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  • Jurisdiction Special Focus: JERSEY

    Jurisdiction Special Focus: JERSEY

    by Investors Offshore Editorial Team, October 2011

    28 October, 2011

    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 94,000 (July 2011 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.
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  • Emerging Market Investments - Into Calmer Waters?

    Emerging Market Investments - Into Calmer Waters?

    by Carla Johnson, October 2011

    21 October, 2011

    Come rain or shine, as regards the global economy, the emerging markets, or developing nations (there is no consensus on what word to use) have consistently outperformed developed nations for a number of decades. Even in the depths of the financial crisis, the emerging economies posted overall GDP growth of 2.5% whereas the world economy as a whole shrank by 0.5%.
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  • International Offshore Banking

    International Offshore Banking

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, October 2011

    14 October, 2011

    In an increasingly globalised world, in which more and more of the population are becoming internationally mobile, there is a growing need for financial services which reflect people's circumstances, and consequently the market for offshore and international banking services is probably larger and more diverse now than it has ever been.
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  • Labuan

    Labuan

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, September 2011

    30 September, 2011

    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.
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  • International Privacy and Security for 21st Century Global Citizens

    International Privacy and Security for 21st Century Global Citizens

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, September 2011

    23 September, 2011

    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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  • Jurisdiction Special Focus: Antigua and Barbuda

    Jurisdiction Special Focus: Antigua and Barbuda

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, Augsut 2011

    26 August, 2011

    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.
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  • Online Trading For Expats

    Online Trading For Expats

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, August 2011

    19 August, 2011

    For the domestic investor, the choice of online brokers seems almost endless; for the expat, whose somewhat unusual situation allows for a greater flexibility of investment choice and possible advantages in terms of taxation, the choice seems to be less broad, but is growing by the minute, as onshore brokerages recognise the potential of the expanding 'globetrotting' mass affluent market, and brokers in low-tax jurisdictions recognise the need to provide their clients with up-to-the-minute facilities.
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  • International Retirement Planning

    International Retirement Planning

    by the InvestorsOffshore editorial team, July 2011

    15 July, 2011

    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. A survey 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.
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  • Singapore - Another Hong Kong?

    Singapore - Another Hong Kong?

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, June 2011

    29 June, 2011

    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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  • House Prices: What Next?

    House Prices: What Next?

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, June 2011

    24 June, 2011

    Four 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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