Georgetown Trust Blog

Asset Protection Structures - A Quick Overview

Posted by David J Drummond on Aug 12, 2017 1:55:59 PM

I spend a majority of my day conversing with individuals from around the world looking to protect themselves, their families and their assets. And, as you can imagine, each and every invidividual's personal situation is different. There is not one simple "pill" that can be utilized by everyone.

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Topics: Asset Protection, International Trusts, International Business Companies, Foundations

This is How to Structure Large Offshore IRAs

Posted by Joel M. Nagel on Jun 5, 2017 10:28:06 AM

This post by international attorney Joel Nagel is for those with a large retirement account(s) who wish to invest in foreign markets. It’s also for those who will invest their IRA offshore with leverage, a mortgage, or in a business or hedge fund that will return ordinary income rather than capital gains.

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Topics: offshore IRAs

"Checkbook IRA" May Be a Bit Misleading

Posted by David J Drummond on Feb 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA) market has utilized the term "Checkbook IRA" to describe a strategy that utilizes a Limited Liability Company (LLC) as an investment vehicle so often that it has become synonamous with the actual structure itself. However, this can be misleading when one is describing the strategy that utilizes international structures for purchasing assets outside of the United States.

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Topics: Self-directed IRA

The Capital Contribution Question

Posted by Georgetown Trust on Feb 1, 2017 11:18:17 AM

The creating of a company, be it a corporation or a limited liability company, requires one to specify to the service provider certain particulars with regard to the entity. You will be required to select a company name, identify the owners and their percentage ownership, specify the type of business to be performed, the geographic location in which the entity will operate and who is responsible for managing the company. These are all very straight forward, however, the item that causes the most confusions is the capital contribution amount.

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Topics: Asset Protection, Self-directed IRA, International Business Companies

5 Things to Know Before Starting International Business Companies

Posted by David J Drummond on Sep 8, 2016 11:48:27 AM

If you are hoping to start a company in Belize, you'll have several classification options. However, one of the most popular is the IBC, or International Business Company. Starting an IBC offers a number of benefits, but there are also some limitations. These are the five things you should know before you start your own IBC in Belize.

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Topics: International Business Companies

How to Benefit From a Self-Directed IRA

Posted by David J Drummond on Aug 25, 2016 1:43:15 PM

Since the creation of the IRA in 1974, countless Americans have taken advantage of this investment vehicle. Although a traditional IRA certainly has some advantages, including a significant tax break while saving for retirement, there are also some drawbacks.

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Topics: Self-directed IRA

Grow Profits Through Precious Timber

Posted by David J Drummond on Aug 3, 2016 4:37:48 PM

For many individuals, trees are a natural resource that do not appear to be in short supply. For those in development, engineering or construction, however, it can immediately become apparent just how vital timber is for our global society.

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Topics: Precious Timber

Putting Your Gold to Work In The Smartest Way

Posted by David J Drummond on Jul 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There is no shortage of reasons to invest in gold today. The element has an intrinsic value, has been an asset for thousands of years, is desired around the globe and isn't linked to any one specific country or banking system, as other currencies are.

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Topics: Gold Loan Program

History and Advantages of a Corporate Structure

Posted by David J Drummond on Jun 22, 2016 3:28:46 PM

To protect your hard-earned wealth and preserve your assets for the future, a corporate structure is often the best course of action. These corporate structures limit your individual liability, creating a level of protection between you and the real estate, cash or investments you have worked so hard to earn. 

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Topics: International Business Companies

Company Ownership for an LLC and an IBC

Posted by David J Drummond on May 12, 2016 10:39:29 AM


Both the Limited Liability Company, or LLC, and the International Business Company, or IBC, are corporate structures that can be a smart choice for the savvy investor. 

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Topics: International Business Companies