Opening Offshore Bank Accounts – The Secrets of Success

Wisely Investing Offshore The secret is officially out: Offshore banking can be a smart choice for all kinds of investors. Whether you are trying to keep your assets secure, you want to reduce the amount of taxes you pay each year or you are planning to live overseas, opening offshore bank accounts can be incredibly advantageous for a number of reasons.

While some people are overwhelmed by the prospect of banking offshore, getting started is actually much easier than you might expect.

Pick the Perfect Offshore Location

The first step in opening a bank account offshore is deciding on the right location. Offshore can mean any number of places around the world, but only you can know what destination is best for your finances and security needs.

If you are planning to retire and live on the beaches of Belize, for example, it would make sense to pick an offshore bank in the same country for the convenient logistics. Otherwise, factors like banking system stability and taxation rates for foreign investors might be integral to your final decision.

Determining the Purpose of the Bank Account

Another important factor in opening an offshore bank account is knowing the objective of the account. An account used exclusively for saving as a kind of offshore safety net will be very different from one that is used daily as a checking account for an international retiree.

Knowing what you need, and how often the account will be drawn from, can help you decide on the right account from the right bank or lending institute. 

Meeting the Account Requirements Set by the Bank

Once you have decided on the kind of bank account you want to open as well as the exact offshore location, you will need to meet a set of prerequisites set by the bank. Typically, this includes proof of funds, copies of your passport or identification and references from a bank that you have used in the past. All of this should be relatively easy to get together, and it will generally be mailed or faxed to the bank where you plan to open up an account.

Decide if Online Offshore Banking is Necessary

The final factor in this process should be deciding whether you need to have online access to your bank account. Once set up, this will give you access to your bank balance, transfers, banking statements and more. Online offshore banking can be a quick and convenient way to keep track of your spending and your savings with ease.

Opening offshore bank accounts can protect and even grow your assets with the right strategy in place.Click here for more information on picking the perfect offshore bank to meet your banking and investment needs. 



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.