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 ...

On Getting Out of Dodge

On Getting Out of Dodge
  WE GET LETTERS As you know, we always answer all emails and, as a result, we find outselves in the middle of some real life dramas. We are also encouraged by your many letters of appreciation, and we appreciate the wonderful information that we receive from subscribers, which often ends up in the newsletter or sometimes as an article if it ...

Finding Opportunity in Crisis

Finding Opportunity in Crisis
More than three-quarters of a million young people believe that they have nothing to live for, according to a study by the Prince's Trust Youth Index. The research goes on to say that young people who are unable to find jobs are more than twice as likely to be prescribed antidepressants. Also, out of one poll of 2,181 people 16 ...

Finance for Expats

Finance for Expats
Cafe Botanico, Buenos Aires, Argentina FINANCES FOR THE EXPAT United States citizens and residents who file their tax returns in April just passed through the tax season.  U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. have extra time to file, and in our case, we always apply for an extension anyway. As we keep reporting, U.S. citizens living  outside the U.S. have additional forms to ...

Get Out or Keep Your Seat?

Get Out or Keep Your Seat?
This past week Simon Black, also known as the Sovereign Man, made a point in his newsletter that set us here to thinking. He recounted the story told by a survivor of the MV Sewol ferry tragedy in Korea, that as the ferry began to sink, people had put on their life jackets but were told to wait in their ...
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