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February 2019
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August 2018 GBPEUR Currency Forecast

by Jonathan Watson

GBPEUR looks like it could remain, once again in the trading parameters we are now becoming very familiar with. This is all essentially down to the lack of any significant news to push exchange rates outside of the interbank levels of 1.11-1.15 we have become very accustomed to in 2018.

Whilst GBPEUR […]

Six tips for protecting and growing your wealth


By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Today presents many challenges to preserving your wealth and seeing it grow over time. Alongside economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we have endured years of ultra-low interest rates and an ever-changing tax and regulatory landscape. All this makes it harder for investors to achieve returns that are […]

Looking after your pension starts with avoiding scams 

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

There has never been more choice for what Britons can do with their pension. While this freedom is generally welcome, unfortunately it has brought a sharp increase in pension scams attempting to defraud people out of their retirement savings.

British police revealed around £43 million was lost […]

June 2018 GBP/EUR Currency Forecast 

by Jonathan Watson


The pound is continuing trading at some of the better rates against the Euro in the last year with interbank levels around 1.14. Considering the highest level in the last year has been 1.16 and the lowest 1.075, we are still at a very good level of buoyancy for Euro […]

Money makes the world go around, go around – but is it Hard or Soft ?

by David Anderson

The Italian euro problem solved easily by creating a new currency called “the Duro” (the hard one) which Germany and northern European countries issue.

Italy and southern Europeans keep the Euro.

The Central bank lets both currencies float freely and be legal currency throughout EU. People are free to use either […]

Get the most out of living in France

by Rob Kay Blevins Franks

There are many attractions and advantages to living in France. However there are some drawbacks too, such as unfamiliar local bureaucracy and a complex, expensive and frequently changing tax regime.

To get the best out of living here, your financial planning should be specifically set up to work well and […]

Brexit pension and insurance payments

by David Anderson Sykes Anderson Perry solicitors in London

The issue

EU residents will be aware that the current “passporting” arrangements for financial services companies including pension and insurance companies will end on Brexit day. Most people are unaware of these EU rules, developed since the early 1990s, which have enabled companies to sell and […]

Income tax time

by Rob Kay Blevins Franks

It’s that time of year again, when we need to complete our French income tax returns, work out how much tax we owe, and submit them by the deadline. Paper returns are due by 17th May, for both residents and non-residents. The dates for online submission depend on where you […]

Will you pay less tax in France this year?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

France has a reputation for being a high tax country, so reforms that could reduce taxation are very welcome. The Finance Law for 2018 introduced two significant changes, which particularly affect those with higher investment income and/or wealth.

What do these reforms mean for you?

Income tax and […]

The clock is ticking to lock-in residency benefits in France post-Brexit

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

British expatriates in France should act now to secure residency and take advantage of healthcare and pension opportunities before Brexit changes the rules.

February’s Chinese New Year celebrations bring to mind a Chinese proverb that never dates: ‘dig the well before you are thirsty’. In other words, make […]