Investing in offshore countries or offshore investments is a concept which is largely warped by media perception. In one place you’ll see it being advertised as being conducive to the growth of a society and on the other hand, it will be portrayed as an opportunity ripe for scammers and others who are looking to avoid taxes and other deductions that are made on investments.
While many people prefer to keep their money safe in national investment schemes, there are success stories that circulate about people investing in offshore countries and coming away richer. It’s quite normal to be skeptical when making investments so take a look at the pros and cons of investing in offshore countries:
Diversification of Investment
A little fairy tale has a moral saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and the same can be applied when it comes to making investments. If you’re only investing nationally then there is a possibility that any negative change in the economy can leave you destitute. On the other hand, investing in offshore countries entails that if the current economy makes a turn for the worse, you won’t have to lose all your assets. With diverse investment revenues, you’re also able to grow in a sustainable manner ensuring that you grow along with your investments.
Access to More Consumer Markets
Investing in offshore countries, particularly those that are developing are proving to be very fruitful for the enterprising risk taker. Through this method, you get access to larger consumer markets and in some cases, if you get in quick enough, there can be big pay outs for investors. Similarly, many governments are privatizing various sectors in the hopes of attracting investors. With the country’s economy booming, you’ll be sure to find plenty of good investment opportunities.
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Cost of Investment
Investing in offshore countries is not a cheap option to undertake. Furthermore, businesses that provide offshore opportunities to international investors know the demand and worth of their stock so they usually charge exorbitant amounts for their services. There are also Government approved requirements which must be met, particularly the one regarding the sum or amount that a person must have before they are considered eligible to invest.
Getting into the International Market
Based on the jurisdiction, the locality and the person’s individual investment goals, it is possible that getting access to the international market can prove to be problematic. In many cases, the help of an offshore corporation might be needed. Similarly, there might some steep legal fees included in the package which would cover the cost of helping you set up an offshore account in that locality. In some cases, proof of residency might be required in that particular country which would entail the purchase of property before you could start investing in offshore countries.
With these pros and cons, it’s easy to see why someone who has the monetary funds and is comfortable with the risk factor would undertake these investments. Just like with any other investment, investing in offshore countries comes with its own set of risks that one has to undertake.
Ben is a coprorate business consultant providing services to Fairmont company. An international firm that can help you register a company in any offshore destination