The Benefits Of Diversifying Your Business And Your Assets Offshore

The Benefits Of Diversifying Your Business And Your Assets Offshore
The Benefits Of Diversifying Your Business And Your Assets OffshoreWouldn’t It Be Easier Just To Stay Home?

Aug. 25, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee

Dear Offshore Living Letter Reader,

I’m “onshore” this week in Nashville for our once-a-year Retire Overseas Conference. We arrived in the States yesterday afternoon. Once we’d cleared U.S. immigration in Houston, where my wife was singled out as she is now every time she crosses the U.S. border for reasons no one with U.S. immigration seems to be able to explain, the experience of making our way to Nashville was painless.

The truth is, the United States is one of the easiest places in the world to live and travel. You might begin to wonder: Why do anything offshore in the first place? Easier, surely, just to stay put.

Overregulation and poor government stewardship of the people’s money are two reasons to consider voting with your feet and your finances and relocating yourself and your assets somewhere else.

However, I’d say that going offshore is better approached as an opportunity rather than an escape. Or, put another way, this isn’t a political decision. It’s a practical one.

In that context, what’s the real advantage of the Five Flags ideas I report on? Continue reading “The Benefits Of Diversifying Your Business And Your Assets Offshore” »

Collecting Social Security Benefits As An American Abroad

Good Thing I’m Thick-Skinned
Good Thing I’m Thick-SkinnedGood Thing I’m Thick-Skinned

Aug. 21, 2014
Panama City, Panama

Dear Offshore Living Letter Reader,

I’ve been on the road four of the past six weeks. Back in the office in Panama City, the mail has piled up. Thought I’d share some of it today…

“Lief, I am a big-time fan of you and Kathleen and will be moving to Cuenca very soon thanks to your good data.

“But I have a problem with both you that I once mentioned to your good wife and that is why in the world do you both persist in not including the full name for people whose comments you publish? Can you not understand that anyone you have helped would/should be most willing for you to use their full name? I, and many others, automatically discount what a ‘Martha P.’ and ‘C.T.,’ etc., have to say because it seems for all the world as if you’re just making up those ‘names.’

“Suggest you and Kathleen at least come up with an explanation about why you do this. I personally know quite a few people who automatically turn off whenever these bogus-sounding quotes are used. Continue reading “Collecting Social Security Benefits As An American Abroad” »