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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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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. Read Full Article »

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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! Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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