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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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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.. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. Read Full Article »

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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. . . Read Full Article »

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Islamic Finance - The New Mainstream Alternative

Islamic Finance - The New Mainstream Alternative

by the Investors Offshore Editorial Team, August 2010, 27 August, 2010

Although the Islamic finance sector suffered along with other investment sectors during the credit crunch of 2008 and 2009, its long-term future seems assured. Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters, told participants at the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENESA) Forum on ‘The Challenges Ahead for Islamic Finance’ in May that Islamic Finance is on a firm footing to become a USD2 trillion industry in the next half decade. “It took the Islamic Finance industry 40 years to become a USD1 trillion industry. It will take another two to five years to become a USD2 trillion industry,” he said. Read Full Article »

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Health & Life... Worldwide - Global Insurance For Expats

Health & Life... Worldwide - Global Insurance For Expats

by Philip Morton, Investors Offshore, January 2010, 29 January, 2010

Insurance is one of those things that everyone hopes they'll never need, and as a result, a frightening number choose to bury their heads in the sand, hoping that their luck will hold. However, by far the most sensible solution for those not willing to trust to fate, is to take out some form of insurance, to protect themselves and their dependants should the worst happen. Read Full Article »

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