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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as the house price boom continued in many countries across the world, we asked whether the laws of economics had been repealed.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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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Alternative Investment: Non-Financial Alternative Investments

Alternative Investment: Non-Financial Alternative Investments

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, March 2012, 30 March, 2012

The ideal tax shelter traditionally turned income into capital without taxation. Such mythical beasts used to exist in no-tax offshore jurisdictions, but they were not usually to be found in high-tax countries, and when sighted were rapidly hunted down by heavily armed tax inspectors. Read Full Article »

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Dubai

Dubai

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, March 2012, 23 March, 2012

For decades to come, people will point to Dubai's 200-storey, 828-metre Burj Khalifa tower, the tallest in the world, as representing both the peak and the nadir of the city-state's adventurous grasp for regional leadership in a startling range of sectors: real estate, shipping, commodities trading, equities, Islamic finance, e-commerce, air transport and banking. Read Full Article »

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Living and Working Abroad?

Living and Working Abroad?

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, February 2012, 24 February, 2012

Whether you are still in the planning stages of expatriation, or have already made the move overseas, it is worth considering the benefits that offshore banking and investment could hold for you in what is, after all, a financially advantageous position. Continuing globalisation, and the increased use of electronic banking have meant that for you as an expatriate, a multitude of opportunities have opened up which would not have been available a few years ago - now the world is quite literally your oyster! Read Full Article »

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Jurisdiction Special Focus: Cyprus

Jurisdiction Special Focus: Cyprus

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, January 2012, 27 January, 2012

Cyprus is an independent sovereign republic in the Eastern Mediterranean, with a population of 1.1m (July 2011 est), of whom the majority are ethnically Greek, living in the southern part of the island. More than 200,000 Turkish Cypriots and Turkish immigrants live in the northern part of the island, separated from the south by a UN-supervised buffer zone. The official languages in the two zones are Greek and Turkish, but many Cypriots speak English, which is extensively used in business and commerce. Read Full Article »

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Being An Expat In 2012 - A Financial Primer

Being An Expat In 2012 - A Financial Primer

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, 20 January, 2012

To believe the surveys, half the world is either already an expat, or planning to become one. Tens of millions of people work abroad, or have retired there, or have property in a foreign country. Read Full Article »

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Jurisdiction Special Focus: Malta

Jurisdiction Special Focus: Malta

by the Investors Offshore editorial team, December, 2011, 16 December, 2011

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 408,000; 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 »

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