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Published on : Sep 14, 2016

ALBANY, New York, September 14, 2016: ResearchMoz.us now features a new report, titled “HNW Offshore Investment: Booking Center Preferences 2016.” The report serves as a repository of analysis of various trends influencing the growth of the global high net worth (HNW) offshore market. It provides a detailed overview of the modern and traditional offshore centers. A comprehensive evaluation of the booking center preferences of HNW individuals forms an important part of the report.

Globally, almost one fourth of HNW individuals primarily invests their assets offshore to have access to a better range of investment options. Moreover, strong currency volatility and instability in financial markets in many parts of the world are encouraging investors to seek better returns. Other reasons of investment include tax efficiencies and wider scope of returns. The figures indicate that on an average, HNW individuals worldwide hold 22.7% of their liquid wealth offshore. However, with the growing regulatory pressure on offshore centers, the appeal of investing offshore for tax efficiencies will become increasingly limited. 

The global HNW offshore market is encountering serious ups and downs owing to sweeping shifts in the market dynamics and diminishing importance of traditional centers. After a strong 2013 and 2014, 2015 turned out to be a weak year for the market. According to authors of the report, the non-resident bond holdings have also subdued in 2015. Non-resident liquid assets for each asset class among the top 10 booking centers exhibited a growth rate of just 1.6% over 2014. Moreover, non-resident mutual fund holdings registered a CAGR of 9.9% from 2011 to 2015.

As per the findings of the report, the largest offshore centers in 2015 were the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and not the small tropical island countries. The overall size of the HNW offshore market across the top 10 offshore centers was $56.7 tn in 2015. The key centers for HNW individuals are Switzerland, Singapore, India, Luxemburg, Hong Kong, the U.K., and the US. These centers are followed by traditional centers such as the Isle of Man and Malta and the Bahamas.

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The combination of on- and offshore traits has emerged as a successful strategy for the so called mid-shores. In recent years, mid-shores have gained prominence in centers such as Hong Kong and Switzerland and have experienced strong fund inflows. Between these two, Singapore remained the preferred booking center among HNW investors in Asia in 2015, despite the rising popularity of Hong Kong as renminbi hub. The pressure exerted by most of the western governments on tackling offshore tax evasion has influenced traditional offshore centers such as the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas negatively.

Regions such as Switzerland, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S. have emerged as safe haven for the HNW investors. Individuals from Brazil, Australia, Germany, the Middle East and Africa, and Southeast Asia tend to invest in these regions. Individuals from China and France are more inclined towards investing in regions close to their geographies. HNW individuals from countries such as the U.A.E. and Russia prefer well-established offshore centers.

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