Capital Controls in some jurisdictions are an inevitability.
The IMF even recently updated its policy on the matter, opening the door to more instances of capital controls without IMF intervention.
The reality is that the past decades have been the golden years of the free flow of capital. Before that, most countries had capital controls in place. They were the norm.
In an era of de-globalization, would it be surprising to see governments trying to ensure capital does not leave their borders, especially as countries struggle with high debt levels, shortages of various sorts, and surging tax rates?
I’ve been preparing for capital controls for years
I have bank accounts all over the world, as well as real estate and brokerage accounts. When capital controls start showing up again, I will be in a much better position than most people and will still be able to move capital around. Invariably, some of my capital will be stuck in some places, but not all of it nor most of it.
Being a non-resident is always better than being a resident
his is a topic that almost never gets discussed. The reality is that in an era of de-globalization and potential capital controls, you WANT your bank account to be a non-resident account. Why? Because capital controls are typically meant to keep capital within the borders of the country. The easiest targets are residents as they live there.
When a country punishes non-residents, the immediate result is that it makes a country almost uninvestable. Thus, countries typically have 2 tiers of capital controls.
South Africa has been operating this way for years
South African residents are stuck behind relatively strict capital controls, with limits on how much they can invest and transfer overseas, as well as how much they can spend on foreign holidays. The result is that South African investors are often more exposed to South African assets than they would like to, because they struggle to get money out.
However, as a non-resident there are no such limits. I can invest as much as I want in South Africa, and then repatriate all my funds and gains. It just involves a bit of paperwork.
Going forward, countries will implement such measures, and you’ll be glad to be classified a non-resident, which will hugely diminish your odds of being stuck behind such government and central bank measures.
This ebook reviews 21 countries and 23 “real banks” that accept non-residents
Chapter 1: Opening an offshore bank account in person
Chapter 2: Opening an offshore bank account remotely with a “real bank”
Chapter 3: Opening a bank account remotely with an online bank
Chapter 4: Sending your money to an offshore brokerage account
Chapter 5: Sending your money to an offshore precious metals dealer
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