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Dubai to reduce DFSA regulation for fintech firms with new licence

By: Gary Robinson | 26 May 2017

The Dubai International Financial Centre’s regulator has announced the launch of a new ‘lighter touch’ financial services licence for fintech firms, that will enable them to temporarily operate…

US Labor Secretary says Fiduciary Rule to go ahead on 9 June

By: Helen Burggraf | 23 May 2017

The controversial US “Fiduciary Rule”, which would require brokers and others advising on retirement products in the US to act in their clients’ best interest, will begin…

IASB publishes long-awaited insurance accounting standard

By: Helen Burggraf | 18 May 2017

The International Accounting Standards Board has today published what one accounting industry expert is calling a “once-in-a-lifetime regulatory change”, and the IASB says is the world’s “first…

Major banks collaborate on new platform in Singapore

By: Helen Burggraf | 16 May 2017

Bank of China, DBS Bank, ICICI Bank, UniCredit and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions are among a group of local and international banks that have signed up to…

UK pension transfers and double tax agreements: opportunity, or false promise?

By: Gerry Brown, Tax Commentator | 10 May 2017

Ever since March 8, when UK chancellor Philip Hammond announced a new 25% tax on most pension transfers out of the UK, social media venues like LinkedIn…

IoM publishes final draft of ‘Roadmap’; calls for comments

By: Helen Burggraf | 08 May 2017

The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority has at last published its long-awaited, final draft insurance industry “Roadmap”  for updating the Isle of Man’s regulatory framework for…

Now China’s regulator calls for tighter regs for insurers

By: Helen Burggraf | 08 May 2017

China’s insurance regulator has called for loopholes in the country’s existing insurance regulatory framework to be closed – joining the growing list of countries around the world that have…

The UAE IA’s Circular No. 12: ‘Advisers, get ready to be registered, tested’

By: Gordon Robertson, Director, Investme Financial Services LLC, Dubai | 04 May 2017

Towards the end of last month, the United Arab Emirates Insurance Authority quietly went public with a 26-page synopsis of its latest thoughts with respect to its…

Dubai ‘regtech’ event to highlight how to halve compliance costs

By: Gary Robinson | 03 May 2017

The use of disruptive regulatory technology (regtech) to reduce compliance costs for financial institutions by as much as 50%, will be one of a number of subjects…

Effort launched to make financial crime a UK election issue

By: Helen Burggraf | 28 Apr 2017

Campaigners representing British victims of financial scams, including offshore pension scams,  are calling on members of Parliament and candidates for UK office to make financial crime a campaign…

Toronto latest to cool housing market by taxing foreign buyers

By: Helen Burggraf | 24 Apr 2017

Foreigners who buy homes in the greater Toronto area are to face a new 15% extra tax, as the government of the Canadian province of Ontario moves…

Looking after Aussies in America

By: Brett Evans | 20 Apr 2017

Recent US efforts to crack down on tax evasion through overseas accounts are catching out expatriates living there, particularly Australians with existing superannuation funds back home, according…

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