Business

21.10.2011 1

Monaco: The new 'Banque Havilland' opening in Monaco

New bank for Monaco’s wealthy

Luxembourg-based Banque Havilland has just finalised the acquisition of Dexia Private Bank Monaco SAM. Under its new name Banque Havilland (Monaco) SAM the bank will continue to operate out of the same premises (3-9 blvd des Moulins and 32-34 blvd Princesse Charlotte), with the focus on wealth management.

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18.10.2011 1

Provence & Côte d'Azur: Switch to an international policy with minimum fuss only with ASN AG

Free health cover transfer

Switch to an international policy with minimum fuss only with ASN AG

Are you one of those globetrotters who has recently moved to new pastures and is now without adequate health insurance? If you are, then you belong to a growing number of people demanding an international health and accident insurance policy that will simplify life for those working or living abroad, or who travel extensively.

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18.10.2011 0

Provence & Côte d'Azur: Starting a business can be right up there with base jumping and shark diving in terms of dangerous pursuits

Have you got what it takes?

Starting a business can be right up there with base jumping and shark diving in terms of dangerous pursuits

But there is a way to become self-employed without taking enormous risk. The auto entrepreneur system in France has simplified small businesses, and it can be the gateway that foreigners need to complete their dream.

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16.10.2011 0

Monaco: Government have revealed plans to reduce development plans

Rigorous budgetary discipline

The Principality of Monaco will downsize development plans in a bid to balance the books within the next three years.

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16.10.2011 2

Numbers well up on 2010 notably among Russians and Chinese

Riviera tourism back on track

After years of enduring the fallout from the 2008 global financial meltdown, things are finally returning to normal for the tourism industry on the French Riviera. The latest figures reveal visitor numbers are well up on last year

After years of enduring the fallout from the 2008 global financial meltdown, things are finally returning to normal for the tourism industry on the French Riviera. The latest figures reveal visitor numbers are well up on last year, despite unseasonably changeable weather.

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01.10.2011 0

Business Avertorial: RFP Director Yves Derrien talks life insurance

Understanding life insurance

yves derrien

The French tax reform of July introduced new changes for one of the most useful investments for non-residents: life insurance policies. These policies are specific French investment vehicles used for both savings and transmission. As long as the funds remain invested within the policy, capital gains are not subject to capital gains tax. If some money is withdrawn, only the capital gain of the amount taken out (not the principal) is taxed. The capital can be invested in all kinds of mutual funds, and even in selected listed and unlisted equities under conditions.

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01.09.2011 1

Business Advertorial: Unlike most finance specialists RFP are transparent

The financial forecast

RFP Director: Yves Derrien

As everybody knows, forecasting the evolution of the financial markets is very difficult. That's probably why the following ironic expressions exist: - An investment specialist is the person who will tell you tomorrow why what he predicted yesterday is not happening today. - A long term strategy is a short term strategy that has failed.

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18.08.2011 0

Business: ...and together thanks to the European Professional Women’s Network

Women doing it for themselves...

Melanie Gulliver

Considering that she has been in an atelier at Nice's Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the last few hours, Melanie Gulliver is surprisingly full of energy when she meets me in The Riviera Times offices. She has been at a workshop on the pros and cons of setting up as an auto-entrepreneur; both for her own benefit and for the benefit of fellow members of the European Professional Women's Network, for which she acts as treasurer for the Nice Côte d’Azur branch.

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15.08.2011 0

Business: Why RFP is unique among independent financial advisers

Stand out from the crowd

RFP Director: Yves Derrien

RFP, Riviera Financial Planning sarl, is an Independent Financial Advisory (FIA) company established in 2003 in Sophia Antipolis, near Antibes, fully registered in France and dedicated to private clients from Northern Europe who already have or are considering buying an estate in the south-east of France or Monaco.

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11.08.2011 0

Business: Yet another hotel awarded 5-stars on the Côte d'Azur

Five stars!

The travel community TripAdvisor chose the Tiara Yaksta as the most romantic hotel in Europe.

Between Cannes and Saint Raphael, another hotel has been awarded the all-important symbol of luxury: the fifth star. The Tiara Yaksta in Théoule-sur-Mer has succeeded in meeting the new classification criteria that’s been set in the hotel sector, which have been gradually changing since 2009.

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Goverment to experiment with lower speed limits

400 motorcyclists have demonstrated in Nice to protest against the government’s proposal to reduce the speed limit on some roads to 80 kilometres per hour. It follows a concerted effort in the Var to increase road safety as the number of road deaths double. Read more …

Wawrinka wins Monte Carlo Masters

Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka won his first Monte Carlo Rolex Masters title on the weekend, beating former world #1 Roger Federer. For the first time in nearly a decade, the final did not feature Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard was beaten in the quarterfinals.Read more …

Nice 2nd top choice for gay marriage

Following the French capital, Nice is proving to be the second most popular city for gay couples to tie the knot in France. Almost one year after same-sex marriage was legalised in the country, almost 13% of all ceremonies in Nice are between homosexual couples. Read more …