What is an offshore fund?

Category: financial planning & Uncategorized

The Panama Papers leak from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca has thrust offshore funds back into the public spotlight. But whilst the media rails against those revealed to be profiting from such funds, there’s been little discussion of what an offshore fund actually is.

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Pension Freedoms: the first twelve months in numbers

Category: financial planning & Uncategorized

It was a year ago that the biggest pension shake-up seen this generation came into force. Whilst there hasn’t been quite the stampede of people determined to withdraw every penny from their pension early, to splash out on a hot tub or luxury cruise, the statistics from the last twelve months suggest that those who have taken advantage of the changes could have been a little more prudent.

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Four European destinations to make your pension go further

Category: financial planning & Uncategorized

If you’re looking for ways to ensure you can enjoy as much of your hard-earned pension as possible when you retire, then moving elsewhere in Europe could be your best bet. The benefits aren’t limited to a different culture to explore and better weather than the UK; all the retirement destinations we discuss below offer a range of financial advantages too. Here are our top four places in Europe to boost your retirement funds:

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A hit on the ‘Buy-to-Let’ market from the Autumn Statement

Category: financial planning & Housing & property & Uncategorized

Chancellor George Osborne landed buy-to-let landlords a shock during the Autumn Statement by announcing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on property purchases from 1st April 2016.

The addition of a 3% extra charge for buy-to-let and second homes on all stamp duty bands above a £40,000 starting level will see some purchases taking on a much larger amount of stamp duty.

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