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The financial editors at IL Investor have a simple rule when it comes to their research: They only want investment ideas where the odds are stacked in your favor. That’s why they always look for bargain prices in high-growth markets.
Each Thursday we select the best idea from what they’re working on and send it to you.
Here are details from Chris on an investment mistake you may be making…and how to rectify it immediately.
There’s no mystery to going offshore. You don’t have to move to another country or go through the hassle of getting a second passport. It’s easier than ever to protect your assets, reduce your taxes and gain privacy.
Some of my favorite cities in Mexico are what I call “two-for-one” bargains: mountain cities with temperate climates that are also close to the beach. They can be tailor-made for folks who can’t decide between life on the beach or life in the mountains—because with these cities you don’t have to choose.
I’m getting the travel itch to visit the Colonial Highlands. I know, I know…I already live in a lovely colonial city right on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. And believe me, I know how lucky I am. But Mexico’s recent bicentennial put the spotlight on the Highlands, since it’s the “cradle of independence.”
Obviously, I don’t know how much property tax you’re paying right now…but I’m pretty sure I know a way you can reduce it—to as little as $7 per month…or maybe less.
To say the U.S. economy is “shaky” right now is an understatement.
Spies in suburbia…that’s the biggest Russia story we’ve read in years. But there’s another, better one the mainstream press hasn’t noticed.
One of the prettiest stretches of coast on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the Costa Maya.
The other day I stopped by a friend’s new chocolatería in Campeche’s historic center. She and her husband renovated a colonial building and have turned it into a café.
Like many expats who move to Mexico, I dreamed of living in a Spanish colonial house. These old houses, with their high, wood-beamed ceilings, central patios, and traditional tile floors, have all the seductive romance of Old Mexico.
I’ve just clocked over 1,000 miles exploring a stretch of coast where virgin forest carpets undulating hills. It’s dry season, but the canopy is almost luminous green.
It’s Jazz Festival “free day” in Casco Viejo. Every year, a week of concerts all over the city culminates here, with a free concert to beat all free concerts.
I love living in Campeche, on the Yucatán Peninsula’s Gulf Coast. I’m a five-minute walk from the beautifully-preserved historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage site)…
It hit me as soon as we stepped onto the pier off Front Street. To my right was the white sandy street with no cars and few bicycles. A handful of people walking. I realized: “This is it!”
The drive down Mexico’s Caribbean coast, from Cancún to the Belize border, is one of my favorites in Mexico.
The real estate values in Ecuador are amazing: $50,000 buys you a penthouse suite in a colonial mountain town, a condo on the beach or even a cabin in private nature preserve.
My family and I live in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains, in the beautiful city of Cuenca. After enjoying a year here, we decided it was time for a beach vacation.
The car engine idles as we wait for the light to change. The air conditioning is on the fritz, so we’ve rolled down the windows. The day is hot and sunny—about 85 degrees—and the air is dry.
In Cuenca, Ecuador, your senses gorge themselves. It’s beautiful…with its blue-domed cathedral, red-tiled roofs and neatly kept parks.
Spoiler alert: If you’re a member of my family, quit reading now. Otherwise you’ll not only spoil your Christmas surprise, but you’ll also find out what a cheapskate I am…
It’s official: Ecuador is the best place to live in the world. This little country came top of IL’s Global Retirement Index just three days ago.
On a hill above this town, at a bend in the road overlooking an impossibly green valley, someone has painted a sign on a post. It says “Dios esta aqui.” God is here. No matter what your religious beliefs, this place makes you believe in a higher power.
We’re constantly on the look out for those countries around the world where you can live cheaper, enjoy better weather, pay less tax, be healthier, happier… where you can start a new life, start a business, retire…
If you want to enjoy the best that Mexico has to offer—all in one place—then check out Oaxaca, in southeast Mexico. It’s a great place to try out expat life.
We wanted hot summers. A more Mediterranean lifestyle, where things are open later and families go out often. A place that felt real and alive, with its own character. We wanted to be townies again, but not in a city. We wanted the sea…
Foremost is the sunset. It caught me by surprise. When that huge orange ball drops slowly into the emerald-green sea, it brings the beach areas to a halt as everyone stops to watch.
If you have been following these dispatches, you’ll know that I’m bullish on Tulum.
There’s a currency I think of as the “anti-dollar” that continues to appreciate against the U.S. dollar.
Recently I visited Lake Bacalar, one of my favorite places on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. For me, the lake’s tranquil, multi-colored waters and the area’s laid-back simplicity are pure magic.
Mexico’s Costa Maya is everything we dream about in an unspoiled Caribbean beach. The sand is fine and white, the waters are turquoise, and the sun shines almost all year ’round.
Why did we wait so long to have another major event in Costa Rica? That was the question I asked myself each day of our Live and Invest in Costa Rica Conference in San Jose two weeks ago.
It was while exploring the Schist villages of central Portugal earlier this year that I realized just how much my life has changed. I’d retired from teaching and wasn’t sure how I’d keep myself busy.
You can now leave San Jose at 9 a.m. and by noon, be at a French restaurant on Costa Rica’s southern coast, ordering delicious deep-fried brie in Blackberry sauce for lunch. Just six months ago, it would have taken all day to make the journey, and you’d barely have made it in time for dinner.
I have my eye on a different kind of Asia. One that is small, stable and rich. The local currency makes a relatively safe bet. Plus, this place is full of wealthy people with money to spend. According to a recent study by Boston Consulting Group, it has the highest share of millionaire households in the world, at 11.4%.
Cuenca, Ecuador is a jewel nestled in amongst the amazing beauty of the Andes Mountains…and is rated as one of the best places in the world to retire. After living here for the past year I can understand why.
Today I’m driving from what looks like small-town USA to an island paradise. But I’m in Panama City’s Ancon sector, heading out to the area known as the Amador causeway. It’s a five-minute drive during rush hour. Take a look at the video I shot. It’s nearly sunset, my favorite time of day to […]
The bicentennial of Mexican independence is this year, and the highlands are where it all began. The biggest celebration will be the night of September 15 when President Felipe Calderon re-enacts the famous “cry of Dolores,” El Grito, that launched Mexico’s fight for independence. This marks the beginning of parties and parades all over the country and you can expect some blow-outs this year.
Costa Rica is the “richest country on earth.” That’s the conclusion we’ve reached over the last three days of discussion here at the 2010 International Living Live & Invest in Costa Rica Seminar. Nowhere else can you live as well, as long, or as happily… for as little money. Today was especially eye opening. I’m […]
The water is warm and inviting, no question. And I’m swimming. But still, after Day Two of the 2010 International Living Live & Invest in Costa Rica Seminar taking place in San Jose, I’m beginning to feel like I could use a lifeline. You see, the morning started on an easy enough note. Attorney Roger […]
Mention Costa Rica, and most people picture surf crashing on miles of beautiful, sandy beaches or jewel-bright birds darting through mist-shrouded rainforest canopies.
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