In January 1994, I moved to Argentina. By that time, I had already done short stints in Chad and Kazakhstan. These aren’t places known for their good living. I contracted malaria within two weeks of arrival in Chad and was diagnosed with bronchitis after 48 hours on the ground in Kazakhstan. Everyone in Kazakhstan had […]
The currency gods have conspired against the doom-and-gloomers who have been predicting (even, it seems to me sometimes, demanding) the demise of the U.S. dollar. The dollar continues to appreciate against many currencies, including the currencies of commodity-producing countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Chile, and New Zealand. Over the last 30 days, the […]
Investing pre-construction, which gained a bad rap post-2008, is again a viable option. If you were a pre-construction investor stung by losses in pre-2008 bubble markets from Florida to Spain, you may be understandably wary. However, in certain markets, pre-construction is again interesting. I recommend you take a look at Istanbul, for example, where the […]
The euro is on a downward slide that appears likely to continue in the wake of the recent nominal rate cut by the ECB. Unfortunately for me, I just converted U.S. dollars to euros to buy an apartment in Paris at possibly the worst time in the last two-and-a-half years to have made such an […]
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