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S&P raises Cyprus credit rating to BBB-

Cyprus got its investment credit worthiness back on Friday as Standard & Poor’s raised the country’s credit rating from BB+ to BBB- with a stable outlook, five years after the financial collapse.

Tougher checks on citizenship bids

The EU says member states need to keep an eye on the number of citizenships they hand out in exchange for investment. Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova has warned that citizenships for sale represent a security threat.

Funds eyeing Bank of Cyprus bad loans

A number of funds are reported to be interested in buying some of the Bank of Cyprus’ non-performing loan portfolio, which is valued at as much as €5 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Passports scheme could bring Dutch disease

The Fiscal Council has warned that overreliance on the Passports for Cash Scheme aka Citizenship by Investment Scheme aka Golden Visa Program could bring ‘Dutch disease’ to Cyprus.

Applications from Golden visa providers

As from July 31st golden visa applications will only be accepted from providers that have registered with the scheme’s supervisory body and who have signed up to a code of conduct.

Limit on citizenship scheme announced

The Council of Ministers has decided to restrict the number of citizenships granted under the ‘Citizenship by Investment Scheme’, aka ‘Golden Visa Program’ aka ‘Passports for Cash Scheme’ to 700 a year.

Chinese ban no impact on property sales

The restrictions introduced by the Chinese government to reduce outbound investment in real estate have yet to impact property sales according to the Cyprus Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Keve).

Construction helps Cyprus exit recession

Laying the cornerstone of ‘360’, the tallest construction in Nicosia, President Anastasiades said that the construction boom confirms the government’s focus on exiting the vicious cycle of economic recession.

Cyprus denies ‘selling’ EU citizenship to rich

Cyprus Finance minister Harris Georgiades has said that reports in the Guardian newspaper concerning the granting of EU citizenship to billionaire Russians and Ukrainians are exaggerated.

Cyprus 7th most popular spot in Europe for Brits

Cyprus is the seventh most popular European country for Britons seeking to relocate or buy a second property with Paphos being the most popular region according to search statistics collected by Rightmove.

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