On the origin of the term "secrecy jurisdiction"
Some people have credited TJN with coining the term "secrecy jurisdiction" as an alternative to "tax haven." It is a term that has been catching on reasonably well, and some tax havens, er, secrecy jurisdictions, have occasionally taken up the language, even if it is in the context of denial.
But we should like to point out that although we do like the term, and we have certainly helped popularise it, we didn't coin it: it seems to have originated in the United States. For instance, in a report by the U.S. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on private banking and money laundering, we note:
"Guardian Bank would sometimes wire the funds to another Guardian correspondent account at a bank in a secrecy jurisdiction, such as Credit Suisse in Guernsey, before sending it to the next destination."
That report was issued in 2001, which predates TJN. There may well be older mentions (anyone care to find us an older version?) It would be fun to find out who did coin it. Credit where credit is (or not) due . . . .