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Offshore Funds

Offshore Funds ImageAn offshore fund is a collective investment scheme domiciled in an Offshore Financial Centre, for example British Virgin Islands, Luxembourg, Cayman Islands or Dublin. For the purposes of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 of the UK, an offshore fund is one which is governed by the Offshore Fund Rules] set out in that Act. The vast majority of offshore funds are incorporated in the Cayman Islands, with the British Virgin Islands being the second most popular domicile.

Offshore funds offer entitled investors significant tax benefits compared to many high tax jurisdictions such as the United States. However, where funds are repatriated to high tax jurisdictions, they are usually taxed at normal rates as foreign arising income.

Many of these tax-haven locations are considered investor-friendly and are internationally regarded as fiscally secure. Many offshore jurisdictions, notably the British Virgin Islands, offer a zero-tax regime for investment funds which are domiciled there, which allows the fund to reinvest that part of its investment portfolio's gains which would otherwise have been lost to tax. In addition, the regulatory regime in these offshore jurisdictions is deliberately light, with emphasis placed on the importance of balancing effective regulation for the benefit of the protection of investors on the one hand, with the establishment of a regime in which the conduct of investment business is rapid and straightforward.

Typically, the regulatory regime will take a two tier approach, making a distinction between funds which are offered generally to members of the public, which require a high degree of regulation because of the nature of potential investors, and non-public funds on the other (for example, in the British Virgin Islands, which applies a three-tier regulatory approach in this manner.



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Tuesday, 03 March 2009 10:54
International company Custom House explains the various challenges of the hedge fund industry
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Rebound in asian dividends PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 April 2008 21:38
Asian Equities are traditionally associated with growth, but high quality companies with strong dividend yields are moving to centre stage, says Halbis, the active management specialist of the HSBC Group.

For investors seeking good returns amid current market volatility, the current high yield of the Asian equity markets and the availability of companies able to pay regular dividends as a result of the quality of their earnings streams, means that investors should consider investing in Asian dividend-focussed strategies.

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Offshore finance: Broadening the appeal of offshore bonds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andy Marks, Managing Director, Sales, The Hartford   
Friday, 30 January 2009 15:44
Offshore bonds are still shrouded by mystery in the eyes of many advisers. Despite the continuing momentum in sales of offshore bonds, as many as 27% of advisers avoid using them, with a further 20% saying that they do not know enough about offshore bonds to recommend them1.
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Prudential International launches new portfolio account PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008 21:52
PrudentialThe Portfolio Account is an open architecture offshore portfolio Bond
Benefits include: wide choice of funds, flexibility and clear, straightforward charging options.

The Portfolio Account launched today by Prudential International is a single premium offshore portfolio Bond.  It offers access to more than 2,000 funds from many different managers, tax efficiency and four charging options allowing investors to pick a structure that best suits their needs.

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