All the investment opportunities available in South Africa are available internationally as well as some that are not available to South African’s. The main foreign investment opportunities used by South Africans are:
Offshore Unit Trust Funds – Known as mutual funds everywhere else in the world but South Africa, offshore unit trust funds are the main generic investment product marketed to South Africans. For this reason many future articles within this website will deal exclusively with offshore unit trust funds.
Life Assurance Endowment Policies – Life assurance endowment policies are marketed in South Africa on a limited basis, mainly by South African life assurance companies with offshore operations, but a wide range of choice is available in offshore jurisdictions.
Property – Property is becoming an increasingly popular foreign investment.
Direct Securities Investment – These are direct investments into either bonds or shares.
Private Equity Investments – In the main private equity investment takes the form of South Africans either establishing an offshore company or buying shares as investment opportunities in an existing company or companies.