For some, there remains a little mystery around the use of offshore banking accounts. There are also misconceptions about the legality and the ethics behind owning these kinds of accounts. There’s much more to offshore banking and investing than many people realize.
Who sets up these accounts, and why would they do this instead of establishing more domestic accounts? The short answer is that a variety of people create offshore accounts for several reasons. The following are some examples to consider.
Just about anyone who has heard of offshore accounts equates them with depositors who happen to be wealthy. Without a doubt, people of considerable means will make use of this type of banking option. They do so because of the benefits that they get to enjoy.
Many offshore accounts offer higher rates of interest on balances over specific amounts. That makes it easy to park a large sum in a time deposit account and earn higher returns than that same balance would earn in a domestic account. It’s simply a way to make resources that you already have provide greater returns.
Some insist that any type of offshore bank account is only suitable for those with millions at their fingertips. Several offshore banks have accounts that are ideal for those with moderate incomes. In other words, it isn’t just the wealthy who can have an offshore checking or savings account: those who would be considered middle-class earners also have access to these kinds of accounts.
Banking laws in some countries allow offshore depositors to establish accounts with minimum opening balances. By adding to these balances over time, accounts begin to generate interest. In terms of building assets for the future, this is an excellent approach for the moderate earner who wants to grow account balances over an extended period.
Offshore Real Estate Investors
Real estate remains one of the most stable of investments. It should come as no surprise that the laws in some countries make it easy to purchase developed properties or buy ones ripe for development. The path to property ownership is much easier if the investor has an offshore banking account in that same country.
Your plan may be to secure a developed property that can be leased or rented. This would create an additional revenue stream. Maybe the goal is to use the property yourself, possibly as a home for part of the year. Depending on the nation, the purchase price, taxes, and general maintenance cost may be more attractive than using a similar strategy in your home country.
Creating an offshore investment account is popular for investors who want to add more diversity to their portfolios. Why do this if there’s already a domestic account in place? It has to do with the type and the scope of investments offered outside your home nation.
There may be opportunities that aren’t traded on the exchanges at home. They range from stock offerings to real estate to FOREX deals that work better when trading in some currency other than the one used at home. As with any investment strategy, the goal is to maximize your position for the greatest returns while keeping the risk within reason. Offshore investing has the potential to do just that.
Retirement is something most of us strive for after years of working. The last thing you want to do is spend the latter part of life working at the same pace instead of enjoying your golden years. Most people look forward to traveling and engaging in activities that were not possible while engaged in the workforce.
Offshore bank accounts make it possible to build funds and other assets for your retirement years. It’s not just the potential for earning higher rates of interest. You may be able to acquire other assets now that you can sell for a tidy profit as your retirement date approaches. That will make for a secure financial future that allows you to live the way you want once you stop punching the proverbial time clock.
Those Planning to Retire in Another Country
Some want to live the life of an expat and retire to a foreign country. Some want a lower cost of living that allows assets to last longer and provide a better quality of life. Others want to live in a climate that’s more conducive to their way of life. Whatever your reason, it’s nice to have money tucked away that is readily available no matter where you live.
Be sure that the banking laws in the country where you retire allow you to use any offshore accounts you open. Laws vary from one country to the next, so you want to operate in full compliance. Doing so lets you make the most of the assets you built up over time without any complications.
Establishers of Financial Legacies
People who want to leave their children, grandchildren, and other loved ones a financial legacy often turn to offshore banking and investing. Many offshore banks have options to establish trusts and different types of accounts left to designated recipients once you pass away.
You determine what assets are held in the trust and when they can be withdrawn. Designate a single beneficiary or include multiple beneficiaries who receive assets according to a schedule and based on the income generated by the trust.
An administrator manages the trust based on your preferences for the account structure. Best of all, those assets are often protected from domestic inheritance and other taxes, which means more money remains in the control of the trust and ultimately each beneficiary.
International Business Owners
It’s not just private citizens who make use of offshore bank accounts. Many business owners do the same for their operations. It may be a multinational corporation or a small business that offers a service rather than goods. The goal is to place assets in a setting where the tax burden is legally kept to a minimum and where the assets have the chance to produce more returns.
If you’re a business owner who seeks to operate in more than one nation, this may be a good fit for you. It could help in terms of managing the cost of goods and services that you need. Those offshore accounts may also help manage receipts from your international customers. A professional at a reputable offshore bank can help you determine how to use the accounts for the best result.
Get Started with Offshore Banking
The team at Caye International Bank has helped all types of people with their offshore banking needs, and we are ready to help you. From private bank accounts to global investing options, we have banking solutions to maximize your financial portfolio.
Contact us today, and let’s begin assembling the types of accounts that will help you meet and exceed your financial goals.
Luigi Wewege is the Senior Vice President, and Head of Private Banking of Belize based Caye International Bank, a FinTech School Instructor and the published author of The Digital Banking Revolution – now in its third edition.
You can follow his posts on trends shaping the banking and financial services industry on Twitter: @luigiwewege
This is a Sponsored Feature.