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Sharps Pixley Promo: Free Gold Bar With A Safe Deposit Box In London

Regular readers of Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes may remember my mentions of Sharps Pixley, which dates back to 1778 and is an original member of London’s twice-daily gold price fixing establishment, opening up a private, non-bank safe deposit box service last year.

Yesterday I learned of a promotion being offered by Sharps Pixley, whose parent company is Degussa, which also has vaults/boxes outside the banking system (under the Degussa name) in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Nuremburg, and Stuttgart), Spain (Madrid), and Switzerland (Geneva and Zurich). From a LinkedIn post Thursday by Sharps Pixley CEO Ross Norman:

“FREE GOLD BAR WITH A SAFE DEPOSIT BOX IN LONDON”

We are giving away a free small gold bar for every SAFE DEPOSIT BOX taken at our St James’s Street, London bullion showroom.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

For more information about this promotion, contact Sharps Pixley directly (website here).

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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List Of Offshore Private Vaults Updated

The list of private, non-bank vaults outside the United States (offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum) located on this blog’s sister site- Offshore Private Vaults- was recently updated.

Safe deposit facilities have been added under the following countries:

• Israel (Brickstone Private Safe Services, Tel Aviv)
• Latvia (Rigas Seifi, Riga)
• Liechtenstein (Trisuna Lagerhaus AG, Triesen)
• United Arab Emirates (MySafe, Dubai)
• United Kingdom (Edinburgh Vaults, Edinburgh, Scotland and Nottingham Vaults, Nottingham, England)

Any facilities I missed? I’d be grateful if you let me know about them. In the meantime, readers can view the updated list of offshore private vaults here.

Christopher E. Hill
Editor

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Merrion Vaults Plans To Open Liverpool, Nottingham Safe Deposit Box Facilities

Irish businessmen Séamus Fahy and David Walsh are at it again. It’s being reported that the founders of Merrion Vaults in Dublin are looking to add to to their existing family of private, non-bank vaults with safe deposit boxes in Ireland, Scotland (Glasgow Vaults), and England (Newcastle Vaults). Barry O’Halloran wrote on The Irish Times website last month:

Safekeeping specialist Merrion Vaults is spending up to €2 million on an expansion that will see it open new safety deposit box centres in Liverpool’s landmark Royal Liver Building, other British cities and possibly Europe.

Merrion Vaults runs a purpose-built safety deposit box facility on Dublin’s South Cumberland Street, close to Merrion Square, which it opened in 2013 after its founders, businessmen Séamus Fahy and David Walsh, identified strong demand for the service.

Mr Fahy confirmed at the weekend that the Irish company is planning to open in Liverpool and Nottingham in England, to follow vaults that are already up and running in Glasgow and Newcastle…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

According to the Liverpool Vaults website, the facility is scheduled to open in January 2018.

O’Halloran added that the company “could target Edinburgh” and is “now weighing a move to the continent.”

An interesting article, which you can read in its entirety over on The Irish Times website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of a particular business should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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OECD Tax Chief: ‘Paradise Papers’ Activity Mostly, If Not Totally, Legal

A parting note to that prior discussion of the so-called “Paradise Papers.” Vanessa Houlder reported the following on the Financial Times (UK) website Monday:

But for tax experts, the conclusions were less clear. They said the structures revealed so far in the new cache were very different from those exposed in a previous leak, last year’s Panama Papers. Pascal Saint-Amans, the top tax official at the Paris-based OECD said: “They are quite different from the Panama Papers.” He said the schemes in question were mostly, if not totally, legal. “Some are not even questionable from a legitimacy point of view.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I’ll leave readers with this amusing bit from across the pond on the Daily Express (UK) website yesterday. Stephen Pollard wrote:

Take the headlines about the Queen. “Revealed: Queen’s private estate invested millions of pounds offshore” screamed The Guardian. The paper “revealed” that Her Majesty “through the Duchy of Lancaster has held and still holds investments via funds that have put money into an array of businesses, including the off-licence chain Threshers and the retailer BrightHouse, which has been criticised for exploiting thousands of poor families and vulnerable people”.

Are they really suggesting it is inappropriate for the Queen to hold investments anywhere except Britain? What about Bermuda or the Cayman Islands where, er, she is their head of state? She’s not allowed to invest in her own territories?

As for the phrase “offshore”: it is essentially meaningless. Britain is “offshore” for anyone who isn’t in Britain. One of the secrets of our economic success in recent decades is that we are an attractive place to invest money – offshore, that is, for the rest of the world.

If investing offshore is so appalling for the Queen, presumably it is for everyone else too – which means, from the perspective of Britain, everyone else on Earth except for us. Which means an end to all foreign investment in the UK. Then there is the hypocrisy of the reaction. According to Jeremy Corbyn anyone putting money into tax havens should “apologise”. As the Guido Fawkes website pointed out: the Labour Party rents its HQ via a tax exempt property fund based in Jersey. Nothing wrong with that, it’s completely legal…

But the gold medal for hypocrisy surely lies with The Guardian, which published the Paradise Papers and fulminated against people taking advantage of laws to minimise their taxes. Without mentioning, of course, The Guardian’s own “GMG Hazel Acquisition 1 Limited”, which is based in the Caymans– to minimise its tax payments…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Not our circus, not our monkeys, as Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes merely focuses on the secured storage of legally-obtained and owned personal belongings outside the United States for a variety of legitimate reasons. And not offshore finance.

Still, begging to pointed out considering all the hoopla over the “Paradise Papers” in the legacy media these days?

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

Sources:

Houlder, Vanessa. “Paradise Papers spark political backlash over offshore finance.” Financial Times. 6 Nov. 2017. (https://www.ft.com/content/70aca220-c30a-11e7-b2bb-322b2cb39656). 9 Nov. 2017.

Pollard, Stephen. “Hypocrisy over the Paradise Papers is truly breathtaking says STEPHEN POLLARD.” Daily Express. 8 Nov. 2017. (http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/876903/Paradise-Papers-hypocrisy-shocking). 9 Nov. 2017.

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Bloomberg.com: Private Vaults Expanding To Meet Demand

Several noteworthy articles relating to the focus of this blog came out during my sabbatical. One piece readers might find interesting (if you haven’t read it already) appeared on Bloomberg.com back on June 6, 2017. Thomas Seal and Eddie Van Der Walt penned “The New Gold Rush Is All About Vault,” observing:

From safety-deposit boxes in leafy west London to high-security facilities housing gold and silver in Frankfurt, companies that store valuables are expanding to meet demand

Political surprises like Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president have shaken investors over the past year. At the same time, negative interest rates have persisted across much of Europe and inflation has shown signs of life, threatening to wipe out the fixed coupon payments offered by bonds and increasing the allure of storing wealth in a dark room with walls of tempered steel

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

London-based Metropolitan Safe Deposits chief executive Christopher Barrow (who I’ve mentioned before on the blog) appeared in the article. Seal and Van Der Walt wrote:

Christopher Barrow, the CEO of Metropolitan Safe Deposits Ltd., said the firm is increasing its capacity “all the time,” as demand has never been greater. “We have very substantial vaults and our St. John’s Wood vault is not too far from full capacity.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

An insightful piece, which you can read in its entirety on Bloomberg.com here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of entities marketing themselves as private vaults outside the U.S. offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Related Reading: London’s Sharps Pixley Spotlighted By The Spectator Magazine

Monday evening I read an interesting article about London, England-based precious metals showroom/safe deposit box service Sharps Pixley (first blogged about here). Margareta Pagano wrote on the website of The Spectator (UK) this past weekend:

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. And when the going is seriously tough- as it may be when Trump and Putin really start stirring global trouble- they shop for gold.

And where could be more convenient to do so than at Sharps Pixley in St James’s Street?…

You can go straight for the one-kilo bars, about the size of an iPhone, at £33,130 each. [Sharps Pixley CEO Ross] Norman gives me one to hold; it’s cold and heavy, its shininess like the golden wrapping of a chunky caramel chocolate bar. You see why the Egyptians called it the ‘breath of the gods’; there’s something primal about holding the bullion in your hands.

Some shoppers take the bars home in bags, but most store them in safe-deposit boxes in the shop’s vaults. There are more than 200 gold and silver products for sale here. Real roses dipped in pure 24 carat gold, from £100, are a bestseller…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)


“Why Gold Is A Safe Haven Investment”
Sharps Pixley’s London facility featured (Feb. 2016)
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You can read the entire article here on The Spectator website. For more information about Sharps Pixley, head on over to their site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of entities marketing themselves as private vaults outside the U.S. offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Related Reading: Harrods Safe Deposit Article On The Huffington Post Website

While putting together the list of offshore private vaults offering safe deposit boxes/lockers for this blog’s sister site, I learned that two of the best-known department stores in the world- Harrods and Selfridges in London, England- provided this service.

Yesterday, The Huffington Post website published a piece about Harrods Safe Deposit, which opened in 1896 and according to the store’s website:

…is a fully secure safe and strong room facility that guarantees complete safety and confidentiality. Personal safes can be rented at a yearly flat rate, from a small box right up to whole strong room.

Michael Levin wrote Wednesday in “What You Don’t Know About Harrods (But The Rich And Famous Do)”:

One of the most unique services the store offers is most likely unknown to all but a few of its shoppers.

I’m talking about the Safe Deposit at basement level where, since the current building’s creation in 1897, customers have kept safe deposit boxes and “strong rooms” where they keep money, collectibles, art, antiques, and other valuables as safe as in any bank.

The clientele for the service includes royals from around the world, VIPs, celebrities, movie stars, and the ultra-rich who have often passed their Harrods safe deposit boxes and strong rooms from one generation to the next…

Levin went on to talk about that private vault’s construction, it’s history, modern-day operations, and the head of the Safe Deposit Gary Parkins, who is set to retire in 2017 after forty years of service to Harrods (congratulations Mr. Parkins!)

An interesting piece, which you can read in its entirety here on The Huffington Post website. And for more information about Harrods Safe Deposit, head to its web page here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of entities marketing themselves as private vaults outside the U.S. offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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