I have been working at Capital International Group for over a year now and admittedly, it’s been a fairly sharp learning curve. After initially being dropped in at the deep-end, I now know the offshore market in South Africa inside-out, so when I recently caught up with a friend over coffee and she asked why someone might consider offshore investing and how to invest offshore, I of course jumped at the chance to share my knowledge.
For many investors, moving money offshore can be daunting, but there is no denying that the potential benefits are compelling, especially for investors in countries where the economy is less stable.
So, in answer to the question of ‘why’ to invest offshore, simply put, it enables you to diversify globally and thereby spread your risk more broadly; be it through investing in non-domestic companies, accessing harder currencies, exporting your funds to a more politically or economically stable country or gaining a wider spread of asset classes. This diversification can bring huge benefits to South African investors and is a clear-cut reason to consider offshore investment opportunities.
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