Profiting from Versatile Foreign Currency Accounts

Foreign Currency AccountForeign currency accounts are appealing because they allow people to make money off of more than just exchange rates. By carefully holding positions at the right times, investors also make money from interest rate variations and political events that affect localized markets. The versatility of forex markets have long made them appealing to those who want to strengthen their portfolios.

Needless to say, foreign exchange investing is more lucrative for those whose forex accounts provide them with as much flexibility as possible. Here’s are some things to look for in foreign currency accounts and managers.

Regulatory Freedom

Many countries have rules governing how investors can spend their money. Although some of these laws are presumably well-intentioned, more often than not they simply end up making it harder to invest properly. Tax rules and legislation about who can handle your account or which type of funds you can use to invest in forex only serve to detract from the amount of profits you can realize.

This is especially relevant to retirees. In the wake of international lending crises and bank defaults, investors are finally coming to understand that their pensions, 401(K)s and IRA plans might not be as lucrative as they had once hoped. As a result, they seek some means of investing that allows them the freedom to make decisions on their own, and foreign currency banks are usually the best choice.

Effectively Building a Nest Egg

Another important issue is the fact that although many people invest in forex so that they can make a quick buck, others do it for long-term gain. It’s critical that your foreign currency account allows you to access and purchase multiple currency pairs if this is your goal. If you’re limited to only a few pairs, you’ll find that you don’t really get to take advantage of the fluctuating markets that really make forex investing lucrative.

It’s also important that your account permits 24-hour access via an online portal or similar arrangement. This is especially true if you wish to hold a position overnight or through the weekend to profit from interest rate variations.

Benefit from Basic Conveniences

Don’t overlook the benefits of opening up an account with a bank that actually caters towards forex. Belizean banks that have experience with international clientele are much better at providing investors with the infrastructures they need to manage their assets intelligently. They drastically outperform forex-only platforms and similar online services. While you may take features like secure, consistent online account access and regular balance statements for granted in your home country, they make a huge difference when you’re actually trying to grow a significant retirement fund from a distance.

Foreign currency accounts provide opportunities for stable wealth creation over the long term, which makes them ideal for forward-thinking retirement investors. Unfortunately, many of us are severely limited in terms of the currency pairs we can access from local institutions and the types of account services these banks and fund managers provide. Furthermore, forex-exclusive trading platforms often lack the infrastructure needed to make withdrawals without notice and link accounts, so they’re less accessible overall. It’s important that your foreign currency account doesn’t suffer from these common serious faults, especially if you’re planning on using it to generate wealth for retirement.

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.