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  • 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!
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  • 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.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • House Prices: What Next?

    House Prices: What Next?

    by Investors Offshore Editorial, May 2012

    11 May, 2012

    Five years ago, as the house price boom continued in many countries across the world, we asked whether the laws of economics had been repealed. Now, we can see that they remain as true as ever. The air leaked rapidly from the global housing bubble. Beginning with the US, as has been demonstrated time and again with deflating asset bubbles, a wave of price falls spread around the world, attacking in turn each of the countries which had seen particularly aggressive house price rises.
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  • Investors Offshore Special Reports: Panama

    Investors Offshore Special Reports: Panama

    Sponsored by Gerli Wren & Co.

    20 April, 2012

    Ask most people around the world their thoughts on Panama and you would probably be met with the same one word reply: canal. However, after a small amount of further investigation you would find that this country at the gateway of Central and South America certainly isn't as one dimensional as that. Aided by stable, pro-business governments using the invaluable canal as a catalyst, Panama's friendly tax and regulation system has helped to established the country as one of the most modern and respectable business and financial centres outside the established 'onshore' countries, and ranks as probably the most important trading and business hub in the region.
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  • Personal Equity Investment In 2012 - Not Just For Expats?

    Personal Equity Investment In 2012 - Not Just For Expats?

    by Investors Offshore Editorial, April 2012

    13 April, 2012

    Under this particular heading of equity investment we will deal with direct, personal investment into publicly-quoted equities, other than through conventional stock exchanges, whether from an onshore or offshore base, and whether by an individual, or through a corporate vehicle or a trust. We will cover direct equity purchase through a dealer, spread betting, contracts for differences, and hedge funds insofar as they specialize in very directed equity investment.
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  • Jurisdiction Special Focus: Hong Kong

    Jurisdiction Special Focus: Hong Kong

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, April 2012

    06 April, 2012

    In geographical terms, the peninsula and collection of islands in south eastern China which make up the territory of Hong Kong are a little over 400 square miles in size, but in economic terms, the former British colony, which in 1997 was handed back to greater China, packs a serious punch on the world stage and can claim to be the globe's third largest financial centre after New York and London, and the ninth largest economy in the world.
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