Contact

News & Insights

QROPS pensions transfer rules debate

The effect of this is that expats who seek advice abroad regarding their pension must also seek advice from a UK professional authorised to do so.

Now the Association of British Insurers, together with a number of wealth management professionals, has called for the government to abolish the advice rule and instead replace it with a guidance session, saying that any such move would also reduce the fees burden on consumers.

The survey questioned nearly 300 advisors from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa and discovered significant resistance to the new rules, which require consumers to pay an additional fee to a UK adviser, while also raising concerns that having two advisors could muddy any potential liability issues.

“A surprisingly high number of overseas advisers [69%] have already successfully linked up with UK adviser firms but the number of advisers who have faced challenges is alarming,” commented a spokesperson with Old Mutual.

“It is imperative that clients are not detrimentally impacted, so we would welcome a review by the Department for Work and Pensions.”

If you are unsure about QROPS rules, contact Blacktower for bespoke advice regarding your personal situation.

This communication is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice, investment recommendations or investment research. You should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this communication is correct, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions.

Other News

Expats join forces to publish paper

There has been unity among groups representing British expats living in EU nations – particularly Spain, Germany France, Belgium, and Italy – in an attempt to convince MPs to ensure expats have their rights sufficiently protected during Brexit.

The “Alternative White Paper”, published the same day the government released the Brexit White Paper setting out plans for leaving the EU, demands that expats’ rights be prioritised during exit agreement negotiations once Article 50 has been triggered.

Read More

The value of local advice for South African expats

Manuela RobinsonOver the years, the trend for South African nationals to seek out new lives and experiences in Portugal has continued to grow and grow; I myself made the move back in 1988 as a fresh-faced economics graduate from Witswatersrand University in Johannesburg, and I’ve never looked back. It’s easy to see the appeal for South Africans – the year-round sunshine and vast expanses of Atlantic coastline are a familiar part of daily life, just as they are back home – but the secure location and easy access to the rest of Europe is something really special. Being as there’s over 11,000 KM of distance between the two countries, a mere 12 hrs by plane give or take, there are going to be some big differences in the way of life, even if there are those obvious similarities. It’s probably advisable for any emigrant to arrive armed with a willingness to accept how things are done in their new home country rather than try to carry on as before and hope for the best. This is never more true than when dealing with your finances.

Read More

Select your country

Please select your country of residence so we can provide you with the most relevant information:

You are currently viewing the Blacktower Financial Management EU website.

You may be looking for the Blacktower United States website.

Blacktower United States > X Stay on this site

Or choose your country.