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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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  • The EU Savings Tax Directive

    The EU Savings Tax Directive

    by the Investors Offshore editorial team, December, 2011

    09 December, 2011

    The European Union Savings Tax Directive (STD), which went into effect on 1st July, 2005, in fact forms merely one part of a major tax reform package launched by the European Commission in 1997. As originally drafted, the STD aimed at a uniform 'information exchange' regime to apply across the Union, with all countries agreeing to report interest on savings paid to the citizens of other Member States to those States' tax authorities.
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  • Investors Offshore Special Reports: Gibraltar

    Investors Offshore Special Reports: Gibraltar

    by the Investors Offshore editorial team, December, 2011

    02 December, 2011

    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 1.2km 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.
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  • QROPS - Qualified Recognized Overseas Pension Schemes

    QROPS - Qualified Recognized Overseas Pension Schemes

    by the Investors Offshore editorial team, November, 2011

    25 November, 2011

    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.
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  • International Property Investment - Are REITs Righting Themselves Again?

    International Property Investment - Are REITs Righting Themselves Again?

    by Investors Offshore Editorial Team, November 2011

    18 November, 2011

    While many international investors choose to invest directly in their own homes (first, second or third, as the case may be!), one very interesting way of putting surplus funds into real estate is through a REIT.
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