Pension Tax Boost Safe For Now, Promises Minister

The latest speech from Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Gauke has confirmed he is unlikely to sanction any moves to cut pension contribution tax relief any time soon. Speaking at an industry conference, he told delegates that he will not shy away from making changes, but is keen not to alter the … Read more

Diamond Spending Spree Adds Sparkle To US Sales

Diamond sales have added the sparkle to the profits of gemstone trader De Beers as the business soared to a record turnover. Single women in their 30s – millennials born between 1980 and 2000 –  are driving the boom in sales in America, the world’s largest diamond market. Although traditional diamond jewellery sales for weddings … Read more

Moving Gold-Plated Pensions To QROPS Is No Longer Taboo

Switching a final salary pension to an offshore Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) is a taboo topic for many IFAs for no good reason. A final salary pension is undoubtedly one of the most generous pensions any retirement saver could expect. Offered by a dwindling number of employers, the pension offers a retirement income … Read more

Private School Fees In A Class Of Their Own

Britain’s private school fees are racing up at almost four times the rate of inflation and average earnings. Expats with children receiving a private education have seen the cost spiral by 21% in five years. Someone on an average UK gross salary of £35,148 a year needs to hand over 39% of their earnings to … Read more

SIPPs For Expats Explained

SIPPs are ideal for expats away from the UK for a year or two who want to carry on retirement saving with all the tax advantages of staying at home. An important rule about SIPPs is pension savers do not have to stay in Britain to gain all the benefits of a UK pension – … Read more