Cyprus foreign bank deposits surged more than 60 percent, reaching $ 40 billion, over five years, setting the stage for the financial crisis after the bank invested in Greek bonds and securities.Think other risks are scary? Throughout the world, with about $ 2.7 trillion in offshore banking havens recorded and the Cyprus crisis shows how little progress has been made in bringing the situation under control.The largest economy in the world stepped up their effort to find the hidden land account. To combat money laundering and tax evasion, banking havens they have pressured to sign a bilateral agreement to share the record of deposits other regulatory authorities approve such disclosure countries.After, some traditional havens such Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Channel Islands have seen their foreign bank deposits decreased.
Deposits with foreign banks on the island of Jersey, for example, has dropped nearly 60 percent since 2008, according to a study by economists last autumn in Paris School of Economics and the University of Copenhagen.But their refusal was offset With increased foreign deposits in other countries signed an agreement on relatively small, the study found. Cyprus, for example, signed two agreements, compared to 15 or more agreements signed by other banking havens and foreign deposits increased by over 60 percent. Panama and Macao, too, entered into a relatively small and experienced a sharp increase in foreign deposits. "Our results indicate that taxpayers moved to havens deposits not covered by agreements with their countries of origin," wrote economist Gabriel Zucman and Niels Johannesen the study, noted that the total global offshore deposits , $ 2.7 trillion is the same as in 2007. "The crackdown led to the transfer of deposits to benefit following havens." Until now, most efforts to rein in offshore banking havens has focused on the potential for money laundering and tax evasion. German and European creditor countries have complained that Russia regularly use the Cyprus banks to launder illicit funds, although the Cypriot government says it is enacting anti-money laundering law to comply with European Union regulations.Global Integrity Financial , a group based in Washington, estimated that more than $ 120 billion flows between Russia and Cyprus each year by the "round-tripping" setting, where the Russian currency deposits in Cyprus and then reinvesting it in Russia, as a means of lowering their tax liability in the home Cyprus crisis., though, suggests that gorging on foreign deposits pose a risk to the banking havens, too. And Cyprus is no means the largest or even the largest offshore-havens. Banks in the Cayman Islands save more than $ 500 billion in foreign deposits, Netherlands Antilles and banks with more than $ 300 billion, according to the Bank for International settlement. "All of these countries think that party will go on forever," says Dev Kar, a former International Monetary Fund chief economist who now economist at Global Financial Integrity. "There is no inspection lot." Now as Cyprus as an offshore haven display, which can slap a hefty tax on foreign deposits to raise the money needed for the bailout. No other offshore haven that has become such a problem. But, Kar said, "There is a substantial risk" of similar problems in other areas.