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06 Feb
Saving Money when facing Currency Exchange Rates

Saving Money In The Face Of Currency Exchange Rates

I usually ignore foreign exchange rates. You can’t predict them and trying to time them when making a real estate investment is a crap shoot. If you wait too long for an exchange rate to get where you want it to be before sending your money for a real estate purchase, the opportunity can disappear. […]

09 Jan
The Benefits Of A Second Passport can be many

Benefits Of A Second Passport

Panama is truly a convenient place to live if you want to travel around Latin America. A recent flight from Panama City to Santiago, Chile, for example, wasn’t short (at seven hours), but it was painless. On-time departure from Tocumen International…good service from Copa in the air…on-time arrival at Arturo Merino Benitez…then a quick, efficient, […]

28 Oct
Banking And Champagne Tasting In France

Banking And Champagne Tasting In France

Traditionally, the sediment was removed by hand. However, this meant that a fair amount of champagne was lost. As each bottle was opened, the built up effervescence pushed out the sediment but, of course, some of the wine, too. The process was slow and very inefficient. Then, sometime in the 1970s, someone had the big […]

21 Oct
Medellin Opportunity

Medellin Opportunity

Kathleen and I were in Medellin for the weekend taking time to clean up some administrative things to do with our apartment there and also helping our kids, Kaitlin and Jackson, connect with local contacts for their emerging Trader Jack’s Bazaar business. The continued vibrancy of the city (well, at least of its El Poblado […]

07 Oct
Moving Overseas: Easing Into The Expat Life

Moving Overseas: Easing Into The Expat Life

The Best Place To Take Your First Steps Offshore Panamanians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, and, while they have it, Halloween’s not a big deal. As a result, the stores are all stocked with Christmas decorations by the end of September. Thanks to the long U.S. influence in this country, you can find Halloween candy in some [...]
16 Sep
Say Goodbye To Big Brother

Say Goodbye To Big Brother

My #1 Recommendation For Where To Go Off-Grid A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how to get away from Big Brother. Today I’d like to offer a recommendation for where to get away from Big Brother: Belize. Belize is a place where it is easy to go offline and off-grid while still retaining access [...]
19 Aug
Retire Well On Little In France Or Italy

Retire Well On Little In France Or Italy

Could The Average Retiree Really Afford To Retire To France Or Italy? A consulting client I spoke with the other day was surprised when I suggested that he could live in Europe on his retirement pension of US$2,200 a month...including in either France or Italy, the two countries that interest him. What About Taxes? If [...]