Financial Knowledge For Potential Expats

Financial Knowledge For Potential Expats
Financial Knowledge for Potential Expats Last week we reported that the dollar had risen to the point that buying real estate in Chile with the U.S. Dollar is equivalent to a 30% price discount. This week the Argentina 'Blue' dollar (really the black market currency exchange rate of Argentina) went to a high of 15.35 pesos to the dollar while the 'official' ...

Chile: An Overview

Chile: An Overview
   Volcan Villarricca We still wait for things to line up for our investigative trip to Chile. We reported on the country over a year ago and plan this time to do a more in depth investigation. We like Chile a lot. We thought we would give you a  little preview of the country, and a little inspiration we hope. And for ...

Financial Sense

Financial Sense
Financial Sense To say that we are living in interesting times is an understatement. Certainly we are living in changing times. The gold rush seems to be on with several countries, and even one state in the United States, asking that their gold be returned to them from the Federal Reserve Bank.  Texas requested their $1billion plus in gold be returned ...

Opportunity Trends in South America

Opportunity Trends in South America
We have long been interested in cycles--short term cycles--yes. But also long term cycles-- the cycles that span centuries. For example, the cycles that empires always seem to follow. We are told that the only thing we learn from history is that men don't learn from history. But we're not so sure that's true. Is it possible to know history, see ...

How To Renounce U. S. Citizenship

How To Renounce U. S. Citizenship
Have you ever wondered who in the world would ever renounce U. S. citizenship? The number of Americans who do is growing every year. Forbes reported recently that 'The tally was 2,999 for all of 2014, a 221% increase over the 932 who left in 2012.'  The Treasury Department publishes a quarterly list of Americans who take that step. ...

Uruguay Making It’s Mark in Specialty Crops

Uruguay Making It’s Mark in Specialty Crops
Photo from Wikipedia Little Uruguay is becoming a notable producer of specialty crops. Among them are grapes for wine and olives for oil. Not only do few people know about the quality of Uruguay's wines and oil, the truth is a lot of people don't even know about Uruguay. When we first went to Uruguay about six years ago, people ...

The Most Obvious Investment in Chile Today

The Most Obvious Investment in Chile Today
Chile Coast By Darren Kaiser, Talca, Chile Every once in a while I hear one of my Chilean colleagues tell someone that property in Chile is one of the best investments in the world these days. I have to say I really don't agree with that statement. Many aspects of the Chilean real estate market actually seem quite overpriced to me right ...

Humming Birds in South America

Humming Birds in South America
by Hans Blumberg Growing up in Massachusetts, I saw only a few hummingbirds over the years. And those that I saw were not in real life but only on documentaries on television. However, I saw many hummingbirds while traveling in South America over the years and always enjoyed watching them whenever I had the opportunity. In 2002 we bought a home in ...

Taking Your Dog Along

Taking Your Dog Along
Traveling With Your Pet By Hans Blumberg Two Lucky Dogs That Get To Travel With The Boss! Some years ago we dropped our two dogs off at the kennel when I had to travel for business. At my employer, I was allowed to pay for my wife’s airfare and bring her with me. As we were about to board the airplane, I got ...

Some Flags We Plant Are Personal

Some Flags We Plant Are Personal
As you all know, we are flag planters around here. We plant international flags to diversify our finances and our personal security in a fast-changing world. We also plant flags in our personal lives. One of those flags is our health and that of our family. Without health there is no real freedom. And to our amazement we have learned that ...
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