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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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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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%. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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