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Cloudy with a Chance of Windfalls

Cloudy with a Chance of Windfalls

As the New Year approaches there are many institutional and private investors who are in for a nasty shock. They are just about to give away chunks of their investment performance alpha to a whole bunch of foreign governments…

“I Want My Money Back!” Questions To Ask About Tax Reclaims

“I Want My Money Back!” Questions To Ask About Tax Reclaims

If you’re an institutional investor, here are five questions that you should be asking. I use these as benchmarking tools and you can find them in chapter 12 of my book ‘Investment Withholding Tax – Best Practice and Strategies for Intermediaries and Investors’...

FATCA Wars, Episode 2 – Attack of the Regs

FATCA Wars, Episode 2 – Attack of the Regs

When we first came up with the idea of an ‘interim periodic review’ or IPR, we hoped it might generate a little interest. Well it did, in spades! We’ve now conducted a number of IPRs for clients in the UK, continental Europe and in Asia, and we have more to do in the...

The Immovable Object (Us) Meets the Irresistible Force (Blockchain)

The Immovable Object (Us) Meets the Irresistible Force (Blockchain)

I recently returned from SIBOS in Singapore. Two of the most frequently used terms there were ‘mobile’ and ‘blockchain’. Unsurprising really, as this SIBOS, more than any other I’ve been to, seemed to focus on the payments industry almost to exclusion of the...

FATCA Wars Episode IX – Revenge of the Myth

FATCA Wars Episode IX – Revenge of the Myth

OK, so I admit, I’m conflicted. As a purist and one who was brought up in a scientific environment, I get really frustrated when I see so many half truths and misconceptions in a regulatory environment. Regulation should be first about clarity and that will lead to...

Whats in a SIBOS Name?

Wikipedia, that font of all curated knowledge, cites the meaning of the SIBOS acronym as the ‘Swift International Banking Operations Seminar’. That may have been the reality at the first SIBOS back in 1978 in Brussels, but is it still the right term for last week’s...

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