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Labuan

Labuan

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, September 2012, 14 September, 2012

When we think of the word 'offshore,' the names ‘Bermuda’, ‘Cayman Islands’, or perhaps ‘Switzerland’, are the ones that would probably come to mind before ‘Labuan’.

In a way that is unsurprising, as Labuan, situated a few miles off the northern coast of Borneo in Malaysia and just 60-odd square miles in size, is one of the newer additions to the list of the world’s offshore jurisdictions. Read Full Article »

Tags: business | interest | captive insurance | dividends | Finance | investment | Labuan | Hong Kong | Malaysia | Singapore | regulation | law | offshore | services | banking | aviation | financial services | insurance | oil and gas | tax | trade |

 

Islamic Finance Review

Islamic Finance Review

by the InvestorsOffshore Editorial Team, August 2012, 31 August, 2012

Although the Islamic finance sector suffered along with other investment sectors during the credit crunch, its long-term future seems assured. Read Full Article »

Tags: business | interest | Finance | hedge funds | investment | Dubai | Hong Kong | Indonesia | Malaysia | Saudi Arabia | Pakistan | Bahrain | Qatar | Singapore | law | services | banking | financial services | insurance | tax | trade |

 

Lowtax Expat Briefing

Lowtax Expat Briefing

By Lowtax Editorial, 22 August, 2012

Countries seeking to boost the quality of their workforce and attract people and certain skills often do so by offering foreign workers tax incentives, such as reduced rates of income tax. However, with many governments battling to turn around deep budget deficits and finding ever more imaginative ways of raising revenues, expats are finding themselves increasingly under attack from revenue-hungry governments and tax inspectors in some countries, and here we summarise some of the more notable developments in expat taxation to have emerged in recent weeks. Read Full Article »

Tags: payroll | budget | individuals | expatriates | employees | investment | France | Spain | Portugal | Cayman Islands | Singapore | law | offshore | tax authority | services | financial services | fees | tax | tax avoidance | tax incentives | withholding tax |

 

Jurisdiction Special Focus:  Antigua and Barbuda

Jurisdiction Special Focus: Antigua and Barbuda

by the InvestorsOffshore Editorial Team, August 2012, 17 August, 2012

In common with many of its Caribbean neighbours, Antigua & Barbuda, the subject of this Investors Offshore jurisdiction focus, is a location more synonymous with the upmarket end of the tourist trade than as a place in which to invest. Whilst tourism is indeed an important part of the nation's economy, a notable offshore financial industry has in fact been developed by government over the last two decades, helped along by some generous business and personal tax incentives, the major aspects of which we will attempt to cover here. Read Full Article »

Tags: business | Finance | investment | Antigua and Barbuda | United States | United Kingdom | standards | legislation | law | offshore banking | offshore | services | construction | banking | insurance | gambling | manufacturing | fees | tax | stamp duty | trade |

 

International Privacy and Security for 21st Century Global Citizens

International Privacy and Security for 21st Century Global Citizens

by the InvestorsOffshore Editorial Team, August 2012, 03 August, 2012

If you are an expat living in any of the world's favourite destinations such as Malta, Cyprus, the Bahamas or Mauritius and you should ever — heaven forbid! — enter a bar, you'll quickly hear scuttlebut about people returning home to, as it may be, Canada, the UK or Moscow, dissatisfied with the exchange rate, the lack of rainfall or the medical facilities. Well, don't believe everything you hear: although the debt crisis in 2009 did have some impact and may have hurt some people who had overstretched themselves financially, survey after survey continues to show that most expats are happy where they are, and that more and more people are planning to make the move abroad. The most recent such survey, in August 2011, showed that up to 90% of expats are planning to stay just where they are — abroad! Read Full Article »

Tags: agreements | business | interest | currency | individuals | expatriates | investment | Germany | Switzerland | Liechtenstein | standards | trusts | legislation | law | offshore | services | banking | internet | tax | withholding tax |

 

Asset Protection Review

Asset Protection Review

by Investors Offshore Editorial, July 2012, 20 July, 2012

A financial management strategy in which asset protection is a key goal will be of particular interest to those working in professions where there is a high risk of litigation, for example doctors, lawyers, business owners, and financial planners, to name but a few.

There are increasing numbers of frivolous lawsuits being brought (particularly in the US), in which the defendant is being targeted not necessarily because of his culpability in the case, but because of his ability to pay. Individuals in the above high risk groups with savings or significant assets could well fall in this 'deep pocket' category, and risk losing everything if there are not proper protection measures in place. Read Full Article »

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St Vincent & The Grenadines

St Vincent & The Grenadines

by Investors Offshore Editorial, July 2012, 06 July, 2012

Whilst the Caribbean state of St Vincent and the Grenadines is probably best known as a tourist destination and hideaway for the well-heeled, the former British colony is also emerging as a well governed and regulated financial jurisdiction to rival the more prominent offshore finance centres in the region. Read Full Article »

Tags: Economy | Tax | Communications | Insurance | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) |

 

Singapore: Asia's Business Epicenter

Singapore: Asia's Business Epicenter

Sponsored by Rikvin, 22 June, 2012

Located in South East Asia, Singapore is a highly developed and successful free market economy which enjoys an open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, a low tax regime and a per capita GDP equal to that of most parts of Western Europe. Read Full Article »

Tags: double tax agreement (DTA) | company formation | Tax | stock exchanges | investment | Singapore | trusts | offshore banking | asset protection | offshore trusts | offshore | offshore company formation | marine | banking | tax credits | corporation tax | tax | capital gains tax (CGT) | tax incentives | individual income tax |

 

International Retirement Planning

International Retirement Planning

by Investors Offshore Editorial, June 2012 , 08 June, 2012

Survey after survey shows that ever-increasing numbers of people have active plans to leave their home countries either to work or to retire abroad. One carried out by Currency UK shortly before the May, 2010 election found that an astonishing 75% of people had considered or were considering a move abroad, and in 2012, the fifth NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index revealed that five million British expats are now living and working abroad. Year on year, therefore, the total global population of expatriates goes up by leaps and bounds, and one of their major preoccupations is of course the question of retirement provision. HSBC's Expat Explorer 2011 survey found that, despite an often uncertain economic outlook in their adopted countries, expats are still tending to feel the economic benefits of their move abroad, with 63% reporting that they have more disposable income. Read Full Article »

Tags: Tax | Europe | retirement | pensions | European Union (EU) | offshore pensions | offshore | tax | property tax | tax planning | individual income tax |

 

Barbados

Barbados

by Investors Offshore Editorial, May 2012 , 25 May, 2012

This feature focuses on the Caribbean island of Barbados. More famous for its beaches and as a destination for millions of tourists than as a location for offshore business, Barbados has nonetheless developed a well regulated financial services industry offering a surprisingly wide array of offshore products from banking to trusts to insurance. Whilst the island is not quite on a par with the higher profile offshore centres in the region, such as Bermuda or the Cayman Islands, for the investor, Barbados offers economic and political stability along with a number of tax and investment incentives, and close economic ties with the United States. Read Full Article »

Tags: double tax agreement (DTA) | business | Tax | Barbados | trusts | offshore trusts | offshore | banking | insurance | real-estate | tax |

 

 




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