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OFFSHORE FINANCIAL CENTRE

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Definition:
Countries or jurisdictions with financial centres that contain financial institutions that deal primarily with nonresidents and/or in foreign currency on a scale out of proportion to the size of the host economy. Nonresident-owned or -controlled institutions play a significant role within the centre. The institutions in the centre may well gain from tax benefits not available to those outside the centre.

Source Publication:
IMF, 2003, External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users – Appendix III, Glossary, IMF, Washington DC.

Hyperlink:
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/eds/Eng/Guide/index.htm

Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Thursday, August 28, 2003

Last updated on Wednesday, January 4, 2006