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Spotlight On … Cianon Yeo – Receptionist

Blacktower already has a long and successful history in the sector, how will you and your colleagues continue to offer value to clients in the next 20 years and beyond?

There’s a real energy in head office and there are always discussions around new ideas, ventures and people joining the Blacktower family. I love being part of that. I think the most important thing for me is to be flexible in my job – if someone needs help with something urgently, I will jump in to do what I can.

Head office is all about providing support for Blacktower at an international level, so I can often find myself talking to our people in all parts of the world on a daily basis. I am learning more about each head office department every day, so that I can help where required. It’s so true that team work makes the dream work.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I am the only born and bred Gibraltarian in the office, I was brought up here and have never lived anywhere else. It’s a lively yet very safe place to live – except for our roads. For anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of visiting, it’s akin to Ho Chi Minh City – mopeds everywhere vying for position on our crowded roads. Along with the increasing number of electric scooters around now, you take your life in your hands on our roads. Nonetheless, I have just applied for my scooter licence and hope to buy one shortly, but I have been told I drive like a granny, so you have nothing to fear from me!

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Alternatives for Savers?

Blacktower Alternative SavingsYour cash is earning nothing in the bank, in fact it’s actually losing its worth in all probability because of the corrosive effect of inflation.  Even ostriches have to raise their heads at some point, if only to breathe.

Quite frankly it’s time for people to start taking control of their money instead of letting the banks bleed them.  In the days we are in now with increased life expectancy, a longer wait for retirement and the pension freedoms that there are around, there could not be a better time for savers to act and improve their lot.  So you go to see a financial adviser, what is he going to say?

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Petition to abolish “unfair” expat retirement transfer tax takes shape

The Houses of ParliamentAs it stands, its been nearly a year that expat retirement transfers of pensions have incurred a charge when moving to or between Qualifying Recognised Offshore Pension Schemes (QROPS), with only expats living within the European Union or a select group of 13 other countries immune to this charge.

However, British expats across the world have recently joined forces to question the fairness of the charge and to lobby parliament for its removal.

It’s easy to see why they have taken this course of action – the charge for overseas expat retirement transfers comes in at 25% of the value of the pension fund; plainly a crippling and punitive amount for people who have already worked hard and paid their taxes in order to prudently fund their retirement.

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