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Guidance to offshore investing

4 Tips for investing offshore

Are you considering investing offshore? Before you move your money overseas keep these four investing principles in mind.

There is a lot of hype around investing offshore and its benefits. And while the invest offshore argument stands tall, it’s essential to consider your specific reasons for making the investment decision and to stick to a few basic investing principles before jumping aboard.

Offshore investing tips

1. Do your research

Be realistic about your current financial position, your risk profile and your investment objectives, and then research and compare offshore funds that are available to you. Match your investment requirements and time horizon with appropriate funds to ensure that your investments are suitable for your financial situation.

Visit investment company websites and read educational and news articles: expose yourself to as much information (performance, fees and monthly commentary) around offshore funds as possible.

2. Broaden your horizons

Investing offshore allows for a well-diversified investment portfolio: you have access to different economies and regions as well as a broader selection of companies that may not be available locally. This can help to protect capital losses and reduce volatility as different investments perform differently under economic pressure.

There are three main investment asset classes: cash, bonds and equities. Ideally, you want to be exposed to all three classes in both a domestic and international capacity. The exact mix of your portfolio depends largely on your financial profile.

3. Think long term

It’s no secret that markets rise and fall, and it’s important to stay invested in your funds (as opposed to switching between investments).

Be patient, have a long-term time horizon and be willing to accept some currency risk. It’s better to stay invested in your funds through long-term investment cycles in order for them to deliver on their investment potential.

4. Ask for advice

The structuring of your investment portfolio is critical and largely depends on your personal financial profile. It’s worthwhile speaking to a professional financial advisor before making any final decisions to ensure that your portfolio is well diversified and suitable for you.

Next steps

Need more information? Explore our investing abroad and offshore pages, or use the Community to interact with other Standard Bank customers investing offshore and bank consultants.