Eddie Obeid taken to hospital after suffering a stroke ...
Like with most money making mysteries the tax haven type arrangements were well and alive in the West for many, many years, but the Communist Soviets perfected it in mid 1980 and the Czechoslovak Communists followed the trend of socialising losses and privatising profits on various treasure islands ...
New Zealand Foreign Trusts: Chickens Coming Home to Roost ...
New Zealand foreign trusts and the Unaoil scandal more chickens coming home to roost and they are big...
Just weeks earlier, Muscat’s chief-of-staff, Keith Schembri, and Malta’s energy minister, Konrad Mizzi, had used New Zealand’s secrecy laws to set up two offshore trusts. These were to be linked to a secret Dubai bank account and to two Panama companies that Schembri and Mizzi had set up in 2013 through a Panamanian law firm.
The revelation of the New Zealand trusts has triggered ongoing crisis for Muscat’s government, but it also increases pressure on New Zealand to tighten its tax loophole for foreign trusts.
New Zealand’s 12,000-plus offshore trusts pay no New Zealand tax on foreign earnings. Their beneficiaries are not registered and their accounts are not filed with any public body. New Zealand regulators may demand this information, but it is not disclosed to foreign governments.
New Zealand foreign trusts the scandals the reforms and throat clearing from the EU
Tyler Cowen has a thoughtfull story as always on the mystery of Rene Rivkins of this and past worlds:
"Insider trading has long captured the public imagination, featuring in headlines, television and movies ranging from Wall Street in 1987 to the more recent TV series Billions. It's thus worth asking: To what extent does all the drama correspond to what insider traders actually do?"
What Do We Really Know About Inside Traders..., based on the research of Kenneth R. Ahern at USC. Here is to me the most interesting bit:
Some aspects come pretty close to what we see in the movies. The average insider trader is 43 years old, and nine out of 10 are male. The practice also seems correlated with some features of recklessness: Insider traders are younger than their associates, less likely to own real estate, and have fewer family members on average. More than half have criminal records, with almost all charges stemming from traffic violations.
How a Sunshine Coast financial planner’s death exposed a $100m deception: Mr Halgryn ran a trading syndicate that promised investors returns of up to 24 per cent
Wall Street Journal, Big Win for Tax Whistleblowers as Pair Gets $17.8 Million:
tax restitution $20,000,001
criminal fine $22,050,000;
civil forfeiture $32,081,693
via the brilliant distiller Jack Townsend Tax Court Includes Title 18 Fines and Forfeitures from Tax Crimes in Whistleblower Collected Proceeds
Your over-length appellate brief is chubby and fat: Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski uses some colorful language in a dissent from an order granting permission to file an oversized appellate brief issued today.Judge Kozinski's dissent concludes:
For my part, I don't feel bound to read beyond the 14,000 words allowed by our rules, so I won't read past page 66 of the state's brief. If counsel for the state wishes me to consider any argument in the remaining portion of her brief, she should feel free to file a substitute brief, no longer than 14,000 words, which I will read in lieu of her oversized brief, so long as it is filed no later than 7 days from the date of this order.