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Jurisdiction Special Focus: Malta

Jurisdiction Special Focus: Malta

Investors Offshore Editorial Team, December, 2012, 07 December, 2012

Malta is an independent nation, having split from the UK in 1964. The Maltese Islands are 100 km south of Sicily, with a population of 409,000; the climate is warm. Malta has a Westminster-style democracy, but has been politically fractious since independence. 15 years of post-colonial adolescent flirtation with Communism and the third world has however been succeeded by a more mature attitude. Read Full Article »

Tags: business | interest | Europe | Finance | individuals | investment | Switzerland | Malta | standards | regulation | legislation | law | offshore | European Commission | services | banking | financial services | internet | manufacturing | tonnage tax | tax | tax incentives |

 

Pensions - QROPS, QNUPS, SIPPs and SSAS

Pensions - QROPS, QNUPS, SIPPs and SSAS

by the Investors Offshore editorial team, November, 2012 , 23 November, 2012

Pity the poor pensioners, in their 50s or 60s, approaching retirement. Annuity rates are falling so fast that anything but a really large pension pot will hardly deliver enough income to pay for the family car, never mind that cruise they had set their hearts on. And in many countries the tax authority will not allow you to cash in your pension pot on the grounds that it is tax-privileged money, plus a dose of nannying - if you take the money and spend it, goes the reasoning, you will fall back onto state support. Read Full Article »

Tags: business | interest | individuals | expatriates | retirement | pensions | investment | New Zealand | Gibraltar | Isle of Man | Australia | Guernsey | Jersey | regulation | legislation | law | services | public sector | fees | tax | inheritance tax |

 

Investors Offshore Special Reports: Gibraltar

Investors Offshore Special Reports: Gibraltar

by the Investors Offshore editorial team, November, 2012 , 09 November, 2012

Gibraltar is a small peninsula located on the southern coast of Spain. It covers a total area of 6.5 sq km and its coastline stretches for 12 km only; there is a 1.2 km borderline with Spain. The Strait of Gibraltar links the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Gibraltar enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. Its highest point is the rock of Gibraltar which reaches 426m and is surrounded by narrow coastal lowland. The supply of fresh water is limited and there is no agriculture. Read Full Article »

Tags: accounting | agreements | business | interest | Europe | individuals | investment | Spain | Gibraltar | United Kingdom | trusts | legislation | offshore | European Commission | services | commerce | banking | financial services | insurance | e-commerce | gambling | tax |

 

Forex Review

Forex Review

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, November, 2012 , 02 November, 2012

For some of us, the forex, or foreign exchange, market is something we only encounter when going on holiday abroad, and many of us will often be heard to grumble that our pound/dollar/euro doesn’t go as far as it used to. However, for expats living or working temporarily overseas, as well as for companies transacting across borders, managing currency risk is crucial to ensure that income and profits are not gobbled up by volatile exchange rates and transaction costs. Read Full Article »

Tags: business | interest | inflation | currency | expatriates | hedge funds | forex | investment | Japan | France | Germany | Hong Kong | China | Mexico | offshore | services | retail | banking | financial services | fees | trade |

 

Jurisdiction Special Focus: Jersey

Jurisdiction Special Focus: Jersey

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, October, 2012 , 12 October, 2012

The largest and most southerly of the Channel Islands between England and France, Jersey is a self-governing British Crown Dependency, with a population of around 95,000 (July 2012 est.) expatriates and residents. Despite being only 45 square miles, it is as bustling and active as offshore jurisdictions many times its size, and the moderate climate means that outdoor activities such as golf, swimming, water-sports and cycling are enjoyed by all its citizens. Read Full Article »

Tags: business | interest | Finance | individuals | expatriates | investment funds | investment | France | Isle of Man | Guernsey | Jersey | Luxembourg | United Kingdom | law | offshore | services | commerce | banking | e-commerce | tax | withholding tax |

 

Second Citizenship and Immigration Programmes

Second Citizenship and Immigration Programmes

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, September 2012, 28 September, 2012

Rapid advances in communication technologies and international travel coupled with the ongoing process of globalisation have made the world a much smaller place, so that now it is possible work, invest, or start a business in more countries than ever. On the other hand, the erosion of privacy has become a major concern, while the tax man has probably never been so powerful, and plenty of potentially nasty traps lay in wait for the investor with international horizons. But this is where enrolling into a second citizenship or immigrant investor programme can help. Read Full Article »

Tags: business | Citizenship | expatriates | investment | Austria | Dominica | France | Martinique | Puerto Rico | United States | Ireland | Belize | Guadeloupe | Trinidad and Tobago | United Kingdom | offshore | internet | fees | tax | inheritance tax | gift tax |

 

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 |

 

 




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