Managing Offshore Bank Accounts

 Offshore Bank AccountsAfter conducting due diligence and establishing offshore bank accounts with an institution that offers everything you need to take care of your international investing activity, the next step is to make sure you are getting the most benefit from the features that come with those accounts. Your choice of a certain bank in a specific nation may be inspired, but it is of little consequence if you don’t use the services and features to best effect. To give you some ideas on how to go about making the most of those account features, here are some suggestions.

Identify the Processes Used to Initiate Transactions

The best offshore banking services make it easy for authorized parties to initiate transactions using their offshore bank accounts. The mechanisms in place to allow this process will vary, but most will offer three ways to conduct transactions – through an agent, through an online interface and in person.

Having a local agent who can handle banking tasks on your behalf is more than a simple convenience. In the world of investing, the ability to move quickly can make the difference between making a great deal of money or sustaining a substantial loss. When you are not in a position to take care of the necessary bank transactions personally, the ability to relay the information to an agent and have the matter settled quickly is crucial to your investment success. Always make sure that the proper authorizations are in place for your agent to act on your behalf when and as necessary.

Another approach to managing those transactions is to initiate them through an online interface. Many offshore banks now provide this feature for their clients, allowing them to set up transactions any time of the day or night. Those transactions can easily be executed immediately if conducted during normal banking hours. If not, they can be processed as soon as the bank opens the next business day. The benefit of this approach is that you can actually schedule transactions when it is convenient for you and not worry about encumbrances due to changes in time zones.

There is always the option of conducting transactions in person. If you happen to spend time in the nation where the bank is based, the ability to visit the bank and manage your accounts is a must. Make sure you know what type of documentation must be presented in order to conduct banking business in person and keep it with you at all times.

Taking Advantage of Training Offered by Offshore Banking Services

If you are somewhat bewildered by the range of features and how to use them properly, it never hurts to seek some training from the institution. For example, Belize banks provide helpful tutorials that walk international clients through the process of making different types of transactions. Spending a little time with online helps of this nature will take some of the mystery out of the process. As you go along, you will also build a sense of appreciation for the efforts by banks in Belize to protect your identity and all the holdings that you have in those bank accounts.

Don’t hesitate to make some simple transactions as a way of getting to experience the bank’s processes and procedures in action. Try moving money between your checking and savings accounts so that you understand the process. Schedule a payment to cover an obligation on one of your Belize mortgages and see how money is removed from the designated account and applied to the mortgage balance. Once you feel more confident in your ability to utilize the features on your offshore bank accounts, it will be much easier to focus more attention on the investment portfolio and know that your money is in good hands.

About this author

Caye International Bank Limited (CIBL) was granted an Unrestricted "A" Class International Banking License on September 29th, 2003 by the Central Bank of Belize and is regulated by the Central Bank of Belize which set the standards for liquidity and capital adequacy.