So last year I was researching off shore banking, and lets face it, if you have not researched off shore banking yet then you have your head in the sand. It was an extremely frustrating process as I came to realize that in the international banking world I am largely pariah. Why? Because I am an american.
See when international banks deal with americans, they are inviting the american government to have a look at them as well... and for most apparently its just not worth it.
One particular incident with a small canton bank in Switzerland stuck out. I was talking to a banker there and he simply said they could not help me because I am american, and they had no interest in my government's paranoid control issues.
Off the cuff I remarked, "Wow... so we've become the Soviet Union eh?"
He chuckled and said, "No. We dealt with them."