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Oct 29 2014

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How much money does a couple need to retire in Lake Chapala, Mexico?

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How much money do you need to retire in Lake Chapala, Mexico? If you’re earning Social Security benefits, the payments would likely be more than enough.  But for my expatriate friends….assuming you earned just $500 per month (2015 equivalent) from Social Security and you sold 4% of a stock and bond market portfolio each year, here …

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Oct 28 2014

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Pensions On Steroids In Lake Chapala, Mexico

Recently, I joined about a dozen retirees on a six-hour hike above Mexico’s Lake Chapala.  John Burnett was one of them.  He had moved here from Dallas to retire, so I asked him why. “My friends back home ask me that all the time,” he said.  “And I wish I could just bring them here.  …

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Oct 26 2014

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Are Low Investment Costs The Key For American Expats

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Jeri Hurd is a school librarian at the Western Academy of Beijing. Last year, she wanted to invest some money. Her school introduced her to a European based investment company, The Alexander Beard Group. But after sitting down with one of their advisors, she wondered if the fees were too high. Foreign investment firms cost a …

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Oct 14 2014

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Can Amazon Keep Defying Warren Buffett’s Mantra?

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Amazon has beaten or knocked out nearly every heavyweight retail contender.  Those still in the bookstore business (R.I.P. Borders) keep getting uppercuts to the chin. Investors in Amazon’s stock have made a fortune.  In the past 10 years, shareholders have gained nearly 720 percent. Yet the company stands on wobbly legs.  That might sound crazy.  …

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Oct 07 2014

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World’s Most Adventurous Couple Show Keys To Success

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  “Do you guys want tea?” Julie asked, while holding her three-month old son, Oliver. Her husband, Colin, was showing me designs he creates and sells for custom rowboats.  I got off the floor and followed the couple into their living room.  Julie and Colin are a bit like Clark Kent and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman’s alter ego). At …

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Oct 01 2014

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Is Your International School’s Retirement Package As Strong As You Think?

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Janette accepts a job at an international school in China. She’s thrilled by the school’s retirement package. They match what she invests, up to an amount equaling 10 percent of her annual salary. In other words, if she were paid $50,000 per year and invested $5000, the school would pitch in an additional $5000. That’s …

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Sep 19 2014

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Crack The Cycle Of Poverty With No Effort Or Cost

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Imagine the government rounding up people. Those exceeding grade 8 educations, come this way. You wear glasses.  You must be smart.  Step forward please. Cambodia’s leader, Pol Pot, did this between 1975 and 1979.  His goal?  To eliminate the educated.  He viewed them as threats to his regime.  In just a few short years, genocide …

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Sep 18 2014

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Would Mini-Retirements Beat A Single Big One?

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Perhaps taking multiple short retirements is a lot better than saving up everything and enjoying one big one. I wrote about my thoughts at AssetBuilder. Image courtesy of pixabay.com Let me know what you think!

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