Offshore Mutual Fund

What is ‘Offshore Mutual Fund’

A mutual fund that is based in an offshore jurisdiction, which is generally considered to be outside the United States. The term is often used, perhaps incorrectly, to describe a fund that is not in a high-tax country.

Explaining ‘Offshore Mutual Fund’

Always be careful when investing your money in offshore accounts that have sponsors that are not well known and/or are located outside of established financial centers such as London or Hong Kong. Non-mainstream offerings may be more prone to scams because of relaxed regulations in some offshore locations.

Offshore funds offer a number of features that distinguish them from those domiciled in the U.S., as a lower level of regulation makes it easier to establish and administer the funds. Consequently, operating costs are significantly reduced and management fees can be lower. Tax exempt status enables the fund to reinvest gains that would otherwise be taxable in high-tax areas.

Offshore Mutual Fund FAQ

Can you lose all your money in a mutual fund?

You may lose some or all of the money you invest in a mutual fund because the securities it holds can reduce in value. Dividends or interest payments may also change as market conditions change.

Which international mutual fund is best?

Fund Name Returns (%) ICICI Prudential US Bluechip Equity Fund 20.54 15.63 DSP US Flexible Equity Fund 23.51 13.91 Aditya Birla Sun Life International Equity Fund -Plan A 13.77 9.54 Edelweiss Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund 24.99 12.96

How are offshore funds taxed?

These UK resident investment funds pay corporation tax on the income arising in the fund at the rate equivalent to the basic rate of income tax, annually. Offshore funds are, by definition, not subject to UK tax.

What are offshore mutual funds?

Offshore funds, also called international funds are mutual fund schemes investing in international markets. These schemes invest in equities of a foreign country or region, or fixed income securities.

How do you choose which mutual fund is the best?

Identify Goals and Risk Tolerance. Style and Fund Type. Fees and Loads. Passive vs. Active Management. Evaluating Managers and Past Results. Size of the Fund. History Often Doesn’t Repeat. Selecting What Really Matters.

Can mutual funds make you rich?

The more you can afford to put in, the greater your potential returns. It is hard to get rich investing only $1,000 in any type of security. Investing a significant amount can generate a sizable amount of income even with the most stable investments.

How can I track all mutual funds?

Track all your mutual fund portfolio in one place with Unovest. Track mutual fund portfolio – all investment folios including of family – in one place.

Further Reading

  • The economic geography of offshore incorporation in tax havens and offshore financial centres: The case of Chinese MNEs – [PDF]
  • Why worry? The impact of the OECD harmful tax competition initiative on Caribbean offshore financial centres – [PDF]
  • The role of offshore financial centres in globalization – [PDF]
  • Offshore investment funds: monsters in emerging markets? – [PDF]
  • The anatomy of the Cayman Islands offshore financial center: Anglo-America, Japan, and the role of hedge funds – [PDF]
  • Global finance and the growth of offshore financial centers: The Manx experience – [PDF]
  • The Botswana share market and its role in financial and economic development – [PDF]