Mortgage interest rates rise across France

Since our web site reported two months ago that mortgage interest rates were at their lowest in France for 60 years, there has been a slight shift upwards of between 0.10 and 0.30 per cent, depending on the mortgage repayment period chosen.Read more

A helping hand with tax returns

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Although self-assessment tax forms in France are not due to be submitted until the 31st of March, filling them in can be a minefield especially when doing it in another language.Read more

Structured products

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A structured product is usually a combination of two securities, which is introduced to the investor as a single product. A typical one is a combination between a zerocoupon bond and call options on a group of shares. For example, combining a zero coupon bond for 85 per cent of the capital over five years and 15 per cent on an option provides a guaranty on the invested principal after five years.Read more

What about 2011?

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Yves Derrien, Director of Riviera Financial Planning, answers three of the most frequently asked questions he receives from clients arising from his articles in The Riviera Times on investments for the future. As another year begins, should we be investing in the stock markets just yet?Read more

Ryanair announces Liverpool link

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Ryanair has announced a new route between Liverpool and Toulon.Read more

IBM looks to quit La Gaude

The future of the IBM site in La Gaude, looks increasingly unstable as the American computer giant is reportedly looking to relocate to the Sophia Antipolis business park.Read more

Service update

From the 1st of August 2010, according to law n° 2010-853 from the 23rd of July, every service provider (except for bank and insurance companies) must respect new rules and regulations.Read more

Bigger and better

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Five years after it opened in 2001, the Toulon La Valette IKEA store embarked on a big investment project, which has now finally come to fruition.Read more

Luxury hotels taken over by multinationals

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Two of the most prestigious hotels in Cannes are set to be taken over by multinational hotel chains.Read more

Final day to vote in Chamber of Commerce elections

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Remember that today is the final day that you can vote for representatives in the Nice Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the newly created Chamber of Commerce PACA (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur).
Registered voters will be able to select candidates from industry, business and service sectors, from three different business unions.Read more

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