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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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  • Barbados

    Barbados

    by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, May 2011

    27 May, 2011

    This feature focuses on the Caribbean island of Barbados. More famous for its beaches and as a destination for millions of tourists than as a location for offshore business, Barbados has nonetheless developed a well regulated financial services industry offering a surprisingly wide array of offshore products from banking to trusts to insurance. Whilst the island is not quite on a par with the higher profile offshore centres in the region, such as Bermuda or the Cayman Islands, for the investor, Barbados offers economic and political stability along with a number of tax and investment incentives, and close economic ties with the United States.
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  • Jurisdiction Special Focus: Dubai - A Stately Business Dome Decreed

    Jurisdiction Special Focus: Dubai - A Stately Business Dome Decreed

    by InvestorsOffshore editorial staff, February 2011

    25 February, 2011

    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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  • Jurisdiction Special Focus: Hedge Funds: Into The Unknown

    Jurisdiction Special Focus: Hedge Funds: Into The Unknown

    by Jeremy Hetherington-Gore, February, 2011

    18 February, 2011

    Hedge funds often boast that their investment strategies flatten out the more extreme gyrations of the markets. It remains to be seen, however, how investors and the hedge fund industry will respond to the challenges posed by the growing weight of regulation in the aftermath of the financial crisis. . .
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