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Billions of Dollars Stashed Away in Offshore Centers

By Baron Laudermilk. Last week the International Consortium of Investigated Journalist (ICIJ), based in Washington, D.C, released a report recently that highlighted in detail about the illegal activities that have been occurring on the islands for years. The report also revealed that offshore centers were holding over 120,000 offshore bank accounts, many being owned by decision makers in business and government. The files that ICIJ analyzed all the offshore bank accounts including emails and documents, by using high level data analytics and data crunchers to find trends in the information. Some of the type of companies that were part of...
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London Gaining Race to Become China's New Offshore RMB Center

By Anas Almasri. For many in the finance world, London exemplifies what a 21st century financial services center should look like. Its stable well-regulated enviroment, highly experienced labor force and a host of innovative financial instruments have seen the city consistently placed at the top of the ladder in rankings of global financial centers. That, combined with London's strong presence in the currency exchange markets, has not only allowed it to garner increasing support and investments but also cemented its position as a world leader in international finance and business services. The United Kingdom's, and England's, capital has the fifth...
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Overseas IPOs more Difficult, But still Possible

By Tendai Musakwa Chinese entrepreneurs thinking of listing their companies abroad should carefully consider that decision in light of the increased scrutiny Chinese companies are getting in overseas markets, especially in the US.Fraud Allegations Turning Investors Against Chinese CompaniesShort sellers and US securities regulators increased probes into Chinese companies' accounting practices have fueled negative investor sentiment towards domestic firms that list in the US. Accusations of accounting fraud and profit warnings have led to sharp falls in Chinese companies' stock prices and dampened foreign investors' enthusiasm for the overseas IPOs of Chinese companies. US short seller Citron Research accused 21...

Create and Maintain Wealth with Offshore Funds

By Tendai Musakwa Lower corporate profits, a slowing economy and a sharp drop in retail investment led to one of the worst performances of Chinese stock markets in history in the first half of this year.  Turnover on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges fell 32 percent year-on-year from January to June. In addition, China's economy grew 7.8 percent during the first half of the year compared to 9.6 percent growth in the same period in 2011, marking the slowest growth rate recorded in more than three years. Further, only 360,000 retail broker accounts were opened in July, less than...
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Catastrophe Bonds: What they are, their risk, their benefits, and how to protect yourself

By Baron Laudermilk. What are Catastrophe Bonds? Catastrophe Bonds, known in the insurance industry as "cat bonds", are considered to the riskiest yet most lucrative investment instruments next to hedge funds. The market is still small, standing at $4.2 billion, but it is growing rapidly every year. Catastrophe bonds have made people rich, but have also made thousands of people lose millions of dollars in one night. People who invest in catastrophe bonds are not able to predict their ups and downs as if one believes he or she can read the market, but instead hopes that nature graces them...
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London as an Offshore Renminbi Center

By Iain Manley. It has been a busy period for the China's currency. At the end of April, HSBC issued a three year, unsecured renminbi denominated bond. Initially slated to raise one billion yuan, demand outstripped HSBC's expectations: bonds worth two billion yuan were sold, and even then more than half the potential buyers - adding up to total demand of 4.25 billion yuan - were left disappointed. HSBC's was not the first renminbi denominated bond to be issued outside of China this year. Just a month earlier, in March, the Dubai-based bank Emirates NBD issued the Gulf's first renminbi...
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The Rise and Fall of Aluminum: A Cautionary Tale

Aluminum, which is so cheap now that it is used to make cans and cooking utensils, wasonce more valuable than gold. At a banquet, the Emperor of France, Napoleon III, gave his most honored guests aluminum cutlery, while everybody else had to make do with silver. Aluminum bars were exhibited alongside the French crown jewels at 1855's Exposition Universelle and the pyramid set atop the Washington Monument is made of 100 pure ounces of the metal. Aluminum was valuable because it was exceedingly difficult to extract from ore, but in 1886, with invention of the Hall-Héroult process, its supply exploded...
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A Shining Opportunity

The financial crisis has been good to gold. When the world's financial markets went into a tailspin in August 2008, the price of the precious metal dipped briefly, but a few months later it started to climb. By July 2011, it had more than doubled.  Gold was charting record highs, because investors were buying it up as a safeguard - a hedge against post-crisis uncertainty. The euro was on the ropes - some were calling the future of the currency hopeless - and at some stage the quantitative easing and near-zero interest rates governments had implemented to combat the crisis...