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A bid from the Middle East
13.01.2015

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————- The owner of London’s Canary Wharf complex, Songbird Estates, has advised its investors to reject a Qatari-led bid worth £2.59bn. The offer works out at 350p per share and has been dismissed by the company as being far too low. Songbird Estates owns 69% of Canary Wharf Group and received the offer from the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and US investor Brookfield Property Partners. Shareholders have until 29 January …

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Negative Inflation in the troubled Eurozone
09.01.2015

  The falling price of oil is being blamed for negative inflation in the Eurozone with prices in December 0.2% lower than the same month last year. Energy prices in December were a substantial 6.3% lower than in the same period last year where food, alcohol and tobacco remained virtually unchanged, following a rise to 0.5% in November. The deflation isn’t great news for the ECB (European Central Bank) who …

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Make a resolution that matters!
05.01.2015

  ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– So here we are again, it’s that time of year where we reflect on our shortfalls from the previous year and decide how we are going to better ourselves and consequentially our lives. Lose weight, stop drinking, get more organised, spend more time with family; all common, and with the greatest respect all pretty easy to fail at. In fact, statistics suggest that only 8% of New Year’s …

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New year is the time for pensioners to take control
05.01.2015

  ————————————————————————————————————————————————————-  We are all now aware of the changes made to pensions in the April reforms. If not, then in brief; anyone from the age of 55 will have access to their entire pension pots, 25 percent as a tax free lump sum and the rest at their marginal rate of tax. This is both an exciting and a liberating prospect for most people of pension age as it …

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Thinking of returning to the UK? How does your salary compare…
17.12.2014

By living and working offshore, you’re probably earning far more than a comparable role in the UK, but are you prepared to take a step backwards in terms of pay in order to live back in Britain? For many, the lure of international positions and salaries is enough to change their way of life. Further, favourable tax environments and a lower cost of living results in a better lifestyle and …

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GWM show support for local charities
17.12.2014

Following up from our exciting event ‘an Evening with Alan Shearer’ our team in the Middle East were delighted to hand over two cheques to their chosen charities the Qatar Cancer Society and QWARS. Seen here, CEO, David Russell and Head of Sports Marketing Will Myres, confirmed GWM’s continued support for the local charities with 20.000 QAR for QCS taking our total donations this year to almost 50,000 QAR. We …

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CPI drops to 1%, further affecting public sector final salary plans
17.12.2014

The Consumer Prices Index has dropped to its lowest level since 2002, and is expected to fall further. Most recently announced at 1%, CPI is an important inflationary measure which is most commonly used in revaluing final salary pension plans. This means that anyone with a final salary pension, particularly in the public sector, may experience a far lower ‘payrise’ than they will be expecting at the end of this …

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Pundits, Pie and a Pint – Priceless
10.12.2014

                    It was another great night as GWM hosted Pundit’s, Pie and a Pint at the Stade de Geneve with Richard Keys and Andy Gray. The event followed the huge success GWM had in Doha where 600 sports fans enjoyed an enthralling night with Alan Shearer last week. As usual Keys and Gray were in stunning form (although suffering a bit …

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Back to 1930’s Britain
04.12.2014

Public spending cuts take us back to 30’s Britain – Well almost. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) Government spending on public services will soon be at its lowest in 80 years. Within all the hype surrounding the Autumn Statement, this fact has so far remained relatively under the radar, although not for long, one feels. In a report that accompanied the Statement it was projected that Government …

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Tax and income tips for expats
03.12.2014

Thinking of leaving blighty for a life overseas? One thing to think about is the tax implications. Here is some information to help you out.

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Alan Shearer Shines
03.12.2014

     ———————————————————————————————————————————– Over 600 people headed to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, to be a part of Guardian Wealth Management’s much anticipated night with the Premier League’s greatest ever striker, and arguably, best ever player; Alan Shearer. Hosted by former Scottish international Andy Gray and popular sports pundit Richard Keys, ‘Big Al’ wowed the excited audience with stories from his life in the beautiful game. Shearer, who played …

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Pensioners.. You’re no longer poor!
26.11.2014

  “Pensioners who retire now will on the whole be better off than they were on average over their working lives” this was the claim made by IFA Director, Paul Johnson. Positive indeed for those at retirement age, yet the money has to come from somewhere. Writing in The Times today Mr Johnson predicted that the rise in pensioner benefits will cost 12bn more by 2019 than they did in …

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Pay growth ahead of inflation
13.11.2014

Finally, growth for the average pay for UK workers overtakes inflation for the first time in 5 years, reports the office for national statistics. Excluding bonuses wages rose by 1.3% in the year to September where the Consumer Prices Index inflation rate rose by 1.2%. From July to September UK unemployment was down to 1.9 million, meaning that 115.000 more people are now in work, on last year. It has …

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Licence please!
12.11.2014

Don’t be fooled by unlicensed financial advisory firms operating within the UAE. That is the message coming from the SCA (the Securities and Commodities Authority) today. In a press release issued on their website the SCA set out stark warnings to investors to be wary and only do business with licensed financial consultancy and analysis companies. The authority encourages investors to check the names of licensed companies for piece of …

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Population Pressure for Qatar
04.11.2014

  Qatar’s population is on the rise. New government figures from October showed that a whopping 200.000 more people were in the country compared to the same time last year.  The increase comes in the run up to the world cup, where all eyes will be on Doha watching how the country copes amongst all the speculation. The building of the Doha Metro 2022 stadium is underway, along with massive …

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