Secrets of Swiss Banking : An Owner's Manual to Quietly Building a Fortune

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-04
  • Publisher: Wiley
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In Secrets of Swiss Banking, offshore financial specialist Hoyt Barber shows how to protect your hard-earned assets by safely and legally moving your money into trusted Swiss financial institutions. Along with timely banking advice and solid investment insights, Barber provides authoritative information on a variety of Swiss banking-related issues-from the basics of opening an account to the nuances of numerous Swiss banking and investment strategies. He also details Swiss banking policies and regulations along with U.S. tax and reporting requirements.

Author Biography

Hoyt Barber is a renowned specialist in tax havens and offshore banking and has served as a financial consultant to clients worldwide. He has authored ten books, including Tax Havens Today, also published byWiley. Barber is President of Barber Financial Advisors in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a provider of offshore financial services, and the popular Offshore Evaluation Service. Visit the author's Web site at www.hoytbarber.com to learn more.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Challenges and Threatsp. 1
The Economic Frontp. 3
Political Landscapep. 14
The Un-Patriotic Actp. 22
The New Americap. 25
Personal Sovereignty and the Urgency to Actp. 27
Switzerland-Alpine Financial Oasisp. 29
Roots of Political and Monetary Stabilityp. 30
The Swiss Reject the European Unionp. 32
Armadillo-Tough Asset Protectionp. 33
Twin Democratic Republicsp. 34
Bankers to the Worldp. 35
Bank Secrecy in a World of Transparencyp. 36
Cloak and Daggerp. 40
Swiss Francp. 41
Where to Begin: Opening a Swiss Bank Accountp. 49
Types of Swiss Banksp. 53
How to Select a Swiss Bankp. 58
Types of Swiss Bank Accountsp. 62
Other Swiss Banking Facilitiesp. 70
Opening Your Swiss Bank Accountp. 71
Online Bankingp. 78
Written Instructions to Your Bankp. 79
Perfectly Legal Secret Accountp. 80
Tax Evasion or Tax Fraud?p. 81
Worried about an Audit?p. 82
Investing through Your Swiss Bankp. 85
Stocks and Bondsp. 87
Swiss Bank Bondsp. 88
Forward Contracts and Margin Accountsp. 89
Precious Metalsp. 91
Foreign Currenciesp. 105
Commoditiesp. 112
Warrants and Optionsp. 113
Mutual Funds and Electronic Traded Fundsp. 114
Real Estate Investment Trustsp. 115
Real Estatep. 116
Your Own Private Monetary Policyp. 118
Banking Policies and Regulationsp. 127
Swiss Regulatorsp. 128
Financial Actions Task Forcep. 130
Money Launderingp. 130
Qualified Intermediariesp. 131
U.S. Taxpayer Requirementsp. 133
Structuringp. 134
Tax Treatiesp. 135
The Ultimate Investment Planp. 137
Secrecy Factorp. 139
Investment Safetyp. 140
World's Best Asset Protectionp. 140
Swiss Legal Proceedingsp. 142
Swiss Francp. 143
U.S. Tax and Reporting Requirementsp. 144
Tax-Deferred Earningsp. 144
1035 Tax-Free Exchangep. 145
Swiss Taxesp. 145
Compound Earnings and Interestp. 145
Swiss Portfolio Bondp. 146
Swiss Annuityp. 147
Swiss Life Insurancep. 151
Blacked-Out, Forbidden, and Little-Known Investment Opportunitiesp. 153
Alpine Retreat for Business and Pleasurep. 155
Business Practicesp. 156
Travelp. 158
Tax-Advantaged Residencyp. 161
Immigrationp. 163
Swiss Real Estatep. 164
Swiss Real Estate Investment Companiesp. 165
The Swiss Companyp. 166
Doing Business in Switzerlandp. 167
Back Door to Switzerlandp. 169
The Best Alternatives to Switzerlandp. 171
T-7 Tax Havensp. 172
Liechtensteinp. 175
Andorrap. 176
Austriap. 177
Panamap. 178
Belizep. 179
Saint Kitts and Nevisp. 181
Tax Information Exchange Agreementp. 182
Mutual Legal Assistance Treatyp. 184
Swiss Banksp. 189
Other Swiss Service Companiesp. 249
Resourcesp. 257
Suggested Readingp. 261
About the Authorp. 265
Indexp. 267
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