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The One Place to Buy in Brazil

The One Place to Buy in Brazil

I’m facing the ocean. Moon and city light bounces off the breaking waves and the white sand. To my right, three miles of beach opens up. The street market in the middle of the bustling boardwalk is open and it’s buzzing with commerce.

The Healthiest Country in the World

The Healthiest Country in the World

The healthiest country in the world is France. That might surprise you about a country that places such an emphasis on delicious food, savory meat dishes, creamy sauces, delicate cakes, sweets and pastries, fine wines and barrel-aged brandy.

Fun in Panama City for $20 or Less

Fun in Panama City for $20 or Less

The first impression is one of noise and bustling activity…a city of steel and concrete. A few days here, though, and you’ll realize the phrase “more than meets the eye” has never rung truer.

A Great Buying Opportunity for Emerging Stocks Is Coming

A Great Buying Opportunity for Emerging Stocks Is Coming

Inflation concerns are hitting emerging market stocks hard. China just raised interest rates for the third time in four months to try to damp rising prices. And Brazil is likely to raise interest rates soon to keep a lid on prices there. In fact, few emerging markets have a firm grip on the inflation problem.

Beachfront Condo in Ecuador - $79,000

Beachfront Condo in Ecuador – $79,000

When this property crossed my desk, I had to drop everything and write to you. It’s impressive. A spacious beachfront condo for just $79,000.

An Amazing Property Opportunity in Costa Rica

An Amazing Property Opportunity in Costa Rica

The water is a rich blue. Flat, save for white ribbons where ocean meets rocky outcrops and sandy beach. The peninsula and the mainland rise, creating a bowl of shimmering blue base and steep jungle-clad sides. And then, the flat top provides for stunning views. That’s where we are. Below and behind us is the golf course. This is one of the most spectacular settings for a golf course on earth.

From Alberta to Panama: “Our Cost of Living is Down 50%”

From Alberta to Panama: “Our Cost of Living is Down 50%”

“We fell in love with the view,” says Susan Roussel of her ocean view condo on the beach in Panama. “We wanted to get away from Canada and experience a tropical climate for a while.” With it’s excellent infrastructure, schools, and safety, Panama was the best fit for the Roussels.

The Shocking Truth Behind the Riots in Egypt

The Shocking Truth Behind the Riots in Egypt

The mainstream media has cast the riots in Tunisia and Egypt as purely political. But behind the headlines lies a shocking truth. One that has huge implications for emerging market investors. Just as bad harvests in 1788 triggered the French Revolution, food price inflation lies behind the mass demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and beyond.

This Panamanian City is an Entrepreneur’s Dream

This Panamanian City is an Entrepreneur’s Dream

A shiny new pick-up truck rolls slowly down the well-kept street, past sidewalks filled with uniformed teenagers chatting, laughing, and dawdling on their way home from private schools. On a manicured lawn, toddlers play under the sprinklers as Mom watches from the porch of their newly repainted home.

The Affordable French Island Hiding Off the Riviera

The Affordable French Island Hiding Off the Riviera

“The luminous hour before sunset is special. Every bay is a brilliant turquoise. Villages take on a honeyed glow; vineyards are dusted with gold; mountain crags flare orange. Out to the west, rocky islets change from dusky pink to a deep blood-red,” writes Steenie Harvey in the February issue of International Living magazine.

Life in Boquete—Good For the Soul, Good For Your Health

Life in Boquete—Good For the Soul, Good For Your Health

On my first visit to this Panamanian highland town five years ago, I expected to be wowed by a colonial gem. I was a little underwhelmed when I got to the small main plaza. But I quickly realized that this town is all about the surroundings…and boy are they beyond-words spectacular.

$11,000 Riverside Lots in Argentina

$11,000 Riverside Lots in Argentina

During my travels in Northwestern Argentina, I looked at two planned communities that really caught my attention. The one I’m going to tell you about today is a small project—the most affordable I’ve seen—sited alongside a river, and offering very affordable lots.

Singapore: 3 Reasons Why the Asian Dynamo is a Buy

Singapore: 3 Reasons Why the Asian Dynamo is a Buy

The view from the top of Mt. Faber is stunning. Mt. Faber is Singapore’s second-highest peak. Climb up here and you’ll see why investors are bullish on this 275-square-mile island off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.

Costa Rican Caribbean View: $3,000 an Acre

Costa Rican Caribbean View: $3,000 an Acre

Drift wood lies scattered on the steel gray sand. It’s been here since the last storm brushed past. By now it’s bone dry. One piece…a curiously shaped trunk…cries out to be sat on. I oblige. Perfect yuppie furniture.

Brazil: Where to Buy Right Now

Brazil: Where to Buy Right Now

The property market in some regions of Brazil is on a tear. In parts of North-East Brazil, for example, I’ve seen the value of some condos increase by 50% in just over two years. Better still, because of the financing here, you can make a small down payment (as little as 1%) to control this condo over the two-year period with an investment of a fraction of the purchase price. This is where I have been investing my money.

The Best Buy in Costa Rica

The Best Buy in Costa Rica

A lone surfer, board under arm, races into the oncoming surf. His dog follows, biting surf before retreating to the sand, waiting loyally. My guide turns to me: “About here is where it starts to look like Tahiti.” I haven’t been to Tahiti so I don’t know if that’s accurate. I do know that the coast and terrain has undergone a dramatic transformation as we have travelled south.

A Little-Known European Tax Haven—and How to Get In

A Little-Known European Tax Haven—and How to Get In

Turquoise waters, bountiful lobsters and unspoiled countryside—this is what the island of Sark is known for. Within sight of the French coast of Normandy, it’s popular with French and English tourists alike.

Profit From the Path of Progress

Profit From the Path of Progress

Green tropical forest sweeps down to golden-sand beaches washed by the rich blue Pacific. It’s some of the most outstanding coast I’ve ever seen.

How to Trade Up Rent-Free Overseas

How to Trade Up Rent-Free Overseas

Imagine you could live abroad rent-free…no hotels, no guesthouses…your own home for a week, a month or more. Where would you go?

Corsica’s Seaside Towns and Island Villages

Corsica’s Seaside Towns and Island Villages

Teetering above the north-west coast, the villages of the Balagne region in Corsica, France, have a grandstand view of white yachts, silver sands and luminous blue sea. I spent one day of my October trip driving between these settlements.

Corsica: The Best of France and Italy in One Enchanting Island

Corsica: The Best of France and Italy in One Enchanting Island

Fresh air, fish stew, red wine. I’ll sleep. Tonight’s lullaby is the murmur of waves and the tinkle of masts in Macinaggio’s harbor. Earlier I’d walked the village’s Sentier Douane, a seashore footpath once used by customs officers hunting for smugglers. Views are spectacular: the turquoise Mediterranean, a crumbling Genoese watchtower, the tiny trio of Finocchiarola islets.

Freedom and Fun in a Low-Overhead Lifestyle

Freedom and Fun in a Low-Overhead Lifestyle

Several years ago, I found the dream car I’d always wanted, sitting on a lot in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a 1988 Mercedes 560SL—a two-seater with a removable hardtop—with only 40,000 miles, for just $15,000.

Your New Life Overseas in 2011

Your New Life Overseas in 2011

Most New Year’s resolutions have failed by now. Usually, that’s because the goal was unrealistic…or because you didn’t have enough support to make the goal easy and fun to achieve.

This Really Happened to Carl in Ecuador

This Really Happened to Carl in Ecuador

It’s like a picture I once saw, a high cliff somewhere on the coast of Ecuador. A cottage is perched on the brow of a jungle shrouded cliff. Far below, a ribbon beach and rows of tiny white breakers.

Nicaragua: The Real Story

Nicaragua: The Real Story

Nicaragua gets a bad rap wherever you go. But when I crossed the border from Costa Rica to Nicaragua recently, I was quickly reminded why Nicaragua should be on your radar.

Your Investing Game Plan for 2011

Your Investing Game Plan for 2011

Like every successful sports team, every successful investor needs to have a game plan. This includes your big picture view of how the markets are shaping up. It also involves identifying winning trends…and even picking particular asset classes, sectors and geographical regions that are set to outperform.

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The Cheapest Countries in the World

It’s official…the cheapest countries in the world are The Gambia and Iraq. But the tiny African country of The Gambia is best known for malaria and banditry, and however far your dollar may stretch in Iraq it’s not likely you’ll want to spend time there. Top honors in the Cost of Living category of our Quality of Life Index don’t always go to the most idyllic places. And the search for the ideal retirement haven is about finding that perfect balance of cost of living and quality of life.

“My Home in Provence Pays for Itself”

“My Home in Provence Pays for Itself”

The hardest thing about owning a home in France is leaving it. From the moment I looked through a viewfinder at the age of eight and saw slides of rolling French landscapes, I’ve been hooked. But it wasn’t until 2004 that my lifelong dream of owning a place in France became reality.

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The Two Best Climates on Earth

This year, two countries tied first place for the best climate in the world. They’re both English-speaking but only one is safe, with a flat 15% tax rate, excellent health care and ocean views…

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