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Jurisdictions

International Investment Jurisdictions

There are any number of offshore jurisdictions that welcome international investment and offer excellent products and services. Choosing an offshore jurisdiction for investment is very important as the jurisdiction needs to be governed by a sound legal system and be recognised as a leading financial services industry. As the risk of investing needs to be reduced as far as possible, investment portfolios are often diversified across different markets and across different industries.

Popular Offshore Investment Countries Include:

America

America offers investment opportunities with a stable long term growth rate and low unemployment.

Choosing where to invest your money internationally is a daunting task with so many options available. One of the standard methods for International Investment America international investment America involves:

  • Setting up an offshore holding structure (such as an offshore company or a trust structure) and then
  • Investing the money from the holding structure into underlying investments or assets.

Using this method for international investment has proved to be secure and allows the investor to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

The jurisdictions chosen for the holding structure and the underlying investments are likely to be different and depend on the investors risk profile as well as the returns an investor expects to make. Elsewhere on the site we have discussed jurisdictions in which to establish the necessary holding structure, here we discuss the underlying funds and the popular countries for investment.

The economy of the United States is the world’s largest national economy and is the largest trading nation. The American economy is well respected as a modern first world financial market with retail leading the economy. Areas for concern in the American economy include the high level of energy consumption (of which it is a net importer) and low rates of saving by its population. The largest trading platform is the NASDAQ and the currency of the United States is the dollar.

Investing in American assets is a popular option for international investors and the high level of foreign assets already invested in the economy is a positive sign that there will continue to be growth in the American economy. Countries offer assets that have varying risk profiles and differing expected returns. Therefore, it is necessary to speak to a financial adviser who is a specialist in the specific jurisdiction. Investment options are subject to constant change and each investment jurisdiction should be considered on an individual basis.

Australia

The Australian economy, dominated by its services sector offers stable growth opportunities for investors.

There are many options available for investing your money in the international market; however there are certain accepted investment solutions that International Investment Australia have proven to be secure and financially beneficial. Generally there are 2 or more steps involved to international investment Australia:

  • Establish an offshore structure such as an offshore company or an offshore trust that holds the money and any underlying investments.
  • Invest in underlying assets/investments.

Elsewhere on the site we have discussed jurisdictions in which to establish the necessary holding structure, here we discuss the underlying funds and the popular countries for investment.

The Australian economy is well respected as a modern first world financial market with a thriving services sector (68% of Australia’s GDP). In recent times Australia has attracted substantial Chinese investment and is highly ranked (in the top 10) in the quality-of-life index. A small area of concern for investment in Australia is their current account deficit. The currency used is the Australian dollar and the stock exchange is the Australian Securities exchange.

Investing in Australian assets is a popular option for international investors and there are positive signs that the Australian economy will continue to grow. Different countries offer different assets with varying risk profiles and expected returns. Investment options are constantly changing and each jurisdiction is unique, hence you need to talk to a specialist who understands investments in that specific jurisdiction.

Brazil

Brazil with its abundant natural resources is the leading economy in South America and is attracting international investment.

Investment decisions are typically difficult, but in today’s world with so many international options, it has become all but impossible. Understanding International Investment Brazilyour international investment options is of vital importance as is structuring your investments wisely. The widely accepted steps for international investment Brazil include

  • Establishing an offshore structure (such as an offshore company or a trust) and then
  • Investing the money from the holding structure into underlying investments or assets.

Using these 2 basic principles ensures that the investments are secure and allows the investor to maintain a high level of confidentiality.The jurisdiction for the holding structure will likely differ from the underlying investments jurisdiction(s). The choice of jurisdiction for the underlying investments will depend on the investor’s risk profile and expected investment returns. Jurisdictions in which to establish the necessary holding structure have been discussed elsewhere on the site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts), here the underlying funds and the popular countries for investment are discussed.

The Brazilian economy is the largest in South America and is predicted to be one of the top 5 largest economies in the next 5 years. Brazil has made great economic progress in recent times mostly through the successful transition of local companies into multinationals with large scale international investment. Additionally Brazil has made progress in the field of deep water oil research allowing them to access oil reserves. The currency of Brazil is the Brazilian real and primary stock exchange is the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange.

Brazil continues to attract high levels of foreign investment and has a proven track record in terms of economic growth. Brazil has been traditionally classed as a third world country but if economic trends are to be believed, Brazil’s economy is set to become one of the economic leaders on the world stage. Because different countries offer different investment options and varying risk profiles and differing expected returns, it is necessary to speak to a financial adviser who is a specialist in the specific jurisdiction. Investment options are subject to constant change and each investment jurisdiction should be considered on an individual basis.

Canada

Canada has the 9th largest economy in the world and, as a developed nation, offers solid international investment opportunities.

Making investment decisions is a big responsibility as the decisions you make now will have an impact on your future. Understanding your international investmentInternational Investment Canada options is the first step to making wise investment choices and the process is best undertaken with expert advice. There are several investment options that are used, but one of the more widely accepted international investment Canada processes includes

  • Establishing an offshore structure (such as an offshore company or a trust) and
  • Investing the money from the holding structure into underlying investments or assets.

Using these steps means that you have a high degree of asset protection as well as tax benefits. The jurisdiction of the holding company will most likely be different to the jurisdictions of the underlying investments (there may be more than one). An explanation of the jurisdictions for setting up a holding structure is discussed elsewhere on the site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts); here the underlying funds and the popular investment jurisdictions are discussed.

The Canadian economy is the ninth largest in the world and is dominated by the services sector (employing three quarters of the Canadian workforce.) The high level of natural resources in Canada has ensured that international trade has remained an important component of the economy. An area of concern for the Canadian economy has been the exploitation of these natural resources (particularly overfishing and logging). Canada uses the currency of the Canadian dollar.

Canada continues to enjoy the profits of its natural resources. However, the shift to a service dominated economy ensures the long term attractiveness of the Canadian economy for investment. Various countries have different investment offerings, and while some are comparatively high risk/potentially high reward, others offer more stable growth options. It is essential to understand one’s economic standing and risk profile prior to investing internationally. Additionally, it is important to understand the different risk profiles and expected returns on investment for different jurisdictions. Investment options are subject to constant change in the global economic climate and each investment jurisdiction should be considered individually.

China

China is one of the fastest growing economies with large-scale production capabilities and a focus on long term stable financial growth.

Any investment decisions is a big responsibility as the choices you make now will have an impact on your financial security in the future. Understanding what International Investment China international investment options are available is the first step in making a wise investment, the process is best undertaken with expert advice. There are several international investment China available, but a widely accepted process includes:

  • Establish the offshore structure, which would be an offshore company or a trust.
  • Investing the funds from this holding structure into underlying investments and assets.

By using these steps you can expect a high degree of asset protection, confidentiality and tax efficiencies. The jurisdiction chosen for the holding company may be different to the jurisdictions of the underlying investments. Potential jurisdictions for setting up a holding structure is covered elsewhere on the site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts); here the underlying funds and the popular investment jurisdictions are discussed.

China is the world’s second largest economy after the United States and is the fastest-growing major economy with an average growth rate of around 10 percent annually. Consequently, China has attracted high levels of foreign direct investment and, although still a communist nation, has aligned government policy with economic expansion. The unit of currency in China is the Yuan.

China’s economy continues to grow at a steady pace, ensuring the long term attractiveness of the Chinese economy for investment. Countries have different investment offerings, with some having a comparatively higher risk with potentially higher rewards while others having more stable growth options. Knowing your own economic standing and risk profile is essential prior to investing internationally. In addition, it is important to understand what the risk profiles and expected returns on investment are for different jurisdictions. Investment options are constantly changing and each investment jurisdiction should be considered individually.

France

France is the second largest economy in Europe and with its stable growth rates has attracted international investment.

When choosing where to invest internationally there are a couple of important considerations that should be taken into account. UnderstandingInternational Investment Franceyour international investment options is the first step to making wise investment choices and the process is best undertaken with expert advice. One of the widely accepted international investment France processes for offshore investment includes:

  • Establishing an holding structure (such as an offshore company or a trust) outside of one’s country of residence.
  • Investing the money from the holding structure into underlying investments or assets in order to generate returns on that money.

Using these two steps ensures that your finances have a high degree of protection, are flexible and you benefit from increased tax savings. It is important to note that the jurisdiction of the holding company will most likely be different to the jurisdictions of the underlying investments. The choice of jurisdictions for setting up an offshore company or trust structure is discussed elsewhere on the site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts); here the underlying funds and the popular investment jurisdictions are discussed.

France is the world’s fifth largest economy and, following the recession in 2008-2009 was one of the first countries (compared to equivalent other countries such as the United Kingdom) to leave the recession after only four quarters of contraction. Industry is the leading sector in the French economy (headed by telecommunications, aerospace and defence spending). France is also the world leader in nuclear energy and has a resulting low carbon dioxide emission levels. France, as a member of the European Union, uses the Euro as its currency.

France has been praised for its progressive economic policies and has attracted international interest from foreign investors after the recession. Understanding that different countries offer differing investment options means that each jurisdiction needs to be individually investigated. Investment options are constantly changing and it is often best to navigate these options with an expert. Each investment jurisdiction should be considered individually.

Germany

The first world economy of Germany has a conservative fiscal policy, which has ensured that investor’s assets are well protected.

International markets offer innumerable opportunities for investing your money. In order to select financially beneficial and secure investment solutions thereInternational Investment Germany are usually two steps to international investment Germany that are recommended:

  • First an offshore structure, for example an offshore company or offshore trust, needs to be established to hold the money and all underlying investments and
  • second is to invest in these underlying assets and investments.

Elsewhere on this site the jurisdictions in which to establish the necessary offshore holding structure are discussed, here we discuss the popular countries for investment and the underlying funds.

The German economy is the largest national economy in Europe and has exports that account for more than one third of national output. Germany is low in natural resources and imports around two thirds of its energy. The Fortune Global 500 publication lists Germany as being home to 37 of the world’s largest company headquarters. Germany is part of the European Union and uses the Euro currency.

Investing in German assets, with its stable economy, is a popular choice with international investors. Different countries offer a range of assets, all with varying degrees of risk and expected returns, and as investment options are constantly changing you need to talk to a specialist who understands investments in that specific jurisdiction.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading financial centres characterised by low rates of taxation.

Making investment decisions is a difficult process, especially now that there are so many international opportunities. You need to understand both yourInternational Investment Hong Kong international investment Hong Kong options and the structuring of these investments. When investing internationally you should:

  • initially establish either an offshore company or trust
  • then invest money from this holding structure into assets or underlying investments.

These steps are necessary to ensure the security of the investments and assets and allows for a high degree of confidentiality for the investor.

The jurisdiction used for the holding structure may be different to the underlying investments jurisdictions. The jurisdiction of choice for the underlying investments will depend upon the individual’s needs; see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts, where the holding structures and the popular jurisdictions are discussed.

Hong Kong is respected as one of the world’s leading financial centres with an economy characterised by low levels of taxation and free trade. The Hong Kong dollar is the currency used and is the ninth most traded currency worldwide. Hong Kong offers a robust banking system and a strong legal system which, along with other economic strengths, has made Hong Kong a very attractive international investment option.

Hong Kong, with its solid economy and reputable financial structures, attracts high levels of foreign investment. Because countries differ in their investment options and have varying risk profiles and expected returns, it is essential to speak to an accredited adviser who is an expert in the specific jurisdiction. Investment options are subject to regular change so an investment jurisdiction should be selected according to an individual’s needs.

India

The rate of economic growth in India and implementation of free market principles, has proved profitable for international investors.

Any investment decisions made now will have a huge impact on your future financial security. It is vital to understand your international investment options in orderInternational Investment India to make sound investment choices, to optimise your returns it is advised that the international investment India process is be undertaken using expert advice.

  • Firstly an offshore structure such as an offshore company or offshore trust needs to be established.
  • Secondly the money in this holding structure needs to be invested into underlying investments or assets.

The holding structure may be based in a different jurisdiction to that of the underlying investments.

Popular countries for investment and an explanation of the option where the holding structure jurisdiction is different to the investment jurisdiction are discussed elsewhere on this site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts).

The Indian economy has been characterised by rapid economic growth and the implementation of free market principles. India has moved towards a market-based economy and depends largely on its services industry, followed by the agricultural sector. The currency in India is the Indian Rupee.

India with its services dominated economy attracts high levels of interest from foreign investors. Countries differ in their investment offerings, with some offering stable growth and others potentially higher risk/reward options. Before investing internationally it is essential to assess your own economic standing and risk appetite.

Also, it is important to appreciate the risk profiles and expected returns on investment of different jurisdictions. As investment options are subject to regular change any potential investment jurisdiction should be considered according to individual needs.

Japan

With its stable economy and an emphasis on stimulating growth, Japan has produced a favourable climate for international investment.

There are innumerable opportunities for investing your money in international markets and any investment decision made now will have an impact on yourInternational Investment Japan financial future. When selecting the most financially advantageous and secure international investment Japan option there are usually two steps that are suggested.

  • First an offshore structure, such as an offshore company or offshore trust, should be established to hold the money and any investments.
  • Second is to invest the money from this holding structure into underlying assets and investments.

Recommended jurisdictions in which to set up the necessary offshore holding structure are discussed elsewhere on this site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts). In this section the underlying funds and the popular investment jurisdictions are reviewed.

Japan, the third largest economy in the world, has put considerable emphasis into stimulating growth in the economy and has produced a favourable climate for international investment. In recent times the slow rate of growth has been cause for concern, however there are positive signs that long term economic growth will increase. The currency in Japan is the Japanese Yen.

Investing in Japanese assets, with its large and stable economy, is popular with international investors. With different countries each having a range of asset offerings and all with varying levels of risk and expected returns, you need to talk to a specialist with local knowledge who understands investments in that specific jurisdiction.

Russia

Russia has an abundance of natural gas, oil, coal and precious metals. These natural resources, have made investment in Russia very attractive.

Making investment decisions is a difficult process, especially now that there are so many international opportunities. You need to understand both your International Investment Russia international investment Russia options and the structuring of these investments. When investing internationally you should initially establish either an offshore company or trust and then invest money from this holding structure into assets or underlying investments. These steps are necessary to ensure the security of the investments and assets and allows for a high degree of confidentiality for the investor. The jurisdiction used for the holding structure may be different to the underlying investments jurisdictions. The jurisdiction of choice for the underlying investments will depend upon the individual’s needs; see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts, where the holding structures and the popular jurisdictions are discussed.

Russia has an abundance of natural gas, oil, coal and precious metals. These natural resources, coupled with a privatisation focus, have resulted in a positive economic climate for investment in Russia. Since the collapse of communism the movement to a market-based economy and has encouraged foreign direct investment. Russia uses the Russian rouble as currency.

Russia has a strong economy and reputable financial structures, attracting high levels of foreign investment. Countries have differing investment options with varying risk profiles and expected returns; it is recommended that you speak to an accredited adviser who is an expert with local knowledge of the specific jurisdiction. Investment options change regularly so any investment jurisdiction should be selected according to your individual needs.

Singapore

The Singapore economy known for its stable prices, low unemployment and fast growing economy.

Making any investment decision is a big responsibility as any choices made now will have an impact on your future financial security. UnderstandingInternational Investment Singapore international investment Singapore options are important in order to make wise investment choices; this process is best undertaken using expert advice. There are various investment options which can be used, but usually the process includes:

  • Creating an offshore structure (an offshore company or a trust).
  • Investing this money from the holding structure into underlying investments or assets.

By following these steps you have a high degree of asset protection, confidentiality and tax benefits.The jurisdiction of a holding structure may be different to the jurisdictions of the underlying investments. See Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts elsewhere on this site for an explanation of the jurisdictions for setting up a holding structure; here the underlying funds and the popular investment jurisdictions are discussed.

The Singapore economy known for its stable prices, low unemployment and fast growing economy is a financial hub in the East. The rate of economic growth has surpassed expectations in recent years and is to a large extent reliant on a highly skilled workforce able to re-export refined goods (accounting for over 40% of Singapore’s exports). The currency used is the Singapore dollar.

Singapore continues to enjoy the profits of its service dominated economy which ensures the long term attractiveness of their economy for investment. Counties offer different investment options, some with comparatively high risk with a potentially higher reward while others offer more stable growth options. It is essential to understand your own economic position and risk profile prior to investing internationally. It is also important to understand the risks and expected returns on investments in different jurisdictions. With investment options being subject to constant change in the global economic climate, each potential investment jurisdiction should be considered individually.

South Africa

South Africa has long attracted international investment with their wealth of natural resources and stable political climate.

Investment decisions made now will have an enormous impact on your future financial security. It is important to understand international investment International Investment South AfricaSouth Africa opportunities in order to make a reliable decision, to optimise your returns long term it is advised that the process is be undertaken using expert advice. An offshore structure such as an offshore company or offshore trust needs to be established initially and then the money from this holding structure will be used to invest into underlying investments or assets. The holding structure of choice may be located in a different jurisdiction to that of the underlying investments.

Popular countries for investment and an explanation of the option where the holding structure jurisdiction is different to the investment jurisdiction are discussed elsewhere on this site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts).

Natural resources and agriculture are major contributors to South Africa’s GDP. In addition conservative fiscal policies have added stability to this third world economy with a focus on inflation targeting. The currency used in South Africa is the Rand and the stock exchange is the JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange).

South Africa with its strong economy and attractive returns on investment makes this jurisdiction a popular choice with foreign investors. Countries have different investment offerings; some having stable growth while others have prospective higher risk and reward options. When investing internationally it is crucial to assess your own economic status and risk appetite. It is important to assess expected returns and the risk profiles of investments in different jurisdictions. Investment options are subject to change on a regular basis and any potential investment jurisdiction should be considered according your individual needs.

Switzerland

The economy of Switzerland is one of the most stable in the world, dependent on foreign investment; a traditional safe haven for investors.

There are countless options available for investing your money internationally; however there are assured investment solutions that have proven to be bothInternational Investment Switzerland secure and financially beneficial. There are usually two or more steps involved in international investment Switzerland:

  • Initially an offshore structure such as an offshore company or an offshore trust which holds the money and any underlying investments needs to be established.
  • The next step is to invest the money into underlying assets/investments. We have discussed jurisdictions in which to establish the necessary holding structureelsewhere on the site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts); here we cover the popular countries for investment and the underlying funds.

The economy of Switzerland is one of the most stable in the world due to its commitment to long term monetary security and political stability. As a result of this, Switzerland has created a traditional safe haven for investors. Best known for its banking institutions, Switzerland also has an industrial, agriculture and trade focus. The currency used is the Swiss franc.

Investing in Swiss assets is a secure and popular option for international investors. Different countries offer ranges of investment opportunities, all with varying risk profiles and expected returns. Investment options are subject to constant change and as each jurisdiction is unique, you need to talk to a specialist investment adviser who understands investments in that specific jurisdiction.

Turkey

Turkey is classified as a newly industrialised country, and in the wake of the financial crisis has become an attractive option for financial investment.

Selecting a country to invest your money internationally can be an overwhelming task with so many options available. One of the accepted methods for International Investment Turkeyinternational investment Turkey involves establishing an offshore holding structure (such as an offshore company or a trust structure) and then investing the money from the holding structure into underlying investments or assets. Using this approach for investing internationally has been proven to be secure, allowing the investor to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

It is possible that the jurisdictions selected for the holding structure and the underlying investments can be different, this would depend upon the investors risk profile and also the returns an investor might expect to make. Jurisdictions in which to establish the necessary holding structure are discussed elsewhere on the site we have, here we cover the underlying funds and the popular countries for investment.

Turkey is a largely developed economy and is a leading producer of agricultural products as well as textiles and automotive. Traditionally a state-run economy, increasing privatisation has allowed for the inflow of international investment, Turkey is also a member of the EU Customs Union. The currency in Turkey is the New Turkish Lira.

With its growing economy, opportunities for investing in Turkey assets are becoming a popular choice with international investors. Since countries offer assets that have varying risk profiles and different expected returns it is recommended that you speak to a financial adviser who is a specialist in the specific jurisdiction in order to make an informed decision. Investment regulations and options are subject to constant change and each investment jurisdiction should be considered on an individual basis.

United Kingdom

Britain’s stable economy, heaving weathered recent economic crises, offers great opportunities to foreign investors.

There are innumerable opportunities on offer for investing your money in international markets. As a rule there are usually two steps that are recommended International Investment United Kingdomwhen establishing a financially beneficial and secure international investment United Kingdom solution. Initially an offshore structure, for example an offshore company or offshore trust, would be created to hold the money and all underlying investments and then these underlying assets and investments would be invested.

Elsewhere on this site (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts) the various jurisdictions in which to establish the necessary offshore holding structure as well as the popular countries for investment of the underlying funds are discussed.

The United Kingdom’s economy consists of the economies of England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland and is the third largest in Europe (in terms of nominal GDP). After the 2008-2009 recession the UK has made positive steps to regain lost ground and recoup the foreign investment which left the country during the crisis. The currency used is the pound and the primary stock exchange is the LSE (London Stock Exchange).

Investing in British assets, with its stable economy and high level of foreign assets already invested in the economy, continues to be a popular choice with international investors. Investment options are subject to regular change and different countries offer a range of assets with varying levels of risk and anticipated returns. Talking to a specialist who understands investments in a particular jurisdiction is advised.

Vietnam

The stable economy in Vietnam has become an attractive foreign investment destination in South East Asia.

There are innumerable options available for investing your money in the international market; however there are reliable and accepted investment solutions International Investment Vietnamthat have been confirmed as secure and financially beneficial. Generally there are two steps involved in international investment Vietnam:

  • the first is to establish an offshore structure such as an offshore company or an offshore trust that holds the money and any underlying investments.
  • The second step is to invest in underlying assets/investments.

Elsewhere on the site we have discussed favourable jurisdictions in which to establish the necessary holding structure (see Offshore Company and Offshore Trusts) here we discuss the underlying funds and the popular countries for investment.

Vietnam has potential for foreign direct investment as is one of the world’s fastest growing emerging market economies. A small area of concern in the Vietnam economy is the high (and volatile) inflation rate. The currency used is the Vietnam dong which is loosely pegged to the U.S. dollar and the stock exchange is the Vietnam Securities Exchange.

Investing in Vietnam assets is a popular option with international investors and there are positive signs that the Vietnam economy will continue to grow strongly. Different countries offer diverse assets with varying risk profiles and expected returns on investments. As investment options are constantly changing and each jurisdiction is unique, it is recommended that you to talk to a specialist who understands investments in that specific jurisdiction.