Wednesday, 07 October 2015
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Weekly Financial Update

The US job figures last week were disappointing for the Dollar. The Euro benefitted from this and we saw EUR/USD rally to nearly 1.13 again.

This did retreat by the end of the session, but the point is that we are seeing a market that is reacting to every piece of news that comes out. This of course affects the STG/EUR and we saw it trade to mid 1.34s on the interbank market before making a small recovery.

Important News for British State PensionersPensioners who were born before 6 April 1951 (6 April 1953 for women) now have a limited period in which to boost their entitlement to their current state pension. They will be able to buy extra entitlements to their state pension of up to £1300 a year, for life. This will be achieved by making a lump sum payment in the form of voluntary class 3A NIC, between 12 October 2015 and 5 April 2017.

fitchFitch Ratings has affirmed Portugal's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Rating (IDRs) at 'BB+'. The Outlook is Positive.

The issue ratings on Portugal's unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have also been affirmed at 'BB+'. Fitch has also affirmed Portugal's Short-term foreign-currency IDR at 'B' and Country Ceiling at 'A+'.

UK Inheritance Tax And The Family HomeDo you keep large deposits in bank accounts? If so, you need to understand to what extent you will be protected in event of bank failure.

For peace of mind you should establish what investor protection you have with each of your banks, and how it works. The same applies for capital you have held in other financial institutions like investment firms, insurance companies etc in the event of institutional failure. If you have any concerns about the level of protection you should establish if there are other institutions or investment structures which offer a higher level of protection, or if there are steps you can take to feel safer.

August Financial Market InsightIn this issue, we look at Portugal and the new EU banking regulations where all bank transfers of €1,000 or credits will be registered, and the court case involving Portugal in respect of withholding taxes. 
In the UK, we assess the summer budget tax changes and offer our assessment on the "new tax regime" which will affect many in the middle to higher wealth class, including expatriates.
We also cover the disclosure treaties for offshore jurisdictions, in particular the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, the highly criticised EU offshore "blacklist", and the UK's new criminal offence for offshore tax evasion.

Tax Profile on Pensions for Portuguese ResidentsRETIREMENT PLANS WRITTEN UNDER TRUST OR CONTRACT - Recent action has been taken in various civil law countries legislating directly against, what are seen as, tax avoidance schemes. As a result of this a lot of standard trust based plans, such as pensions, have been caught. For example, new legislation in France has created highly complex wealth and inheritance taxation rules and the exemptions available for pension trusts are limited, while recent legislation in Spain has resulted in “look through” provisions for trusts.

July Financial Market InsightThis month's Market Insight Newsletter is centred upon the UK Budget, and in particular the changes to be adopted to the taxation of Dividends starting in 2016.

We would also like to take this opportunity to restate our investment service offered by Rathbones of Mayfair, London. Upon introducing this service to Portugal at the start of 2015, we have been overwhelmed with the demand. 

Warning to think carefully before buying a business abroad Written By Sue EnglefieldPeople thinking of setting up or taking over a business abroad are being urged to do their research before taking the plunge.

Overseas property and finance expert Simon Conn has been arranging foreign mortgages for more than 30 years. He says the one area of the industry he gets increasingly frustrated about is clients who wish to set up or take over an existing business abroad, with no thought or plan of how this is going to be achieved.