From a Retirement Place to a Dying Place – Mexico’s ‘Waiting Room’

“Stand up if you’re new here,” addressed the woman with the microphone.

About a dozen people stood. “We hope none of you move here,” she joked. Everybody laughed.

She was speaking to hundreds of people at the Lake Chapala Society in Ajijic, Mexico. As usual, the sun was shining.

But at 10:30am, and 5,000 feet above sea level, it was a pleasant 60°Fahrenheit.

Every Sunday, the Lake Chapala society hosts its Open Circle. Speakers share their expertise, often attracting hundreds of retirees.

It’s part of the weekend social scene. Topics range. A few years ago, I spoke about investing.

A week before, a retiree from Cambodia spoke about the atrocities her family suffered during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Last week’s speaker, David Truly, packed the house like a rock star might.

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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School and Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living Overseas. My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions.

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