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Spotlight On … Karen Ogilvie – Head of Compliance

What is your special interest or particular field of expertise in the financial services sector right now?

Compliance and Risk is my main focus, keeping at the forefront of industry developments and legislation.

What is the most important aspect of your work, in relation to clients, or the part of your day-to-day role which gives you the most satisfaction?

Maintaining high professional standards and best practices, ensuring we keep the best interests of the client at the heart of what we do.

What’s special about working at Blacktower?

The amazing team and what the Blacktower brand represents.   There is a shared ethos of integrity, professionalism and passion for what we do.

Right now, what is your one piece of invaluable information for expats or anyone seeking retirement planning and wealth management advice?

It’s never too early or too late to seek advice.  Research any firms prior to dealing with them to look at their regulatory status and reputation.

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?

Keeping our finger on the pulse and being at the forefront of industry development, best practices and innovative solutions.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I love rock n roll.  I was a drummer in a heavy metal band and hosted the late night rock show for a local radio station.

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Expats can stay strong in face of Brexit

It may have been close run thing but the UK has voted to end its membership of the European Union and now is an appropriate time for all concerned to consider the implications.

Fortunately, and despite the atmosphere of doom and gloom that has seemingly engulfed the country since the result, there is no need for any particular panic or even urgency. The exit process is expected to be long and drawn out, and although most experts predict it as inevitable there is still some realistic prospect of a renegotiation, particularly in light of David Cameron’s resignation.

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NEWS WRAP – Interest Rate Debate – Trust in Growth or Manage Risk?

GraphThe latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) survey describes widespread growth across the UK economy, with notable upturns in the services and manufacturing sectors.

The PMI records and aggregates the strength of various sectors of the economy and is often used to predict likely changes to interest rates. The fact that data for January indicated the most significant growth in 16 months, led many pundits to speculate on the unlikelihood of an interest rate cut by the Bank of England. And they were right.

The picture of growth was supported by numerous data channels. For example, figures from Rightmove revealed a 2.3 per cent month-on-month upturn on UK house prices in January, the largest ever recorded for the month, and this assisted the annual house price rise figure to 2.7%, the largest increase since 2017.*

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