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  • Deutsche Bank: Zero for growth, yield, velocity and confidence

    Deutsche Bank: "Zero for growth, yield, velocity and confidence"

    Freemont Group

    07 Nov, 2012

    Germany's largest bank has published an amazingly frank rapport on the prospects of global markets and the future of gold. Although reading it might make you pessimistic, we can't help the fact that some experts working for major financial institutions are finally waking up and smelling the coffee.
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  • Italians do it 'on the black'

    Italians do it 'on the black'

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    11 Oct, 2012

    Half a cheer for Italy, which is pressing ahead with its plans for incentivizing small start-ups by cutting formation bureaucracy and waiving some minor taxes. But only half a cheer, because nothing is being done about the tangle of taxation which is reported to take nearly 300 hours a year to deal with for an average business. In fact the provision that entrepreneurs can offset 25% of their investments against taxable income sounds good, but can you imagine the forest of paperwork that the tax inspector will demand? With taxes so high and officialdom so intrusive, can you wonder that most Italians wanting to start a business will simply do it 'on the black'?
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  • Tax haven hydra

    Tax haven hydra

    Freemont Group

    02 Oct, 2012

    Virtually every high-tax nation has one or several symbiotic tax havens that reduce damage of excessive taxation. The US uses the Bahamas and Bermuda, the UK has Ireland, Channel Islands and the isle of Mann, Russians depend on Cyprus and India uses mainly Mauritius. For thirty years the African island nation has had a very attractive tax treaty based on cultural and religious ties with India. Mauritius, with a population of 1.3m, accounted for 42 per cent of India’s foreign direct investment from 2000 to 2011, worth US$55bn according to Delhi’s ministry of commerce.
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  • Burning Banknotes In The Street

    Burning Banknotes In The Street

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    27 Sep, 2012

    India's decision to give tax relief on 50% of the value of listed share purchases is brave, and let's hope that it is not sunk by bureaucratic obstacles. Many countries have tried such measures to increase saving and mobilize resources through stock markets. Perhaps most famously, the French Loi Monory in the 1970s allowed 100% of stock market investments to be deductible, but only up to FFr5,000, which was too little (say EUR500) and was anyway whittled away in the 1980s. The problem in India is that ordinary people quite rightly don't trust government, and with perhaps less reason don't trust the stock market, which they may feel is at the mercy of events that are beyond their ken, and can fall prey to the very governmental incoherence they fear.
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  • Cut Their Own Bloated Payrolls

    Cut Their Own Bloated Payrolls

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    13 Sep, 2012

    Although this column is never in favour of new or increased taxes (because what governments should rather be doing is to cut their own bloated payrolls and electoral pork) I'm pleased to see that Ireland is ignoring the IMF's advice on property tax and going with a lower figure for its new real estate tax. The IMF, like the OECD, long ago lost its mildly useful role, in the case of the IMF as a corrective institution for wayward governments. When was the last time that a spendthrift finance minister had to turn back at the airport from yet another international jolly in order to meet his stern-faced IMF task-masters? Now all they do is to recommend governments to tax more and more and more. We'd be better off abolishing both the IMF and the OECD and starting with a clean sheet of paper.
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  • A Scorched Earth Policy

    A Scorched Earth Policy

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    06 Sep, 2012

    No tax reductions this week, or even half-veiled discussion of any. But that's probably normal at this time of year, and anyway where would the money come from? Lower public expenditure, that's right! You're learning fast. But what you haven't learnt is that while politicians may talk about, plan, promise and even in rare cases actually try to reduce public expenditure, the real politik is that it never happens except in extreme circumstances of national collapse. As in The Last Emperor, civil servants threatened with the sack, redundancy or lower pay operate a scorched earth policy - they would rather destroy their patrimony (and yours and mine) than see any threat to their gilded lives.
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  • The country's millionaires are heading for the exit

    The country's millionaires are heading for the exit

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    16 Aug, 2012

    If Taiwan is interested in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that is certainly a sign of openness to trade on the one hand, and it is difficult to doubt that Taiwan lives or dies by trade, much more than some other countries, but it is also to be seen as a move in the long-running multilateral diplomatic chess-game being carried on between Taiwan, Mainland China, the USA and other interested Asia-Pacific parties. China itself is playing in order to re-absorb Taiwan into its imperial orbit, and can point to its acceptance of Hong Kong's free-wheeling, free-trading quasi democracy as proof that it can be a flexible partner. But progress in re-establishing trading or any other kind of relations between China and Taiwan has been glacial, even if the two 'partners' did sign a long-delayed investment protection agreement this week. This is a show that will run and run. Meanwhile Taiwan's continued independence is a beacon of hope and encouragement to China's own would-be democrats.
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  • Russia joins World Trade Organization

    Russia joins World Trade Organization

    Freemont Group

    03 Aug, 2012

    Nineteen years have passed since Russia first applied to the World Trade Organization (WTO). But after Russia’s patriarch Vladimir Putin cleared the final hurdle last week, Russia will finally join the WTO on August 22nd. It is another milestone in the transition of the former Soviet Union, and an opportunity for investors.
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  • The Ineluctable Slide Towards a Grexit Continues

    The Ineluctable Slide Towards a Grexit Continues

    Kitty Miv, Editor

    02 Aug, 2012

    Perhaps I shouldn't be rewarding countries for relaxing regimes that should never have been there in the first place, but that would rule out just about 100% of tax reductions, so I'm going to go ahead and award China an encomium for its continued opening up of inward investment, coupled with gradual freeing-up of trading in the renminbi. There are still tight limits on who can invest in the country's financial markets, and how much, and into what; these all need to be removed asap, but in the meantime let us welcome limited progress.
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