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Commentary & Articles

Commentary & Articles

Property Wealth Tax is nothing to be scared of!

Property Wealth Tax is nothing to be scared of!

For many years wealth tax cast a shadow over France, scaring off wealthy non-residents from even considering becoming French resident. We still see people going to extremes to avoid wealth tax, setting up trusts (which do not work in France and can give rise to...

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Take Charge of Your Charges

Take Charge of Your Charges

When we shop, generally, the cost of the things we buy is evident. We see the object we want, assess the price, decide if we are happy, order or pay and walk away. Did you ever purchase a new TV and later, some money simply disappeared from your bank account; an...

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Is Bespoke all That it Seams?

Is Bespoke all That it Seams?

When we think about something that is “bespoke”, we think of something luxurious, exclusive, tailored to our exact needs, in a special and unique way. The person or institution, will do everything they can to make you feel that, by buying into their offering, you are...

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Archived Commentary & Articles

There is no Currency to a Poker Face!

There is no Currency to a Poker Face!

When it comes to people’s concerns, one that comes up again and again is the exchange rate. It seems that a fair majority of expats have a daily ritual of seeing what the rate is, so they can worry about it. Now we have smart phones, meaning that we can check in...

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Brussels “Four” and Against

Brussels “Four” and Against

I always remember someone saying to me “I love France, but I have never spoken about dying quite so much as I do since I got here!” I knew just what they meant; inheritance and succession law in France is complicated and so often wings its way into conversation in...

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Investments post Brexit

Investments post Brexit

First and foremost, Christopher Davenport apologies for depriving you good and loyal people of your habitual trusty host, Mr Robert Kent. I blame myself and Microsoft Teams, as I made the subject suggestion in a meeting and was then cheerfully thanked by Robert for...

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Investing in TINA

Investing in TINA

If you have money invested in France, you might cast your eye over French financial news every once in a while. If you did, you would see that funds known as “fonds en euros” are a hot topic at the moment and have been for some time. The reason is that since 1818,...

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Don’t Make a Hash of Moving Your Pension Cash

Don’t Make a Hash of Moving Your Pension Cash

I am usually given a topic by the Connexion to cover, but this month they were keen for me to pick a topic from my frequently asked questions, unrelated to Brexit or the pandemic. This was super easy, since what to do with UK pensions currently dominates our enquiries...

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