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Transfer Assets Offshore, Avoid the Paper Trail, Stay Confidential Transfer Assets Offshore, Avoid the Paper Trail, Stay Confidential

Sending money offshore:
Avoiding the paper trail

Going offshore: The basics
of getting from A to C

Going offshore: The basics of getting from A to C
Offshore money transfers: "Suspicious" financial transactions?
Transferring assets in silence: Staying low profile
Destination offshore: Discreet money transfer opportunities of international trade
Avoiding the paper trail: Further tips and tricks
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Wondering how to get your assets offshore without leaving directions for others to follow? Those with privacy on their minds always plan a stopover or two on their way to offshore freedom.

with Alex Hanson

The transfer of assets offshore rarely receives the attention it deserves. Opening an offshore bank account is just the start; successfully placing your assets offshore is a separate process and it requires careful thought.

Any asset transfer obviously raises a fundamental question regarding privacy. It is obvious that transferring funds from one bank to another leaves a permanent record of the transaction in the sending bank; in terms of privacy, a money transfer effectively ties two bank accounts together.

Transactions that involve an offshore bank on the receiving end deserve careful consideration. Taking shortcuts can compromise not only your privacy, but also the security of your assets.

Onshore bank records:
Wide open to scrutiny

Those who casually credit their new offshore bank account with a direct transfer from a regular onshore account often later regret their carelessness. The creation of an unguarded and permanent record of the location of their offshore assets is the unwelcome consequence that a surprising number of people do not consider.

In the majority of today's developed countries, confidentiality of banking transactions is virtually non-existent. The days when requests for access to bank information had to be supported by clear evidence of wrongdoing are gone.

In large parts of Europe, for example, tax authorities and others routinely gain access to bank account records, sometimes on a regular (annual) basis. The need for court orders is diminishing as governments try to convince us that if we are doing nothing wrong, we have nothing to hide.

Think twice before sending your assets offshore from any bank that is either directly located in your country of residence, or located within an economic, political or information-sharing block of which your own country is a member -- such as the EU. If privacy is a concern, don't -- onshore bank records are not private; the record of your onshore-to-offshore transfer can slip out of the door before you know it.

But it gets worse.


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