Pay For What You See "'Buy what you see,' you tell us all the time, Lief," wrote a reader recently. "Yet, at the same time, you promote pre-construction investments. How does that make any sense?" Perhaps I should adjust the mantra from "Buy what you see" to "Pay for what you see." Taken literally, Buy [...]
Low Debt, Low Inflation, And Continued Growth--This Is The Third World? In Monday's dispatch, I wrote about misguided misperceptions that persist related to life in Colombia. Most of the world continues to think this country is a no-go zone for safety reasons. Sure, wander off into the jungle regions near the border with Ecuador or Venezuela...or [...]
I’m in Medellin this week for the Live and Invest Overseas conference. Kathie and I have been writing about Medellin and Colombia for nearly three years. We began spending time in this city two years ago, and we purchased an apartment here, that we’ve since renovated, a year ago.
Buy Colombia Now I don't try to time currency fluctuations, but, last week, my banker in Colombia e-mailed to tell me the Colombian government announced they would purchase US$300 million over the next few weeks. She thought, therefore, it might be a good time to transfer some money down there if I need to. Indeed, [...]
Speak The Language Of Investors Back in Paris after having been gone for several years, my French, limited when living here, is, well, more limited. But the good news is that this is Paris, and, despite what many Americans say, you can get by here, even full-time, with very limited, even hardly any French. Certainly, [...]
"Grown In Colombia"--A Business Opportunity (It's Probably Not What You Think) I wrote last week about the abundance of business and investment potential in Colombia right now. We noticed opportunity everywhere we looked. Our daughter, for example, decided to try exporting the cow hides we found for sale in a roadside shop just outside Medellin. We [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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