Articles by Sven Lorenz
If, like me, you’re a hands-on person used to being busy, then a retirement with time on your hands can sound a bit daunting. Don’t get me wrong; I love being able to spend a few days on the beach, cocktail in hand. I relish the opportunities for travel that I have. But that alone doesn’t cut it for me. And it may not for you, either.
- A Little-Known European Tax Haven—and How to Get In
Posted on January 24, 2011 by Sven Lorenz
Turquoise waters, bountiful lobsters and unspoiled countryside—this is what the island of Sark is known for. Within sight of the French coast of Normandy, it’s popular with French and English tourists alike.
It takes a magnifying glass to locate the Isle of Man on a map, however, in the financial industry at least, the tiny speck of land in the Irish Sea is proving to be an increasingly serious contender. Last year, this island of 80,000 inhabitants achieved 10% GDP growth, mostly on the back of its burgeoning financial industry. Finance companies have to pay a flat 10% tax on profits, and thanks to its semi-independent status, the Isle of Man does not fall under the scope of bureaucratic European finance legislation.
- How the world’s largest hotel company is poised for revival
Posted on October 3, 2007 by Sven Lorenz
It’s the world’s largest hotel company, and as such, probably about as difficult to steer as an oil tanker. InterContinental Hotels owns around 3,800 hotels with more than 500,000 rooms, all spread out over at least 100 countries.
Forests have long been considered a steady, yet boring investment. But recently, an upturn in timber prices has led to a renaissance in timber shares. However, none of this was felt at Highland Timber plc, a tiny English forest company listed on London’s AIM market. Ever since the mid-1990s, the share price has only ever gone downward. That is, until a few months ago.
- The perfect way for a hassle-free bet on a 10-year German property bull market
Posted on May 22, 2007 by Sven Lorenz
What sounds tempting in theory is often so much more difficult in practice. Figuring out that German property is the cheapest in all of Western Europe is one thing, but actually buying an investment property in Europe’s largest economy is an altogether different matter.
- Coffee Heaven: Your chance to buy into Central Europe’s answer to Starbucks
Posted on by Sven Lorenz
That is, it will be, if the company’s ambitious expansion plans work out. Chances for this happening are looking good, which is why, if you missed out investing in Starbucks 10 years ago, you should carry on reading.
The U.S. is still the place where most of the world’s new trends are born. Just like the ripple effect of water, new products and services usually originate in America and eventually reach foreign shores.
Rocco Forte, Conrad Hilton, and Cesar Ritz all earned a lot of money from sleep, or, to be precise, from others sleeping. Their eponymous hotel ventures grew into international dynasties offering travelers some of the most opulent places in the world in which to lay their weary heads. Owning hotels is not something many of us can aspire to, but buying a stake in a hotel is now possible and is a growing investment trend worldwide.
- All About Abaco: The Safe-haven Island That Isn’t a Playground for the Rich And Famous…Yet
Posted on May 9, 2007 by Sven Lorenz
The worst of Las Vegas surrounded by plundered dive sites and a seemingly infinite number of duty free liquor stores.
That’s what I thought of whenever someone mentioned “The Bahamas”. Then I went beyond Grand Bahamas and Freeport, to Abaco–one of the outer islands in the north.
- “Made In Germany”—Is It Time To Place More Faith In Germany’s Legendary Reliability And Quality?
Posted on August 1, 2005 by Sven Lorenz
It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but the odds are, in three to five years time, investors will look back on those pre-election days of September 2005 and wonder, why on earth didn’t we place some more faith into Germany’s legendary reliability and quality?
- Six-Hundred Miles Off The Beaten Track—Why Would Tourists Flock To The Galapagos Islands?
Posted on June 1, 2005 by Sven Lorenz
Famous for their giant turtles, the Galapagos Islands have for decades been one of the world’s ultimate fantasy travel destinations. Most of us dream of a chance to see this unique environment up-close, yet a mere 80,000 tourists have visited this group of volcanic islands, partially due to restrictions on the number of visitors, but also due to the distance and the comparatively high costs of getting there.
This is changing. A trend is emerging that…
Mauritius’ agricultural sector relies on sugar cane for 90% of its revenue. But the World Trade Organization has ruled that sugar subsidies here need to be phased out. The locals expect the sugar fields to be deserted…planting sugar would no longer be profitable. Or would it?
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