The focus of my first blog is to outline what I'm trying to achieve with the new-look OffshoreAlert.
OffshoreAlert has come a long way since it was launched in 1997 as a monthly newsletter that was distributed via Cable & Wireless' unreliable broadcast fax service that I connected to by dial-up modem from my tiny cubicle in a Miami office building.
The launch today of our vastly-improved and state-of-the-art web-site, which has been under development for approximately 12 months, marks a new phase in the company's history.
Our focus remains the same as it was 14 years ago, i.e. provide subscribers with credible information about Offshore Financial Centers and those who conduct business in them so that they can make better-informed decisions.
However, our new site includes more tools to make that happen more effectively.
The introduction of an All-in-One Search Engine that allows subscribers to search and view all of our articles and documents from one search box is, perhaps, the most significant enhancement for those looking to conduct financial due diligence.
For those interested in breaking news, we have introduced several organizational features that allow you to view news by date and category and be alerted automatically by email whenever anything is entered into our database that matches your monitoring criteria.
Another significant enhancement is the introduction of blogs on the following topics: Offshore Finance, Fraud & Asset Recovery, Cross-Border Compliance and Whistleblowing. We have invited – and will continue to invite – guest bloggers who, in my opinion, are accomplished in their respective areas of business to blog about matters affecting international finance, including offshore products and services, investigations and intelligence, and political and tax issues.
Our overall aim is to provide credible information that subscribers and site visitors in general can find useful.
We are also trying to develop a sense of community within the world of Offshore Finance, which often appears disjointed and has historically struggled to educate the public and the media about OFCs and what occurs within them by adopting a head-in-the-sand and, frankly, delusional approach to self-promotion that is ineffective and counter-productive.
For the record, OffshoreAlert is neither pro- nor anti-OFCs. We're independent. Our only agenda is to provide credible, accurate and useful information to assist our clients in their personal and corporate financial activities.
I look forward to feedback from clients and site visitors alike.