Changes to French Wealth Property Tax

The French Finance Act 2018 was approved by the French Parliament on 30 December 2017 and considerably changes the tax situation for non-resident owners of second homes in France. Apart from various income tax measures, such as the introduction of a 30% flat tax on financial income earned by French residents, the Finance Act abolished…

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February Market Commentary

The first month of 2018 was a good one for the major stock markets with, in some cases, spectacular gains that many investors would regard as more than adequate for a full year. But sitting alone on the naughty step was the UK: as we shall see below there was plenty of good news for…

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January Market Commentary

Another year seems to have flown by in the space of about five months. December, in particular, seemed to go past in a blur. It was, however, the month when some progress was (finally) made in the Brexit negotiations. It was also the month when Scotland used its tax-raising powers to increase income tax, when…

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What is Mifid II? What does it mean for investors?

If you’re an investor, it’s likely that you’ll have heard discussions or read reports around the arrival of Mifid II. It’s just as likely that you won’t have had much idea of what Mifid II is or how it might affect you and your investments. ‘Mifid’ is an acronym for the Markets in Financial Instruments…

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Five key financial changes for 2018

As with any new year, there are a number of financial changes coming up in 2018 which are likely to impact on your monthly budget and long-term saving goals. Let’s have a look at five of the most significant and what they’re likely to mean for you over the next twelve months. Automatic enrolment contributions…

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