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Making Financial Advice Affordable to the Masses in the Age of Digitalisation

July 24, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Digital Transformation, Editor’s Choice, Banking Innovation, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Tim France-Massey Many people in the UK struggle to navigate their way through uncertainty in the current financial climate and achieve their financial planning goals. However new regulations have resulted in a market influx of fintech companies and third-party providers, bringing to consumers innovative new technologies integrated into banking services

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The European Divorce: How will Brexit Affect People on Both Sides?

July 4, 2018 • Personal Finance, Special Focus on BrexitComments (0)

The Brexit is one of the most highly contested political events of our time. It is fraught with difficulty, confusion, and uncertainty. When Britons voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016, talking heads and political pundits were convinced that

Crypto Craze Creates Tax Problems, Especially for Americans

May 20, 2018 • Governance & Regulation, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Robert W. Wood Although some countries do not tax crypto gains, IRS has been clear that crypto is a property for tax purposes. Americans who fail to comply may face huge criminal tax charges. To resolve the tax problems faced by crypto investors, the IRS

Meghan Markle Marriage to Prince Harry Proves US Taxes Can Be a Royal Pain

January 20, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Robert W. Wood          Worldwide, the IRS can create a degree of uneasiness for nearly anyone who has any US connections. Apple, Google and other tech giants may famously have billions in untaxed profits sitting offshore. But individuals who are

Runaway Train Towards Full Digitisation of Money and Labour

January 2, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Personal FinanceComments (2)

By Peter Koenig   The other day I was in a shopping mall looking for an ATM to get some cash. There was no ATM. A week ago, there was still a branch office of a local bank – no more, gone. A Starbucks will replace the space left empty by the bank. I

Everyone Should Know How Long the American IRS Can Audit

November 20, 2017 • Personal Finance, Strategies for the Changing WorldComments (0)

By Robert W. Wood The American IRS is known throughout the world, and FATCA, the US global reporting law, has extended its reach.  Everyone should know how long the IRS has to audit or collect taxes under several different statutes of limitation.   Around

Lessons from a Bank-Free Investment: Peer to Peer Lending, Risks, and Returns

November 7, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Banking Innovation, Global Capital Markets, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Nicholas Read and Anthony Mahler Bonus time is approaching for many executives. So what’s the best way to put that money to work for you? The options are myriad, but the rise of peer to peer lending presents an interesting new alternative. After 20 years

Why Are Americans Renouncing Citizenship?

September 20, 2017 • Americas, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Robert W. Wood Every three months, the US Treasury Department publishes a list of people who have renounced their US citizenship. Trump or no-Trump, the list of Americans giving up US citizenship keeps growing.   Every three months, the US Treasury

When Waqf meets Banks

May 30, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Banking Innovation, Personal Finance, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Ebi Junaidi Global economy has been leaning toward innovations focussed in achieving sustainability. Ebi Junaidi promotes the age-old Waqf “movement” established by the Muslims. The Waqf system, with its philanthropic nature, does not only motivate

Developments in Global Tax Transparency and the Need for Effective Dialogue Part 2

May 26, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Governance & Regulation, Personal FinanceComments (0)

  By Philip Marcovici This is Part Two of the article. Part One introduced the topic of tax transparency, and the global move towards automatic information exchange. Part One discussed some of the many abuses of bank secrecy by legacy private banks and