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  • don't go expecting radical change

    don't go expecting radical change

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    19 Sep, 2017

    Ironically, for a nation synonymous with neutrality, Switzerland now finds itself in the unwelcome position of international pariah. And this is largely as a result of other things it is synonymous with low taxes for the wealthy...
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  • It's either a foolhardy move, or a brave one

    It's either a foolhardy move, or a brave one

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    04 Aug, 2016

    Britannia may no longer rule the waves, but it is still the world's fifth-largest economy, home to arguably the most important financial center in the world (I'm never quite sure how such things are measured...
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  • 5 Reasons Why to Have an  Offshore Bank Account

    5 Reasons Why to Have an Offshore Bank Account

    Startupr

    31 Mar, 2016

    5 Reasons Why to Have an Offshore Bank Account...
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  • How NOT to Create Your Own Currency - The Cost of Physical Money

    How NOT to Create Your Own Currency - The Cost of Physical Money

    Healy Consultants Group PLC

    10 Feb, 2014

    Think it would be easy to create your own currency? Think again. Beyond the fact you need to own a country, the processes surrounding currency have changed a lot over the years. Today, many are wondering if a cashless society is the next big leap forward in finance on planet Earth.
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    Tags: Currency | Banks | Banking


  • Bits And Pieces

    Bits And Pieces

    Global Tax Insights

    16 Jan, 2014

    Singapore has issued some quite sensible guidance on tax aspects of bitcoin transactions, which suggests that there must be a fair amount of bitcoin activity there. The first Asian bitcoin conference was held in Singapore last year, at any rate. Bitcoins join Uzbekhistan on the list of subjects on which I am passing ignorant. I keep trying and failing to understand the phenomenon of bitcoins. Theoretically one should be in favor of a virtual currency with, so to speak, monetary limits (unlike existing national paper currencies, which are being inflated out of sight by central banks who want to keep interest rates low), but I question the usefulness of a currency which by definition can never exist in large quantities.
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  • No Third Arrow

    No Third Arrow

    Global Tax Insights

    18 Dec, 2013

    As an ardent free-trader, it gives me no pleasure at all to have been right over the extension of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to include Japan. What I can't understand is why Japan agreed to put everything on the table, and then just a few months later refuses to negotiate over its agricultural tariffs, including the crazy 777 percent levy on imported rice. Well, I do understand that in apparently changing his mind Shinzo Abe is making a carefully orchestrated domestic gesture, probably because he thinks that the American administration will be unable to get a TPP treaty through Congress without a TPA (Trade Promotion Authority), and there is no point in spending his precious, and limited, political capital and getting nothing in return. In fact, Abe has already gone a long way towards dismantling the agricultural regime that …
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  • Japan's problem is debt

    Japan's problem is debt

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    10 Oct, 2013

    It's rare event that I find myself agreeing with Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the OECD, but I have to join the chorus of plaudits for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to go ahead with an increase in the country's consumption tax from five percent to eight percent from April 2014. Actually, it's the accompanying support measures for business that are more praiseworthy, including accelerated depreciation for companies spending on high-technology plant and machinery from April 1 next year and – less admirably – a payroll subsidy (remember the "lump of labor" fallacy).
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    Tags: Euro


  • The Smaller The Better

    The Smaller The Better

    Freemont Group

    02 Sep, 2013

    To those who believe decentralized government is preferable over centralised decision making it should come as no surprise it is the small countries in Europe, none of which are part of the EU, that offer the highest standards of living.
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    Tags: Euro


  • How FATCA Will Impact Tax Planning

    How FATCA Will Impact Tax Planning

    Freemont Group

    05 Aug, 2013

    It has been postponed several times, but on July first 2014 the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act will ultimately come into force. FATCA requires foreign banks to report US account holders or face a 30% withholding tax on their US assets. While this should not be of immediate concern to our European clients, FATCA may set a precedent to other countries, supranational organisations and aspiring empires such as the OECD and EU.
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  • Latvia: Luxembourg For The Poor

    Latvia: Luxembourg For The Poor

    Freemont Group

    02 Aug, 2013

    Within several months, the Eurozone will get a new tax haven. So yet another EU country will attract foreign companies with a low tax rate, next to Malta or Cyprus. Latvia is going to move to a common currency in January 2014.
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