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Allianz Partners adds security and assistance benefits to ‘standard’ health plans

By: Helen Burggraf | 13 Dec 2017

Allianz Partners, the Paris-based health and life insurance division of Germany’s Allianz Group that was known until last month as Allianz Worldwide Care, has said it has added…

OECD opens consultation into mandatory disclosure of Common Reporting Standard avoidance schemes

By: Helen Burggraf | 13 Dec 2017

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Paris-based entity behind the global information exchange programme known as the Common Reporting Standard, has opened a consultation into…

No immediate changes foreseen in Expatland after acquisition of Aetna Int’l parent by US drugstore chain

By: Helen Burggraf | 13 Dec 2017

At least for the time being, the official word is that the news that the parent company of the US-based CVS drugstore chain is to acquire Hartford,…

UK Work and Pensions Committee sets June 2018 deadline for pensions cold-calling ban

By: Helen Burggraf | 11 Dec 2017

The UK government’s Work and Pensions Committee, which has been reviewing the 2015 pension freedoms legislation in response to claims that it has led to a large and…

BlackRock launches EMD fund

By: Eugene Costello | 07 Dec 2017

UK asset manager BlackRock has launched an emerging markets short-duration bond fund that it says will allow investors seek to “access asset classes with higher return potential,…

UK tax lobbying group dismisses EU blacklist as ‘politically led’ charade

By: Eugene Costello | 05 Dec 2017

The publication of the European Council’s so-called tax haven blacklist served to show a “lack of effective action being taken” by the European Union on widespread tax…

Relief for Crown Dependencies and BOTs as EU blacklist fears prove unfounded

By: Eugene Costello | 05 Dec 2017

The long-awaited European Council’s Code of Conduct (COC) was published today, with relief for UK Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories (BOTs) who do no feature on…

EU ‘tax haven blacklist’ due today: as many as 25 jurisdictions could be on it

By: Helen Burggraf | 05 Dec 2017

As many as 25 jurisdictions could be named today on a long-awaited  final “tax haven blacklist” due to be put before EU finance ministers.  As reported here…

Warning to those at centre of British Steel pension schemes confusion who plan overseas transfers

By: Helen Burggraf | 04 Dec 2017

A scramble over some 130,000 union pension schemes held by UK steelworkers, who are facing a 22 December deadline to choose where they wish their pension pots…

Hong Kong latest jurisdiction to vanish from HMRC ROPS list

By: Helen Burggraf | 04 Dec 2017

Continuing a pattern that has become familiar to those in the cross-border pension transfer industry over the last couple of years, HM Revenue & Customs unexpectedly removed…

STM appeal date set for 22 January, and will now be public

By: Helen Burggraf | 04 Dec 2017

The Gibraltar Supreme Court has agreed to stay the appointment of inspectors representing Gibraltar’s financial services regulator to oversee STM Group’s alleged failures in compliance and governance…

US expat groups vow to continue fight to end citizenship-based tax regime, repeal FATCA

By: Helen Burggraf | 03 Dec 2017

After the US Senate voted early on Saturday morning to approve a version of a major tax reform bill that failed to include certain fiercely-fought-for changes that…

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