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Commentary & Articles

Commentary & Articles

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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Archived Commentary & Articles

Residency, Brexit and Freedom of Movement

Residency has always been an area of confusion, however, with Brexit, this has become more convoluted, due to EU rules, local laws of each country and Schengen rules. Of course, UK nationals, as EU citizens, never had to worry about the right to stay more than a few...

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Protecting What You Hold Dear

This article was first published in the Connexion December 2020 At this time of year we might be reflective on what we hold most dear, our family and loved ones and, especially, our spouses; their significance to you made all the more potent by the current pandemic...

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Should Brexit force a UK Pension Exit?

There has always been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding what happens after Brexit, for many things. One of those anxieties has been the likely loss of EU passporting rights for UK financial services. Until recently, most people have considered that it is...

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C’est la Vie !

This month the editor sent me an article they had come across, in the mainstream French press, about assurance vie and asked me what I thought. Given that many people living in France have an assurance vie, including expatriates, we agreed it as an interesting topic...

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It Is Hard to be an Investor

When it comes to your money these days, it is hard to know what to do. Interest rates are 0.10% in the UK and 0.0% in the rest of Europe. This has led many people to add more of their money to the stock market, or even invest this way where previously not considered....

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Tax Myths & Misconceptions

Being the month of April (poisson d’avril / April fool) the Connexion have asked me if I could write about tax myths and misconceptions. Mmm… I might need a bit more than half a page for that, so failing the Connexion granting me 50 pages to write about this, I had...

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