The situation looks bleak in the UK, USA and Australia. 2018 is a big year for Brexit negotiations. A ‘no-deal’ scenario seems scarily plausible and would result in an estimated loss of half a million jobs and a slowdown of nearly every sector in the British economy. Continue reading “How does 2018 look in terms of Charitable Giving?”
Over the last 70 years, Iran has seen Prime Minister Ali Razmara assassinated, the overthrowing of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq, the exiling of its Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, fought in an 8-year war with Iraq, been declared an ‘axis of evil,’ had countless allegations of voting fraud and a myriad of protests and leadership rifts in between. It is a country whose political history is so volatile and uncertain, that they may want to learn Theresa May’s ‘Strong and Stable’ slogan! Continue reading “My New Year resolution is… protest?”
At the top of political agendas in the EU, the UK and the US, as well as among the major concerns of big businesses all over the world, is now taxation. Continue reading “Corporate Taxation: one problem, different views”
The price of Bitcoin, the digital currency that is created through a sophisticated process called “mining” and is not printed or regulated by central banks, has risen exponentially over the last weeks and months. At the start of 2017, a Bitcoin was worth less than $1,000. In October it was trading at $5,000, in November it surged Continue reading “Will Bitcoin be the next financial bubble?”
The Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is beautiful, according to David Maxwell, who patrolled the DMZ with the US army back in the 1980s. He said it’s almost like a nature reserve, as it’s a haven for wildlife. But don’t let the beauty fool you. Paradoxically, it is one of the most heavily armed places in the world. Continue reading “Kim, Donald and the Launch Codes”
The world’s nations met for the 23rd “Conference of the Parties”, or COP23, in Bonn, Germany from 6th-17th November. The conference occurs annually under the UN Framework of Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and creates a much-needed platform for international discussions regarding global warming and sustainability.
We work, we pay taxes, and the rest of our disposable income is spent on bills, groceries and other normal goods. This is how we see society working, but nothing is ever that simple. Let’s change the story, to one where it is possible to retain most of the income you earn by paying less taxes – if any at all. Would you consider it, if I told you most of these schemes are legal? Would you still consider it if I told you that the UK loses approximately £16bn a year in tax avoidance – may be if I put it on a bus and mentioned the NHS you might! Continue reading “Paradise Falls”