Hoyt Barber, Author and Consultant

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Date: 21 January 2015


Author and premier authority in the field of offshore finance, Hoyt Barber, 59, has just released his 12th published book since 1981, and his second novel entitled Offshore Money, published by Champlain Avenue Books, Las Vegas, Nevada.

A top thriller written by a talented writer who is also a key player on the inside can be among the most auspicious of reads. Author Barber delivers with Offshore Money, having over three decades of first-hand experience in the unique world of offshore finance, and the intrigue that sometimes goes with the territory. This international thriller is not only timely, but is richly infused with Barber’s personal experience and knowledge, drawing the reader firsthand into the alluring but perilous world of offshore. In our age of expanding government, dwindling individual liberty and sovereignty, aggressive exposure of offshore and foreign bank accounts, government attacks on tax havens, and bold and blatant eavesdropping on our communications and our private lives, Barber's book delivers a punch, casting the spotlight behind the scenes where duplicity grows faster than fungus in this entertaining and original plot-driven story.

Barber's protagonist Clifford Blackwell is a likeable high-flyer who loves his life—he's achieved success in the world of offshore finance and is about to find his match in a beautiful daredevil girlfriend, Victoria Love. Minding his own enjoyable business, he unwittingly walks into a twenty-four hour period that nocks his life sideways and nearly snuffs it. When his Nassau, Bahamas headquarters and state-of-the-art ecurity is breached, he begins to uncover a complex web of betrayal that extends from the Chicago Outfit which has ecretly expanded Las Vegas into a giant crooked Laundromat, to a member of his own family - and exposes an illicit operation implicating the National Security Agency (NSA) of illegal spying on all Americans and other corruptions. When a Swiss banker turns up violently murdered on Cliff's super yacht "Banc Royale," he knows things have gone too far to give up, even if it costs him everything. And it nearly does, when he comes face to face with the terrifying truth in the shadowy grey zone of offshore money.

Hoyt Barber is an international financial consultant. His published titles include, among thers, his first novel, an international thriller, From Hell to Havana (2007), Durban House Publishing, Inc., Dallas, Texas, and several personal offshore finance books, Freedom Without Borders (2011), ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, Secrets of Swiss Banking (2008) and Tax Havens Today (2007), both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, and Tax Havens (1992), nine printings, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY. Barber is presently writing a third international thriller in his offshore trilogy.

For more information about the author, visit www.hoytbarber.com.

2013-14 T-8 Annual List of the World's Best Tax Havens and Offshore Banking Centers—Just Released

Tax havens and offshore banking authority and author, Hoyt Barber, 58, releases his 5th annual "List of the World's Best Tax Havens and Offshore Banking Centers," also known as "The Green List."

This list evolves each year with new developments in offshore banking, asset protection and tax havens, and a few changes have been made for 2013-14, and recent indications show that more changes to the list will be necessary in the next few years.

The 2013 T-8 List reflects the best of no-tax or low-tax jurisdictions, money and asset havens and/or offshore banking centers. The carefully selected venues are based on Barber's twelve criteria for evaluating the overall worthiness of an offshore financial center, including the requirement to have strong bank secrecy laws and no Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the United States, or Canada, with exception of St. Vincent and Nevis, neither of which has signed with the U.S., while both have signed with Canada.

The twelve criteria include: 1) tax structures; 2) political and economic stability; 3) exchange controls; 4) treaties; 5) government attitude; 6) corporation and trust laws; 7) communication and transportation; 8) banking and professional support services; 9) legal system; 10) secrecy and confidentiality; 11) investment incentives; 12) location.

As a result of recent financial and political developments over the recent past, European banking centers, in particular, have lost favor with Barber, as they find themselves today under extreme pressure from outside forces like the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, the G-20, the OECD, Germany and France and other international organizations. As a result, they have seriously compromised their bank secrecy laws and increased their mutual cooperation with other major countries like the United States, for the exchange of previously confidential financial information.

According to Barber, "Fortunately, there are still excellent alternatives to European banking centers that offer the strongest bank secrecy in the world, have no taxes, or low taxes that would impact foreign investors, and that simultaneously provide maximum asset protection."

“The other good news is that excellent alternatives also exist to countries and banks that feel compelled to comply with the fully optional U.S. Treasury’s new legislation called the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act, or “FATCA,” which potentially goes into full effect in July of 2014. As of this press release, only nine countries have signed agreements, although U.S. authorities are negotiating or attempting to negotiate more. This new law applies to accounts with over US $50,000 in value. As a result, many Americans are looking for safe and intelligent alternatives, with some even going so far as to renounce their U.S. citizenships. Barber intends to keep his clients and readers abreast of the best jurisdictions and financial institutions with which to conduct business and banking to secure utmost personal and financial privacy.

Barber warns that FATCA is an arrogant long-arm reach by a U.S. government agency into the sovereignty of other nations, and that this new law is an act to attempt forced repatriation of assets and funds belonging to U.S. citizens and held in other parts of the world, and as a likely precursor to passing currency exchange control laws within the next few years. Such laws could prevent U.S. citizens from moving their money overseas from the U.S. without permission from the Central Bank or a designated government authority.

With these new developments foremost in the minds of many Americans today, and together with broader considerations of import to sovereign individuals globally, Barber offers his 2013-14 T-8 List as a guidepost for the coming year.

Barber points out that the order of the list does not necessarily reflect preference, as much depends upon the specific scenario and goals of the individual who is choosing a venue.

Barber's new 2013-14 T-8 Annual List of the World's Best Tax Havens and Offshore Banking Centers are as follows, together with the specific merits and advantages of each jurisdiction:

Hoyt Barber has eleven published books, several on the topics of offshore banking, tax havens, asset protection and personal finance, including his latest book, Freedom Without Borders: How to Invest, Expatriate and Retire Overseas for Personal and Financial Success (2011) published by Praeger, Santa Barbara, CA, and two current titles published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ,--Tax Havens Today: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Banking and Investing Offshore (2007), and Secrets of Swiss Banking: An Owner's Manual to Quietly Building a Fortune (2008). Barber is also President of Barber Financial Advisors, provider of offshore financial services to those seeking asset protection, privacy, sovereignty and refuge from excessive bureaucracy. For further information, please visit www.barberfinancialadvisors.com and www.hoytbarber.com.

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