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25 May
live and invest overseas conference

Highlights From Our 2017 Dominican Republic Conference

Why This Is My Favorite Offshore Haven Right Now These folks weren’t fooling around. The crowd in the room for last week’s Live and Invest in the Dominican Republic Conference (our biggest to date) was the savviest and best prepared I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. Some had taken steps to push their [...]
13 Feb
Learn How To Manage A Rental Investment Property In Panama City

Why I Don’t Recommend Any Of The 78 Banks In Panama

“What bank do you recommend in Panama?” That’s one of the most frequently asked questions I receive. I get it at least a couple of times a week… The honest answer? None. Panama currently has 78 banks. Of those, 29 have international licenses; 49, including the 2 government banks, have general licenses. I’ve dealt personally […]

06 Feb
carrying cash abroad brings advantages and disadvantages.

Why I Started Carrying Cash Abroad (And So Should You)

Here’s some fresh advice, something that goes against what Vicki and I have been saying and doing for at least 30 years. Carry more cash when you travel or live abroad. I hate to recommend cash. With cash we’re vulnerable to theft and loss. Some years ago friends rented a beach house in Uruguay, hid […]

05 Dec

Repatriating Funds From Overseas: Transfers, Taxes, And More

One thing to consider when buying real estate in another country is to do with the requirements for repatriating your funds if and when you decide to sell the property. Often, transferring money out of a country isn’t as simple as calling your bank and initiating a wire of the funds. Some jurisdictions, including Colombia […]

14 Nov
How To Use A Foreign Exchange Service

How To Use A Foreign Exchange Service (And Save Thousands)

Many who have been considering diversifying internationally are looking at the in some cases unprecedented strength of the U.S. dollar versus key currencies worldwide and thinking maybe it’s not such a good idea to sell dollars to buy foreign investments right now. Just like stock investors who think about getting into the market when it’s […]

25 Aug
Offshore Banks are a complex matter these days.

Why I Don’t Recommend Offshore Banks Anymore (From An Offshore Expert)

Banking overseas is more challenging today than it’s ever been and more challenging all the time thanks to the constantly changing landscape. One week, one bank will open an account for Americans. The next week it won’t. Another bank that required a US$100,000 minimum bank balance increases that requirement to US$500,000… and then reduces it […]