A Beginner’s Guide to International Investments

International InvestmentYou don’t have to be an expert to become an international investor and maintain or grow your wealth.

Many people from the United States have primarily dealt with domestic banks, domestic accounts and domestic investments for their entire lives. While doing so can be smart in some circumstances, it is important to realize that international investments are also a viable option. This article explains the basics of investing internationally, the various benefits, what types of investments are available and why the right country can make all the difference.

What is International Investing?

In essence, investing internationally simply means placing your funds in any account, mutual fund or stock based overseas. When you invest exclusively in domestic options, this is called single-country investing. If you maintain a portfolio with a combination of international and domestic investments, then you will be considered a global investor.

What are the Benefits of Investing Internationally?

Obviously, there is no reason to invest internationally unless it can benefit you in some way. One of the most obvious benefits is that of diversification. Should the American car industry fail, or if the banking system suffers substantially, you could see stocks, real estate and investments fall across the board. By investing internationally, you will have diversified your portfolio and reduced the chances of losing all your wealth. Investing internationally can also legally reduce your tax burden, give you access to foreign currency or allow you to invest in major companies in the automotive, telecommunications and mining industries that happen to be located overseas.

What Types of International Investment Options are Available?

There are a number of different investment types that you can consider, and it all depends on what kinds of risks you want to take, how flexible you are and what you believe will be a wise investment in the future. Some of the possible options include investing in precious metals, investing in international real estate or acting as a venture capitalist for an international company. Mutual funds, international stocks and even offshore bank accounts are also potential forms of international investment options.

Picking the Right Country for International Investing

No two international or offshore investments are the same, and it is important to consider the country when making your decisions. Nations like Belize, which have limited or no government intervention, no capital gains taxation and high banking stability could be the perfect option for you.

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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.