Have You Considered Offshore Investments?

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Offshore investment is the keeping of money in a jurisdiction other than one’s country of residence. Offshore jurisdictions are a commonly accepted solution to reducing excessive tax burdens levied in most countries to both large and small scale investors alike.

Selected offshore domiciles are superficially viewed by some as havens used by to conceal or protect illegally acquired money from law enforcement in the investor’s country. Although this may be the case, legitimate investors also take advantage of higher rates of return or lower rates of tax on that return offered by operating via such domiciles. The advantage to this is that such operations are both legal and less costly than the solutions offered in the investor’s country – or “onshore”

Another reason why ‘offshore’ investment is superior to ‘onshore’ investment is because it is less regulated, and the behavior of the offshore investment provider, whether he is a banker, fund manager, trustee or stock-broker, is freer than it could be in a more regulated environment.

Offshore investing refers to a wide range of investment strategies that capitalize on advantages offered outside of an investor’s home country.

The most important advantage in offshore investing is that you can make a lot of money without paying almost any taxes. If the investor lives in a place where he pays taxes like most countries then he will only pay taxes on his dividend or interest made.

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Investment funds which are registered offshore have one main benefit against onshore investment funds with the same performance levels. These offshore funds offer regular financial, services but they focus on offshore investing in particular. It is generally known that these funds offer an easy and inexpensive way to participate in their bouquet of investment funds.

Offshore funds have a clear advantage over their high tax counterparts even if income potentials were similar. They mainly offer financial services in general but concentrate particularly on offshore investment. It is very well known that funds offer the investor an affordable and easy method to access a wide variety of professionally managed investments.

To be considered as an offshore fund the first thing that is needed is being incorporated in an offshore country and only except investors which do not live in that particular country. Most of these funds pay almost no taxes in there country of incorporation but they can receive dividends or interest on funds which are invested in their jurisdiction..

Not only the fact that the offshore funds have tax benefits but that they are scructured in the same way as their onshore competitors. They also clearly state that they are registered offshore.

A wide variety of offshore investment is out there such as income, bond, capital, money, property, equity and rising market funds. All these different funds have a lot of benefits such as affordability, tax benefits, diversification, regulation, variety and professional management.

Most of these offshore funds carry a wide variety of commodities in their portfolio. Investors who are into currency trading will definately like offshore investment funds. When investing in offshore funds you will have the possibilty to spread your investment in such a way that you reduce your risk and create the potential of making higher profits. When you are not an active trader the offshore investment funds offer managed and pooled accounts to invest in.

Offshore financial centres have tightened their regulations in recent years. Indeed, in the Isle of Man and channel islands, providers of trusts and companies are now strongly regulated, essentially for client protection.

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4 Responses

  1. This is a good intro on offshore investment. How about another post on the do’s and don’ts of offshore investment.

  2. Bill says:

    Hi there, great post, however can I ask what is the minium amount of cash you need to open a off-shore account? Also, what are the fees like?

  3. Robin Bal says:

    Hi Viv,

    Thanks for the comment, thats a good idea. Stay tuned and I’ll be coming up with something soon.

    Take care and cheers.

  4. Robin Bal says:

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your comment and welcome to FortuneWatch. Your question is a little typical in nature and I will need more information to offer any advice. You can email me on balrobin@gmail.com .

    Take care and cheers.

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