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Blacktower Financial Management have been made aware of certain fraudulent schemes that have been conducted by individuals or organisations claiming to represent Blacktower Financial Management Group of Companies. This type of fraud tends to occur through online services including bogus websites, social media accounts, or through unsolicited emails or text messages. The aim of the […]

Global Hotspots: Exploring the Best Countries for Expats in 2024

As globalisation continues to reshape our lives, the allure of living and working abroad has grown more vital than ever. Each year, thousands of people consider moving overseas, driven by the pursuit of new opportunities, adventures, and lifestyle changes. Navigating the complexities of such a significant life decision is crucial. The Expat Insider 2024 report […]

Essential Cyber Security Tips for Online Safety

In an era where digital threats are evolving rapidly, safeguarding your online presence is paramount. Our essential cyber security tips offer comprehensive guidance to protect your personal and financial information from cyber threats, ensuring peace of mind in the digital world. Cyber Security Best Practices: Stay Safe Online Secure Your Data: Regularly back up critical […]

Income or Lump Sum? The Life Plan Conundrum

Effective wealth management is about many things but it can perhaps be boiled down to two essential elements: protection and (or) growth.

Whether you prefer to emphasise protection or growth will depend largely on your circumstances, goals, and attitude to risk. One part of this is determining whether you want your investments to create the security of income or the flexibility and reinvestment potential of a lump sum.

Investors are typically split around 50-50 on this question, which is why it is no surprise to learn of a recent Aegon survey of 1,300 investors which found that 58% preferred insurance plans to pay monthly income rather than a lump sum at maturity.

The Best Things About Living in Portugal

Portugal, with its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and welcoming atmosphere, has emerged as a top destination for expats from the US and UK seeking a change of scenery and a taste of the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle. Living in Portugal offers a unique blend of modern conveniences and rich historical heritage, set against the backdrop of […]

Navigating French Taxes in 2024: What Expats Need to Know

As expatriates living in France, understanding the nuances of the local tax system is crucial to effectively manage your finances and ensure compliance. France is renowned for its comprehensive welfare system, funded by various taxes and social charges, which in turn offers residents a range of public services and benefits. However, this also means navigating […]

Financial Advice for UK Expats in Cyprus: A Comprehensive 2024 Guide

At time of writing, Brexit ‘negotiations’ are ongoing with a matter of weeks remaining before the UK’s exit from the European Union. All UK firms operating in the EU will be impacted and that includes those providing financial services also.

So how does this affect Cyprus residents and your relationship with financial services providers in the UK?

Assuming the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement by 29th March then UK financial advisers will be unable to service their clients who are resident in Cyprus and all other member states outwith the UK. This is because UK firms have previously been able to ‘passport’ their services across the EU. If there is no deal then such passports will effectively be torn up.

Navigating the Future: Six Pivotal UK Pension Changes in 2024

Having entered 2024, the UK’s pension landscape stands on the brink of significant transformation. The past year has been a watershed for pension policy, marked by groundbreaking reforms and unexpected policy shifts. UK pension changes for 2024 herald both opportunities and challenges for savers, making it crucial to stay informed and adapt strategies accordingly. Below, […]

Cayman Islands Wealth Management: Financial Prosperity for Expatriates

The Cayman Islands or “Cayman” consists of three islands; Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.  They remained mostly uninhabited until the 17th century.  The earliest settlors consisted of pirates, refugees, “lost at sea” sailors and migrants from other neighboring islands.  In 1670, England gained control of the islands which remains a British Overseas Territory to this day.

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