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IoM Signs Global Tax Information Sharing Agreement

IoM Signs Global Tax Information Sharing Agreement

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
31 October, 2014
The Isle of Man has signed an historic tax agreement for the automatic exchange of information with tax authorities worldwide.
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Hong Kong, France Sign RMB Cooperation MoU

Hong Kong, France Sign RMB Cooperation MoU

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
31 October, 2014
On October 28 in Paris, Banque de France and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their cooperation on renminbi business development in Hong Kong and France.
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Gibraltar Financial Services Regulator To Restructure

Gibraltar Financial Services Regulator To Restructure

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
31 October, 2014
The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission has announced restructuring plans for 2015. The move forms part of the FSC's 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, published earlier this month.
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Banque Internationale à Luxembourg Opens DIFC Branch

Banque Internationale Ă  Luxembourg Opens DIFC Branch

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
31 October, 2014
Banque Internationale Ă  Luxembourg, the oldest bank in Luxembourg, announced on October 27, 2014, that it has opened its first United Arab Emirates branch in the Dubai International Financial Centre.
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Mauritius Plans Non-Bank Competency Standards

Mauritius Plans Non-Bank Competency Standards

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
30 October, 2014
The Financial Services Commission of Mauritius is to introduce new competency standards for the non-banking financial services sector.
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South Africa's FirstRand Bank To Launch In Guernsey

South Africa's FirstRand Bank To Launch In Guernsey

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
30 October, 2014
South African banking group FirstRand is to open a Guernsey branch after being granted a banking license to trade as FNB Channel Islands from next year.
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Shanghai-HK Stock Exchange Link Delayed

Shanghai-HK Stock Exchange Link Delayed

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
29 October, 2014
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited has confirmed that a date has not been set for the start of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program.
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Singapore, China Agree Financial Services Cooperation

Singapore, China Agree Financial Services Cooperation

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
29 October, 2014

Singapore and China have agreed to further strengthen financial cooperation through new joint initiatives in the offshore renminbi market, capital markets, and insurance.


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Hong Kong Protests May Affect Investor Sentiment

Hong Kong Protests May Affect Investor Sentiment

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
28 October, 2014
Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang has admitted that Hong Kong's economy will be affected if the protests concerning the city's electoral process continue, despite the fact that its stock market, foreign exchange market, and financial system are, presently, still functioning normally.
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Guernsey, Alderney To Collaborate On eGambling Expansion

Guernsey, Alderney To Collaborate On eGambling Expansion

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
28 October, 2014
Guernsey and Alderney have announced that they are to offer dual licensing to the spread betting industry, and also jointly regulate Binary Options and Contracts For Difference.
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