Why it’s difficult for expats to invest
Americans who move overseas find themselves with limited options for investing their money. The IRS follows you abroad, requiring that you report your worldwide income and offshore assets. No other country, other than Eritrea, taxes you on worldwide income.
Expats who invest in their host country are subjected to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which increases complexity for the taxpayer. The brokerage firm holding your investments is also subject to these rules and they have been known to close Americans’ accounts to avoid the complexity and legal risk.
Expats may choose to leave their money in the U.S. The U.S. brokerage firm housing your investments may not accept your foreign address, forcing expats to give mistruths about their whereabouts. Accounts have been closed in these situations. It’s necessary to work with a firm that will accept your foreign address.
Accessing professional investment management overseas is expensive and subjects the expat to FATCA and other reporting requirements. U.S. mutual funds are another form of professional management and are not allowed due to the Anti-Money Laundering rules established by the Patriot Act^1. Self-direction of your investments by using stocks, bonds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), is a compliant and a possible way to invest.
At Eureka Wealth Management, I offer the professional management of your investments while you’re abroad. I use a global investment platform that accepts your foreign address and issues 1099 tax forms each year for the most simplified tax experience. Advice is also given on your assets, liabilities, retirement, and insurances. For more information, please call +1 (760) 537-0791 or visit eurekawealthmanagement.com/expats.