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So you think you know enough to be a QI?

So you think you know enough to be a QI?

I am seeing a rapidly increasing trend in the market. Many US Withholding Agents and quite a few QIs are now insisting that their financial institution clients, who are currently non qualified intermediaries (NQIs), become qualified intermediaries (QIs) in order to do...

GATCA from the Caribbean

GATCA from the Caribbean

It may be my toughest assignment yet. However, I’m not expecting too much sympathy. I am currently training and consulting in…Barbados and elsewhere in the Caribbean. I read an article in today’s Barbados Advocate in which Senator McClean was singing the praises of...

GATCA is the new FATCA

GATCA is the new FATCA

The world is divided into those who know and understand the globalisation of FATCA and those who clearly don’t. In the same way that the industry adopted the meaningless acronym of FATCA in 2010, so 2016 will see its natural evolution into GATCA. For reference, the...

How are your crystal balls feeling today?

How are your crystal balls feeling today?

It seems like it’s that time of year when everyone leaps onto the bandwagon of trying to predict what’s going to happen in 2016. Not wishing to miss the party, here are my thoughts… We face a lot of questions in 2016 around what I would call the tectonic plates of our...

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…

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