few surprises. Not surprisingly some stereotypes are reinforced, like the Germans are viewed as the most trustworthy while French people are the most arrogant. The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Centre, says that Europe is one of the most popular … [Read more...]

Manila Thriller As House Prices Boom

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is proving a thriller for investors with an incredible property price boom. The figures are backed up by a report entitled Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2013 by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute. They say 400 property experts gave their views on … [Read more...]

Ski resort home prices get a lift from investors

Property prices in ski resorts are booming after several years in the doldrums following the global economic downturn, says a new report. The Knight Frank Prime Ski Property Index shows that the average price around the world dropped 9.1% since hitting a peak in 2008. But the average price climbed by 1.5% in the three months ending in June … [Read more...]

Equities excite expats ahead of other investments

Expat investors prefer equities ahead of any other investment class for income and growth, according to new research. Despite general economic malaise around the world, expats are confident patience in equities will pay off even if the global economy slips back in to recession, as most expect. These are the findings of a survey by TD Global, … [Read more...]

Brits splash out on 1,500 homes in Dubai

Brits spent £440 million on buying more than 1,500 homes in Dubai in the first six months of 2012, according to the latest official figures. But that only captured second place in the overseas buyer table as Indians bought more than 2,100 homes valued at £660 million. Foreign investors purchased a total of 12,875 properties valued at £3.8 … [Read more...]