Annual Christmas Festival Of Lights

The Lights Of Medellin

Dec. 14, 2011, Medellin, Colombia: Medellin, Colombia’s annual Christmas Festival of Lights is something to see.

Christmas Photo Contest Continues!

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Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Here in Medellin, Christmas seems to be all about the lights. They're draped everywhere--on palm trees, pine trees, lampposts, doorways, highway signs, shop entrances, park benches...

Driving back into the city last night after our day in the mountains in El Retiro, it was like entering fairy land. Parque Poblado is ablaze with strings of white lights, and the river is lined with elaborate recreations of Christmas scenes (reindeer, elves, gingerbread houses) created from lights of every color.


How To Remain U.S. Tax Compliant

Expat Taxation 101—Everything The American Abroad Needs To Know

Dec. 13, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Most Americans overseas can handle their own U.S. tax filing and reporting obligations with a basic understanding of the tax issues for the American overseas and TurboTax. The two key tools are the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and the Foreign Housing Exclusion.

Facebook Photo Contest And Trivia Continues!

This is your chance to share your Christmas photos from around the world. Daily prizes will be awarded, plus Grand Prize winners will be chosen to win free conference admission to any of our future live events!

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Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Yesterday, I mentioned that most tax loopholes for going offshore were closed with the U.S. Tax Reform Act of 1986. That is not to say that an American can't still enjoy tax benefits by diversifying his life internationally. You can.


The Benefits Of Going Offshore

Not Only For The Absurdly Wealthy Or The Ridiculously Criminal

Dec. 12, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Going offshore is not illegal, and it is not wrong. In the current global investing climate, it is pragmatic and sensible. Taking your assets, your investments, your business, and yourself offshore in the current global investing climate is survival.

Facebook Photo Contest Begins This Week

Come join the fun on Facebook for our Christmas trivia and photo contest! Our Christmas Around The World Trivia and Photo Contest starts today and will run through Dec. 30, 2011!

This is your chance to share your Christmas photos from around the world. Daily prizes awarded, plus four Grand Prize winners will be chosen to win free conference admission to any of our future live events!

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Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

In the 70s and 80s, only the absurdly wealthy or the ridiculously criminal went "offshore." Typically, they went in search of tax loopholes or places to sanitize ill-gotten gains.


Shopping And Trade In Panama City

Hermes, Tiffany, Gap, Banana Republic, and Bruno—Profiting From The Current Trend In Panama

Dec. 11, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Panama is one of the world’s biggest and longest-standing trade hubs and an increasingly important shopping destination for Latin America.

Also This Week: What The Well Diversified Global Property Investor Should Own Now...Chasing A Reliable Yield--How To Net 5% To 8% A Year In A 0% World...The Advantages Of Raising Kids Overseas...Of Costs, Currencies, And Quality Of Life...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

"I didn't just wake up one day and think, 'Well, wouldn't it be nice to build a hotel in Panama City?'

"There's more to it. There are bigger-picture reasons I'm here in Panama right now."

Our friend Bruno, originally from Milan, Italy, was speaking over lunch on Friday. Bruno has enjoyed a hugely successful four-decade-long career as a global property developer, developing hotels, condominiums, and commercial space in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. We met Bruno three years ago, when he'd recently turned his attention to Panama.


Investing In Piriapolis, Uruguay

Solid Rental Yield In This Top Overseas Retirement Market

Dec. 9, 2011, Piriapolis, Uruguay: Piriapolis, Uruguay, offers a good opportunity for investing in a beach resort rental that could return a yield of more than 12% a year.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Uruguay, home to about 3.5 million people, is a generally sleepy place. The country boasts a stable economy based mostly on agriculture (along with a growing banking industry) and politics that could be described as boring (especially compared with the country's next-door neighbor, Argentina).

Those things, among others, make Uruguay a great retirement destination. But investment haven? Not necessarily. As in all markets, though, there are important exceptions.

One is the tourist accommodation market--that is, hotels and short-term rentals--on stretches of this country's coast. Uruguay is "the" beach vacation destination for Argentines and Brazilians during their summer months (Christmas through February with shoulder seasons from the beginning of December and much of March).


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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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