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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as the house price boom continued in many countries across the world, we asked whether the laws of economics had been repealed.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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Choosing Your Jurisdiction

Choosing Your Jurisdiction

by Caroline Maxwell and Jeremy Hetherington-Gore, January 2010, 22 January, 2010

So you have decided that offshore is the way forward. The three most pressing concerns, then, are what type of investment you feel is right for you, where you choose to invest or bank, and how involved you are prepared to be in offshore life. Read Full Article »

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