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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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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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