Offshore Checking Account

Offshore checking accounts tend to be aimed at expatriates or persons working in a foreign country where they are paid in the currency of their country of origin.

Offshore checking accounts are managed by maintaining the minimal account balance stipulated by the bank and cautiously posting deposits and withdrawals into and out of the account. An offshore checking account is normally regarded as a form of savings account and is frequently used for making non cash payments through the writing and signing of checks, which are treated and accepted as cash. Like a normal checking account, the use of an offshore checking account is made effective by providing the holder with a check book containing a full supply of official checks that are issued by the offshore bank involved. However, offshore account check holders are responsible for recording their transactions in order to ensure that the funds held in the account are not depleted without being aware of it. This aids in avoiding bounced checks, which can lead to being penalized either by the law, the receiving institution and the issuing bank.

In the case where cash withdrawals and or deposits can be made through international ATM facilities, the remaining balance on the check account should be noted and kept in mind. Monthly statements of an offshore checking account are also often couriered to holders and provided official and accurate information re the status of the account.

The interest paid to offshore checking accounts are generally paid gross and the rate of interest received may depend on the currencies in which the offshore checking account is denominated and the amount of cash held in it. This makes offshore checking accounts one of the types of offshore accounts that guarantee high-yields.

However, offshore checking accounts issued as multicurrency checks are handy for making check deposits and payments in any of the currencies in which the checks are denominated, but are generally designed for limited usage and than regular offshore checking accounts.

Offshore checking accounts can be easily accessed but do not necessarily facilitate frequent use and the minimum balances that can be held in offshore checking account vary from bank to bank as well as the charges that may be incurred for use of offshore checking account facilities. An offshore checking account may be offered free of charge by offshore banks although a minimal opening balance may be required including the holder’s personal details and address. Likewise, fees may or may not be levied for the collection of checks and commissions on foreign-exchange whenever cash is credited into the account and the currency involved is converted at the going foreign-exchange rate of the day.


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