Why Would I Want to Change My Offshore Bank?

One of the things that seasoned offshore investors understand is that nothing is quite as sure as change. An investment that does very well for a period of time can begin to turn sour. Opportunities that seemed unworkable in times past may be very appealing as shifts in the economy of a nation begin to develop. The point is that there is no element of the investment and wealth management process that is not subject to review and change. This includes your selection of an offshore bank.

Changes in Your Needs for Offshore Banking Services

While your original choice of an offshore bank was perfect at one time, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the institution will still be able to support your investment efforts a few years down the road. This is not because the bank is not stable or that the terms and conditions related to your accounts will shift every so often. The real reason that a change may be needed has to do with your evolving needs in terms of offshore banking services.

When you first begin to consider the possibilities of offshore investing, you used the information on hand to find the right international bank for your purposes. Accounts were established, and you began to use them as a way to receive dividends and earnings from your offshore investments. You also used the bank’s services to track your wealth and calculate the amount of taxes owed on those earnings. At the time, those tools were sufficient for your needs.

Over time, your investment portfolio has continued to expand. As the size and type of your investments continue to evolve, you find that the services offered by your current bank are no longer adequate. At this juncture, you can choose to remain with the bank out of loyalty and come up with some ways to work around its limitations, or you can begin evaluating other institutions as potential new homes for your offshore banking accounts.

Considering the Possibilities of New Offshore Banking Services

As you consider leaving your current offshore bank, it helps to take a fresh look at all your options. This includes considering banking institutions based in other countries. You may find that the banking laws and the institutions in a different nation are more favorable to the type of investments you are currently pursuing. For example, many seasoned investors have found that banks in Belize are a great fit for their needs. The combination of services and support prove to be ideal for managing assets in several different nations. Belize is also a good option for English speaking investors, since English is the official language of the country.

The goal is to identify banks that offer all of the services that you enjoy with your current bank while providing access to additional services that will make managing your wealth a little easier. Keep in mind this is not something you can do when you have a free afternoon. In order to find the right bank, you will need to enter a period of methodical searching and evaluation.

Getting Help with Finding the Ideal Offshore Bank

While the decision to change banks is ultimately up to you, that doesn’t mean you can’t call on various resources to help you gather information. If your offshore broker currently offers consulting services, ask for help in matching your present financial management needs to banks that are based in favorable countries. This will help to minimize the time you spend qualifying institutions and make it easier to focus attention on banks that do offer the services and account features that you desire.

Even with that help, don’t make a decision in haste. Just as you were able to work with your last bank for several years, it’s a good idea to go with a new bank that can provide the care you need for a reasonable period of time. Consider all your options carefully and make sure to make the right choice the first time.

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.