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Alternative Investment

Alternative Investment ImageThe Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange, allowing smaller companies to float shares with a more flexible regulatory system than is applicable to the Main Market. The AIM was launched in 1995 and has raised almost £24 billion for more than 2,200 companies. Flexibility is provided by less regulation and no requirements for capitalisation or number of shares issued.

Some companies have since moved on to join the Main Market, although in the last few years, significantly more companies transferred from the Main Market to the AIM (The AIM has significant tax advantages for investors, as well as less regulatory burden for the companies themselves). In 2005, 40 companies moved directly from the Main Market to the AIM, while only two companies moved from the AIM to the Main Market.

A prized asset in the Alternative Investment is gold bullion. It proved the most reliable wealth-store during the vicious inflation of the late 1970s. Yet almost un-noticed, gold has once again been the best-performing asset bar none this decade, too.

It doesn't matter which currency you earn, spend or invest. Gold has dominated the 21st century so far – facts which will look plain to future investors, although only a small amount appreciate it today. Indeed, global demand for gold jumped 26% at the end of 2008, according to the GFMS consultancy, just as the US, British and Swiss central banks moved to begin quantitative easing – a.k.a. printing money.  buying and selling gold can now be much simpler and safer than during gold’s last multi-year run. It should be substantially cheaper as well. Time to get on board the Gold Run and invest wisely!




Opportunity knocks abroad PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 10:52
Simon Smallwood, Business Development Director, International Private Finance Ltd, looks at the international mortgage market.
Although the uncertain financial landscape experienced over the past few months has caused nervousness amongst international investors, it has also created opportunities, and overseas property purchases have remained a popular investment.
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International Investment - Investing in Cyprus PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 15:38
A largely overlooked island has great potential in a number of areas.

Cyprus is perhaps not the first country to spring to mind when considering international investment opportunities. Although the civil war and subsequent division of the island are now nearly 35 years in the past, such conflict inevitably leaves an element of doubt regarding the wisdom of financial commitment. But a new era certainly appears to be dawning, particularly in the northern part of the island.

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Conflicting Messages from Isle of Man Government & HM Treasury
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 10:07

Fundamental review or Whitehall sabre-rattling?

The past two months has seen a somewhat confusing exchange of views between HM Treasury and the Isle of Man government. The Treasury, or more specifically Alistair Darling the Chancellor, has made a number of remarks critical of the island’s status as a tax haven. The Isle of Man government has vigorously responded with a strong rebuttal of Darling’s contentions. Chancellor Darling told the Treasury Select Committee in November the Government would review its relationship with what he described as “an offshore tax haven”, in the wake of the Icelandic banking crisis.

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