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TAX HAVENS STILL VERY MUCH IN BUSINESS
EIU study shows Switzerland leads with 1/3 of US$3 trillion offshore.More on this story here and here.
ISLE OF MAN MAY BEND TO O.E.C.D. TAX DEMANDS
Possible end to offshore tax breaks, new tax info sharing.More on this story here.
MAJOR U.B.S. BANK UNITS QUIT CAYMANS FOR BAHAMAS
Private banking and trust units leave in wake of new US-Caymans tax information sharing agreement. Locals upset.More on this story here and here.
GIBRALTAR SLIPPING INTO SPANISH CONTROL
An AP story garbles the real facts but reflects true concerns.More on this story here.
WTO RULING MAY PROMPT MAJOR OFFSHORE TAX REFORM
The WTO ruling against the US foreign sales corporation tax break could promote a US territorial tax instead, CFP study says.More on this story here and here and here.
UNITED NATIONS WORLD TAX PLANS KNOCKED
Opposition mounts but the UN world tax agenda keeps on rolling.More on this story here and here and here.
ANYTHING TO STOP DICTATOR MUGABE
The leading opposition newspaper in ZIMBABWE asks for help.More on this story here.
JAPANESE SWITCH TO GOLD
TOKYO. Nervously taking cash out of banks, they buy gold.More on this story here.
And for gold producers, the question is to hedge or not to hedge.More on this story here.
ISRAEL TAXES HIT MIDDLE CLASS
2% of GDP goes just for taxes.More on this story here.
CANADIAN DOLLAR FEARS
Fear mounts as the loonie continues its downward slide.More on this story here.
FinCEN GETS MORE POWER & MONEY
The federal money spies get a budget boost and all money service businesses are forced to register with the government.More on this story here.
U.S. TAX CODE INCOMPREHENSIBLE
Few, if any, can understand the IRC or the IRS.More on this story here.
F.B.I. RULES MAKE BANKS GOVERNMENT SPIES
New anti-terror rules could apply to almost any account holder.More on this story here.
BRITISH LABOUR DROPS JURY TRIAL ABOLITION
Blair abandons plan to restrict the right to trial by jury.More on this story here.
WHAT GOVERNMENT SAYS IT MEANS
The Free Congress Foundation web site provides the US Dept of Justice section-by-section analysis of the USA PATRIOT ACT.More on this story here.
OPPOSE UNCHECKED DOMESTIC U.S. SPYING
FBI spying on domestic religious and political organizations is planned, another civil rights casualty of the war on terrorism. Here what you can do to stop it.More on this story here.
MARYLAND SEEKS POLICE STATE STATUS
The so-called 'Free State' becomes less so, as police get power to wiretap secretly for almost any alleged crime.More on this story here.
'YOUR PAPERS PLEASE'
Motor vehicle operators licenses used as a cover for a national ID system, but AmericanS are wary of this Big Brother scheme.More on this story here and here.
U.S. FOREIGN AID FUNDS TERRORISTS
The US government's myopia on cash for tyrannies.More on this story here.
THE STATE OF OFFSHORE HAVENS
PANAMA CITY. Offshore veteran Derek SAMBROOK, gives a lucid look at the new world.More on this story here.
ENRON DEALS PUT CAYMANS IN SPOTLIGHT
The NY Times examines the "new" Cayman Islands and its slipping place as the 5th largest financial center in the world.More on this story here.
BELIZE BOUNCES BACK; ASHCROFT'S REVENGE
Bureaucrats get fired as Belize's leading investor keeps his tax breaks.More on this story here.
B.V.I. VETS OFFSHORE MUTUAL FUNDS
ROAD TOWN. The British Virgin Islands Registrar of Mutual Funds vets offshore havens for tight laws and clean cash.More on this story here.
ARGENTINES FLEE HOME TO EUROPE
Here's the stark proof of why you may need a second passport.More on this story here.
RICH MONEGASQUES MAY SUE BANK
MONTE CARLO. Rich residents threaten to sue HSBC over delays in refund payments after a local bank manager embezzles $20 million.More on this story here.
SWISS-MONACO CLEAN CASH ALLIANCE
Switzerland signs an info exchange accord with MONACO to curb possible money laundering activity.More on this story here.
FINANCIAL TIMES SNIDE LOOK AT GIBRALTAR
FT's unsympathetic writer thinks colonials should do as told.More on this story here.
F.A.T.F. MEETS IN HONG KONG
Later this week the OECD's Financial Action Task Force meets in Hong Kong to rearrange their blacklist and fight terrorists.More on this story here.
OFFSHORE FUNDS MAKE BIG GAINS
More than 90% of the world's 500 biggest offshore money funds locked in strong gains during the 4th Q of 2001.More on this story here.
OFFSHORE LOANS WAY UP
Major international bank loans in offshore havens increased 14% to $8.49 trillion in the 3rd Q 2001, led by insurance & hedge funds.More on this story here.
U.S. MAY BOW TO W.T.O. RULING
Tax breaks for US exports are the issue, but a good solution may be adoption of territorial taxes for US offshore business.More on this story here, here, and here.
WORLD BANKERS DISPUTE NEW STANDARDS
Basel Banking Committee tackles risk and liquidity.More on this story here.
ANGLO IRISH BANK EXPANDS AGAIN
As profits soar, AIB acquires another Swiss private bank.More on this story here.
SHAM TRUST SELLER GET 10 YEARS IN PRISON
A militant tax evader who sold phony offshore trusts goes to prison.More on this story here and here.
And here's the US Treasury's 'abusive trust schemes' warning web page.More on this story here.
PATRIOT ACT CREATES 'FEDERAL RECEIVER'
A new breed of US official, the 'Federal Receiver,' will have broad powers over assets of alleged foreign money launderers.More on this story here.
U.S. SUPER BOWL BETTORS GO OFFSHORE
Sunday's football Super Bowl is the year's biggest gambling event. While few Americans can bet on the game legally, many will go offshore.More on this story here.
WISDOM FROM RON PAUL
The libertarian US Congressman explains how America best can defend against terror and how too much government killed Enron.More on this story here and here.
WELCOME TO AMERICA; WE'RE WATCHING YOU!
New tracking system monitors foreigners' arrivals & departures.More on this story here.
FROZEN 'TERRORIST' BANK ACCOUNTS
Mistaken identity prompts SWEDEN to asks what are the rights of those whose bank accounts have been frozen in the war on terrorism.More on this story here.
BIG BANKS WANT CLEAR TERROR WAR CASH RULES
Incomplete, vague lists of alleged terrorists must be more accurate, the big bank Wolfsberg Group says. Wolfsberg Group's Web site, enter here and here.
NEW YORK TIMES SPEAKS TRUTH ABOUT E.U.!
"From Spain to Scandinavia, European politics is drifting to the right...feeding off antipathy toward the European Union which seems to many Europeans to have swallowed their national identity in a meddling, continent-wide bureaucracy that no one elected."More on this story here.
CRUCIAL SWISS-E.U. NEGOTIATIONS
Switzerland & the EU will lock horns over banking secrecy.More on this story here.
SWISS-FRENCH BORDER COOPERATION
The two nations set up a cross border anti-crime force.More on this story here.
LUXEMBOURG STIFFS RADICAL FRENCH CHARGES
An angry response to a left-wing French charges of dirty cash.More on this story here.
ST. VINCENT GRABS TWO OFFSHORE BANKS
The government takes control of offshore banks after their French owner flees the islands in the wake of money laundering charges.More on this story here.
PANAMA'S NEW E-COMMERCE LAW EXPLAINED
A leading offshore haven comes of age digitally.More on this story here.
With tourism down, financial services fleeing, banks in receivership, The Bahamas prime minister claims everything is just fine.More on this story here and here.
BAHAMAS NASSAU INSTITUTE FEARS TAX ACCORD
US-Bahamas tax info agreement hurts offshore financial services.More on this story here.
COMMONWEALTH MEETING HEARS TRUTH
LONDON. Offshore havens are not terrorist cash conduits.More on this story here.
HONG KONG SLIPS AS OFFSHORE HAVEN
HK in danger of losing its edge as an international business center.More on this story here.
And it faces a $50 billion budget deficit.More on this story here.
F.A.T.F. MEETS IN HONG KONGMore on this story here.
And the Philippines stays on its dirty money blacklist.More on this story here.
BAD INVESTMENT AREAS
Investment in ISRAEL suffers a sharp drop based on unrest.More on this story here.
And unrest in southern Africa also drives out investors.More on this story here.
FOR WANNABE EXPATS: F.T. COUNTRY LIVING GUIDES
Country summaries, immigration, taxes, & cost of living data.More on this story here.
LAWRENCE STILL IN JAIL OVER OFFSHORE TRUST SILENCE
MIAMI. 14 months and options trader Stephan Lawrence is still in prison for refusing to turn over $7 million in an offshore trust.More on this story here.
ARE GOLD PRICES RIGGED?
The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee says they are, and explains how and why.More on this story here and here.
CREDIT CARD COMPANIES, BROKERS AS GOVERNMENT SPIES
A US congressman thinks anti-money laundering laws should apply to all credit card companies and card holders.More on this story here.
US stock brokers accept their new role as US money spies.More on this story here.
A THOUSAND YEARS OF MONEY
And governments still ignore the clear lessons of the past.More on this story here.
S&P RATES BEST OFFSHORE FUNDS
In a universe of over 7,500 offshore funds, how do expats sort the good from the bad? Standard & Poors will help.More on this story here.
WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES
Tokyo and Osaka are the world's most expensive cities, London the most costly in Europe, says the Economist EIU.More on this story here.
HOW YOU CAN COMBAT IDENTITY THEFT
Courtesy of Vern JACOBS, CPA.How to combat identity theft here.
BRITS PROPERTY GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT
UK House of Lords rules property can be kept by police unless an accused owner can prove it is not derived from criminal activity.More on this story here.
BUSH CLAIMS PRIVACY HE WONT GIVE YOU
President Bush pushed through new laws stripping Americans of financial privacy, but he won't hand over records demanded by Congress.More on this story here.
FEDS WANT YOUR READING LIST
The PATRIOT ACT requires libraries to surrender patron records with no notification to the people affected.More on this story here.
BACK DOOR NATIONAL I.D. SYSTEM
State motor vehicle bureaus push to turn auto drivers licenses into national IDs.More on this story here.
HUMAN G.P.S. CHIP IMPLANTS FOR SALE
Kidnapped? Global positioning chips to the rescue.More on this story here and here.
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