Most countries in the world require a criminal background check when you apply for residency. These can vary from a certification by your local police to a full background check from Interpol and the FBI. Several times a week we receive emails from readers wondering if there’s any way around those checks. I guess they’re […]
Recent changes in exchange rates are creating real estate bargains in unexpected markets. Meantime, some long-time favorable rates—that had been continually improving for almost 10 years—are beginning to turn against us. Managing the movement of money in foreign currencies is a key factor when investing in real estate overseas. Unless you’re buying in a market […]
Where’s the better choice for planting Plan B flags—Panama or Colombia? The answer depends on your goals and the flag you’d like to plant. Are you looking to open an offshore bank account or to establish backup residency? Do you want to make a real estate investment or start a business? Here’s a comparison of […]
About 28% of all American expats living abroad live in Mexico. A big reason for this is that Mexico has one of the world’s easiest immigration programs. The process begins at the Mexican consulate in your home country. Amounts vary consulate to consulate, but qualifying for temporary residency through economic solvency requires an average minimum […]
Arriving in Medellín for last week’s Live And Invest In Colombia Conference, I was struck immediately by signs of the post-pandemic economic recovery well under way. Indeed, this country is roaring back. It enjoyed growth of 10.8% year over year for the last quarter of 2021. Returning to our neighborhood in El Poblado for the […]
Currency: Brazilian real (BRL) Exchange Rate: R$5.16 per US$1 Currency exchange controls: Yes The dollar is 91% stronger versus the Brazilian real than it was in 2015. But don’t miss this twist: The dollar has lost 8% of its buying power against the real since the start of 2022, reversing a decade-long trend. So its […]
Global Currencies Are On The Move—Here’s Where You Benefit Most Currencies across the globe are on the move… And, in many cases, U.S. dollar holders are the big winners. In some cases, what I refer to as the "currency discount" can be extraordinary. Here are three top safe haven hard asset markets where your currency [...]
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