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Offshore Fund Formation An offshore hedge fund is simply a structure used by hedge fund managers as a way to attract offshore investors (non-U.S. citizens) or U.S. tax-exempt investors such as pension and endowment funds.
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Wealth Preservation Europe Account
Canada Life, Queen Street Toronto, Canada Dublin based Canada Life International Assurance has launched a new estate planning product – the Wealth Preservation Europe Account. The WPEA is based on Canada Life’s award winning Wealth Preservation Account (WPA), which was voted the Best Trust/Estate Planning Product in the International Adviser International Life Awards 2013. The WPEA and WPA both allow individuals to gift money into a unique trust arrangement to reduce any potential inheritance tax liability. The trustees invest the money into an offshore bond which is set-up with a number...
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Hong Kong leads the way on TIEAS
Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong.It’s important to understand that Hong Kong has never had any bank secrecy laws, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) always had a mandate to collect information from banks for the purposes of administration of taxes under the IRD tax code. Hong Kong, when collecting data to honor the terms of the tax information agreements (TIEAs) for the exchange of information (EoI) treaty partners, is obliged only to obtain and provide such information that the treaty partner could itself obtain under its own laws in similar circumstances. The Hong Kong IRD has...
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USA pension plan 401k vs. 402b
The 401(k) compared to the 402(b) Foreign Retirement Plan Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. (03/09/1943 – 09/15/1945) With a 401k your employer will match your contribution to their pension plan up to 15% to a maximum of a set value. If you want your money back you must pay a 10% penalty up to age 59.5 years and declare the entire sum as taxable in the highest tax bracket. Also, a defined Benefit option is not possible with this plan. Conversely, the IRC 402(b) Foreign Retirement Fund (RAPS) provides the...
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4 Best Reasons to Invest Offshore
Ink and watercolor elevation drawing by Thomas U. Walter for the dome of the United States Capitol building, circa, 1859 There is no reason for your advisor to have ever heard of a regulated asset protection structure (RAPS). US advisors do not study this area of law and consequently do not advise on foreign retirement plan law. However, an IRC 402(b) Foreign Retirement Fund (RAPS) allows your assets to be held tax deferred for which you can file Zero Value on IRS Form 8938. The perfect foreign financial investment account has statutory legal asset protection that is not subject to claims,...
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Jersey retains top offshore jurisdiction status in global ra...
Jersey round tower, also known (inaccurately) as Martello tower. In the latest publication of the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI), Jersey has retained the number one ranking amongst offshore jurisdictions. Jersey is the only offshore jurisdiction to be included in the top 30 International Finance Centres (IFCs). Jersey maintained a ranking of 28 from the previous index published six months ago. This is compares favorably to competitors such as Guernsey (ranked 36), Cayman Islands (39), Isle of Man (41) and Malta (53). The Index, which is topped by London, New York and Hong Kong, was...
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The Offshore Attraction
statue of Chevalier de Bayard in Sainte-Anne-d’Auray, Brittany At the mention of offshore investments there is usually a raised eyebrow and immediate expression of distrust. Portrayed in the movies as the realm of the super-rich with secrets to hide or as a blatant vaunting by criminals of ill-gotten gains, there is far more myth than reality in fact within the public understanding. To dispel some of this myth and replace it with fact there needs to be an understanding of the legitimate reasons for offshore accounts. Taxes The fact that taxes are often a primary consideration is a fact....
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Time for Investors to Hunker Down
Lion at the Lower Castle Gate of Tübingen (Germany) It’s time to step out from my ‘normal’ role as the ‘energy expert’ and make a comment or two on the markets in general, just as a professional trader who’s seen quite a bit in his almost 3 decades of daily experience with capital markets and the way they act. Patterns emerge that aren’t foolproof, but they’ve served well over the years and they are making some very visceral noises to me, even observing the action at longer range on vacation. Here’s something that won’t be news to...
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Regulated, Registered, Recognized Foreign Retirement Plan
IRS Building – Source: Library of Congress NQDC-vs-402(b) – aka RAPS An alternative to the US Tax Regulations that require NQDC plans (nonqualified deferred compensation plans) to be not formally funded ( The Total Return Swap Hedge requires 25 million annual contributions.) The Alternative to Unfunded, Unhedged, or informally funded NQDC Plans: We have a number of 402(b) Foreign Retirement Plan proposals that will provide you the ”reasons why” for the solutions we look to provide you from this side of the globe. Limits on qualified plans makes NQDC plans a more...
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A Foreign Financial Account excluded from FATCA
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Vault Door UNITED STATES IRC 402(b) LAW (1986) UNLEASHES TAX OFFSHORE The U.S. Tax system is generally hostile to foreign financial structures if there is a U.S. taxpayer or U.S. beneficiary involved. The hostility is understandable-foreign structures interfere with government ability to impose or collect tax. Avoiding international tax pitfalls can be best achieved, both foreign and domestic, by means of an IRS and internationally recognized 402(b) foreign retirement fund. Pension law is recognized in Common, Civil and Sharia law countries is regulated by...
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The FATCA Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen (movie) Legal challenges that US persons have to deal with, living overseas. The following legal challenges are extremely problematic for USA persons: No foreign bank will open an account for a US person or US person beneficiary.(Other than a bank of the overseas employer for their income overseas) No offshore brokerage will open an account for a US person. This means that if a USA person can open a foreign bank account/brokerage account he can’t purchase any non-US registered investments. IF he could purchase those investments they would all be PFIC’s (no sense, no...
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