Our plane approaches the city just before sunset. Through wispy clouds, the sea below takes on a silvery shimmer… the sun strikes the sparkling water so that it appears to be a sea of white. We could be flying over Antarctica. Except for one thing I know to be true: it never, ever snows in Panama.
Breaking through the clouds, we can see the Isla de Taboga—the “Island of Flowers,” just a few miles across the Bay of Panama from the capital city. It’s said that French painter Paul Gauguin lived here for a time in 1887. And if you’re a fan of his bold, bright tropical colors, you can imagine Taboga’s eye-popping landscape.
Once on the ground, our shuttle van speeds toward the gleaming city, and eyes again are drawn to the ocean view. At low tide, frothy white waves slurp here and there against craggy promontories that poke their heads from the seabed. In the distance, daredevil pelicans circle and then, in an instant, fold their wings and plunge like arrows into the surf.
It’s good to be back in Panama, the tiny country on the southern edge of the northern hemisphere, one of the only countries to bridge two continents… and the only country in the world where you can see the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean and set on the Atlantic.
Did you know that?
If not, don’t worry…there are so many things unique to Panama that it’s hard to track them all. For instance…
Panama is the only country in Central America with no hurricanes. It uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency (but issues its own special coins—called Balboas—in denominations of 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents). Panama is the only country in Latin America where you can drink the tap water practically everywhere… And it’s the only country in the world where you’ll find a protected, tropical rainforest within city limits… pure beauty.
Panama is the only country in the world with a $2 billion revenue stream on its doorstep, although “stream” is not the right way to describe the wonder of the world that is the Panama Canal, making Panama the only country with a waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (and a huge reason for this country’s economic stability and growing economy).
I could go on and on. Every week, it seems, Panama tops another index, whether for its solid GDP, technology and infrastructure, globalization, tourism… The only country in Central America to build a light rail commuter system in its modern capital city… the only country with three “first-ever” construction projects: The Panamera (first Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Latin America); the Trump Ocean Club (the region’s tallest building); and Frank Gehry’s first Latin American design, the BioMuseo natural history museum.
But what’s really important for you to know is this:
Panama is the Only Country in the World
That Offers So Much to Foreign Retirees
I’m Suzan Haskins and I’m delighted to be your on-the-scene reporter from the 2013 Fast-Track Panama: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference. I’ll be serving as your eyes and ears and taking you behind the curtain to learn exactly what’s going on at this conference. All the details, all the special insider information, all the valuable “skinny” on this skinny little country.
There are more than 36 presentations to cover—by my tally, that’s nearly 20 hours of expertise to be shared—and not a single presentation is a repeat or rehash. It’s all brand-new, up-to-date, critically pertinent info.
The first expert speaker to take the stage today was Jessica Ramesch, International Living’s dedicated Panama editor. As emcee Dan Prescher said, “Jessica knows more about Panama than anyone.” It’s her mission, in fact. She has a tenacious quest for detail. And a great memory. She never forgets a single data-byte in her quest to be the very best go-to Panama expert.
Yes, Jessica has an infectious passion for Panama, and especially for this gleaming chrome-and-glass city where this Fast-Track Panama Conference is being held.
“This is the only country in the region with a First-World city,” Jessica said. And in her opinion, Panama is the only country with such wonderfully weird people (“Because our culture is so unique…”) and the only country that’s home to the famous New York Yankee pitching phenom Mariano Rivera…. and one of the only countries in the world that did not suffer a banking crisis in recent years.
Sense a theme here? Yep…Panama is one-of-a-kind…a “special and unique” kind of place.
But back to that World-Class Retiree Benefits Program…
Panamanian attorney Rainelda Mata-Kelly dug deep into that subject this afternoon, as she explained Panama’s residence requirements and how to qualify.
Panama’s immigration law was changed in February of 2008, after nearly 50 years, but you will still find outdated info about residence options, especially on some websites. And so Rainelda cautioned: “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet…”
Panama’s focus remains on attracting foreign pensioners, and there is one pensioner residence visa in particular that makes the most sense for the average foreign retiree. (There’s another visa, Rainelda said, that’s not popular at all but sometimes gets confused with the pensioner visa. It’s restrictive and will end up costing more than necessary, and she doesn’t recommend it.)
Instead, she told us about he easiest ways to residence…what your passport must have… She ran down the list of documents you’ll need, and told us what every document you bring MUST contain. (By the way, all documentation from overseas must be “Apostilled” if you are from the U.S. What does that mean? And how do you do it? Rainelda explained…)
And what are the requirements to qualify for a pensioner visa? There are two easy ways…Rainelda shared all. She also explained what items you can bring with you duty-free and how long your window is open to do that…and she explained what, exactly, discounts and savings you’ll receive via your pensioner visa.
There is one particular visa you can easily obtain if you purchase real estate in Panama… And another that allows you qualify via your IRA funds… And one that’s specifically tailored to business investors. And an employee visa… And an executive visa…
As for dependents, Rainelda explained, once and for all, who can qualify under your visa and who can’t.
And, by the way, there is a new fast-track residence option for nationals of 47 countries—and it allows you to obtain an indefinite work permit.
Want the details? You’ll get them when you listen in to the recordings we’re making of this conference. (I’d like to share every detail from our action-packed day, but things are moving quickly and it’s hard to keep up…and I do want you to get the true, accurate, straight-from-the-experts info.)
So Here’s Your No-Risk Way To Learn Exactly
What We’re Learning This Week
There’s just far too much information to put into an e-mail. (And there’s more to come tomorrow and the next day.)
But… there’s a way that you can get every bit of the important information from the Fast-Track Panama: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference…
You can have all the most important information and benefits from this event …
All of the things we’re learning here…
For instance, former congressman Bob Bauman (and lead legal counsel for both International Living and The Sovereign Society) says “Panama is the leading offshore haven in the world today.” What does that mean? Listen in and find out.
Bob freely admits that back when he served in Congress, he was wrong about the Panama Canal treaty (he opposed it). Its ratification has been a benefit to both the U.S. and Panama, he says. “Panama makes sense in so many ways. And in many ways, these days, it puts the U.S. to shame.”
Just some quick and inspiring data (that you definitely should know about) that Bob shared: The economy of Panama grew by an average of 8% from 2005 to 2010, by 10.6% in 2011 and 9% in 2012… and is projected to grow by more than 13% in 2013. That makes Panama the fastest growing economy in all of Latin America, and with the highest personal income levels in all of Latin America. The unemployment rate in Panama? Just 3%.
You can imagine how all this affects crime stats. According to today’s Latin Business Chronicle, Panama is safer than ever, having steadily climbed up the ranks to become one of the safest countries in Latin America.
And be sure to listen in on Ellen Cook’s inspirational presentation. She and her husband, John, had planned to retire to Panama… just not yet. Then a few years ago, a series of unfortunate events—not the least of which were the economic downturn and her bout with lymphoma—occurred that resulted in a change of plans.
Ellen and John sold out of the U.S. at a loss, but she says they’ve gained far more than they expected here in Panama. Their lives are now “richer than ever,” she says. (As an aside, her doctor’s visits and physical therapy treatments here in Panama cost her just $1.50… and a recent four-day hospital stay, with and MRI, lab work, you name it… cost just $400. And she is thrilled with the care and attention she received.)
Listen and learn…
You can listen in to every single presentation from this conference, in fact, because—as I said—we’re recording every minute of this information-packed event.
So Much Need-to-Know Information:
Here’s How You Can Have It All…
We’re putting together a complete package of every presentation…nearly everything that’s happening at this event. We’re making audio recordings of all 36 of the presentations.
We’re also making copies of the handouts, PowerPoint and visual presentations. And you get the complete dossier we give to each attendee when they showed up here in Panama City for this Fast-Track Panama: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference. Everything but the rum punch cocktails and the shrimp ceviche (And if we could figure out how to send you those, we would!)
We call it our 2013 Fast-Track Panama Package. And we guarantee it will help you fast track your plans of moving to…or investing in… Panama.
Reserve the 2013 Fast-Track Panama Package at the Lowest, Lowest Price Available
The full price to attend this sold-out event was $1,095—but you can secure yourself a copy of the 2013 Fast-Track Panama Package for only $199… a mere fraction of what attendees paid to join us here in Panama City.
And to sweeten the deal, we’re throwing in a $100 voucher toward the next Fast-Track Panama: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference. Use it to attend next year’s live program (or any future event or seminar you may be interested in).
But, this is a limited time offer only.
Once the 2013 Fast-Track Panama Package is available for download and the initial orders have been placed, we’ll increase the price to $349.
The discounted price includes:
- Audio recordings of all our Panama experts’ presentations
- Copies of all hand-outs and slideshows
- Plus a special bonus report, titled: Rescue Your Retirement in Panama: a Step-By-Step Guide to Living Better and Lowering Your Costs. (This report is only available to conference attendees and to you…when you order the Fast-Track Panama Package.)
- And a $100 voucher toward any of our future conferences anywhere, any time. There is no expiration date on this voucher!
But remember, we’ll only offer this low price until we have the recordings ready to deliver to you. At that point… we’ll charge the full price of $349.
Point is: there won’t be a more affordable time to reserve your copy. This special conference discount is only available until we’re ready to deliver the recordings to you.
After that, we’ll charge the regular price.
I’ll send the information about how to obtain your 2013 Fast-Track Panama Package as soon as we’re finished making copies of the recordings, the handouts, the PowerPoint presentations, etc.
If This Straight-From-the-Insiders-and-Experts
Information Doesn’t Work for You… You Pay Nothing
This is your best chance to fulfill your dreams in Panama, whether it’s to:
- Enjoy a comfortable, secure (and utterly relaxing) retirement
- Own a second home in exciting Panama City, on the beach, or in Panama’s glorious mountainous countryside
- Start that business you’ve been dreaming about, or
- Successfully invest in one of the world’s most attractive retirement havens…
As I mentioned earlier, we guarantee that the information in our 2013 Fast-Track Panama Package will help you make your Panama dreams come true…whatever they are. If you don’t agree, we’ll return every penny you paid.
You have nothing to lose: You can call us at any time in the future—next month… next year… or next decade—and tell us the information didn’t help you. (Or don’t tell us anything. Just ask for your money back.) We’ll give you back your $199. And your $100 voucher, good toward any future event, is still yours to keep.
So if you serious about tapping into the opportunities still available in the hidden, affordable Panama, I urge you to reserve your 2013 Fast-Track Panama Package now.