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Changes to the ‘Qualifying Investment’ requirements of the Malta Residency and Visa Programme (“MRVP”)

By Dr. Clint Bennetti – Director of Trusts and Corporate Services at Kylin Prime Group The Malta Residency and Visa Regulations have been amended to extend the list of Qualifying Investments. The revised regulations now state that that the investments referred to in regulation 6(1) (d) of the said regulations, can be made in debt or equity securities listed on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange. Investment in these securities may also be achieved through an investment in collective investment schemes that are licensed and are on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange. These changes are...
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Close to 40,000 People Have Invested in a Passport, Analysis Reveals

The citizenship by investment market has grown at a ferocious pace in the last few years; New programs have entered the fray, and existing ones have seen their application volumes grow. But how many individual passports have been issued to participants in citizenship by investment programs worldwide, all told? We’ve been digging through the data and come up with what we’re confident is the most accurate estimate ever compiled on the total number of economic citizens in the world. Throughout the analysis, we explain how we calculated our estimates. We’ve had to rely not only on official program reports but...
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Malta Rejects 1 in 4 Applications for Citizenship by Investment

Speaking to Malta Today, Jonathan Cardona, head of Malta’s Individual Investor Programme (the MIIP), said that, since the beginning in 2014 and until the present, the CIP he heads has rejected some 24% of all applicants. A quick look at the data as reported in the annual reports of the Office of the Regulator of the Individual Inveseestor Programme (ORiip) – which cover the periods between the end of June and the beginning of July each year and are published every November – reveals that rejection rates have risen sharply each year since the program opened four years ago. Rates of rejection...
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The 13 Most Popular Golden Visas in the World, According to the Data

We’ve put together an overview of the world’s most popular residence by investment programs, backed by official statistics. A note on the methodology: We’ve used the latest available full-yearfigures from official sources. Since official sources differ in their reporting frequency (some report monthly, others every now and then), the degree to which data is current also varies; for some countries, the numbers are up-to-date as of this month, while for others they date back up more than a year. We’ve ranked programs by the number of approvedmain applicants, while also listing the total number of visas issued (including dependents) where such figures were available....
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How Inter-generational Wealth Transfer Will Transform Philanthropy

Within the next 20-30 years, between £4-£5 trillion will be passed down to inheritors in Canada, the UK, the US and Australia. If only 10 percent of this wealth went to selected charities, it would have the power to utterly transform the charity sector. Past favourable circumstances have led our Baby Boomers — the post-Second World War generation who have made a significant impact on the economy — to become the wealthiest older generation to date. Now in their late 60's and 70's, the Boomers are poised to transfer an unprecedented amount of wealth to the next generation. The increased...