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Should you transfer a final salary pension? Six questions to help you decide

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Transfer values for UK final salary pensions may be high, but would you really benefit from giving up a lifetime retirement income for a one-off payment?

If you were offered £235,000 now or an inflation-proofed £10,000 a year for the rest of your life, what would you choose?


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 […]

What can expatriates in France do with their UK pension in 2018?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

When it comes to pensions, your long-term financial security is at stake, so take care to do what is right for you and your family. Expatriates also need to consider the tax rules and implications in France.

Start by understanding the options available for different pension types.

‘Defined […]

What you need to know about pensions today

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Pensions are complex, yet often the cornerstone of a comfortable retirement. Today, with Brexit looming and more options than ever for what you can do with your funds, it is difficult to establish the best approach – there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

Here, we take […]

How will the pension reforms affect you?

by Simon Hilton, Senior Dealer at World First Foreign Exchange

The new rules on pensions kick in next month, promising to give savers more freedom over what they do with their money. But what does it mean to you, what will change, and what do you need to do?

The way it is now

During […]

What more “flexible” pensions mean for overseas retirees

Brits retiring abroad in 2015 could be at risk of making poor financial decisions that impact negatively on their life in the sun, according to new research that shows a lack of understanding about pension options in the UK.

“New rules kick in in April, giving retirees more freedom over how they use a private […]

Expats face £400 million tax raid

Expat couples could be £4,000 a year worse off under plans to strip non-residents of the personal tax allowance

By Matthew Holehouse Political Correspondent – The Telegraph 10:00PM BST 11 Aug 2014

Expats who rent out their homes in Britain will be stripped of the right to use the personal allowance, under a […]

Extract from speech by Viviane Reding – Vice President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner concerning Justice past, Justice present and Justice – the three messages to the European Council

Event at the Centre for European Policy Studies Brussels, 20 June 2014

You can read the whole speech HERE , this is the introduction . . .

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is a decisive moment for Europe. The far-reaching reforms we started to implement during the crisis are starting to bear fruit. […]

When you hear the words foreign exchange, you may think ‘that’s not for me’

But the chances are there will come a time when you do need to make an overseas currency transfer – and when you do, you’ll want it done quickly, cheaply and easily. Because there are so many things that may require you to move money, and you never know where life will take you.

The […]

UK Capital Gains Tax on non-residents residential properties in the UK

The UK Government has published its consultation document on the proposal to tax non-residents to UK Capital Gains Tax from April 2015. The consultation closes on 20th June 2014. The main points of the government’s policy are as follows, with our comments in italics. At the end of this article there are […]