Pensions & Savings
Pensions and savings in France are almost always sheltered within an all-purpose tax wrapper called « Assurance Vie ».
The Assurance Vie is the keystone of the French savings industry and a major buttress to the country's economy. In a nutshell, anyone in France with even a bit of capital, or the ability to save will invest in this product.
Because Assurance Vie is designed for a variety of purposes, it should always be tailor-made to your needs. It is a means to an end, not a glorified savings account.
Here are some of the main reasons why you may consider Assurance Vie in France:
- To shelter capital you may want to draw from in a tax efficient manner
- To pass on your estate in a tax efficient manner, something especially relevant if your heirs are not your immediate family
- To prepare your pension
- To protect a family member (disabled child for instance)
- ...and also to achieve above average return on your capital