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How to think internationally about wills

"Do you have a Will & is it up to date ?"


"Do you have a will, and is it up-to-date?" - Without a relevant will, it is difficult to plan clearly for life’s later events; and not even life’s self-confessed singletons are immune from such considerations.

It is a question we always ask, and we are surprised by the increasing regularity with which we come across a blank sheet or a will that is well past its sell-by-date.

The importance of a will

UK individuals without a valid will die intestate, which means the intestacy law will determine how and to whom the estate is distributed.

Interestingly, the assets do not always automatically go to the surviving spouse.

Passive Versus Active Investment Management

Passive versus Active Investment.
The game may have changed but the rules remain the same.

The four most expensive words in the English dictionary are this time it’s different was once famously quoted by Sir John Templeton.

Whilst poignant quotes are ten-a-penny, this particular quote by the founder of Templeton investments struck home, namely because we are now well into one of the longest and ‘most hated’ bull markets on record, as some like to call it.

The more time TAM sit at meetings discussing the trajectory of the world’s capital markets, the more we hear the phrase, “Well this time it’s different!” read our thoughts on this unprecedented environment.

Uncovering the opportunities in emerging market debt

Emerging Markets have performed well but is following the herd the right thing to do ?

You won’t find our investment strategy full to the brim with exotic risk and elaborate overweights, particularly in this environment

Learn in this article why TAM Asset Management hold these views as seasoned discretionary fund managers.

Dive Instructor Fighting For Life After Stroke

Dive instructor & Oxford University maths graduate fights for life after massive stroke aged 39

A diving instructor is fighting for his life in a Thai hospital after suffering a stroke in his sleep.

Dan Robinson, 39, who is originally from Deighton, suffered a stroke on Ko Tao, an island in the Gulf of Thailand where he has been working as a dive instructor.

The former Greenhead College student, who has been living in Thailand for several years, was taken ill on Wednesday - a year to the day since he married his partner Jurait.

BBC to pay GBP 340m to fund pension scheme

BBC agree to new payment plan to try and bridge pension deficits

The BBC will make annual contributions until 2028 to reverse the current £1.8bn deficit of its defined benefit pension scheme.

The television network as agreed to a new repayment plan, which will imply paying £2.37bn over the next 11 years.

Next year alone, BBC will pay £340m, according to the company’s annual report.

The new repayment plan is the result of a triennial actuarial valuation, completed in June 2017.

MP's probe universities' GBP 12.6bn pension deficit

UK university pension deficits more than double since 2014

The deficit of the pension scheme funding the retirements of UK university staff has more than doubled in three years, and now a prominent MP is asking why.

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) provides pensions for academics and has 390,000 members across 350 universities in the UK.

The annual accounts of the USS, showed the pension fund’s deficit had widened from £5.3bn in 2014, to £12.6bn this year. This is the largest recorded deficit of any UK retirement fund.

Deadline for FATCA FFI agreement quietly extended

FATCA FFI decline extended

Accounting industry sources have flagged up the fact that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now stating that the deadline for FFI Agreements to be renewed is October 24, 2017.

This is the new date by when foreign financial institutions located outside of the US , that wish to remain compliant with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – thus retaining their GIIN (Global Intermediary Identification Number) – are obliged to update their FFI Agreement.

Airlifted from Mauritius

Airlifted from Mauritius

In April 2016, an expat family in Mauritius faced every parent’s worst nightmare when a bad headache soon proved to be a lot more sinister for their 10 year old daughter.

Jamie Copsey and his wife Olivia live on Mauritius with their children Patrick, Matilda (Tilly) and Ferguson.

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