Secure Communication Signal WhatsApp Encryption

Secure Communication

The three dominating means of communication are also the weakest: e-mail, phone, and physical mail. They were not built with security in mind. If secure communication is important, you may need to look beyond these. Email Emails are passed around in plaintext across several middle points between the sender and…

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Best offshore banks 2017

Best Offshore Banks 2017

Welcome back! In this year’s list of the Best Offshore Banks, I am once again expanding beyond just offshore banks. Different people use different banks for different reasons. This has been difficult to show in previous posts. That’s why this time, I am dividing the list into categories: Best Offshore…


CSP Due Diligence

CSP Due Diligence

CSP, short for Corporate Service Provider and also known by other terms such as OSP (Offshore Service Provider), RA (Registered Agent), offshore agent, and a plethora of other terms that all mean more or less the same thing: someone (usually a company) that you turn to for services pertaining to…


Streber

I bet you thought I had lost all the data (again). Well, I actually learned from last time to make use of all manners of back-up options. Since my last post, a lot has happened but not here. I’m still around and doing my things, but I have simply almost…


Offshore Digital Data Storage

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about technology and it’s getting a little tedious to write about compliance topics all the time. So I decided to write a little bit about offshore data storage, which is the concept of storing digital data in a foreign jurisdiction for whatever…


Living, Doing Business, and Banking in Thailand

What’s warm, politically stable, has very low if not zero taxes, and a business-friendly environment? Yep, you guessed it. Cayman Islands. What’s warm, politically unstable, has onerous taxes, and so much red-tape that it would make even an Italian bureaucrat jealous? Sawadee! Welcome to Thailand, the topic of today’s casual…


A Month in the Life of

(A partly unfinished version of this article was initially published. I have amended this now.) This is an old request that I have been struggling with. I don’t like talking about myself for a number of reasons (privacy and compartmentalization of the Streber persona, worried it comes of self-aggrandizing, or…


Malta tax haven

Jurisdiction Spotlight: Malta (revisited)

I have practically run out of new tax havens to write about so it’s time to revisit some old articles, which I strongly feel are in need of some polishing. First in line is one of my personal favourites: Malta. Overview Malta is made up of a a couple of…


AEOI Mitigation (How to Avoid AEOI, CRS, FATCA)

The idea of automatic EOI (AEOI) goes back far in time and finding means to avoid AEOI is an idea at least as old. The first realizations were first the so-called EU Savings Directive and then the big bomb: FATCA. EOI is short for Exchange Of Information. The information referred…


Jurisdiction Spotlight: Dominican Republic

Often confused with Dominica, the Dominican Republic is that Spanish-speaking country which shares an islands with Haiti. It also one of the nastiest tax havens around, home to barely-regulated offshore banks and secretive companies. Overview The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispanola and some smaller islands. It…


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