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23 Jul
The recently enacted free trade agreement with the United States is opening up new business and investment opportunities in Colombia.

The recently enacted free trade agreement with the United States is opening up new business and investment opportunities in Colombia.

Expanding Business Opportunities In Free-Trade Colombia Yesterday morning, while walking along the pedestrianized lanes of Medellin's Avenida Poblada with Kathie and the kids, I wondered out loud why the entire world doesn't live here. The weather's great all year 'round, the city is big enough to offer cultural diversions, there are loads of outdoor activities, [...]
16 Jul
“Following the Seasons” in retirement allows you to enjoy the best of a number of destinations and to keep both your body and your mind active.

The “Following the Seasons” Retirement Plan

Following The Seasons Last week at our Live and Invest in Panama Conference, many people wondered out loud about Kathie and my ideas for where we'll live long-term. I call the plan "Following the Seasons." Effectively, we'll spend two to four months in four places around the world, enjoying the best months in each location. We [...]
12 Jul
Don't Let Your Friends Talk You Out Of It

How To Buy Property Overseas

Crisis Buy Opportunities And How To Act On Them The falling markets worldwide are creating crisis buy opportunities for both personal use and investment. But...invest in a piece of real estate in another country? How do you get started? First, understand why you're buying--for investment or for personal use? The answer may not be clear-cut. [...]
18 Jun
Investing In Productive Land To Prepare For Coming Food Shortages

Investing In Productive Land To Prepare For Coming Food Shortages

A study done by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine calls out the danger to food security created by an overweight global population. Larger bodies require more energy even when sitting still. The global population is expected to grow by 1.9 billion people between now and the year 2050. The added strain on […]

14 Jun
Junk Markets in Spain and Greece Present Opportunities For Bargain Property Hunters

Junk Markets in Spain and Greece Present Opportunities For Bargain Property Hunters

One Person's Junk... Greece's credit rating with Moody's is already in "junk" territory, and, yesterday, Spain was downgraded to just above junk quality. Things are getting interesting in Europe. A few weeks ago, I recommended that, given the current and trending status of the euro versus the U.S. dollar, as well as the disastrous local [...]
22 Mar
Expat Life In Santiago, Chile

Expat Life In Santiago, Chile

Pinochet's Legacy Last week's trip was my first to Chile and, therefore, my first visit to Santiago. Santiago is a large, modern city where things generally work. New highways have been built and more new highways continue to be built to combat the traffic. The city boasts a clean, well-functioning subway system. And an economy [...]
19 Mar
Property Investing In Argentina

Property Investing In Argentina

Prediction: Buy Argentina In 2013 A colleague here in Mendoza, Argentina, where I've spent the weekend, has been talking about this country's last financial crisis, in 2001, which started with the unpegging of the Argentine peso to the U.S. dollar. "Those who didn't have some money outside the country were devastated," he explained. "But Argentines [...]
23 Feb
Investing In The Iraqi Dinar

Investing In The Iraqi Dinar

Can You Trust Me?...And Other Reader Comments Monday's e-letter hit a nerve with reader L.S. in the United States:"Dear Mr. Simon, "With all due respect, you have not a clue as to the IQD and its stated re-valuation. Your lack of knowledge and understanding of the IQD since 1992 to date and its current status brings [...]
20 Feb

Avoiding Scams Overseas

Iraqi Currency Plays...And Other Scams "I'm moving to Panama (or some other country) as soon as my Iraqi dinars revalue."I've heard this comment maybe a half-dozen times over the last year or so. Someone (I don't know who) came up with a great, plausible scenario to get people to "invest" in the Iraqi currency. Telling [...]
16 Feb
Economic Collapse In Europe

Economic Collapse In Europe

Europe Is Collapsing! Should You Care? At lunch yesterday, a friend here in Panama City asked what I was going to do with my apartment in Paris now that "Europe has collapsed." I wasn't sure how to respond for a couple of reasons. First, I hadn't realized that Europe had collapsed...that all of Europe, every [...]