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Living Rich

Oct. 5, 2011, Chiang Mai, Thailand: Living rich has nothing to do with how much money you have. Living or retiring rich has to do with being adaptable and flexible, willing to move to take advantage of the world’s cheapest places to live or retire.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"You're living rich," writes Retirement Planning Correspondent Paul Terhorst. "Congratulations.

"In the past, being rich meant spending a lot of money. But then came low-cost jet travel, ATMs, satellite TV, computers, Skype, and iPads. Millions of expats suddenly were able to move to places where they could live better and have more fun, sometimes way more fun, with the money they already had.

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Tax Planning For Americans Abroad

Sexy Tax Talk

Oct. 4, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Here are six things every American abroad must know about remaining compliant with the U.S. IRS each year.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

The foreign-earned-income exclusion...foreign tax credits...investment rental write-offs...deductible travel expense...mortgage expense...

The talk in our offices these days is all to do with taxes.

As we're American citizens living abroad (that is, Americans legally resident elsewhere), our taxes needn't be postmarked by April 15 each year. We have an additional 60 days (until June 15) to get our returns to Uncle Sam.

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Retire To Capira, Panama

What Do You Do When Your Pension Won't Pay For Your Retirement? Start Over From Nothing (And Have The Time Of Your Life)

Oct. 3, 2011, Panama City, Panama: When you realize that your pension or retirement nest egg won’t fund the retirement you’ve been dreaming about, opt out…and start over in retirement overseas.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Edward Coleson worked as a firefighter in Corpus Christie, Texas, for 26 years. Over the past few years, as retirement was drawing near, Edward and his wife Kerry came to a realization that was a bit of a shock:

They wouldn't be able to retire on Edward's pension. It'd barely cover their basic expenses...and the home equity and investment accounts they'd figured would supplement the pension were going to amount, it became clear, to much less than they'd been counting on.

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Retirement In Aguadulce, Panama

Sweet, Simple, Small-Town Life In Panama’s Interior

Oct. 2, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Panama’s interior hides many affordable retirement options, including Augadulce.

Also This Week: The Man To Know If You're Considering Asia...Burgundy For Kings, Champagne For Duchesses, Claret For Gentlemen--Four Great European Vineyard Bargains...Your Live, Retire, And Invest Overseas Questions Answered...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

Lief and I moved to Panama three years ago with a focused doing-business agenda. We'd chosen to relocate from Paris to Panama City specifically because, while Paris (indeed, all France) is a generally miserable (expensive, inefficient, highly taxed, and enormously hassled) place to launch or operate a business, Panama City is perhaps the best place on earth right now to base yourself if your agenda, like ours, is that of the entrepreneur.

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Renting vs Buying Property Overseas

Two Problems With Renting Overseas

Sept. 30, 2011, Panama City, Panama: When moving to a new country, you want to rent before you buy. However, renting before you buy property overseas has two downsides to do with price appreciation and currency fluctuation.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Our motto for anyone moving to a new country is always: Rent before you buy. Renting rather than buying has important practical advantages. It allows you to remain mobile and flexible and saves you the carrying costs associated with home ownership. Most important, it gives you a chance to get to know your new home before you commit in full, so you can be sure a place suits you before investing in the purchase of property there.

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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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