U.S., Britain, and Canada imposed significant steps to cut Iran off from the international financial system, announcing coordinated sanctions aimed at its economics. The measures, a response to a recent United Nations report warning about Iranâ€™s nuclear activities, tighten the vise on Iran but still fall short of a blanket cutoff. The combined actions were a show of resolve in the face of a report earlier this month by the U.N. nuclear agency that voiced serious concerns that Iran, despite its denials, is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. U.S. sanctions target Iran’s oil and petrochemicals industry and Iranian companies involved in nuclear procurement or enrichment activity. The U.S. also declared Iran’s banking system a center for money laundering – designed as a stern warning to financial institutions around the world to think twice before doing business with Tehran.
Switzerland has made extraordinary progress towards a goal that many thought unachievable as recently as a year ago. Rather than being forced to do away with its hallowed secrecy arrangements for private banking clients, in August it signed deals with Germany and the UK that preserve confidentiality. More such agreements may be in the pipeline: Italy and France, two neighbouring countries that have traditionally provided much business for Swiss banks, have shown cautious interest and Greece has held direct talks with Bern. These developments come less than two years after private banking in Switzerland appeared to be in trouble, as UBS was forced to divulge the names of 255 rich US clients.
A public consultation with the people of the Cayman Islands formed the basis of the report, entitled United Kingdom and Cayman Islands Relationship Review, and revealed that while loyalty to the Crown is still strong, there is a sense of dissatisfaction among islanders. The feedback will be used by the UK Government as it prepares a new white paper outlinining the UK’s strategy for the Overseas Territories. The biggest concern among Caymanians was the deterioration in relations with the UK and whether this would ultimately lead to Cayman being cut off completely and left to either “sink or swim”. The report said: “The dissatisfaction with the way in which the relationship is presently operating has largely coalesced around the perception that the two parties have often appeared to be at ‘loggerheads’ with one-another and that as a consequence, the Cayman Islands may simply be left to ‘sink or swim’.
A U.S. law aimed at curbing tax evasion by citizens using foreign accounts could cost large multinational banks as much as $100 million apiece to implement in one-off systems costs, a top asset manager and a tax lawyer told a conference on Friday. The overall costs of implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), could approach the more than $8 billion FATCA is due to raise over 10 years, he said. FATCA was introduced after high profile tax evasion cases. “With FATCA there is a cost on us in Europe but benefits in the U.S.. The benefit is $8.5 bln over 10 years … for multinational banks I have seen estimates of $100 million (each, in one-off costs),” said James Broderick, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for JP Morgan Asset Management.
Plans for a powerful new weapon against â€œhighly abusive, contrived and artificialâ€ tax schemes will be published in a Treasury-commissioned report on Monday. The proposals come as the government faces public pressure to curb tax avoidance. The report has tried to overcome business objections to a general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR). The Treasury will consider the recommendations before reporting back at the time of the next Budget. Business groups are likely to welcome the report, while reserving judgment on whether the proposed GAAR would succeed in retaining a tax regime that is attractive to companies while deterring avoidance.
Three weeks after MF Global’s collapse, furious former customers are still fighting for access to billions of dollars as they question why as much as two-thirds of their money is still frozen. While authorities have touted the fact that they are returning 60 percent of the collateral and cash that had been frozen in the wake of the broker’s October 31 bankruptcy, a closer look shows that in fact only about 40 percent of customers’ total funds have been authorized for release so far. The remainder, more than $3 billion, ostensibly remains on hand to cover a shortfall originally estimated by MF Global to regulators at just $600 million. Because the bankruptcy trustee, regulators and exchanges have made no comment on the missing funds in weeks — and have given no information as to how much cash they are retaining — customers are left guessing exactly how much might end up in the creditors’ process of the bankruptcy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/20/us-mfglobal-customers-funds-idUSTRE7AJ0PW20111120
Reports are coming in that the gaming industry is in real trouble right now. There is a recession, meaning that fewer people have the extra money they need to play games online, bet on sports, etc.
But the other shoe that has dropped is the fact that the US government is doing all it can to shut them off from the international banking system, targeting especially credit cards, which is the main way they use for customers to put money into their gaming account.
There are 2 main problems with this: 1. More and more, gaming companies are watching helplessly while bank after bank is shutting down their credit card merchant accounts; Western Union is banning them more and more from using their systems, and even individual banks, especially in the US, are shutting off use of cards they issue from being used for gaming purposes; 2. Players are beginning to have privacy concerns, as their domestic credit card charge records are an open book for the government to read. Some are beginning to realize that while there has not been much prosecution of players yet, this could change on a moment’s notice.
It’s only a matter of time, then, before the bottom drops out from underneath the industry and the US government and the international banks choke them off completely, leaving them with no way to move money in or out.
The Sad Experience of Netteller
Netteller was a great idea, but they made several crucial mistakes that doomed them from the start. They were a fast and easy way for players to move money back and forth to and from their favorite gaming provider. It worked brilliantly, for a while.
But, they made a couple of major mistakes, thinking they lived in a world that operated according to the rule of law rather than the reality, especially in the US, of the rule of what the government wants and to hell with the law, especially international laws such as the World Trade Organization agreement they signed which forbade them to shut down people like Netteller or to harass the otherwise completely legal online gaming industry.
The first mistake that Netteller made was to be primarily a service for the gaming industry and not having many regular customers and merchants.
The second mistake was made by the owners, who thought that because they were not US citizens, they could ignore US laws. They found out how wrong they were when the owners got kidnapped in the US when they were on their way from their offshore haven to their home in Canada.
They discovered, like the CEO of BetonSports before them, that the US really doesn’t care what international law has to say on the matter, or if their activity is completely legal everywhere else. They found out real fast that the “authorities” in that country don’t care what international agreements they have signed, they intend to act like highwaymen and bandits on the road, holding innocent travelers at gunpoint, kidnapping them, and charging them with “crimes” that are no such thing where their businesses are located. So, the other lesson to be learned is to avoid landing in the US at any cost, unless you want to be kidnapped by criminal thugs with badges!
Solution: The Offshore Banking Account!
I am not going to go into full details on the Offshore Banking Account in this article because it’s features are described in detail elsewhere on this website. However, while it’s not obvious on the surface, this type of account is a perfect solution to all of the above problems and more.
Here are some of the main benefits to the gaming industry of using these special accounts:
- The server is located safely offshore. And, unlike normal transaction processing systems, this new software doesn’t use a database to keep track of the customer’s account. The account is held in an encrypted, secret location on the server, and thus not even the system admin has access to account information! What the system admin doesn’t know he or she can’t tell to anyone else in any legal proceeding whatsoever. Thus, unlike some very high profile, sensational cases where offshore privacy has been lifted or invaded either legally or illegally, your account in this system is completely and forever secure.
- Even if some government someday managed to seize the server, they would still not have any information, as your information is stored in an encrypted directory on the server with military grade encryption. And since the client can put whatever information he or she wants in their wallet, including pseudonyms, if they are smart they can’t be easily identified from what little information is in the wallet itself.
- The system uses a distributed system of reputable exchangers to move funds in and out. There is therefore no direct link between the customer’s wallet and the regular banking system and the operator doesn’t know and can’t find out what money in the various accounts belongs to what customer.
- Funds can be stored in real money, i.e. gold and silver in private storage, thus breaking the link to the regular international banking system even further for these two asset types.
- Currently, accounts can be held in USD, EUR, gold, and silver, meaning that the customer has the flexibility to decide how they want to keep their funds.
- Our various exchangers offer a wide variety of options to send and receive money. Credit cards can even be used indirectly, depending on if the exchanger offers this option.
- A further couple of options allow customers to transfer money into and out of their accounts using a couple of very popular systems that allow both credit card and electronic banking transfers into and out of the account. Since these deposit/withdrawal options are offered by several independent exchangers and transaction systems they support, the paper trail to their gaming accounts is completely broken, yet, transactions can be handled in a speedy way.
Once the money reaches the player’s Global Banking Account, they can then transfer it to their gaming account instantly. The platform provides an API and SCI interface, so when the customer spends money from their Global Banking Account to their gaming account using the automated interface, their gaming account can be instantly credited with the payment as long as the merchant has their system set up that way.
Also, the gaming operator knows that these are good funds and that there won’t be any chargebacks or other problems later.
The Most Advanced Solution
I think you can see by now that this is simply the most advanced solution in the world, bar none. There will, naturally, be a short adjustment period for the players, as they get used to transacting their transfers in and out, but in the long run it provides safety and security for all involved.
In many ways, then, this is the most advanced solution in the world. While this and other presentations may make this seem complicated, it is really not that bad in practice, as the players decide what providers they want to use and then make their arrangements around their selected choices.
The same is true on the merchant end as well, as the merchant will decide how they want to structure their affairs and then will generally follow that pattern most of the time. However, the fact that there are so many options is really a good thing, because if one avenue should become blocked, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. This is because of the non centralized nature of the system, which has many advantages over the old fashioned centralized systems with their disadvantage that they also usually have one or two points vulnerable to attack.
With our system, if one system / exchanger, etc., comes under attack, goes out of business, etc., there are plenty of alternatives to choose from.
Private Consultations and Deployments
I realize that some of the larger companies in the gaming industry may wish for their own, customized system. This is most certainly possible. The software can be hosted on their own servers, for instance, if that is desired, and other custom features can be designed as well. Methods for transferring funds back and forth can also be customized to meet the needs of the merchant. Please contact me with any questions or for more details. I can also make myself available on a consulting basis to tailor make your system for you. I am conveniently located in the same country as most of the larger gaming companies, and I can even help to develop this in person with your transaction processing team. In no time at all, you could have a fully operational custom system set up, or, you can take our general solution described above and I can consult with you if need be one ways to integrate your business into the system.
You can minimize the high fees, protect your privacy, and send and receive transfers instantly and less expensively with our Global Banking Account!
And, if you need cash out of it, it’s an easy matter to withdraw money and make purchases around the world wherever you see the Visa logo.
Information on the debit card is available at Offshorearnings.com.
In addition to the financial crisis, people who receive and send money must face another difficulty: the high cost of remittance services.
Attempting to bring international attention to this problem, the webpage www.avaaz.org asking the firm Western Union to stop what they call “excessive charging.”
According to the website, they are targeting primarily Western Union that is the costliest of all remittance services, charging up to a 20% commission to cover transfer costs.
That is for $100, Western Union takes $20.
The website says the World Bank recommends a charge of a maximum of 5%. Despite the World Bank calling for a maximum of 5% transaction fees, Western Union has never faced a public outcry to challenge its shameless profiteering.
Avaaz publishes a note to Western Union president, Hikmet Ersek: “As citizens from around the world committed to eradicating global poverty, we call on you to show true corporate leadership and take immediate steps to ensure crucial international remittances to the world’s poorest countries are subject to fair rates. Specifically, we ask you to lower your total fees to a maximum of 5% in all transfers sent home by workers to developing nations.”
Avaaz is asking to people to sign a petition, saying it has already collected 284.837 of its goal of 500.000.
In response to complaints, Western Union said its rates are in line with similar services of money transfer.
According to the Banco Central de Costa Rica (Central Bank) data, Costa Ricans living in other countries, mainly the United States, are sending less money home.
The Central Bank figures show that in the second quarter of 2010, us$134 million dollars in remittances were received, in the following quarter the number was down to us$131 million, while us$55 million and us$54 million went out during the same periods, most of it bound for Nicaragua.
According to the Central Bank, Costa Rica receives the greatest amount of foreign remittances from El Salvador, whose income exceeds the foreign investment.
Affiliate programs are one of the easiest ways to make money online, if you know what you’re doing!
First, Find Good Programs that Pay!
First, you have to find good, paying programs with high conversion rates and good commissions. You need to be careful in selecting your programs, because not everyone pays out what is owed. There are cheaters out there, so you need to work with reputable programs that do as they say they will do.
Second, Don’t Just Throw Up a Link on Your Site
Your next step is to realize that you should present your various programs in the form of a review. Tell your prospects the advantages and disadvantages of the products or services offered. Word it so that it’s even handed and fair sounding. Give the benefits but also mention any defects you have noticed.
By presenting a fair and balanced analysis of the product or service, your readers will appreciate this and come to trust you and your site. They will be more likely to buy if they trust you than if you are just trying to hype and sell.
Third, Only Represent Quality
This may sound simple, but you would be surprised how many hyped up products are just junk. And much of this junk is simply a come on to buy more in an upsell. Avoid shoddy, over hyped products and services at all costs! Your reputation is important online, so guard that reputation by only representing the best!
It’s Best if You Have Used the Product Yourself
The best policy is to buy and use the product or service yourself, so that you can give a fair and honest evaluation of it to your readers.
Cloak Your Links!
It is best to cloak your links! You would be surprised how many people will tamper with your affiliate links just to cheat you out of a commission!
I don’t know why some people do this, but it just seems that there are some out there who don’t think that your hard work to bring an important product or service to their attention is worth anything, and begrudge you your commission. They would rather see the company make the money than you, sad to say!
To prevent this, you should use an affiliate link cloaker. What these cloakers do is protect your link through a method of cloaking, so that your affiliate link can’t be tampered with. We have a good one for sale, which you can access by clicking here.
Once you have cloaked your link properly, then it can’t be tampered with and you are off to the races to make your commission off of all of your readers that click on your affiliate link!
Now that we have dispensed with the preliminaries, below you will find links to some of the best programs we have found out there.
USES FOR OFFSHORE CORPORATIONS (IBC’s)
* Holder of bank accounts, trusts, fixed deposits, investment plans, and any other financial or commercial title.
* Owner of the shares of other companies or legal entities.
* Owner of apartments, houses, buildings, and any other movable or immovable property or goods.
* Manager and promoter of international business transactions.
* Leasing of vehicles, machinery, and other.
* To give or receive money for loans, commissions or other.
* Marketing and promotion of products and services.
* Owner of patents and trademarks to receive licensing royalties in a tax-free jurisdiction
* Other commercial and financial activities.
ADVANTAGES OF AN OFFSHORE CORPORATION
* Total secrecy and anonymity. No requirement to disclose beneficial owners; file annual return or financial statements; or to hold annual general meetings of shareholders or directors
* Full exemption from taxation on any business activity or transaction carried out outside their incorporation countries
* Speedy incorporation procedures and simple ongoing administration.
* Complete business privacy and confidentiality.
* No minimum or maximum capital requirements.
* No paid-in capital required.
* Minimum registration fee on capital.
* Shares may be issued in any one or more currencies.
* Corporations may engage in any lawful business in any country and may carry on transaction in whatever currencies they choose.
* Bearer shares may be issued at owner’s option.
* Mortgages and charges on shares are possible.
* The shareholders, directors, and officers may be of any nationality and may be residents of any country.
* Neither the directors nor the officers need be shareholders.
* Directors and/or officers can be either corporate entities or natural persons.
* Shareholders and/or directors may hold their meetings in any country and they may attend such meetings by proxy.
* The accounting books of the company may be kept at the registered office of the company or abroad.