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Offshore Banking

Offshore Banking ImageIf you’re thinking of upping sticks and heading abroad, or if you already own an overseas home or you perhaps regularly work abroad for your company, you may benefit substantially from an offshore bank account.

Expatriates, those who own a property abroad or people termed as having an ‘international lifestyle,’ can all potentially profit from an offshore bank account.  By its very nature such an account is flexible – and when you’re living abroad or sending money back and forth between more than one country or transacting in more than one currency, then the very thing you need is flexibility from an offshore account. Common misconceptions of offshore banking include theories on hiding money, a service reserved for the rich and famous or a plan to evade or even avoid taxation!

Many of the leading high street banks offer offshore banking services to clients – so accessible is offshore banking to all.  Basically offshore banking is the management of financial assets from a jurisdiction other than the one in which you live.  For some people it does have very real and legitimate taxation advantages, but for the vast majority of us, it is all about simplicity of money management.

Offshore banking in its simplest form suits those who make the very most of the fact that we can travel, live and work anywhere, invest in properties overseas or different money markets and who think outside the small box that is the UK.  If you want to know more about the fundamental basics and benefits of offshore banking – speak to any of the main banks such as HSBC, NatWest, Barclays or Lloyds and learn about the services they offer.  This will give you a good grounding and help you see whether an offshore bank account could actually be of value to you.



Greeks bearing gifts Print
Friday, 29 May 2009 13:32

Most other banks would have a lot to learn from this Greek group

by Alistair Riddle, Credit Manager, Piraeus Bank

Piraeus Bank is just seven years shy of celebrating its first century. Named after the docks in Athens – Greece still being world-leaders in shipping – the Bank has gradually grown during its first 93 years to the point where it now has a true international presence – with operations from the United States to Egypt, from the United Kingdom to the Ukraine. 
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Moving abroad doesn’t have to be taxing
Thursday, 26 March 2009 16:12

International finance

A leading foreign exchange specialist explains how substantial savings can be made when transferring funds overseas
 
Every year, thousands of people leave the UK in search of a better life abroad. Better value property, sunshine and the cheaper cost of living are some of the many attractions – but it’s not always that simple. The legal and financial aspects can, and have, caught many people out.

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Shariah finance - Gaining Ground: India Must Be Vigilant as Islamic Finance Grows
Friday, 24 April 2009 11:24

Shariah finance

Gaining Ground: India Must Be Vigilant as Islamic Finance Grows

by M. S. Shabbir, Managing Director of SenSage Financial Services Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, India

India has finally woken up to the demands of the country’s largest ethnic group by giving a stamp of approval to the Benchmark Mutual Fund’s Shariah BeES. This is the first exchange traded fund (ETF) in India benchmarked against the S&P CNX Nifty Shariah Index.

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UBS Under Attack
Thursday, 26 March 2009 15:22

Letter from America
A massive legal row is brewing between the US authorities and the Swiss bank


Last month, in writing about the proposed “Stop Tax Havens Abuse Act,” we expressed cautious optimism that the bill would be off the legislative agenda for at least the next year, reasoning that the Obama Administration simply had too many other priorities that demanded immediate attention.

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