Wednesday, 02 December 2015
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Weekly Financial Update

Can GBP/EUR move higher in the coming weeks? That is a question that is being asked quite often.
We do feel there is more room to the upside, again maybe touching 1.43 but not too much higher after that. We have a lot of event risk this coming week. This includes the ECB rate decision and U.S non farm payrolls.

November Financial Market InsightIn this issue, the major stories that we look at are:

• Bank of England's decision to retain interest rates increases and why the "U turn"?
• S&P warns the UK will loose its "AAA" rating on an EU exit
• The new Dividend tax regime in the UK - more taxes for all?
• The HMRC failure in collection of taxes - only 11 prosecutions for offshore tax evasion since 2010 to date
• Bank deposit compensation reduced from £85,000 to £75,000 on 1st January 2016

As always, if there is any aspect within this month's Tax Insight that you wish to attain further detailed information on, or you would like to have any of our previous issues of Tax Insight, please feel free to contact us.

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CLICK HERE to read the November 2015 Market Insight.

October Financial Market InsightAn insight  by into what's happening with the current Financial Market by Private Fund Management, including the Euro falling as ECB plans new QE, plus the latest news on Commodity Markets and Volkswagen.

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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.